How to Make Hair Less Oily at Home

Your scalp produces a natural oil called sebum, which aside from keeping your hair bouncy and manageable, also protects it and your scalp from damage, such as from the chemicals in hair dye. According to the Mother Nature Network hormonal changes, certain medications and various medical conditions can cause the scalp to produce excess sebum, leading to noticeably oily, greasy hair. With the right personal care routine and products, it's possible to maintain and prevent oily hair.

A young woman is brushing her hair. (Image: Bartosz Ostrowski/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Switch to a gentle shampoo, such as baby shampoo, to avoid irritating the scalp, which can trigger oil production. Dermatologist Dr. Erin Gilbert, recommends cycling a shampoo containing salicylic acid or selenium sulfide into your hair washing routine. These products helps reduce oil production in the scalp. Look for a shampoo that is labeled “anti-residue.”

Step 2

Wash your hair twice while in the shower, recommends Suri Bernhard, a cosmologist and contributor to Mother Nature Network. Work the shampoo through your hair, paying attention to concentrate the product on your scalp. If using a conditioner, concentrate on your ends and rinse out both products thoroughly to avoid buildup.

Step 3

Rinse your hair with a mixture of 1 cup water, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. The white vinegar and lemon juice act like an astringent that eliminates the excess oil from your scalp.

Step 4

Style your hair with products that don't contain silicone. Silicone-based products not only weigh down your locks, but they can also make your hair feel greasier. Check the bottle for the “silicone-free” label.

Step 5

Work a dry shampoo through your locks, if your hair still feels oily and greasy after shampooing. Apply the product directly to your scalp and work it through to the ends with a wide-tooth comb.

Step 6

Take a vitamin A and vitamin D supplement, recommends Eric Spengler, a contributor to Style List. The supplements are believed to inhibit the production of sebum, making your hair appear and feel less greasy. Speak to a doctor or dermatologist before adding either supplement to your diet to determine your recommended dosage.

Things You'll Need

  • Gentle shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • White vinegar

  • Lemon juice

  • Silicone-free styling products

  • Dry shampoo

  • Wide-tooth comb

  • Vitamin A and vitamin D supplements

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