8 Simple Ways to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Fast

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

 Are you constantly looking for ways to make your hair less greasy? Follow our 8 simple tips to banish, reduce and get rid of greasy hair for good.  

Greasy hair is something that most people will have to deal with at one point or another. Whether it is at a festival where the shower facilities are questionable at best, life getting in the way and not having time, and sometimes, like having oily skin, it’s just a part of what makes you, you.  

What makes your hair greasy? 

Your scalp is constantly producing sebum, which is a natural oil that keeps your scalp healthy and hydrated, and in turn, your hair. Some people produce more than others, which causes hair to clump together instead of moving freely. Hello, oily hair day.  Sometimes, it is down to products which build up over time, along with sweat, dust, pollutants and diet high in refined carbohydrates can also contribute to the problem. While there is no cure, there are things you can do to keep it under control.  


Keep conditioner in the lengths and ends 

After shampooing, conditioner is still needed in the bottom ⅔ of your hair to keep the lengths and ends moisturizedAvoid adding conditioner to your roots, as this will weigh your hair down causing oily roots. If you neglect conditioner, your scalp will try to compensate by producing extra oils to counteract the dryness. Same goes for any oils and creams after you wash, keep them to the ends and lengths to avoid product build-up.  



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Use Dry Shampoo

Between washes, add a bit of dry shampoo or baby powder to your roots to add volume and to absorb oil from your roots, making it appear less greasy in an instant. It will also allow you more time between washes, which will, in turn, make your hair less greasy in the long run. Just don’t rely on it too much, as it can lead to more problems. Check out our blog here on dry shampoo.



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Try to wash less often 

Totally counterintuitive right? No. The more you wash your hair, the more your scalp will work to replace the natural oils you have just washed out. This makes your hair greasier over time.  So, while you might be itching to wash your hair every day, you are probably making it worse. Try to cut it down to every 3 days, adding in a clarifying treatment once a week to reset your scalp. 


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Brush wisely and with a clean brush 

Like makeup brushes, your hair brushes need to be kept clean and free of dead hair and product build up.  Clean your brush every week or so and also remember not to overdo it. Or under do it. Be the Goldilocks of hair brushing. Too much will stimulate oil production, too little will stop the oils from being distributed down the hair, so it will just sit on your scalp. 



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 Stop touching your hair 

We know it’s hard to not fiddle with your hair, but try to keep your hair out of your hands and face and avoid playing with it. They also produce their own natural oils which can easily be transferred to your hair, thus making it greasy.  


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Use products for your hair type 

Once you know your hair type, use products that work with it. (Not sure what yours is? check this article out for more info) Oily hair needs specialist products. Pick products specifically formulated for oily hair.  Clarifying shampoos are fantastic for resetting your scalp, although they are quite drying so keep the usage to once every week or so. Conditioners are still an important factor for oily hair, and like oily skin, you still need to add moisture to your routine. Applying Moroccan oil to your scalp, massaging it for a few minutes and then comb out will also improve the balance of oil in your hair. 



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Use heatless styling  

Give your locks a break from the heat styling and try wearing your hair in preventative styles that keep it off your face. Using straighteners frequently makes your hair lie flatter on your head and in turn closer to the oils on your scalp – oily hair day. French/ Dutch braids, a halo braid, a good oldfashioned messy bun, and if in doubt, rock a beanie or a silk head scarf to cover up those roots.  


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Clean your pillowcase regularly 

Washing and treating your hair is all well and good, but if you are still going to bed on a dirty pillowcase, it’s kind of a lost cause. Cotton will absorb the oils from your hair and let it build up on your pillowcase, along with mites, bacteria, which are bad news for your scalp. Not to mention, sleeping on cotton is a oneway ticket to bead head. Messy hair means more hair products before work in the morning, and more products mean more oil. 

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.