Say good bye to oily hair by using some of the useful natural product available in your kitchen.

Does your hair look greasy even after a good wash? Then you probably have a case of oily and greasy hair. Oily hair can be very difficult to care for and keep clean.

But for the good health of the hair, the oil from the hair must be removed effectively! In this article, you will learn some effective way of cleaning and care for oily hair.

The Cause – So before knowing the cure one must know the cause of the problem first! Your hair becomes oily because of excessive oil/sebum production by the sebaceous glands present in the scalp.

Though this oil is necessary to protect your hair from drying up and keeping it excessive shiny production of the same causes hair problems like-

  • The hair looks dirty even after a good wash.
  • It causes dandruff, and the scalp becomes itchy.

Oily hair is becoming a common problem as people are adapting to a busier lifestyle. Proper hair care and good diet are the least of our concerns in this age of advancement.

Pollution is also increasing which damages hair. These environmental problems, as well as stress, also cause your hair to become oily. The oil is produced to protect your hair for damage, but excessive stress and pollution cause more oil production hence hair becomes oily.

Stress and depression cause hormonal imbalance in your body which makes your scalp produce excess oil than necessary.

Even a little extra care during the weekend or reducing the amount of oily food in your diet can go a long way in reducing oily hair problems!

15 easy and cost-effective ways to clean and care for oily hair.

If you have oily hair, you probably have a hard time taking care of it. Going to a salon and getting a hair spa or buying and using expensive shampoo and hair products to make hair less oily is a very noneffective and costly waste of money.

Furthermore, products used in salons and the hair products available in the market can also damage your hair instead because these contain a lot number of chemicals! The best method to take care of oily hair is to try out some easy home remedies, and little change in your diet regime also helps.

There are many home remedies which can easily be done using some of the ingredients found in your kitchen! These methods are cost effective and have no side-effects!

To help you fight the problems of oily hair this article has been carefully written keeping in view the best methods for oil removal and control.

Below you can learn about the effective tips for oily hair care!

How To Get Rid Of Oily Hair



If you have oily hair, it is advisable not to shampoo your hair daily. Shampoos tend to remove the protective and moisturizing oil from your hair. This leads to the production of more oil by the sebaceous glands of your scalp which ultimately makes your hair greasy!

Hence, daily shampooing is best avoided if you have oily hair. You can make a schedule for washing your hair. Washing your hair three times a week is enough. Also, choose your shampoo wisely.

Use shampoos which are made for oily hair and avoid those which contain oil based products in them since they can make your hair oilier.

Don’t Use Conditioners

If you have oily hair its best, you use as the little conditioner as possible. Conditioners tend to make your hair greasy. They are best for dry hair. If you want, you can use a little bit of conditioner after shampooing when your hair is really dry after the wash.

Take a small drop of the conditioner and apply it to only the ends of your hair. Avoid applying to the hair roots as the roots tend to get greasy on their own due to natural oil production by the scalp.

Avoid Hair Styling Products

Stop using hair products that are available in the market. These products can make your hair much oilier than it already is. But if you must use them then use only a little amount on the hair ends only and be sure to wash it off at the end of the day.

Also, try not to comb or run your fingers through your hair and scalp frequently. This tends to agitate the scalp which leads to increase in oil production in the hair making your hair greasy.

Using Baking Soda

Baking soda is easily available in everyone’s homes. Many of you might have heard or even used it to wash your hair. Baking soda is a really good home remedy for removing oil from greasy hair. You can use baking soda in two ways-

One is that you can take a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water and use this mix to wash your hair.

Two is that you can add it to your shampoo and wash your hair with this.

Baking soda is very effective in removing oil from hair.


Vinegar is said to be helpful in removing oil from your hair. You can use white or apple cider vinegar to wash your hair. But always use diluted vinegar to wash hair. You can add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water and mix it.

Use this mixture and apply to hair and scalp properly. Let it stay for a few minutes and then wash it off thoroughly. Do this twice a week to remove oil and dirt from hair.


Alcohol can actually remove oil from your hair. Vodka is preferred by most to wash hair. It removes excess oil from your hair. You can add 1 cup of vodka to 2 cups of water and mix it properly.

Then apply it to hair and leave it for a few minutes (10 minutes) and then wash it off. Be sure to wash the alcohol off your hair thoroughly. Your hair will look less oily and feel dry.


Tea contains a very important ingredient known as tannic acid. This acid is said to be very effective in removing excess oil from hair. You can use tea to treat oily hair. Take a few tea leaves or tea powder and boil it for a few minutes.

Then take the tea solution when lukewarm and apply to your hair. Leave it for 5 minutes and then rinse your hair properly. Wash with shampoo afterward. This will make your hair less oily.

Lemon Juice For Oily Hair

Lemon juice
Lemon juice

Lemon juice is a common home remedy for oily hair. You can take a lemon and extract the juice from it. Then mix it with a cup of water and add 2-3 teaspoons of honey. Mix this solution properly till the honey is dissolved.

Apply the mixture to hair and let it dry for 3-5 minutes. Rinse with water thoroughly and then wash your hair with shampoo. The lemon juice will effectively remove the excess oil from your hair and leave your hair feeling dry.

Egg Yolk For Greasy Hair

Egg Yolk For Greasy Hair
Egg Yolk For Greasy Hair

Egg yolk is a proven home remedy for healthy hair and growth of hair. It can also remove the excess oil from hair!

You can take two egg yolks and add a little amount of lemon juice to it. Beat the mixture properly then apply to your hair and scalp.

Keep it for a few minutes (5minutes) and wash with a deep cleansing shampoo. Using egg yolk to your hair twice a week will give you less oily hair.


Honey For Sticky Hair
Honey For Sticky Hair

Honey is another proven home remedy for treating oily hair. It is used with egg yolk to increase its effectiveness.

You can prepare a mixture of honey and egg yolk to apply to your hair. Take two tablespoons of honey and add an egg yolk to it.

Mix it properly and let the mix dissolve for 30 minutes. Then apply it to your hair and scalp properly and massage.

Keep it for 20 minutes and then wash it off with a deep cleansing hair shampoo. Your hair will look beautiful and less oily! Do this for at least two times a week to get good results!


Using beer is said to be an effective way to get rid of excess oil from hair. But be sure always to use diluted beer to wash your hair. You can take a glass of beer and add it to a glass of water. This will dilute the beer.

Then after you have washed your hair, you can wash it with the diluted beer. Let your hair be for 5 minutes and then wash again with water to remove the beer from your hair. This method will make your hair look beautiful and oil free!

Henna Powder

We all know that using henna makes our hair look beautiful and shiny. It also helps remove excess oil and control the production of oil in the scalp. Henna powder is readily available in the market, and you can use it twice a month to get beautiful and oil free hair.

The steps to apply henna are quite easy. Mix the henna powder with 2 cups of water, though you can use more according to the amount of powder used. Make it into a paste and let it dissolve overnight. You can also add lukewarm tea to enhance its effectiveness.

Apply the henna paste throughout your hair and let it dry (up to 2-3 hours). After it dries wash your hair properly and remove all residue of henna from it. Shampoo your hair the next day. Henna powder is a very effective cure for oily hair.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is said to have antioxidant effect hence it is very effective in cleansing hair.

Aloe Vera Gel is another great home remedy for oily hair. There are many ways to use aloe vera gel to clean oily hair.

You can mix the aloe vera gel with your shampoo and use it to wash your hair.

You can also mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply this mix to your hair. Keep it for few minutes and then wash thoroughly.

Or you can simply apply the gel to your hair and keep it for a few minutes and then wash it before shampooing your hair.

Aloe Vera gel will effectively remove excess oil from your hair to give you healthy and oil free hair.

Dry Shampoo

If you are in a hurry and want a quick remedy for removing oil from your hair then using talcum powder or cornstarch can help. This method is known as dry shampooing.

You can apply some talc or cornstarch powder to your scalp and dust it off immediately. The powder will soak excess of oil from your hair for a short time and make your hair look dry.

But do remember to wash it out of your hair at the end of the day. Also, you can use baby powder instead of talcum or cornstarch.

Healthy Diet And Lifestyle

The most important thing to remember while taking care of your body is your diet and lifestyle. And hair care is no exception! Healthy eating can help you in removing excess oil from your hair.

Drink plenty of water and eat green vegetables. You should avoid fast food that contains a lot of oil and other greasy food. Add healthy fats to your diet by eating fish, olive oil, etc.

Also, our current lifestyle and increasing pollution are also a reason for oily hair. Try not to take too much of stress as this causes hormonal imbalance in your system and which could lead to excess oil production in your scalp.

And protect your hair from dust and smoke when you go out. Always try to cover your hair with a scarf when you go out.

Taking care of oily hair can be very tedious. But if you apply some of the methods are given in this article then you can very easily take care of your oily hair problems with the best end results.

So try out some of these easy and cost effective home remedies to gain healthy and oil free hair today!


Dr. Sania Siddiqui is a Unani medicine expert, who has completed her Bachelors in Unani Medicine & Surgery from Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi.She is an experienced Medical Content Writer and has been writing in the online space for the past 7 years. Her areas of expertise range from skin & hair care, women’s health, diet & nutrition, pregnancy, parenting, lifestyle and fitness.