10 Greasy Hair Home Remedies That Benefit Your Scalp

Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

6 min read


You can get rid of greasy hair with common products right at your home! Greasy hair home remedies rely on ingredients like aloe, amla and ACV. Read on to know more about DIY greasy hair treatment.

Key Takeaways

  • Greasy hair can lead to issues like dandruff, hair fall and more
  • Greasy hair home remedies include a mix of yogurt and lemon juice
  • An aloe and coconut oil conditioner be a good greasy hair treatment

Tired of dealing with greasy hair all the time? Usually, greasy hair is a result of an oily scalp. You may be using shampoos to eliminate excess oil and dirt in your hair and clean the scalp. But you may experience greasy hair even after washing your hair regularly. Why? While our skin secretes natural oils and sebum, excess oil can irritate your scalp and damage your hair. This can make your scalp sticky and trap dirt on your scalp even if you wash your hair frequently. The best natural ingredients are good for greasy hair treatment. 

You can also have oily scalp and greasy hair if you eat excess fatty food, sugars, and refined carbs, along with too many dairy products. A greasy scalp is one of the reasons for excess hair fall and dandruff. Getting rid of greasy hair is essential as it is the root cause of other hair problems such as seborrheic dermatitis.

The available products for greasy hair treatment may contain chemicals that can affect your scalp after continuous use. Using home remedies is a good option for treating your oily scalp naturally. There are many greasy hair home remedies that you can add to your daily hair-wash routine. Read on to know more about the home remedies to get rid of your greasy hair naturally.

1. Use Aloe Vera   

Aloe vera can gently remove extra sebum and oil residue on your scalp without damaging your hair. This greasy hair treatment also has anti-microbial properties that keep your scalp free from infections. It also provides hydration to your scalp and smoothens your hair.  

A homemade aloe vera mask can give promising results to reduce greasy hair in no time. You can make the hair mask by adding aloe vera gel from the plant stem to water.

2. Try a Yogurt Hair Mask

Yogurt has beneficial probiotic bacteria, making it a good option for scalp nourishment. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties prevent your scalp from infections and reduce scalp build-up [1]. In addition, using yogurt as one of the many greasy hair home remedies also gives you healthy and shiny hair. You can use it with lemon juice to get better results for your oily scalp. It can control excess oil and balance your scalp pH to eliminate greasy hair.

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3. Make Use of a Henna Hair Mask

Henna is traditionally used for hair coloring but can also prevent dandruff. It is an herbal powder that can help avoid itching on the scalp due to greasy hair and dandruff. It controls excess oil secretion and has a suitable conditioning property to treat your greasy hair. Apply this henna powder paste with black tea as an excellent greasy hair treatment.

4. Give Lemon Juice a Try

Lemon juice has high citric acid content. This makes it an excellent cleanser for your greasy hair. In addition, it is an astringent that can help tighten pores to control excess oil secretion in your scalp. It can also treat dandruff and prevent bacterial growth. You can use a lemon juice mixture in your wet hair as a greasy hair treatment. Apply the mixture thoroughly but ensure not to leave it on for a long time. Rinse your hair well to see the results.

5. Go for Amla Powder 

Out of all the greasy hair home remedies, amla is very popular. It is a traditionally used conditioner for hair as it is rich in vitamin C. It helps remove grease and dirt from your scalp and hair. It also adds color and shine to your hair, making it look healthy. To treat your greasy hair, make an amla tea with its powder and apply it to a wet scalp.

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6. Apply Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil is great for hydrating your scalp, and any hair growth tips are incomplete without it! In addition, it can control extra oil production to treat greasy hair and maintain the oil balance in your scalp. Apply it to the scalp, and then shampoo well to remove excess oil build-up.

Additional read: Coconut Oil Benefits

7. Rub in Some Apple Cider Vinegar 

Diluted apple cider vinegar can smoothen your hair cuticles to eliminate frizz. It is acidic due to its vinegar content and helps remove excess build-up from your greasy hair. This balances your scalp pH and retains moisture, which makes it one of the effective greasy hair home remedies.

8. Harness the Power of Green Tea 

Green tea has tannins that can decrease sebum formation when applied to your scalp [2]. In addition, green tea is rich in polyphenols and micronutrients that nourish your scalp. You can use lukewarm green tea on your scalp as a greasy hair treatment.

9. Sample Some Baking Soda 

Greasy hair can hamper the pH balance of your scalp by trapping dirt and excess oil. Baking soda is an alkaline that can balance the pH level on your scalp. Diluted baking soda can be used to get rid of oiliness in your scalp, which makes it one of the top greasy hair home remedies. 

10. Have a Go at Tea Tree Oil 

Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial properties and treats dandruff. This is also beneficial for hair fall during monsoon due to excess moisture and dirt build-up. In addition, it regulates oil formation on your scalp, which can help treat your greasy hair. Tea tree oil can be applied to your scalp directly by diluting it with another oil like coconut oil.

Additional read: 5 Amazing Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Now that you know numerous greasy hair home remedies try them out. Regular use of these home remedies can give you better and long-lasting results. Such a greasy hair treatment is made of either plant extracts or regular ingredients you are sure to have handy. This makes it easy to follow and apply regularly. However, if you experience greasy hair in spite of these remedies, talk to a doctor.

Trichologists or dermatologists can help you identify the right greasy hair treatment for your unique scalp and skin conditions. You can also ask them how to stop grey hair or how to prevent hair fall during monsoon season. Book an online appointment with top practitioners on Bajaj Finserv Health. Using this app or website is easy and helps you get a teleconsultation with the best doctors ease. Give your hair some TLC and get your healthy scalp back!

Published on 15 Jul 2022Last updated on 12 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.emedihealth.com/skin-beauty/hair-scalp/hair-masks-for-smelly-scalp
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29394016/

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Dr. Amit Guna

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Amit Guna

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT) , MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy 3

Dr Amit Guna Is A Consultant Physiotherapist, Yoga Educator , Fitness Trainer, Health Psychologist. Based In Vadodara. He Has Excellent Communication And Patient Handling Skills In Neurological As Well As Orthopedic Cases.

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