No More Oily Hair with These Easy Tips

Got oily hair? Check out these easy remedies.

Oil on hair is not a very flattering look. It makes your strands look limp, sticky, and dirty. Oil usually starts to build up on second day hair for most people; but there are also others whose scalp hyper-produces sebum. If you have this type of scalp, your hair may get greasy a couple of hours after wash. 

Not only does excess secretion of sebum makes your tresses look less fabulous. It also causes a lot of different hair problems like dandruff and scalp acne. Do yourself a favor if you get rid of excess oil on your hair once and for all.

To help you get rid of oily hair, we put together a list of remedies for keeping hair grease at bay. Try different options so you can pick the best treatment for oily hair for you.

1. Use dry shampoo as a quick fix

Oily hair: Asian woman spraying dry shampoo on her long black hair
If you have oily hair, dry shampoo is your best friend. Credit: Hariono Halim

If your hair has gotten overly greasy in the middle of the day and you can’t very well rush to the shower, use dry shampoo to remove excess oil. Spray directly onto the scalp and brush the product through the hair.

2. Eat a healthy diet

Woman touching her dark brown hair smiling
Credit; All Things Hair

Your diet affects more than just your abs, it affects the rest of your body. Eating healthy reflects on your skin, and on your hair, too. Choose healthy fats and carbs as they help sebaceous glands have a more positively balanced sebum production.

3. Give your locks a regular detox

Shampoo and conditioner, and other styling products can build up on the hair and scalp. This can trigger an overproduction of oil in your tresses. Use a clarifying shampoo or a DIY hair detox recipe every two to three months to keep your hair healthy.


Editor’s tip: Wash your oily hair with TRESemme Detox & Nourish ShampooWith natural ingredients such as ginger and green tea, it deeply cleanses your hair and helps replenish lost nutrients.

4. Don’t overwash your hair

Oily hair: Asian woman with long dark wavy hair wearing a white long-sleeved top sitting on a sofa
Just leave your hair be to keep it from getting oily.

While washing your hair is the instant solution to greasy locks, doing it too often might do more harm than good. Frequent shampooing strips your scalp of its natural oils, sending glands the signal that it needs more. Glands step up and work overtime to try and replace what was lost and ends up overproducing oil. Washing your hair is good, but don’t overdo it.

5. Hands off your tresses

Stop yourself from touching your hair too often because it transfers all the oil in your fingers to your strands. If you already have oily hair, touching it all the time won’t help your case, so resist the urge to run your fingers through it every five minutes.

6. Put your hair up

Oily hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black hair in a top bun with headband
Bye, bye oily and sweaty hair, thanks to a neat top bun.

On days when you can’t seem to get rid of excess oil, just put your hair up. This way, you’ll feel cooler and you’ll keep your hair away from sweat coming from your neck and scalp. A top bun with headband is perfect for disguising oily hair. It’s super chic, too, and presko on an extra hot day.

It’s challenging enough when you have to deal with oily hair. But what is more challenging is hiding it when you need to go out or dress up. And during bad hair days, you just have to choose a hairstyle that somehow disguises your oily hair. Here are some hairstyle suggestions for you!

1. Pixie Cut with Quiff

oily hair: Asian girl's back is shown as she is wearing a denim vest
The quiff is not just for men as it suits women as well. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Many think that the quiff is a hairstyle intended only for men which is so untrue! Women can don this hairstyle too, and it is quite suitable for oily hair. The quiff needs to be set with a little bit of mousse or hair serum to keep it in place; thus, making the oiliness look discreet!

Editor’s tip: Keep your quiff in place for a long time by applying a good amount of VO5 Firm Hold Hairspray. You can be confident that your hairstyle won’t get messed up even with all your movement and the wind. 

2. Sleek Pixie

oily hair: Asian girl us under the sun and is looking slightly up at the camera
Oily hair is discreet with a sleek pixie. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You can also style your pixie hair the sleek way. This hairstyle gives you the feeling of freshness all day since your hair is combed back. Plus, it actually solves two major hair problems—oily hair and tikwas. 

3. Sleek Ponytail

oily hair: Asian girl's back view is seen and her hair is up in a ponytail
Look fresh and feel fresh with this wavy ponytail hairstyle. Credit: Natasha Estelle

We understand how long and oily hair can be bothersome, especially during the summer. Don’t because you can always put your hair up in a tight ponytail to keep your hair off your skin and neck. And if you want it to look anything but boring, make it a wavy ponytail which is a perfect hairstyle even for work.

Editor’s tip: Nobody likes flyaway hair, so put a little amount of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream from mid-length down to the tips to give your hair a nice finish. Don’t worry because it doesn’t feel greasy and won’t make your hair oilier. 

4. Textured Pixie Hair

oily hair: Asian girl is wearing dangling earrings and her hand is on her face
This textured pixie is a must-try hairstyle. Credit: Hariono Halim

We love how this textured pixie cut gives your hair body and dimension. It’s totally great if your pixie hair is starting to grow longer and you now want to change your hairstyle. All you need to do is clamp your hair with a flat iron. You’ll definitely love your hair, oil and all!

5. Voluminous Wet Look

oily hair: Asian girl is facing the camera and she looks beautiful while her hand is on her chin
The wet look is a classic style that never gets old. Credit: Natasha Estelle

We can’t come up with a better hairstyle solution to oily hair than the wet look. This hairstyle was a trend back in the ’80s and early ’90s but it’s one of the few that never gets old! Give your hair volume and you’re all set for wherever you need to go—to work, a date, or to a lazy day at the park.

Now you can say goodbye to grease and say hello to gorgeous, fresh-looking hair!

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