Natural Solutions for Greasy Hair

Have you tried dozens of shampoos and products, but your oily hair still won’t go away? What really treats the problem of greasy hair? Many sites suggests that to get rid of greasy hair, we should shampoo more often, but oily hair is often just the result of too much product build-up. Even though your hair may look less greasy after a shampoo, if you shampoo too much, like every day, you may soon find that your hair will start to look greasy after just a couple of hours. My advice is to wash your hair less, or at least wash without shampooing. Try to work up to washing every other day, then to washing your hair every two or three days.

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Brian Thompson, head senior trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York provided some tips on Daily Glow about getting rid of oily and greasy hair. Read on to find out what he recommends to treat your oily hair naturally.

Use a vinegar rinse.
Thompson says apple-cider vinegar rinses can be helpful for oily hair and recommends using a diluted solution as a postshampoo, after-conditioning rinse. Consider trying the following recipe from Ecobeauty, by Lauren Cox with Janet Cox:

Refreshing Mint Hair Rinse
One-half cup boiling water
1 to 2 mint tea bags
2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar

Pour boiling water over the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Remove the bag(s), pressing to extract as much tea as possible, then stir in the vinegar. After shampooing and conditioning your hair as usual, apply the entire mixture to your hair. Massage it into your scalp and work it through your hair. Then dry your hair as you normally would, without rinsing it out.

Apply Witch Hazel to your scalp.
Another natural remedy is witch hazel. Apply a diluted mixture to your scalp with an eyedropper or a cotton ball after shampooing and conditioning and leave it on.

Try mouthwash.
Mouthwash can be an effective rinse for your hair as well as your mouth, Thompson says. The reason: It helps kill the bacteria that can live on the oil on your scalp, which produces the unpleasant odor. Take a typical mouthwash and dilute by 90% with water, then apply the mixture to your scalp with an eyedropper or cotton ball after shampooing and conditioning and leave it on.

Thompson also offers some general advice for cleansing oily hair:

Use a degreasing shampoo.
While Thompson suggests using a formula designed for normal hair in order to avoid overdrying the scalp, make sure the product you pick is doing the job. To test it, shampoo your hair, skip the conditioner, and let your hair dry. “If it still feels oily, either use a stronger shampoo or wash it twice,” he says.

Massage your scalp.
Giving your scalp a good massage while you shampoo can actually help squeeze out a bit more oil and give you an extra hour or so of clean hair. Concentrating your shampoo on your scalp and letting the suds wash down the back of your hair when you rinse will help you avoid overdrying your hair.

Don’t condition your scalp.
To condition only your hair, Thompson recommends this trick: Put conditioner in the palm on your hand, then use your thumb to lift a section of hair, close your hand around it, and run it down the length of your hair. And pick a conditioner “that doesn’t have a lot of oils in the ingredients,” he adds.

Have you tried any of these solutions, or do you use something else for treating oily hair? Share with us in the comments.

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