Your scalp naturally produces oil, known as sebum. This protects the scalp and glides gently down your hair. The sebum is designed to protect hair, locking moisture and nutrients in. It keeps your hair healthy and adds a nice shine. But, while some people don’t produce enough sebum, others produce too much and end up with oily, or greasy, looking hair. It can be difficult to style and often looks like it needs washing, even if it’s clean. 

In short, it can be frustrating for you. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to control this issue and make oily and greasy hair a thing of the past. 

Choose The Right Hair Products

The first step is to review the haircare products you have been using. It’s important to choose products that are designed to be used with oily hair. These products will use natural ingredients and be kind to your scalp. Anything that aggravates the scalp is likely to increase sebum production. That’s not a good thing. 

You can start by checking out these products for oily hair, using them will help to reduce the amount of sebum your scalp produces, giving you shiny, healthy, but not oily hair.

Avoid Shampooing Too Much

It’s important to note that the right shampoo goes a long way toward controlling excess oil on your head and hair. But, you can be causing further issues by washing your hair too often. Shampoo generally removes the sebum from your hair, encouraging your scalp to produce more. 

When you shampoo too often your scalp will think there is an issue and go into high-production mode. In short, it will produce even more sebum than normal, making your hair look even oilier. 

Shampoo every other day to help reduce the oil production process.  

Clean Your Hairbrush

Your hairbrush is a valuable tool but, if you don’t clean it regularly you are wiping oil and debris into your clean hair. In short, brushing with a dirty hairbrush will make your hair appear oilier. 

All you have to do is wash it with soap and warm water after use and then let it dry. 


You can’t easily avoid your hair becoming tangled on a windy day, especially if you have long hair. Tying it back or using a hat can help. The bigger issue is when you sleep. Most people use cotton or similar material for their pillowcases. While you sleep and turn your hair creates friction with the pillowcase, causing it to become knotted. This decreases the ability for oil to flow through your hair, trapping it and making your hair appear oily.

Switch to a stain or silk pillowcase and you can eliminate this issue and make your hair less oily!

Don’t forget that hormonal changes, such as puberty, becoming pregnant, or even the menopause can cause your body to produce more sebum. You can’t do much about the events but taking good care of your hair will help to reduce oiliness and grease, keeping you looking and feeling great.