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Removing Oil from Hair without Washing

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How do I remove oil from hair without washing?

Moni from Hyattsville, MD

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By L (Guest Post)02/01/2009

Usually, oily hair means you have a either:
a) bacterial-fungal infection on the scalp
b) an extremely oily or high-fat content diet
c) a sweaty scalp

For a), you need to see a doctor and ask for NIZORAL prescription. It is an anti-fungal/anti-dandruff shampoo which is medicated to help the process of killing bacteria.

For b), some people may not realize but everything has oils in it. If you change diet and it persists, refer to a).

For c), if your scalp/head sweats a lot chances are you'll notice oily or greasy-hay-hair. This is due to a lack of proper shampooing and conditioning of the scalp. If you don't clean enough you'll end up with these problems. Each person is different, so diagnose yourself - NOT other people.

By anonymous (Guest Post)05/21/2008

This may sound dumb or strange, but I did an experiment thoroughly finger-rubbing my scalp. The fingers appeared normal, but when I rubbed them together a certain way, MANY thick brown chunks of oil (which looked more like eraser bits) formed and fell to the ground. I repeated until it diminished, which meant that I removed most oil. And others said that they barely smelled anything anymore, something not possible when water interferes (indeed, water is lubricating and doesn't allow for this effect of transferring to your fingers).

By Sarah (Guest Post)04/28/2008

I have tried baby powder but it has always been hard to tell if it is visible so if you use it don't go over board and try to comb throughly.

By Mickelle Hollars (Guest Post)03/20/2008

I have really long, thick dark brown hair.
we washed our hair every other day growing up we did all sorts of things.
baby powder
cornstarch
we also used a little alcohol on our scalp and then blow dried. it never dried our scalp out or anything, but everyone is different.

By Lynda (Guest Post)02/10/2008

Over the years there have been a number of products that bed-ridden folks have depended upon for a time. Yet, with all good intentions, it isn't a fix- all if the hair is truly dirty along with the oiliness.
Truth is that the body oils attract dust which carry dust mites which burrow into the scalp and cause scalp sores. I'd suggest repetitious brushing with a boar hair bristle brush, cleaning out the hair several times, and then using a fine close mist of simple alchohol on parted hair on the scalp only, parting the hair into small sections, then parting further as you go by 1/3" rows before spraying. Dust mites are a much bigger problem than oil, and many die in this process. If the scalp is flaky or if there are signs of sores already, the alcohol will actually help the itch from the mites. With inflammed tiny sores, you can use a q-tip and apply a tiny dab of Neosporin to each one as you part the rows.

We all seem to want the easiest route to do things, but the truth is that using talc and meal is a much bigger mess and actually ATTRACTS dust mites to the scalp off the hair, as a type of "appetizer" prior to their making babies by the millions and then making their way to the human skin on which they prefer to feast in their burrowing.

Those dry hair products are VERY temporary, NOT intended for long term use or excellent results. I
believe you will be happy that you took the time to serve the patient with loving and better treatment that yields better rewards than dusting powders and corn. It will help with odors, oil, itch, and make the patient feel really good if done simply, and according to the amount of time the patient can sit up or move around. If unable to move, it really isn't important that the hair or scalp is relieved unless the patient requests it. Just lean on Lavender water body spray and Fabreze fabric spray for the pillow, until a better time, changing the linens frequently, reasuring the patient that the odor is not so bad.

God bless and guide you. : )

By Sabrina02/09/2008

I use rice flour. It brushes/combs out easily. It does not matter brown or white, I grind in my blender a handful or so of the grains, then store in a clean used spice jar.

By Noella [9]02/08/2008

When I was little, we once used cornmeal to get the oil out. Seems like it'd be easier to brush out than baby powder, but then I've never used baby powder. We still had to brush a lot though.

By Cyinda [214]02/08/2008

Baby powder OR half baby power mixed with half (or one third) baking soda (to help with odor). Sprinkle the powder into just the oily part of your hair (usually the bangs). Then fluff hair up with your fingers to mix the power through your hair. NEXT, Brush & brush & brush until you get as much of the power out as you can! Sometimes you can find a purified Clay in health food stores made as a "dry shampoo". Back in the 1970's they used to advertise (on TV) & sell a name-brand spray-on dry shampoo, which was basically baby power (with a strong scent) in a spray can.

* This "powder shampoo" works better on light colored hair. On super dark hair, it sometimes looks a little "ashy" & of course the shine goes away.It's kind of like getting dusted with a chalk eraser! I repeat: You REALLY have to do A WHOLE LOT of brushing to remove as much of the power as possible, & you'll definitely end up with "flyaway" static-y hair!

---> BUT, when the power goes out, OR you're camping with no showers. You can't BEAT it. I, myself have very dark hair, so I sometimes use just a bit of "Translucent face power" instead. (just on my bangs) when I'm in a hurry & just need to quickly run to the store. I use a make-up brush to brush it on as it's easier to control the amount. NOT the same brush I use on my face! & I wash my make-up brushes REGULARLY with shampoo & water & I also add several drops of bleach to the water. I like the face power better because it's a bit darker than the baby powder. Don't use the new "Mineral foundations" on your hair. Only use plain old "Translucent power" (it's main ingredient is "Talc") I like the Cover Girl brand because it comes in a large container & is fairly cheap, but any brand will do!

By macfrodge (Guest Post)02/07/2008

I use the same thing - baby powder. I apply it and massage it a bit through my hair. Then I use the hairdryer and dry my hair in sections. Kind of freshens up the whole look and only takes a few minutes.

By pam munro [447]02/07/2008

I use scented dusting powder on my hair - best if you leave it in overnight - and then brush it out - if it makes your hair dull - use some glosser on it after you have cleaned it.

By Tammie [7]02/07/2008

Cornstarch also works.

By JoAnn Phillips [3]02/07/2008

This remedy is something that I heard people who can't wash their hair due to an injury, or stay in the hospital, etc. Dust baby powder on your hair and brush through. I do it in the morning before I hit the shower because I walk my dog first and I have very oily hair. It works for me....

By Linda (Guest Post)02/07/2008

I know if you have blonde hair in a pinch you can put a little bit of talcum powder (baby powder) on your hair and rub it in. Make sure you dont put too much on. It does work. Will be interesting to read others post.

By Stone (Guest Post)02/07/2008

Shake baby powder into your hair and then brush it out. A girlfriend in theatre shared this tip with me and it works. I have dark brown hair.

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