You wash your hair in the morning, style it to perfection, all ready to look great throughout the day and at a party in the evening. You come back from work and take a quick glance in the mirror. It reveals a different story!

Your hair seems to have become greasy as if you never washed it in the first place. This means you have oily hair.


An oily hair type starts appearing greasy 7 to 8 hours after shampooing. This is because the sebaceous glands on the scalp are hyperactive and secrete excess sebum, an oily substance.


A certain amount of oil secretion is good for your hair and helps maintain the roots. But as they say – an excess of anything is bad!

Realizing how much this bothers people, especially women, different companies came up with products claiming to fight off excess oil in a few washes. But how many claims were actually true, none of us know! And products that actually do work are so highly-priced that often you do not even look at them.


So, what if we promise you some simple, effective and budget-friendly tips that definitely will help reduce the oil and add bounce to your hair?

DIY Remedies to Get Rid of Oily and Greasy Hair

Here are some quick home treatments to get rid of oily and greasy hair in 15 minutes.

Method 1: Using Baking Soda

Baking soda possesses incredible oil-absorption attributes that make it invaluable as a remedy for greasy hair. It helps soak up all the excess oil from your scalp.

Things you’ll need:


  • Baking soda
  • Water

Mix the ingredients into a paste and apply on your scalp

mix the ingredients

  • Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl
  • Add just enough water to form a smooth paste.
  • Apply this paste only on your scalp.
  • Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then wash it off using cold water.

Follow this remedy twice a week for quick results.


Method 2: Using an Apple Cider Vinegar Mask

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a natural astringent and helps remove excess oil and grease from the scalp. It also is good for balancing the pH value of your scalp.

Things you’ll need:



  • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Step 1. Dilute ACV in water

dilute ACV

Dilute 1 part vinegar in 3 parts water.

Step 2. Pour into a spray bottle and use after shampooing

pour into a spray bottle

Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Store and shake well before use.

  • Shampoo your hair normally and use the solution after the final rinse.
  • Spray it on your hair and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
  • Finish by rinsing it off with normal water.

Alternatively, you can use the solution for final rinsing.


Use the treatment 3 times a week for soft, shiny, and nongreasy hair. The vinegar strips any buildup off of the hair shaft, helping your hair to bounce and not be weighed down.


Method 3: Using an Egg Mask

Egg yolks help nourish the scalp as well as removing excess oil.

Lemons contain citric acid that helps extract out excess oil and sebum from the scalp.

Things you’ll need:


  • 2 Egg yolks
  • Lemon

Add lemon juice into egg yolks, blend and use

squeeze the lemon

  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the egg yolks.
  • Mix the ingredients and apply it on your wet scalp.
  • Leave it for a few minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly using cold water.

Treat oily hair by applying this mask 2 or 3 times a week.


Method 4: Using Baby Powder

Baby powder is one of the most effective instant remedies for oily and greasy hair. It prevents the oil secreted by your scalp from reacting with your hair, thus preventing that greasy texture.

So, whenever you’re in a hurry and do not have time to wash your hair, simply follow these steps!


  • Sprinkle a bit of baby powder on the roots of your greasy hair.
  • Shake your head to remove excess talcum from the scalp. Alternatively, grab a brush and comb down from the roots to the tips of your hair. Do not use a blow dryer.

However, make sure that you wash your hair after you return home. You can also substitute corn starch for baby powder sprinkle on the scalp and brush through.



Method 5: Using White Vinegar

Similar to apple cider vinegar, white vinegar helps soak up excess oil from the scalp.

Things you’ll need:


  • White vinegar
  • Water

Dilute white vinegar, pour into a spray bottle and use

dilute white vinegar

  • Dilute 1 part vinegar in 2 parts water.
  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle. You can store it in this for later use.
  • Spray it on your hair after shampooing your hair normally. Let it sit on your hair for 15 minutes and rinse it off using normal water.

Alternatively, you can use the solution for final rinsing after shampooing.

Repeat once every week for effective results.


Additional Tips

  • Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for reducing excess oil in your hair.
  • It’s also very important to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated at all times.
  • Try eating healthy fats like nuts, fish, and olive oil.
  • Do not scratch your scalp, as this stimulates your sebaceous glands to secrete excess oil. Also, do not comb your hair too often.
  • Always rinse your hair with cold water after shampooing. Hot water can stimulate the glands that produce sebum, while cold water shuts them down.
  • Limit the use of hair styling tools. Heat stimulates the production of oil.
  • Do not touch your hair too often. The more you touch your hair, the more oil you produce and the more noticeable that grease gets throughout the day.

Summary of How to Get Rid of Greasy Hair in 15 Minutes

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