How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?

Trying to fix oily hair often just makes things worse. You may feel as if you're in a vicious cycle where you never truly get rid of the oil build-up.

You can do a few things to help balance your scalp’s oil production. Let’s start with cleansing, focusing on frequency as well as shampoo choice.


How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?

Hair Density

Thick hair can generally be washed 3 to 4 times a week without looking 'dirty'. Thicker hair tends to hide an oily scalp and absorb the oils better. If you’re a daily washer trying to cut back, you’ll have an easier time than those with thinner hair.

If you’re still feeling like an oil spill between shampoos, use a dry shampoo with hydrating ingredients. KEVIN.MURPHY Fresh.Hair Dry Shampoo and Aveda rinseless refresh micellar hair & scalp refresher 200ml maintain a balanced scalp and soft, manageable hair.

Thin hair can surprisingly look much less oily once it adjusts to less frequent shampooing. Start out by washing 4 times a week to start, eventually decreasing to 3 times a week. When you stop stripping the natural oil from your scalp, it’s able to balance itself.

This also has massive benefits to your hair, which will be stronger and sturdier. While you’re still getting used to not washing as often, use a dry shampoo like Sachajuan Hair Powder to keep your hair full and fresh.


How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?


Choice of Shampoo

A gentle but effective clarifying shampoo is oily hair's best friend. Try to avoid sulphates, as they can strip your hair and encourage counteractive excess oil production. We’ve got some great options for both thick and thin hair to help balance that scalp and clear out the excess oil.

Shampoos for Thick, Oily Hair:

Pureology Purify - Shampoo

Aesop Equalising Shampoo 200ml

Shampoos for Thin, Oily Hair:

Christophe Robin Clarifying Shampoo

O&M Original Detox Shampoo

• Green People Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo - Detox & Shine


Though it may seem difficult to leave your hair oily even for a day, press on! You’ll wind up with less oil and better-looking hair in the long run.


How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?How Often Should I Wash My Oily Hair?