Are you looking for tips on how to use essential oils for oily hair? You’re in luck. Nobody really wants to be stuck with an oily hair because it easily bunches together, it is difficult to style, and attracts more dirt. That’s why I’ve come up with these 8 tips to get rid of oil in the hair.
Some people suffer from greasy or oily hair because of hormones and genetic predisposition. Meanwhile, others are plagued by this problem due to avoidable and treatable factors, like wrong products used for hair type, environmental pollutants, over or under washing, excessive use of hair chemical treatments, etc.
Whatever’s the cause of your greasy hair, there’s always a treatment to the problem. Here are some of them.
- 1 Best Essential Oils for Oily Hair
- 2 Essential Oil Recipes for Oily Hair
- 3 Other ways to wash oil out of hair
Best Essential Oils for Oily Hair
Essential Oil Recipes for Oily Hair
1. Oil Absorbing Clay Hair Mask
- 2 tbsp bentonite clay
- Enough water to create a paste
- 2 drops lemongrass oil
- 2 drops basil oil
- A mixing bowl and spoon
How to do it:
- Dump the bentonite clay into a bowl and add just enough water to create a thick but easily applicable paste.
- Now add the essential oils and mix again.
- Slather the mixture on your scalp and hair and let it soak up the oils for at least 5 minutes.
- Rinse off thoroughly with warm water first to completely remove the mask, then cold water to seal the hair cuticles.
- Cover your hair with a non-fluffy towel (fluffy towels lead to hair breakage).
- Use once a week.
2. Homemade Chamomile and Bergamot Essential Oil Hair Rinse
- 3 drops of diluted bergamot essential oil
- 8 ounces of (around 1 cup) chamomile tea
How to do it:
Brew chamomile tea: Add 2 tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers in a tea ball, and then boil in a saucepan with 8 ounces of water. Pour boiled chamomile tea in a cup with cover. Let it steep for approximately 15 minutes. Once cool, strain and transfer to another container.
Add 3 drops of bergamot essential oil into the chamomile tea.
As usual, use your pH-balanced shampoo to cleanse your hair and scalp. But before forming the normal bubbles, add approximately one-third of the chamomile-bergamot mixture. Rinse with regular water, condition your hair, and then use the remaining chamomile-bergamot mixture for the final rinse.
3. Oil Control Hair Rinse
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 peppermint tea bag
- 2 drops rosemary
- 2 drops bergamot
- A bottle or mason jar for storage
How to do it:
- Steep the tea bag in the boiling water for 15 minutes.
- Then let the tea completely cool down.
- Pour the tea into a bottle or mason jar and stir in the essential oils.
- Slowly pour the hair rinse on your hair after shampooing (you don’t need to condition since the hair rinse acts as a de-tangler).
- Use every time you wash your hair.
Other ways to wash oil out of hair
1. Use natural shampoos infused with Avena sativa extract and oil.
Well, I’m pretty sure you’re aware of why we use shampoos. They’re designed to eliminate excess sebum, dirt, and sweat residues without drying out your hair and scalp. The ability of a shampoo to cleanse will highly depend on the detergent or surfactant used.
What’s the best shampoo for greasy hair?
Experts usually recommend a shampoo that’s clear or transparent. This type of shampoo doesn’t have too many ingredients, like conditioners, which could weigh your hair down even more. It contains either sulfosuccinates or lauryl sulfates detergents. Herbal shampoos normally use citrusy fruit oils to balance sebum production.
If you haven’t found the right shampoo for your greasy hair, oats shampoo is a good option. It contains saponins, which can effectively eliminate excess oil and grime from your hair and scalp without causing irritation.
In a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research, researchers studied the cleansing and grease-stripping effects of a control shampoo and shampoos containing oil and extract from oats.  They used these for five minutes, two times a week for a month.
What was the final verdict?
Results showed that the oats oil and extract shampoos were able to significantly reduce greasiness and cleansed better compared to the control shampoo. Oats shampoo is especially suitable for people suffering from seborrhea.
2. Use hair cleansing products that balance hair pH levels.
What do pH levels have to do with your hair health? I don’t know if you’ve heard it before, but your hair is naturally acidic. It has an approximate pH range between 4.0 and 5.0. As what you might have learned in your chemistry class, numbers below 7 (neutral) indicate acidity and higher numbers indicate alkalinity.
The hair becomes very dry if the pH level is too low. Conversely, the hair becomes too oily and damaged if the pH level is too high. Here’s the thing. Frequent shampooing could leave your hair too alkaline. Thus, you’re stuck with that oily hair.
A quick solution to restore your hair’s naturally acidic pH is to perform acid rinses using common kitchen ingredients, like lemon juice and vinegar (white or apple cider). You can also use shampoos containing chamomile, aloe vera, tea tree oil, citrus fruit extracts, and vitamins A, B, C and minerals (e.g. zinc).
Once you’ve successfully counteracted the effects of hair alkalinity, switch to a pH-balanced shampoo. You can test the pH of a shampoo—to know if it’s really what the manufacturer claims it to be—by using a pH paper strip.
3. Lemon rinse
Lemon contains citric acid which helps to clean hair.
1 cup of water
Squeeze the juice out of lemons into the water. Apply the mixture on your hair and wait a couple of minutes before washing it off. You can do this daily or every other day. This remedy will reduce the oil in the hair and remove dirt, leaving the hair nice and clean.
4. Baking soda paste
Add baking soda in the water to make a paste. Massage the paste into the hair. Leave the mixture in the hair for several minutes before rinsing it off. This method will get rid of the oiliness in your hair.
Vinegar is natural astringent and helps to treat oily hair. Mix equal amount of water with vinegar (white or apple cider vinegar). Pour the solution onto your hair and massage it in. Leave it there for 15 minutes before washing it off. Regular washing with vinegar will help to get rid of oiliness in the hair.
6. Wash your hair every other day.
Some say not to wash your hair daily, while others say the opposite. So, which is which?
Well, most experts have not reached consensus when it comes to the exact frequency people should shampoo. It’s really up to you. However, if you have fine hair, excessively oily hair, someone who lives in a tropical country, or someone who sweats a lot, daily or every other day shampooing is recommended.
To further reduce the oiliness of your hair, spray dry shampoo in the areas that are prone to accumulate grime and grease, like your hair roots. Dry shampoos are great because they’re not only effective at absorbing excess oil, but they also leave your hair re-energized and smelling wonderful.
7. Additional Tips for Removing Excess Oil from Hair
1) Thoroughly rinse your hair for a minimum of thirty seconds. Sometimes, dirt and oil accumulate because you under-wash your hair and scalp.
2) Avoid touching your hair too much, especially if you’re prone to developing greasy hair.
3) Likewise, forget about brushing your hair 100 times. It won’t help. The more you brush, touch, or style your hair, the more you stimulate your sebaceous glands to produce more oil (sebum). And every time you brush, you’re unknowingly extracting oil from your scalp and spreading it all over your hair.
4) If you need a quick fix, you can sprinkle a little of baby powder to your locks in order to absorb the excess oil.
5) Don’t use hair conditioners (at least for the meantime), pomade, gels, and other styling products on your hair.
These are just some of the things you could use to decrease your hair’s oiliness. If nothing works, you may want to consider visiting your dermatologist or hair specialist.
6) To protect your hair more from greasiness, wash your hair with warm water instead of hot. Also, when using a hair dryer, don;t use it on the hottest setting. Wearing hats and caps in the summer time will also help. Hot temperatures will also make your hair dry and rough.
7) Avoid getting stressed or depressed. Stress will produce a hormonal imbalance and may activate more oil glands in the hair and skin. Meditation, yoga, and exercise will to combat stress and depression.
8) Follow a balanced diet with vitamins, minerals and proteins to keep the hair strong and healthy. Eat plenty of zinc, iron and vitamin E rich foods for better hair health. Or take supplements to nourish the hair.