Can you get rid of oily hair?

Is there a way to get rid of oily hair, or am I stuck with my greasy hair forever?

When I asked my hairdresser if she had any tips on how to get rid of oily hair her first answer was telling me to wash my hair less often. As counterintuitive as it seems, oils are produced when the skull gets dry and washing your hair often results in just that – a dry skull. To summarise, washing more dries the skin on your head that then produces more oils resulting in oily hair. Ok, I thought, it makes sense and I don’t really enjoy spending lots of time on washing, drying and styling my hair, so I decided to give it a try.

It seems that every girl I talk to has the same problem – they want to get rid of oily hair. Is there a solution to this first world problem that doesn’t involve one washing their hair on a daily basis?

She also told me not to shampoo too much. After skipping to confess that I usually shampoo 3 times, I silently decided to go back to two. I was also recommended to try a new shampoo, preferably one that is as natural as possible. I promised to get one as soon as I’ve spent all of the bottles that were in my bathroom. (still working on that)

Now I’m on a regimen of washing my hair twice a week and I fight my urges and shampoo only two times. I’m researching to find some new products. Hopefully, they will help my hair stay clean longer than a day or two. What has been a real life saviour is my precious Batiste dry shampoo, one of the products that I can’t imagine my life without. Other than becoming the master of dry shampoos, I still haven’t discovered any other tricks to save my hair from the overproduction of oils. I read online that some recommend using apple vinegar or lemon to clean the skull of any dirt and residue. I will try out both options in hopes of getting some results. But, I also hope to hear from you.

I know I’m not the only one dealing with this. I would really like to hear what all of you are doing to beat or manage this problem. Any great products you tried and recommend? Tips, tricks, home remedies? Really, any suggestion is very appreciated. My next solution is to turn into a hat lady that hides all her dirty secrets under a stylish hat.

Ivona Josipovic

Ivona Josipovic is a co-founder of The Smoke Detector, writer, fashion stylist, social media manager, curious creature, chocolate lover.

    1. Hi Yanika,
      Thanks for sharing your tips. I washed my hair brushes, hope it will help. I am trying to use apple vinegar as I read somewhere it helps, so we’ll see. What happened to you after not washing your hair for 4 months?! Did you do a post about that? If so, please share the link. Ivona

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