Oily Scalp Tips?

Does anyone know how to manage healthy hair for those with an oily scalp? i read that to help maintain healthy hair, you should skip washing it one or two days. I can't accomplish this because my hair literally starts to grease up the next morning! How can i help this? Are there any secret tips without help from a doctor that can keep my hair healthy and less greasy?



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By Diane (Guest Post)
June 26, 20080 found this helpful

I have heard to rinse your scalp with listerine or white vinegar followed by cool water. I have oily scalp also and have used the dial gold to wash my hair at night with no conditioner or I don't leave conditioner on for long and I always rinse with the coldest water I can stand. Don't know if it helps you or not hope so.

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By (Guest Post)
June 27, 20080 found this helpful

While someone with dry hair can go days without washing it, a person with oily hair cannot. The statement isn't a cover-all, just a generality. My hair is oily too, but it's extremely healthy--just because hair is oily doesn't mean that it's unhealthy, just different.


I find that blow-drying my hair makes it greasier, so I tend to allow it to dry naturally.

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June 27, 20080 found this helpful

I've battled oily hair and skin all my life; here are the things I've learned over the years that help:
1) Always wash and rinse your hair with lukewarm water, NEVER hot or cold. Extremes in water temperature overstimulate the oil glands in your scalp. (Same holds true for washing your face if it's oily too: always use lukewarm water.)
2) Lather and rinse twice, no more, no less. (Doing it only once is not enough to get rid of the oil, and doing it more than twice will overstimulate the oil glands.)
3) Lather gently and don't "scrub" at your scalp; doing it vigorously will overstimulate the oil glands.
4) If possible, leave the shampoo from the 2nd lathering on for at least 10 min. before rinsing.


5) If you towel-dry your hair, don't rub vigorously, just try to gently "pat" it dry. (And I've found that using a blowdryer or not doesn't seem to matter one way or the other about making my hair oilier. You might find differently, though. I've heard some people say that using it too hot makes their hair oilier.
6) If you can find them, use shampoos made for oily hair--hard to find these days, I know--or extra-body or "anti-flat" shampoos; and try to find at least 2 different brands that you like and alternate them. Believe it or not (I read this in Popular Science magazine and have found it to be true for me), oily hair sort of becomes immune to the same brand of shampoo if used twice or more in a row.
7) To each of the shampoos you buy, add peppermint extract (NOT the oil but the EXTRACT); about 1/4 teaspoon to a 16 oz. bottle of shampoo. (It's the peppermint in the extract that works, not the alcohol; I tried years ago adding a little rubbing alcohol to my shampoos to help dry the oil, what a mistake: it just overstimulated those darn oil glands!)

8) If possible, always use a comb on your hair rather than a brush; brushes can guessed it: the oil glands!
9) Depending on the color of your hair, you can use baby powder on it between shampoos to comb out some of the oiliness.
10) I know straight hair still seems to be the prevailing style; but if you can handle the idea of getting maybe just a "body" perm, that might help too. My hairdresser told me that the reason it helps is the perm kind of makes your hair shaft like it's thicker by crinkling it up, therefore it can handle more of the oil before it's noticeable. (Same thing goes for coloring your hair: it coats the hair shaft, actually making it thicker.)
Good luck; I wish you well, I know what you're going through!

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

I fail to see any connection between oily hair/scalp and unhealthy hair. I have oily hair too, and it's extremely healthy (haven't cut it in a year, and still no split ends, very silky, shiny...).As mentioned in the guest post below, I too let my hair air dry.


I also wash it in the morning, so I get more oil-free hours in the day. I try to keep it away from my forehead too (don't know if it's a coincidence, but when I had bangs, my forehead used to get oilier, and so did my hair, when it was close to that area).

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By colleen (Guest Post)
July 1, 20080 found this helpful

I also have a very oily scalp but healthy hair. I think the reason it's recommended not to wash your hair is because most damage to your hair happens during styling, which you do more after washing. Think about it, hot blow dryers, curling or flat irons, etc. Too much use of these can cause split ends, etc. It's not the actual washing that damages the hair.

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By jennifer (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

Water temperature IS important--rinsing with cool water makes any type of hair shiny.


Gentle handling of hair, and using cider vinegar as a final rinse is really good for oily hair.
Skipping washing just makes for rancid smelling hair!
The post from Lynne from Cal has the best tried and true tips.

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
July 2, 20080 found this helpful

I've been washing my hair every day for my entire life. My whole family washes their hair every day. Clean hair is healthy hair. Also, it helps with acne breakouts if you have a problem with oily skin too.

Right now I have salt and pepper colored hair that is fine textured but thick and full. Its shiny and looks healthy. I use extra strength Head and Shoulders shampoo every day without missing. If I miss a day, I use Nizoral Shampoo which is more expensive.

Good luck

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July 6, 20080 found this helpful

Oily hair dosn't mean its unhealthy. I would rather have oily hair over dry hair. I have had a dry hair problem before, and it drained me to death. I did everything to make my hair oily(healthy). It eventually worked and I wouldn't trade this hair for anything. When I wash my hair I only us conditoner, when I get out I use coconut milk oil,fructics anti frizz serum, and silk drops. I air dry my hair and straighten it when its dry. If my hair ever seems to oily, I use BedHead Control Freak Serum, it seems to dry it up for a little.

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By Elizabeth (Guest Post)
August 11, 20080 found this helpful

I too have oily hair and need to wash it EVERYDAY. I recently read a great tip: on the 2nd day, put conditioner on the ends of your hair. Then wash your hair with shampoo at the scalp only. Then rinse. It works great!

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By Marguerite (Guest Post)
August 28, 20080 found this helpful

I had ALWAYS had problems with oily hair. I wash my hair everyday and it usually is oily by the end of the day. I would always have to wash my hair again if I was going out at night. THE SOLUTION! When you wash your hair in the morning leave the shampoo in your hair for 5 minutes after you have scrub your head. I wash up and shave my legs and then rinse my hair! I can't believe it works! My hair isn't oily even the next morning. It also helps to keep your hands out of your hair! Would love to hear how it works for you! m_r380 AT

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By Dixie Girl (Guest Post)
November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I too suffer from the same problem. I have to wash my hair everyday because it is really oily I know that if I don't wash my hair it does not look good even pulled back in a ponytail. I have talked to my beauticians and doctor and my beauticians they all tell me try different products and techniques but none of them work. My doctor explained to me that you hair and nails are dead cells. The more you wash and dry the more you damage them. She said that if you can help it try only washing your hair every other day so I have been doing that even though it is embarrassing. I have to say that it is working. If you have oily hair that means that it is dry and your body it trying to correct that. When you condition you must leave it on for at least 20 min. This does make a difference.

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