How To Fix Oily Roots in 5 Simple Steps

Oily roots are an inevitable part of hair care. While this is nothing to be ashamed of, it’s safe to say that none of us want to deal with greasy hair any day of the week. Lucky for you, I have some very helpful tips to help fix oily roots, so you never have to endure a bad hair day. 

oily hair

1. Hands Off

This one is going to be a tough habit to break, but nine times out of ten, your mane is getting oily so quick because you keep touching it! Keep your hands off, and see the difference for yourself. This is especially the case with bangs that get in your eyes. The constant pulling them behind your ear will cause oily roots in no time. Consider pulling them back or letting them grow out if this has been an issue for you. 

For me, the only way to make this habit a reality was to keep my hands busy in other ways. Find something to help your fidget urge such as a fidget cube, fidget jewelry, or the plethora of other alternatives than your hair. 

2. Find the Perfect Wash Schedule

This can swing one of two ways. Either you wash too much or not enough. Granted, hair training will help you get oilier slower. However, there is a point where you need to be washing your hair more, especially those with naturally greasy hair. 

The sweet spot for most people tends to be every 3 days or twice a week. Ofcourse, judge your own hair accordingly. The best thing you can do for oily roots is to listen to your own body and watch what suits you the best. 

3. Shampoo Choice

The products that you use in your hair are vital in setting your luscious locks up for success. Stay away from shampoo or any other hair care products with silicone. The extra shine and gloss appearance this gives can be a huge culprit in your oily roots. It also is quite unhealthy for your hair to receive the necessary moisture to keep it healthy and thriving, so there is more than one reason to steer clear. 

4. Product Build Up

Product build up can cause an itchy scalp, greasy hair, and loads of damage to your glowing locks. So how do you fix this issue? There are loads of ways to tackle product build up, but in my experience, you need to personalize your approach for the best results. 

If you are currently using a silicone hair care product, try doing something called the final wash. This is going to be a more intense wash than normal with your silicone products. Grab the shampoo and spend a good 10 minutes scrubbing your hair with hot water. 

This will begin to break up the silicone stuck to your hair, allowing for your new products to really soak in like it needs to. If not, you can be walking around with silicone stuck to your hair for quite some time even without using it anymore. 

You can also rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar to help get rid of any buildup in your hair. This natural remedy is used for loads of things, and now you can add hair care to the list. 

5. Dry Shampoo

Lastly, a trick that I would not recommend as your first choice, but it is effective. Dry shampoo can do wonders to revive your oily roots. Tons of people live by it. However, overuse of dry shampoo can lead to the issue we had in the last point: product build up. It can also trick your hair into overproducing oil, leading to a slippery slope. 

If you are in a bind and need a quick fix every once in a while, then it is perfectly fine to opt for dry shampoo. Just be sure to spray onto the roots only, let the dry shampoo sit on your roots for a few minutes, then shake out the excess fully. Proper use of dry shampoo is crucial to having the best results, and sadly, many people do not use it correctly. 


Once again, we all get greasy hair, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. However, knowing some tips and tricks to help address the root of the problem will leave you feeling better and repping healthier hair in the long run. 

Like content? Share it!
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest