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How to Manage Greasy Hair

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How to Manage Greasy Hair How to Manage Greasy Hair How to Manage Greasy Hair

Greasy hair got you down? Don’t grab your oversized hat in an attempt to go incognito just yet. With the right hair care products, you can help make your hair look less greasy. One ingredient we’re loving for oily roots at the moment? That would be clay. It’s been super-popular in skin care products for a while now (clay face masks, anyone?), and clay is now part of the hair care world, too. Below, learn why you have oily roots and greasy hair, find hair care products to help your hair look less greasy (including our best shampoo for greasy hair), and get the step-by-step routine you should follow if you have greasy hair. No more hiding under beanies!


First of all, it’s important to understand why your hair is looking greasy to begin with. Here’s what’s going on: Oil produced by your scalp can build up, causing your roots to look slick, and this buildup can even weigh your hair down. That’s where clay comes in. Clay can help to absorb excess oil and impurities from your roots. Pretty sweet, right? Ready to add clay to your hair care routine? Right this way!


When you spend major time blow-drying or curling your hair only for it to look oh-so-oily by midday, that can be super-disappointing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Follow this routine featuring hair care products formulated with clay to keep excess grease at bay!

Step #1: use a pre-shampoo mask

Before getting your hair wet, use a pre-shampoo treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask, for oily roots. Apply the mask to dry roots section by section, making sure to cover your entire head. Leave the pre-shampoo mask on for five minutes, then gently massage it onto your scalp and rinse.

Step #2: Grab Your Shampoo

Now you’re ready to wash your hair! Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb excess oil at the roots and rehydrate dry ends. After rinsing out the pre-shampoo mask, massage the shampoo for greasy hair onto your wet tresses, lather up, then rinse.

Step #3: And Your Conditioner

If you thought you could skip this step because your hair happens to get oily, you’d be wrong. Finding the right conditioner for your hair type is key, though. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner, which is formulated with three refined clays, helps to hydrate dry lengths while purifying oily roots. When you’re finished shampooing, apply the conditioner sparingly to your ends. Leave it on for about three minutes, then rinse once more.

Step #4: Brush Dry hair

Regardless of your hair type, it’s a bad idea to brush wet hair. Your hair is most fragile when wet, and brushing through wet strands can unfortunately lead to damage. We recommend waiting to brush your hair until after it’s dried. Once damage isn’t a concern, reach for a boar bristle brush and carefully brush your hair. Not only will your hair be tangle-free, but a good hair brushing session can prevent all of your hair’s oils from being concentrated at your roots. 

Step #5: Reach for dry shampoo

Just because you have greasy roots doesn’t mean you need to wash your hair twice a day. If your hair starts to look oily before you’re due for a wash, dry shampoo can help. It’s almost too easy; a few spritzes and fresh hair, here you come! Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which helps to absorb oil at the roots and instantly refresh hair. Hold the can of dry shampoo six to eight inches away from your hair and spray directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair. Brush it through the lengths of your hair to distribute the dry shampoo evenly.


Now that you know what steps to take in your hair care routine—and what products to use—we’re recapping a few major takeaways that can help your hair look less greasy.

Tip #1: Wash your hair less often

When your hair gets oily, your initial response is to wash it, right? Well, think it over for a minute before you actually go ahead and get in the shower. Over-washing your hair won’t do you any favors. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when your scalp is oily you should wash your hair once a day.

Tip #2: Use a dry shampoo

As we mentioned earlier, dry shampoo can help to absorb excess grease, which is why we’re such fans of this product. Toss one with an invisible formula in your tote so that you can touch up your hair mid-day if needed.

Tip #3: Focus conditioner on your ends

When conditioning, apply product only to your ends so you don’t grease up your roots.

Tip #4: Up your hair brushing game

Always skip out on brushing your hair? It’s time to recommit to this hair habit. Brushing your hair can help to distribute natural oils from your roots to the rest of your hair.

Next: The Benefits of Clay for Oily Hair