How to Treat an Oily Scalp

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

How to Treat an Oily Scalp. An excessively oily scalp can be caused by several different factors. Heredity, hormonal changes, improper diet or environmental factors are some of the most common contributors to an oily scalp. If your scalp is excessively oily, it is important to keep it clean. Here are some helpful tips for treating an oily scalp.

Step 1

Use shampoos designed for oily hair. More products are becoming available on the market that target an oily scalp while not drying out the rest of your hair.

Step 2

Shop for products that are mild and have amino acids or natural cleansers. Avoid oily styling products, and apply these only to the ends of your hair.

Step 3

Make a home remedy by mixing mouthwash and an astringent like witch hazel. Using a cotton ball, apply this mixture to your scalp two times a week prior to shampooing.

Step 4

Switch shampoos if you don't notice improvement. Even with an oily scalp, shampooing may not be necessary daily. Try an every-other-day routine to see if you notice a reduction in oil.

Step 5

Skip the conditioner. Conditioners often add oils to soften the hair. If you have to use one, only condition the ends of your hair.


  • Shop for mild, see-through shampoos that often fight oil better and leave behind little residue. Leave the shampoo lather on your hair for a minimum of five minutes before rinsing. Rinse hair with lukewarm water rather than hot water.


  • Avoid 2-in-1 products. Avoid harsh shampoos because they will only cause the oil glands to produce more sebum than necessary. Avoid brushing your hair too often. Excessive brushing causes the glands in the scalp to produce more oil or sebum.