Typical Hair Regimen For Oily Hair


Hair Treatment: Do an apple cider vinegar rinse after every wash. Use a Pre-Shampoo treatment for Oily Hair. Use it only on the scalp and wash thoroughly after.

Shampoo: Shampoo hair twice per week. Use a shampoo that can strip hair of oils effectively without damaging the hair. One suggestion is to add baking soda to regular organic shampoo or add 3 drops of tea tree oil to an organic shampoo. Or make your own shampoo with Castile soap and essential oils. Make sure your shampoo contains no sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens or other harsh chemicals.

Condition: Use a conditioner that does not have any excess oils.  The Deep Conditioner Recipe For Oily Hair is not oily but will leave hair feeling refreshed and silky. Only use conditioner on the hair itself not on the scalp. Wash conditioner from hair thoroughly.

Deep Condition: Once per month or once every six weeks. Use the Deep Conditioner Recipe for Oily Hair, store any excess you may have in the fridge and use it as a facial if your face is oily too.

Hair Styles: Wear your hair up and out of the way as much as possible. Oily hair attracts dirt more than normal hair. Until the problem of oiliness is addressed, protective styles are best. Oily hair looks really good in curly hair styles, straighter hairstyles tend to look wet and stringy.

Products: Herbal Luxuries Tea Tree Healthy Hair & Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner (Healthy stimulating rich herbal shampoo with tea tree oil, vitamins and nutrients for healthy hair and scalp. Invigorating but gentle. Deep cleans without stripping the hair. Helps control dandruff and oily hair.)

Note, that the recommendation is for an organic product without the harsh chemicals that are usually found in shampoos. Find an organic shampoo of your choice or make your own.

Hair Moisturizer:  Not recommended if hair is severely oily.

Oils: tea tree oil, jojoba oil, rosemary oil and hazelnut oil. These oils are not ‘oily’ nor will they coat the hair.

Must Have Products For Oily Hair: Organic Shampoo, Lemon Juice, Tea Tree Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda.

Hair Relaxer: Oily hair does better with relaxers than dry hair. Choose a good quality relaxer. I have no suggestions at the moment.

Products on the Black List for Oily Hair: Any product that contains oils that will coat the hair shaft such as castor oil and olive oil, any shampoo that contains harsh chemicals, and any hair products that contains petroleum/petrolatum or mineral oil, synthetic hair dyes.


  • char said:

    It is rare to find anything on black natural hair that is oily…I search and what mostly comes up is natural remedies for oiliness geared towards Caucasian hair. I suffered from severe dandruff for years before I realized that the answer was not in applying more oil(which didn’t help) but that oily scalp was the culprit. I could wash my hair and three days later (no product) run my fingers over my scalp, and they would be shiny. I think that we need to be more informed about our hair and realize we do not all have the same cookie-cutter head of hair. A lot of our antiquated traditions, such as greasing our scalp, do not work for everyone. When I tell my friends that I have an oily scalp and cannot grease my head, I am met with a look of bewilderment and disbelief. But yes, for us black women with type 3 and 4 hair, it is possible to have oily scalp. My point in this is to say that some who are experiencing issues with their scalp, whether dandruff or over/under washing, may have an oily scalp and just not know it. By understanding our indivual heads if hair, we can make our hair routine a lot simpler and easier for ourselves.

  • Cinnamon said:

    I have very thick thick thick hair. Thick to the point of breaking an Acme comb. I NEVER wash my hair more than twice a year. And only in clean water. No soap, no conditioner, no oils. It’s done remarkably well and become extremely managable. Washing it in shampoos, using conditioners makes it severely tangled and kinkier. Oil makes it tighter at the root. I manually pick out any oil buildups. Hair doesn’t smell and I keep it in plats if I’m not wearing it out. It’s longer now than when I wore other traditional hair styles.

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