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Managing oily hair can be a frustrating, embarrassing, and time- consuming pursuit. Whether you're in an ongoing battle with your scalp, or just find yourself pressed for time, there is a range of ways to tame oily hair. Everyone's scalp is different, so try different options to see which one is the best fit for you.
If you find your hair gets oily shortly after washing it, try switching to a shampoo made especially for oily hair. Greasy locks are a sign that the pH of your scalp is off, and an oil-reducing shampoo will help to balance it out again. Consider skipping conditioner all together, but if you do use it, apply it only to the ends of your hair. Avoid products that focus on moisturizing, as the creamy formula will only add to the problem.
Dry shampoo is a convenient option when hair starts to look oily and you're crunched for time. Spray the dry shampoo directly on the root of the hair, and rub it in until it's no longer visible. A little goes a long way, so start with a small amount and add as necessary. If you find your hair turns oily during the day, carry a travel-size bottle with you and use it when you need a temporary refresher.
If you're looking for a natural solution to your oily hair, try witch hazel. Made from the witch hazel plant, and available at most health food stores, it's a natural solution to fighting oil. Soak a cotton ball in the astringent and dab it along your hairline and down your part. Rinse with cool water and style your hair normally. Avoid using styling products with silicone in them, as they can make hair look greasy.
Similar to dry shampoo, baby powder can be used to tame oily tresses. This classic beauty trick costs a fraction of dry shampoo, and should be used sparingly. It's easy to go overboard, so don't apply the powder directly to your hair. Sprinkle a small amount in your hand and rub it into your part. Baby powder can help you in a pinch, but it will also temporarily dull hair color.