What to do with greasy hair? 10 Fixes and tips that will help

No one is totally immune from an attack of the greasy hair, whatever your hair type. Whether you have naturally oily hair or not, the weather, sweating during a workout or dancing the night away can turn anyone’s locks from a cascading, shimmering, beautiful head of hair to limp, damp looking, greasy mess. So here we give 6 emergency fixes for greasy hair and 4 tips for long term solutions to try as well:

1. Emergency fix No. 1 – Dry shampoo for oily hair

Dry shampoo can be a life saver, especially on a night out. Even if you don’t need to use it very often, it’s a good thing to keep in your handbag, just in case. If you get off the dance floor and notice that your hair is looking limp and lacklustre, then a quick trip to the bathroom, spray on some dry shampoo and you will emerge looking as good, as new again.

2. Emergency fix No. 2 – Paper Towels

If you have forgotten your dry shampoo, then there are alternatives. Another tip on what to do with greasy hair is to grab a handful of paper towels and dab them on the greasiest parts of your hair. It will blot some of that grease from your hair. It’s not the most elegant of solutions, but it does work in an emergency.

3. Emergency fix No. 3 – Hand sanitizer

Just as hand sanitizer cleanses your hands without water, so too will it help with your hair. Massage a small amount lightly into the roots of your hair and the alcohol in the sanitizer will break down the oils and make your hair look fresher.

4. Emergency fix No. 4 – Perfume

If you have nothing else with you but some perfume, then a quick spritz on your hair will help rid you of the greasy look. Like hand sanitizer, perfume contains a lot of alcohol, so it too will help to break down the oil in your hair and level it smelling fresh too. Don’t use this tip often though, as alcohol can dry out your hair.

5. Emergency fix No. 5 – Baby powder

Another emergency tip on what to do with greasy hair is – try to use baby powder as your dry shampoo. If you don’t have anything else at hand, try rubbing some baby powder into the roots of your hair and then, thoroughly brush away the excess. Your hair will be refreshed, so that you’ll look presentable until you wash your hair when your get home.

6. Emergency fix No. 6 – Try hairstyles for greasy hair

And finally, our last emergency tip on what to do with greasy hair is – try greasy hair hairstyles. When your hair gets oily and you don’t have time to wash, blow dry and style, then you can try hairstyles for greasy hair, such as side swept or top knot, braid, ponytail or messy ponytail, etc. All these hairstyles are good for those lazy days when you don’t feel like washing your hair, but you still want to look somewhat elegant and glamourous.  

7. Longer term fix No. 1 – Don’t wash your hair every day

What causes greasy hair? You might think that washing your hair every day will keep it grease free, but it can actually make it worse. If you wash your hair too often, then it just encourages your body to produce even more oil to replace the ones you just washed out. Try washing it every two to three days and, over time, the amount of oils produced in your hair will reduce.

8. Longer term fix No. 2 – Stop playing with your hair!

Resist the temptation to play with your hair, because all you are doing is making things worse. Your fingers have natural oils and you can pick up grease from food and just by touching things around you. If you then touch your hair, you are just spreading that grease around.

9. Longer term fix No. 3 –  Rinse with cold water

When you shampoo your hair, be sure to wash it thoroughly and then do a final rinse in cold or lukewarm water. Hot water can stimulate the glands that produce oil, whereas cold water does not and it will help to close up the hair follicles too.

10. Longer term fix No. 4 –  Don’t condition your roots

How to stop greasy hair? If you have oily hair, you may not need to use conditioner at all, but if you do use it, then only, apply conditioner to the bottom three quarters of you your hair. The bottom quarter of your hair, nearest to the roots, will become moisturized by your natural oils within just a few hours of shampooing, so they don’t need any more moisture.

What to do with greasy hair?

Feel free to share your own tips for healthy hair that work for you in the comment section below.

Stay beautiful!


  1. Anokhi
    April 9, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Would I be able to substitute baby powder for normal powder?

  2. Delilah Young
    December 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    These sound wonderful but, try to use the 1-2 step. Step 1: use a small amount of shampoo. Like, but it in a measuring cup.. Step 2: take a small amount of conditioner and mix it into the shampoo. Then do it 2 times a day and your hair will be silky

  3. Andrea
    September 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Condition first, then shampoo. Works wonders! Also, you can use face powder on your roots to dry the oil. Works like baby powder but it’s not bright white so it blends better.

  4. Tracey
    October 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

    Process your hair. I have chronic oily hair and I like to get highlights. When my mother was younger she got perms and it helped hers. So I did a do-it-yourself perm without the curls because I wanted to keep my strait hair. Just the solutions so the chemicals dry it out some and it still is my natural hair. It really helps a lot!

  5. Ella
    May 23, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Great tips!

  6. Anonymous
    May 23, 2014 at 7:08 pm


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