How Can I Make My Hair Less Oily?

When your hair is oily, it may appear dirty and even unkempt. While it’s important for your hair to be moisturized, too much oil can make hair care and styling difficult. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about how to make your hair less oily. 

Tips to Get Rid of Oily Hair (For Every Hair Type)

There are many ways to reduce oil in your hair, but not every tip will work for all hair types. Below, you will find tips tailored to specific hair types. 

Type 1 and Type 2 Hair 

Straight hair (type 1) and wavy hair (type 2) get oily more often than curly hair types. This is because the oils from the scalp can freely travel down straight and wavy strands. Here are some tips you can use to reduce oily hair: 

  • Wash your hair more often. Washing your hair is the best way to remove excess oils from your hair and scalp.
  • Use dry shampoo. If you don’t have time to wash, dry, and style your hair, apply a dry shampoo and brush it through.

Type 3 and Type 4 Hair 

If you have curly (type 3) or coily (type 4) hair, you probably don’t have oily hair on a regular basis. The twists and turns of curls and coils prevent scalp oils from traveling down the strands efficiently. However, your hair may get oily if you’ve applied too much hair oil or you’ve been wearing your hair in a straight style. Check out the following oil reduction tips: 

  • Wear your hair in its natural state. Straightening your hair to wear it in sleek styles often results in oily hair. 
  • Use lighter products. Most people believe that all curly/coily hair needs heavy moisturizers and styling products, but this is not always the case. Listen to your hair and use lighter products if necessary.

Oil Reduction Tips for All Hair Types

In addition to the above hair type-specific tips, take a look at the below oil reduction tips you can use regardless of your hair type:

  • Wash your hair the right way. Some scrub their scalp vigorously, scratching the scalp with their fingernails. This is not healthy, as it can irritate the scalp, making it produce even more oils.
  • Leave your hair alone. If you’re constantly pulling, scratching, or otherwise messing with your hair, your scalp’s oil glands may increase oil production. Try your best to leave your hair alone throughout the day. 

Must-Have Products for Oily Hair 

Now that you have some helpful information about getting rid of oily hair, let’s look at products you should have in your stash if your hair is oily:

  • A lightweight leave-in conditioner - Heavyweight leave-ins can make your hair feel and look oily.
  • Hair products containing aloe vera. Aloe vera naturally reduces extra oil.
  • Witch hazel. Witch hazel closes up scalp pores, reducing oil production. 

Now you know many useful tips and tricks you can use to make your hair less oily. We hope that this article is helpful to you. 

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Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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