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I have always had oily hair, but in the last several months the oiliness has just gotten worse and worse--to the point that I could wash it as usual and it would be extremely oily only a few hours later.
Instead of baby powder I use scented dusting powder as I don't really like the smell of baby powder! You can also combine using powder to de-grease hair with the modern dry shampoo sprays. This will help you get over the residue on your scalp, which often necessitates you washing your hair soon after a powder dry shampoo. This will make the commercial dry shampoo spray last longer, as you will need less.
By Pam from Los Angeles, CA
Mix the equivalent of the juice from 1 lemon with 1 cup water. Pour through your hair, and then rinse with warm water.
Soak your hair in a small basin of water with 1/4 cup cider vinegar, or put the concoction in a spray bottle, and spray on your hair. Then wash it out with warm water.
These remedies also help control nasty shampoo buildup.
By Rhonda L. from Charlotte NC, Upstate South Carolina
Put baby powder in your hair and then brush it out. I suggest brushing it out outside or in your shower for easier clean up.
By Ann from PA
I was raised partly by a grandmother and she was very thrifty with everthing. She taught me many easy solutions to all kinds of problems.
When your hair is greasy and you do not have time to wash it, try this. Take ordinary baking soda, put some it your hands and rub it all through your hair. Then brush your hair really well. All the grease will completely disappear.
It works great. I have used it many times on my own children.
By Lois from Baltimore, MD
When I was younger I stayed with my grandma, due too a bad winter storm we were snowed in and ran out of shampoo. We used the original green Palmolive dish washing liquid, it made our hair soft, clean, and grease free for several days. I would not use this everyday, but I think a few days a week would be OK. Hope this helps.
Source: My Grandma lived during the Depression and had hundreds of tips like this
By Vickie from Norfolk, VA
We used to do with my bedridden grandmother. Sprinkle a little baby powder or even better, a bit of cornstarch in her hair to refresh it. Then brush it briskly to remove the oils with the powder being brushed out.
This is a guide about using dry shampoo. There are times when you can't get your head wet, but it really needs to be cleaned.
To keep oily hair under control, I use a clarifying shampoo every other time I wash my hair. I always follow a thorough rinsing with a mixture of one quart water and 1/4 cup cider vinegar.
Hair gets greasy when shampoo is too hard. To solve this problem, just give your hair the oil it needs:
A quick temporary fix to greasy hair is to just sprinkle a bit of baby powder or talcum powder in it, and fluff it through. It will buy a bit of time until the hair can be washed!
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How do I remove oil from hair without washing?
Moni from Hyattsville, MD
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.
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.
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....
Cornstarch also works.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. : )
I have really long, thick dark brown hair.
we washed our hair every other day growing up we did all sorts of things.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Why when I wash my hair, the next day it's oily and dirty looking like it hasn't been washed in days?
Rubbing a little bit of baby powder should do the trick.
There is no way to keep oil from flowing from your pores and scalp, but if you use a cleansing type shampoo every time you wash your hair, it will at least remove any buildup of oil and products that you are using. That said, don't use any shampoo that is moisturizing or volumizing, but just a basic shampoo. Keep conditioner only on the ends too. You don't need any extra "moisture" on the hair that is nearest to your scalp, as mother nature is taking care of that.
How much product are you putting on your hair? It may be too much! You can cleanse your hair & scalp by adding baking soda to your shampoo. Besides using dusting powder or baby powder for dry shampoo - there are also now wonderful dry shampoos out on the market now - I like the one by Suave.
My husband has extremely oily hair. He can shower and by the end of the day, it is totally oily. Is there any kind of shampoo that can counteract this or any other solution?
I take a shower everyday, but my hair always looks greasy/oily. What can I do?
By Marta G.
I have extremely oily hair with dandruff and it is falling out. What can I do?
By Suhani from Punjab
Try using Pure Emu Oil. Be sure that it is 100% pure and from Australia as its potency depends upon how it is made. You can massage it into your hair and scalp before bed and wash out in the morning. Good luck to you.
Diet, age, genetics and hot/humid weather have a lot to do with oily hair and dandruff (and oily skin in general). I also want you to know that every single human being looses up to one hundred hairs every day and that is completely normal!
When you wash your hair don't scrub your scalp hard but rather just hard enough to get the scalp and hair clean. Scrubbing the scalp vigorously stimulates the oil glands. Try to avoid foods with saturated fats and sugar as much as possible too. :-)
Chemicals can cause all kinds of problems. You might try using a J R Liggett's shampoo bar. I just discovered these, although they have been around for centuries. These contain no chemicals at all. They do contain lye which simply bonds all soaps, and you can make your own just like body soap if you choose to do so. I wanted to try them before I wanted to make some, so my health food store ordered some in. Saved on S&H from buying from the site.
They have all kinds of them, and while you might not like the way your hair feels, (I didn't) after washing, it will dry beautifully. This is because it does not strip the oils from your hair (result will be no dandruff!). I think you are dealing with a chemical problem which is why I am making this suggestion. There are other chemically made shampoo bars which will simply cause the same problem you are having. Do check them out, and good luck to you!
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I have a 12 year old daughter with long hair that is greasy the next day after she washes it. We have tried stopping all conditioners and even washing her hair with Head and Shoulders. So far that has dried her hair and made it frizzy.
I'm looking for a good product either natural or store bought to help her with this greasy hair problem. It would make my teen happy if you have got a good idea. Please send it on we would appreciate any help.
By ScrpBkBon from Cincinnati, OH
It sounds like she just needs to wash it every day. If it is really, really long, she could just wash the hair against her head, (and not wet the pony tail). This is what a friend of mine used to do. Also, if she uses conditioner, she can only condition from the pony tail down. (02/18/2010)
I totally disagree with Jilson (about washing her hair everyday, I think her idea about not washing the ponytail is good). Your daughter needs to do the opposite (wash her hair less often!) because the more you wash your hair (or your face) the more your body rebels and makes even more oils. Ask any doctor! This is the first mistake people with acne or oily hair make, they wash their face or hair too often which makes their body make even more oils!
Wash her hair no more than 2 times a week and if her hair gets dirty during the off (non-shampooing) days, use a quality dry shampoo to get rid of the oil. If her hair is light colored, she can simply use any baby or talcum powder (being careful not to inhale the powder). Just sprinkle the power or spray the dry shampoo into her hair then brush out the excess powder with a clean, dry brush. This will soak up the excess oil. Keep the power or dry shampoo away from her scalp, use only on the hair.
As someone who's had oily hair since the age of 11, the answer is simple: Wash it every day. People shower every day, so why not wash your hair while you're in the shower, right? :-)
At your daughter's age, it's especially important to include daily hair washing as part of her routine, because the oil from hair can get onto the face, creating problems or potential problems with acne.
Please don't use harsh shampoos like Head and Shoulders however, that's for dandruff, not oily hair. A nice, mild shampoo is sufficient.
And while you don't want her loading up on conditioner, it's important to use a conditioner especially made for oily hair. Even oily hair can be damaged by lack of conditioning, especially if your daughter blow-dries her hair.
Shampooing every day will not damage hair. What will damage it is trying to find something that will keep her hair clean and non-oily for days. Because a product like that would be way too harsh, anyway.
Cyinda's advice, while well-intentioned, could do a lot of damage. Listerine is way too astringent for use in hair. Combing conditioner through it will only add to the oiliness. Powder and/or dry shampoos are a disaster for oily hair, as I found out the hard way when I was 11. There's a reason people wash their hair every day; it's good hygiene, and it works. :-) (02/19/2010)
I came across a new movement to "not" shampoo hair and use a baking soda rinse, followed by a rinse of plain water, and I like it. My hair is a little oily, but if you brush long hair every day, it distributes oil along shaft from scalp area so that moderates oil.
The soda rinse is made by 2-3 tablespoons in glass of warm water, make sure glass is actually plastic for safety, rub into scalp and massage through hair just as if it were shampoo, then rinse. Hair feels clean, has shine, and looks good. Once in a while use a plain shampoo, like Suave which has been watered down, like 1 tablespoon in glass of warm water. I shampoo about every 4th time. Sometimes just rinsing hair with warm water helps, because what you are rinsing out is the sweat of the day, dust, etc. (02/19/2010)
We use vinegar as a rinse. Works well, and any type of vinegar will work. It is the perfect ph, so won't dry out your hair. It is also a natural antibody fighter, so will also work against any blackheads and such. (02/21/2010)
I'm 36 weeks pregnant, because of my pregnancy I have had extremely oily hair. I would wash it one day and the next it would be oily again. I did some research on the problem and found that many people recommend using tea tree Oil in their shampoo. I tried it, and sure enough it worked. My hair was silky, shiny, soft, and definitely not oily. You can find tea tree oil at pretty much any store. I myself went to Walgreen's and got a small bottle of it for nine dollars. I also bought a little re-usable lotion/shampoo bottle which I put a mixture of shampoo and tea tree oil. When you do mix the oil and shampoo, you only need a tiny amount of the tea tree oil for it to work. I hope this works for you. (02/22/2010)
I have very oily hair as well. I wash it most days.
But, when I need to go a day without washing, I use a little baby powder. I have dark hair so I have to be careful not to use too much. If you use a little around the roots as soon as you get your hair dry and then the next day use a little more, it works quite well. Just use a little, comb it in, then use a little more. It helps absorb some of the oil. Has really saved me on camping trips! (02/22/2010)
She should be washing her hair every day because of oils caused by puberty which can also affect her facial skin as previously mentioned (this can happen at menopause, too), but the trick for the scalp to not overly produce oils is using a mild shampoo and "do not scrub". Scrubbing actually stimulates the scalp oil glands!
Simply apply the shampoo to the entire scalp and gently wash the scalp with fingertips and then work the lather through the rest of the hair. A vinegar rinse is a good idea too and she should indeed use conditioner because her hair is long, and especially if she blows it dry, but just don't apply the conditioner to the scalp.
Baby powder, talcum power, or baking soda gently brushed through the scalp area will help to keep the oiliness from being noticeable on days there simply isn't time for a shampoo.
This advice is from a former pubescent and thereafter over thirty years as a hairstylist as were my parents before me ;-) (02/22/2010)
As a person who has had extremely oily hair her entire life, I too disagree with Cyinda. Have her wash her hair every day. I've found that switching shampoos every two weeks makes a difference for me. And yes, some shampoos cut the oil better than others. Also, tell her to never wash or rinse her hair in hot water; the cooler she can stand it, the better for oily hair. Hot water opens the oil ducts; cool water closes them.
I do not use a blow dryer either; the heat from it stimulates the oil glands. Ditto for hot rollers, curling irons, etc. I allow my hair to air dry. Between shampoos, I brush cornstarch through my hair. I've found that it absorbs oil better than other powders. I also used to rinse my hair with lemon juice. It may be drying to some, but my oily hair could handle it. (02/23/2010)
Tell her to try Aussie's Cleanse and Mend Shampoo, it is formulated to dry out greasy roots while maintaining moisturized ends. Another tip is that when you do condition your hair, only apply conditioner to the hair that falls below your ear lobes, our scalps make more than enough oils to keep our roots moisturized.
Another thing would be to stay away from shampoos with sodium laureth sulfate, which is the ingredient in shampoo/face washes that strips dirt and grim from the hair/skin. This often makes our scalp over produce oils in order to compensate for the stripped moisture. (02/26/2010)
Thanks to everyone who had suggestions for my daughter. So far this week she has has had her hair cut to a more manageable length and she has been using a clarifying shampoo and a good conditioner only for the ends of her hair. Last week she tried Suave for a double shampoo and a cool water and white vinegar rinse. She has also changed her habits of needlessly scrubbing her scalp. She even stopped blow drying and has gone to a wide toothed comb. I appreciate all your kind advice and thanks again :)
My handicapped sister has hair that is far more oily than any I have ever seen or heard of. It's a terrible problem and even washing every day doesn't help much.