What Is The Best Hair Care Routine For Greasy Hair?

Whilst it’s normal for some people to have oilier hair than others, you may be able to keep oily hair under control by making some simple changes to the hair products you use and your hair care routine.

Oily roots can leave hair looking greasy, lank, or weighed down. If you’re fed up with washing your hair every day just to keep it looking fresh and the oil at bay, then it’s time to rethink your hair care routine.

The first step to banishing greasy hair is understanding why hair gets oily and what causes it.

Our scalp produces a natural oil called sebum which is very important to the health of our scalp and hair as it keeps it healthy and moisturised.

Everyone’s scalp produces sebum, but some people’s scalp produces more than others. An excessive amount of sebum can leave hair looking greasy, which can in turn trap dust, dirt, and impurities in the hair, weighing it down and leaving it looking dull and lank.

Greasy hair can also be caused by using the wrong hair product, or even a build-up of hair product.

People with all different hair types can experience greasy hair, but it can be more noticeable and therefore more of a problem for those with particularly thin or fine hair.

So how do we solve the issue of greasy hair? Read on to find out more about hair care for greasy hair, and what you can do to help improve the appearance of excessively oily hair.

What products are best for greasy hair?

If you’re having problems with greasy hair, the first thing to do is review which products you’re putting onto your hair and scalp.

Some hair products can exacerbate the problem or worsen the appearance of oily hair.

The best products for oily hair are those that are natural, gentle, cleansing, balancing, and clarifying. It’s also important to choose hair care products that don’t build up and weigh down hair.


Shampooing is very important for cleansing, removing excess oil and freshening up greasy hair, but it’s important to ensure that you are cleansing your hair gently with the right type of product. Although you want to remove the excess oil, you want to do so gently rather than using harsh ingredients that may strip your hair completely, encouraging your scalp to produce sebum even faster. The best kinds of shampoos for greasy hair are gentle, natural, and clarifying shampoos. Avoid shampoos that contain any sort of silicon, as these will only cause excessive buildup.

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Avoid conditioners that are too thick or marketed as being intensive, as these can create a moisture imbalance and cause your hair to become greasier quicker. Ideally, you want a balancing, lightweight, natural conditioner. It also makes sense that you should avoid conditioners that list a thick oil as the main ingredient.


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Haircare tips for greasy hair

Follow these five simple hair care tips below to get oily hair under control.

Avoid washing hair too often

If you have an oily scalp and hair that starts to look greasy very quickly, it is tempting to wash your hair as often as possible to keep it looking fresh, but this could be counter-intuitive.

When you wash your hair daily, your scalp works hard to produce sebum quickly to replace what has been lost. Some people find that by putting up with a few bad hair days in the short term, they can prevent their hair from getting greasy as quickly in the long term. And let’s face it, washing and styling hair daily can be time-consuming and inconvenient, so it’s worth a try.

Use less conditioner to avoid adding weight to your hair

As well as choosing the type of conditioner you use carefully, you should also go easy on the application. Conditioners can build up and add weight to hair, so less is usually more when your hair is oily.

Avoid putting products near the roots of your hair

When applying conditioner or styling products to your hair, avoid applying them to your scalp and the roots of your hair as this will only increase the greasiness. The sebum that your scalp produces naturally moisturises the roots of your hair anyway, so it is not necessary to apply conditioners or masks to your roots.

Use dry shampoo to absorb oil and extend the time between washes

If you have greasy hair, dry shampoo is your friend. Dry shampoo helps to freshen up your hair between washes by absorbing oil to get rid of that greasy sheen. It can also help to pump up and volumise flat hair. If you’re trying to reduce the frequency with which you wash your hair, dry shampoo can also help you to get through those first few days or weeks when your hair is still particularly greasy.

Limit touching and brushing your hair

Hands off the hair. Excessively brushing or playing with your hair can stimulate your scalp to produce more oil, so if your hair is feeling greasy, resist the urge to mess with it too much. You also risk worsening the problem when you touch your hair by transferring oil or grease from your hands onto your hair.

Here at Nereus London, our award-winning range of naturally nourishing hair care products use gentle and organic ingredients to cleanse and soothe your scalp and nourish your hair, without causing build-up or leaving your hair greasy. We recommend our detoxifying natural and organic shampoo for cleansing and detoxing oily hair.