If there is one thing that even the laziest of us can’t put up with, it has to be greasy hair. It does not just look disgusting, but it is also extremely uncomfortable and itchy. But that extra five minutes of shampooing and conditioning, plus the five hours of living with wet hair are things we just can't be bothered with sometimes, isn’t it?
- How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Without Washing It?
- 1. Dry shampoo
- 2. Baby powder
- 3. Blotting paper
- 4. Mini blowout
- 5. Toner
- 6. Tease your hair
- Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Greasy Hair
- Hairstyles For Greasy Hair
- FAQs about greasy hair
How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair Without Washing It?
We need a solution to get rid of greasy hair without washing it. Of course, a hat is always a sneaky option for hiding dirty roots, but when all of your hair needs to be exposed, what's a girl to do? To help you get out of this ‘sticky’ situation, here are some ways to reduce that oily feeling in your strands (at home).
1. Dry shampoo
The simplest solution to the greasy hair problem, of course, is dry shampoo. If you have never tried this miracle product, we suggest you do so ASAP. Just a few sprays of this product can give you an extra day between washes along with unbelievable volume and texture. All you have to do is spray it on your roots, wait a minute, rub it in, and brush it out. Pretty simple, right?
2. Baby powder
If you have run out of your favourite dry shampoo, here’s another product that is just as effective to help get rid of all the excess grease. Baby powder is the multipurpose beauty product that has been handling greasy scalp problems for centuries. And it still can. Just sprinkle a little along parting lines and rub in. Grease be gone!
3. Blotting paper
Just like you’d use blotting paper to get rid of the shine on your face, you can use it on your scalp too (God bless whoever invented this little sheets!). Simply part your hair in a few different places, and run the blotting paper along your scalp and roots. Ta-da! Super fresh and bouncy locks!
4. Mini blowout
Greasy hair tends to look extremely flat and limp. Therefore, one of the easiest ways to give your greasy strands a quick pick-me-up is to blow dry them a little. This trick will help amp up the volume and instantly make your hair appear less greasy. Simply use a round brush on key areas like around your forehead, and blow-dry.
When we think of toner, we mostly think of skincare. However, what we miss is that toners also have some alcohol content. This can be a lifesaver when your hair looks greasy! Yes, the alcohol content in a toner can fix your greasy hair in a matter of seconds. If you don’t have one, go for the cheapest one as long as the label says ‘contains alcohol’. Store it in a spritzer and apply it on your hair roots. It’ll work amazingly to get rid of oily hair.
6. Tease your hair
When your hair gets greasy, one of the worst things that can happen is that your mane becomes flat. This may end up making it look even worse, so to get rid of that look, tease your hair a bit. Divide your hair into small sections, use some hairspray and tease it with a comb. This will add some bounce and volume to your hair and make it look fresher without a hair wash. Say bye to greasy hair!
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Greasy Hair
If those tips and tricks aren’t enough, then worry not! There are enough things in the kitchen that you can use to get rid of the grease. Here are some that we’d suggest:
1. Baking soda
Did you know that the good ol’ baking soda lying in your kitchen works just fine to get rid of the grease in your hair? Being an abrasive agent with exfoliation properties, baking soda absorbs the oil and dirt in your hair. It will prove to be a blessing when your mane has become super greasy and you don’t have time to wash it.
How to use:
- Simply dust some baking soda on your hairline and scalp and scatter it using a makeup brush.
- Use your fingers to remove excess.
- Another way to use it is by combining it with water and making a paste.
- Spread the paste all over your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes and then wash it off.
- This powerful agent will quickly restore your hair health.
If you don't happen to have baby powder lying around, but you do have some cornstarch, that'll work just fine too. But for people with dark hair, just cornstarch may not work as it tends to leave behind a white cast.
How to use:
- Therefore, you can try mixing in a little bit of cocoa powder with the cornstarch and rubbing it into your roots. An added plus? Your hair will smell delicious!
3. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the best ingredients that can be used as a home remedy. Whether it’s your skin or your hair, it pampers everything. So it should not come as a surprise that this ingredient can be a cure for your greasy mane as well! Using aloe vera gel on your hair can detoxify your scalp as well as nourish your roots.
How to use:
- Mix some aloe vera gel as required with a few drops of lemon and apply all over your scalp.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.
4. Lemon juice
Did you think lemon juice would come to your rescue to get rid of greasy hair? We bet you didn’t! Well, lemon is a versatile ingredient and when it comes to your mane, let us tell you that it provides it with a lot of benefits.
How to use:
- To use this versatile ingredient for your greasy hair, simply take one cup lemon juice, mix some water and apply it on your tresses.
- Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
5. Rice water
We know you’ve all heard tales of Yao women using rice water for growing their hair to incredible lengths, but did you know this miraculous water could help you get rid of greasy hair as well? Since it is rich in amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants, it is an excellent detox for your hair. By detoxifying your hair, it get rids of the accumulated grease.
How to use:
- To use rice water, soak rice in water overnight and then strain it.
- Use it on your hair next day, massage for a few minutes and rinse with water.
- Allow your hair to dry and watch the magic unfold!
6. Multani mitti
One of nature’s most considerable gifts, multani mitti is one of the best organic absorbents that works amazingly for getting rid of greasy hair. It’s an effective cleanser that absorbs oil and removes dirt from the scalp. Hence, a multani mitti hair pack should be your go-to when you need to get rid of greasy hair naturally.
How to use:
- All you need to do is 2 tablespoons of multani mitti and some water.
- Mix the two properly till you achieve a semi-thick consistency.
- Apply it generously on the scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with cold water.
Hairstyles For Greasy Hair
Just because your hair looks greasy doesn't mean it can't look good! We are here with 3 easy hairstyles for oily hair that'll make you look good. Check them out:
1. Messy bun
The messy bun is one of the easiest yet fabulous options for those who aren’t great at styling their locks! Easy to style, this bun makes you look chic and also hides those greasy tresses effortlessly. Plus, nobody looks bad in a messy bun – take that from us! Just gather your hair into a high ponytail, secure with a hair tie, and leave hair in a loop for a final pull-through. Wrap the loose ends, fluff out the bun and pull some strands out near your face. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy?
2. Side braid with headband
If you want to look cute when styling your oily mane, then here’s one easy hairstyle for greasy hair! Using headbands will make any look adorable, and that’s what this style is about. Tie your hair into a side braid, and simply add a headband! Looks cute? Check. Covers oily hair? Double-check.
3. Sleek ponytail
Seems obvious? Well, that’s because it is one of the best ways to hide greasy hair. Besides, a sleek ponytail gives you a very smooth and modern look. Simply brush your hair into a high ponytail, secure it tightly and use the setting spray if required. This classy style will hide your oily hair very well.
FAQs about greasy hair
Q. Why is my hair greasy after 1 day?
A. One of the possible reasons could be overwashing. When you wash your hair, your scalp produces more sebum. When you wash your hair every other day, this can lead to overproduction of sebum, giving you oily hair.
Q. What causes greasy hair?
A. There can be multiple reasons for your hair being greasy. Some of the most common ones include touching your hair often (which leads to excessive oil production), using the wrong hair products,over-conditioning, an unhealthy diet and untreated conditions on the scalp.
Q. What foods cause greasy hair?
A. Fried food, too much salt, refined carbs and sugar are the main culprits that give you greasy hair. Control the consumption of these in your diet, and your hair and health will thank you for it!
Q. Is it OK to wash your hair everyday if it’s oily?
A. Yes, if you have oily hair, you can wash it daily. However, sometimes use a dry shampoo to increase the gap between two washes.
Written by Urvi Dalal on Sep 21, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!