How to Moisturize Hair Without Making It Look Greasy

by Nadria Tucker ; Updated September 28, 2017

Whether your hair is long or short, moisture is essential.

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Moisturizing your hair while maintaining softness and movement can be a challenge, especially when faced with myriad moisturizing products that promise results but deliver greasy, stiff hair. However, moisture is essential when you want to fight frizz and grow a head full of healthy hair. While some products leave hair greasy, others promote moisture and softness. Further, your own scalp produces oil that can moisturize your hair and plain water is an all-natural, grease-free moisturizer.

Items you will need

  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Hair conditioner
  • Olive or coconut oil (optional)
  • Spray bottle
Step 1

Clarify hair as necessary to reduce product build-up. Use a clarifying shampoo or add up to 1 tbsp. of baking soda to regular shampoo.

Step 2

Deep condition your hair weekly with a moisture-rich conditioner per the manufacturer's directions. Avoid conditioners containing silicone, a moisture-blocking ingredient.

Step 3

Rub a light oil, such as olive or coconut oil, on your hair after you wash and dry your hair. Use up to 1 tbsp. depending on the length and dryness of your hair. Avoid petroleum-based products, such as vaseline, which can weigh hair down and clog pores.

Step 4

Spritz your hair with water from a spray bottle until it is slightly damp. Water is a basic, lightweight moisturizer. Apply a several drops of olive oil to seal in the moisture.

Step 5

Massage your scalp for 30 seconds to promote oil production. Your scalp produces natural oil, and brushing your hair can also promote and distribute oil.


  • Drink plenty of water to promote moisture from within.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Nadria Tucker holds a Master of Arts in creative writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has contributed articles to "Birmingham Magazine" and "Lipstick Magazine" and her fiction has appeared in "THE2NDHAND," "New Southerner" and the fiction anthology "All Hands On: THE2NDHAND After 10."