How To Get Rid Of Oily Hair: 10 Solutions That Actually Work

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How To Make Your Hair Less Oily: Solutions That Actually Work

If your hair is feeling greasy, you may be desperately searching for the answer for how to get rid of oily hair. It's not impossible, but certain products can actually make your build-up worse.

Instead, there are others ways to go about this, from embracing dry shampoo to learning to condition only the ends. You can also train your oily hair to need less frequent washings! But a big part of the battle is just choosing the right products, and we've got 10 that will do the trick for you.

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1. n:p beautiful Volumizing Dry Shampoo

This high-end formula does more than give you beautiful second- and third-day hair. Its volumizing formula tackles limp roots so it feels like you washed your hair again. Plus, n:p beautiful donates 10 percent of all yearly net profits to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


2. CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

This shampoo gently cleanses and rids hair and scalp of impurities while balancing oils and strengthening the hair. The invigorating and soothing benefits of tea tree oil and peppermint oil work together to balance scalp oils and maintain moisture levels.

(Ulta, $17)

3. Vitabrid Scalp Shampoo

This K-beauty wonder is packed with safe and effective ingredients to improve scalp and hair health. Unlike other shampoos that only remove sebum and surface contamination, Vitabrid’s version fully cleanses while promoting scalp nutrition and moisture balance at the same time.

(Barneys, $32)

4. BioSilk Silk Therapy Dry Clean Shampoo

This is a water-free spray that cleans and refreshes hair, absorbs excess oil and eliminates odor. It luxuriously transforms dry, damaged hair with a soft and resilient glow. Providing a healthy way to care for you and your hair, it even helps protect against future damage.

(Biosilk, $17)

5. Groh Stimulating Scalp Serum

This oil-free serum, created with the natural antioxidant ergothioneine, whose unique transporter delivers this bionutrient directly to scalp cells, nourishes hair follicle cells that produce stronger and more vibrant hair. Stimulating properties rebalance oil, soothe dryness, and reduce itchiness and flakiness for a healthier scalp. 


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6. Keune Care Derma Regulate Shampoo

Keune Care Derma Regulate balances oily hair and scalp. This deep cleansing formula regulates the scalp’s sebum secretion. Derma Control Complex includes Essential Minerals, bio-sulphur and betaines to calm the scalp and slow excess sebum production.


7. VOLOOM Rootie the Rootlifter

The VOLOOM is the only hot tool specifically designed to add lasting volume, easily and without product or expensive blowouts. The secret patented plates, which gently build lasting structure into the under-layers of the hair, lift the top layers up and away from the scalp, preventing oil from your scalp moving down your hair shaft.

(Voloom, $130)

8. Drybar On The Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub

Apply a generous dollop into wet hair and massage vigorously into scalp and through to ends. Continue lathering throughout hair. Rinse well. Follow with your favorite conditioner. Use 1-2 times per week to remove build-up.

(The Dry Bar, $32)

9. Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner

This is a rehydrating toner and scalp energizer that contains a mildly astringent formula (and includes Witch Hazel) that absorbs excess oil.

(Philip Kingsley, $14)

10. Nature's Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

While it may seem weird that adding oil to the hair is a solution for oily hair, coconut oil is great for lifting oil from the scalp, but also keeping hair conditioned.


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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at

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