Adding oil to your hair care is helpful in making your hair shinier, moisturizing your scalp and stimulating hair growth. But after applying the oil, it can be difficult to remove. You can usually remove the oil from your hair by simply washing and conditioning your hair, but using a clarifying shampoo can be even more effective. There are also many home remedies that you can try, such as washing your hair with apple cider vinegar, baking soda, aloe vera, or even eggs to cleanse your hair.
Method 1 of 2: Using Shampoo and Conditioner
Step 1. Wash your hair several times with shampoo
Wash your hair with regular shampoo. Really work the shampoo into your scalp with your fingers and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Repeat this process one or two more times, if necessary.
After shampooing, add some conditioner to your hair and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing it out
Step 2. If the regular shampoo doesn't work, use a clarifying shampoo
Clarifying shampoos are made to give your hair an extra deep clean of all the gunk and product residue that can cling to your hair over time (and that regular shampoos often can't remove). These types of shampoos are used in the same way as regular shampoo. Apply the clarifying shampoo to your damp hair, massage it into your scalp, massage the rest of your hair strands, then rinse completely.
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner after using the clarifying shampoo, as the latter can remove many of the natural vitamins and minerals from the hair and cause the hair to dry out. A moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will help replenish these minerals that have been removed
Step 3. Try dry shampoo to soak up some of the excess oil
Before using the dry shampoo, run a clean, dry towel over the entire length of your hair. Work your hair lightly, starting at the roots, then work your way to the ends. This will help absorb some of the oil on the surface. Then apply a dry shampoo (powder) to your hair. Spray some dry shampoo on your hair and massage it into your scalp.
- You can use a boar bristle brush to distribute the grease in your hair.
- If your hair is still quite oily, try adding some baby powder to the dry shampoo. Work it into your scalp until the white is completely gone.
Step 4. Use a little washing-up liquid for grease that won't come out
Dish soap is very good at removing gunk and grime from dishes, and can also clean your hair! Simply apply two tablespoons of dish soap to your hair and massage it into your scalp. Work it in along the length of your hair. Rinse your hair thoroughly to make sure all the detergent has been removed, as it can be quite damaging to your hair if left on too long.
- Use a dishwashing detergent made for sensitive skin, as this type is gentler on your hair.
- Don't forget to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner after rinsing out the detergent. This helps to return some of the nutrients to your hair that was washed out during washing.
Step 5. Use your normal conditioner after washing
Once you are done washing your hair, condition your hair as usual. Massage the conditioner into your scalp with your fingers and work it through to the ends of your hair.
Leave the conditioner in your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it thoroughly with warm water
Step 6. Use leave-in conditioner
Apply leave-in conditioner to wet hair after shampooing thoroughly in the shower to get rid of the last of the hard-to-remove grease. You can simply apply it to your hair and leave it on, without rinsing or removing it.
- Leave-in conditioners are available as a spray or cream.
- You can use leave-in conditioner in addition to a regular conditioner if it is difficult to get oil out of your hair.
Method 2 of 2: Using home remedies
Step 1. Make a Paste with Baking Soda
Put some baking soda in your hand and add a little water until it becomes a paste. Apply the paste to all of your hair -- from roots to ends. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
You may need to make more of the paste to make sure it's enough for all of your hair
Step 2. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar
Mix equal amounts of water and apple cider vinegar, then apply the solution to your hair using a spray bottle. Massage it into your scalp, cover your hair with a shower cap and let the vinegar sit for 15 minutes. Rinse the solution out with warm water, then apply conditioner to replenish the moisture and remove the vinegar smell.
You can also use vinegar to rinse your hair
Step 3. Use aloe vera
Aloe vera contains many minerals and enzymes that can help remove oil from your hair. You can just apply the aloe vera gel directly to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. After the allotted time, rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, you can add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to two tablespoons of regular shampoo and stir in a teaspoon of lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together until well blended, then apply to your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing
Step 4. Rinse your hair with rosemary and mint
Pour two cups of water into a pot and set the stove to high heat. While the water is heating, add a 5cm sprig of rosemary and a tablespoon of mint leaves. Let the water with the leaves boil for a few minutes. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into the mixture and let it cool.
When the water is cool enough to touch, use it to rinse the oil from your hair. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water
Step 5. Make an egg wash
Break a raw egg and put the contents in a bowl. Beat the egg (as if you were making scrambled eggs) so that the yolks and whites completely mix. Add two tablespoons of cool water and stir the mixture well. Massage the egg mixture into your hair with your fingers.
- Let the mixture sit on your hair for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.
- Additionally, massage about a teaspoon of Castile soap into your scalp. There is no need to massage this all the way to the ends of your hair. Also rinse this out with lukewarm water.