(Closed) Bee's with oily hair?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I have actually been going through the “no poo” regimen, which is basically cutting out regular shampoo from your life.  There is definitely an adjustment period (typically of 2 weeks) but once your scalp and your hair “reset” into normal oil production (chemicals in shampoo strip your hair of oils so your scalp is constantly trying to make up for this) your hair becomes really healthy!  It is worth it, you just really have to stick through the transition period.  You can google “stop using shampoo” or “no shampoo” for detailed steps.  The typical thing is to use baking soda and cider vinegar once in a while to clean up your hair.  I’m not very good with figuring out the right baking soda to water ratio, so lately I have been using this sulfate free shampoo every couple of days with good results so far:


Post # 4
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I have a problem with dry hair….

BUT: I have heard that applying a small amount of baby powder to your roots and combing it in will absorb some of that excess oil. Be careful not to add too much, otherwise your scalp will be white. Moderation is key.

Post # 5
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For the big day, I’d just talk to the stylist and let her know…they have all sorts of awesome product that should help the look last all day.

For daily hair treatement, try only using a small amount of shampoo, rub it into the scalp area only and then quickly wash it out. Drying it out/stripping it by shampooing too long or with harsh soap can kick it into extra production to compensate. Condition only the “pony tail part” of your hair. The ends need the moisture, the crown and scalp usually do not (esp w/ extra oil produciton). 

I’d also get a good trim now to get your hair healthier and keep any splits and breaks from frizzing out more. It’s getting close to your big day, but having a neat trim will keep the look polished by preventing many fly-aways and snapped-looking ends. 

ETA- I’ve also done what the 2 PPs explained, and liked both. No-poo takes commitment and I gave it 4 months before I gave up on the adjustment. Baby powder can be a life saver, though. I always kep a tiny travel one in my bag.

Post # 6
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

It sounds like you are overcleansing your hair and your scalp is producing extra oil to compensate. Meanwhile, the hair that oil isn’t getting to is getting stripped of its oils and therefore breaking.

I would go through the awful process of spending a few weeks letting your hair adjust to shampooing less often. Start cleansing only every other day and on the days between, just condition and massage your scalp to loosen dirt and dead skin cells.

I use KMS California. I love it, but it’s pricy. Sometimes I see it at TJ Maxx and stock up.

Post # 7
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You can also use dry shampoo. I have really oily hair and have been using Suave’s Keratin dry shampoo. Spray at the roots in between washings, finger tousle the hair, and be amazed. Plus it’s ridiculously cheap, aboyt $2 a bottle. 

Post # 8
2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@out4answers:  Do you color or highlight your hair at all? What color is your hair now? The reason I ask is highlights/bleach can cause damage, especially to the ends of the hair over time.  If you’re blonde or close to it you can use a bit of baby powder to help absorb oil at the roots. Another thing is you should focus on is shampooing your scalp to your ends. I wouldn’t recommend applying conditioner to your scalp, only to the ends and mid-shaft of your hair.

What type of shampoo and conditioner are you using now? Sometimes when the hair is dry the scalp will overproduce oil. As far as OTC shampoo and conditioner goes, I recommend Nexxus Humectress. For professional products I like Aquage’s sulfate free shampoo and Aveda’s Color Conserve, Smooth Infusion, Scalp and Dry Remedy lines. 

Post # 9
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would try a baby shampoo since it’s gentler and compensate with a dry shampoo. For extra help at the ends, there is a moisturizing lotion by TIGI, in a blue bottle (Reborn line, Time Extend) that is really good. I shampoo and condition with Moisture Maniac and follow it up with the conditioning lotion and my hair feels super healthy all day.

Also, only apply shampoo to your scalp, lather up, and rinse through. You don’t need to shampoo all the way to the ends. Rinsing the shampoo out will actually gently cleanse the hair without drying it out like full on shampooing it will.

Post # 10
533 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Olive12:  Yes, yes, yes. Dry shampoo can be a life saver!

I also have oily hair. It sucks, big time. Some tips I have learned are to only use clear shampoos. Look for volume booting or cleansing shampoos. Pert is great, too. However, it is better to not use a cleansing shampoo too often- only every 5 days or so, because it can overstrip the hair. Again, look for a volume boosting conditioner, but avoid applying to the scalp.

Hopefully this won’t be too obvious of a suggestion, but do you blow dry and use a volume boosting spray? The one I use is a fine hold Suave type- not the aerosol hairspray type.  I never used to, and it has truly made a world of difference. It doesn’t really take that long to do either.

I have heard wonders about the no poo regimen. If you are like me, though, after a day and a half my hair will look so disgusting I don’t want anyone to see me, so I never have done it.

Can I ask how old you are? I am 24, and honestly, my hair oiliness  has improved a lot in the last few years. I am sure it was partially hormonal!

Post # 12
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’ve recently started using shampoo with teatree oil in it.  It is working great.

Post # 13
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014



I use this stuff, the lemon tree kind. Its the best I’ve found so far, but its not perfect. My hair was like yours, I’d wash it and 5 hours later looked like I hadnt washed it in a week. Now I can at least make it to my next shower before it starts looking icky.

Post # 14
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Try a kids shampoo. Like the L’Oreal kids ones? They smell really nice, of strawberries and mango, and are so gentle! You can use those every day, they won’t strip your hair of oil. Now, the thing is, the scalp is just like the face. You need to wash it to remove oil and dirt, then re-moisturise. You need to get some gentle, light conditioner and really massage it into the scalp (much the same way you would apply a moisturiser to your face). Your scalp is probably dry, and going into overdrive to produce moisture, which is why it gets so greasy. Giving it a good condition, massaging it in and then rinising it out for a minimum of 2 minutes, will probably actually prevent your hair from going so greasy, so quickly. The Batiste dry shampoo (you can get coloured ones, in aerosol sprays, these are the best!) are also really good. I’d try the Hot Oil treatments (I think they are V05?) once or twice a week too. Little tubes of oil that you heat in hot water then apply to your hair, comb through and leave for 2 minutes before you rinse. I know it seems counter productive to apply moisture to an already oily scalp, but, this is what has worked for me.
I can say all this because I have really oily scalp too, and dry ends.  

Post # 16
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I also suggest “no poo” or I prefer the term, “conditioner only.” 

I use Whole Foods conditioner diluted 50% instead of shampoo, and depending on how my hair is feeling, I may or may not use a thicker/deeper conditioner on my ends. 

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