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There are many home remedies said to get rid of oily and greasy hair, but they’re not all effective. Find out more in our expert guide.

The type of hair you have depends on many things, including hormonal changes, stress, genetics or perhaps even poor diet.

If your hair gets greasy quickly after washing, you may suffer from oily hair.

Why your hair gets greasy
Scalp oil, known as sebum, is a natural way of keeping the scalp and hair moisturized. However, greasy hair is a result of an excessive sebum production.

Greasy hair can pose a few problems – buildup of dirt and oil leaves your hair looking dull and lifeless, and can prevent it from smelling fresh.

Excess oils can also impact your scalp health as they potentially break down into substances that can cause skin irritation.

Oily hair home remedies
There are a few popular home remedies that are said to combat greasy hair:

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Black tea

  • Aloe vera gel

  • Egg yolk

  • Witch hazel oil

  • Honey

  • Diluted beer

  • Baking soda

  • Coconut oil

Unfortunately, these kitchen ingredients are not scientifically proven treatments for greasy hair.

Greasy hair needs to be cared for with proper cleansing ingredients to best remove the grease, oil and dirt that’s bound to your hair.

The right treatment for greasy hair
We all know water and oil don’t mix. Using water-based home remedies for greasy hair is a lot like washing a greasy pan without dish soap. The water and oil don’t mix and the oil is left behind. A deep cleansing shampoo is the ideal treatment for greasy hair.

The cleansers, called “surfactants,” work by binding to oil, dirt and grease, and surrounding them in a water-loving (hydrophilic) cover so they can be combined with water and washed away as you rinse out the shampoo.

Our Instant Oil Control Shampoo with mango and citrus essence gets rid of hair and scalp oil to get a clean you can feel instantly, while ensuring your hair is visibly dandruff-free.¹

Also try Citrus Breeze Shampoo to care for a greasy scalp – it has a fresh, vibrant fragrance and leaves you feeling clean and visibly flake-free.¹

More about greasy and oily hair

¹ visible flakes with regular use