Greasy Hair and How To Get Rid of It In 6 Easy Steps

February 22, 2019

Samantha Bun

No day feels worse than when you have greasy hair on your scalp. Oily hair looks flat, slick, wet and unsightly. It can also be incredibly difficult to style. And it also feels gross and can greatly affect one’s self esteem. If your client has greasy hair and wants a quick solution, here is some information you can use to assist them.


The pores on your skin have sebaceous glands which secretes an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is what gives hair its natural shine, keeping it healthy and smooth. This is what prevents hair from becoming dry and breaking. This becomes a problem when the sebaceous glands produce an excess of sebum, resulting in oily and greasy hair.

This can occur for a variety of reasons:

  1. Issues with the scalp: hereditary, hormonal changes (pregnancy and puberty), or changes in lifestyle, or weather.
  2. Poor care and routine habits: Diet, an incorrect hair routine and some medication can also affect hair greasiness.


There are some preventative measures you can advise your clients to take or ways to manage their greasy hair. Here are some recommendations:

1. Avoid touching and brushing hair too frequently

First things first, lay off touching hair with hands and too frequently brushing hair. This will spread grease further down the hair strands and make hair even more greasy.

2. Avoid over washing and scrubbing

Greasy hair could also be a result of overwashing hair. When hair is over washed and scrubbed, it can strip the hair of its natural oils. When this occurs, the scalp can overproduce oils to make up for the oils it has lost.

For this reason, clients who wash their hair daily may feel that their hair is oily after one day of not washing hair. Advise them to space out their washes every 2 to 3 days and to use dry shampoo in between. Dry shampoos are a good in-between remedy that can also help with absorption of oils without stripping hair of natural oils. Their scalp will eventually get used to this routine and better manage oil production.

Product recommendations: 

Inebrya Instant Dry Shampoo is a fantastic dry shampoo for fine and greasy hair. It can be used in between washes to alleviate oiliness in hair. Spray and leave on for one minute before brushing hair.

                         Inebrya Dry Shampoo


Instant Rockstar’s Dirty Weekend Dry Shampoo is also effective at absorbing natural oils and prolonging the life of your hairstyle. It also comes in three different shades to suit your hair tone; light, medium or dark.


Instant Rockstar Dirty Weekend Dry Shampoo Medium


3. Wash hair with cold water

Hot water stimulates the sebaceous glands and can lead to over production of sebum. It is advised to wash hair with cold water for 30 seconds at the end of a shower to remove the shampoo and conditioner, and seal off the cuticle.

4. Air dry hair

As hot water stimulates the scalp and oil production, so does hot air. Try to air dry hair as much as possible to reduce both heat damage and control oil production.

5. Use clarifying shampoo

Using the wrong product, or products in excess, can also lead to an excess of grease. This may require a switch in their hair care routine and the products they use. They can opt for a mild shampoo and light conditioner that can help balance the moisture and oil production in hair.

You can recommend your clients to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to cleanse the scalp and remove the build-up of products such as heavy conditioners or other styling products.

Product recommendations:

Inebrya Balance Shampoo regulates sebum production in oily hair and scalps. It tones, soothes and performance an effective cleansing action to bring the scalp back to balance.

Inebrya Balance Shampoo 300ml
                    Inebrya Balance Shampoo

6. Diet

Your client’s diet can also affect the quality of their hair. B Vitamins are one of the best vitamins for hair growth, so make sure they are having plenty of vitamin B2 and B6 which directly correlates with their level of sebum production. This will help combat greasy hair!

If none of these remedies work, then we highly recommend your client sees a doctor as greasy hair with other problems such as dandruff and hair loss could be a result of seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.


When sebum blocks the hair root, this can result in other issues such as hair loss, dandruff and limpness in hair.

  • Hair loss: Excess oil can suggest inflammation in the scalp, which slows down hair growth. This can be treated by restoring the normal biome of your scalp. Reduce inflammation and sebum production will be slowed, hence reducing hair loss. Also ask them to reflect on their diet and whether they are intaking enough B vitamins, zinc and good fats. These are essentials that can help combat hair loss.
  • Dandruff: Excessive oil build up can lead to dandruff. Dandruff can also produce and excess of oil that combines with a yeast commonly found on the scalp called Malassezia. Combined, these two can be quite irritating on the scalp. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo with salicylic acid that cleanses, cuts down scalp oil and fights yeast. Other natural remedies with antifungal and antibacterial properties may also do the trick, such as apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and coconut oil.
  • Limp hair: for those with fine and straight hair, greasiness may weigh the hair down making it limp and lifeless. To fix this, opt for a dry shampoo and spray to the root. Rub it in with fingertips to soak all the oils. Curling hair may also be an effective solution as it stops the oil from travelling down.

Another handy tool to have on hand is Instant Rockstar’s Star Dust Matte Powder which can be used to top up when out and about. It is also designed to remove excess oil and moisture from hair, giving hair that extra volume and oomph when it feels flat and lifeless.

Instant Rockstar Star Dust Matte Powder Dark 50 ml
Instant Rockstar Star Dust Matte Powder Dark

On days that greasy hair is too hard to manage, they can tie their hair back into a half or full ponytail to get it out the way. The oil will help make it look like a nice slicked back ponytail. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.


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