For those of us with naturally oily hair, there’s nothing worse than talking with those friends who like to brag about how many days they can go in between washing their hair— you know the ones.
Sure, it sounds great to only wash your hair twice a week, but the oily hair struggle is real and it means washing is necessary and heavy hitting products to combat the oil are always welcome.
Of course, the first line of defense in combating oily hair is an awesome oil-fighting shampoo. We’re big fans of organic products here, as you well know, and always want beauty products that are going to be effective but also be safe to put on our bodies.
All natural shampoo and conditioner that actually work well are sometimes hard to find so in addition to naming store names, we also wanted to provide you with DIY shampoo for oily hair recipes.
Homemade Shampoo Recipes
Activated Charcoal Shampoo recipe
- 1 tsp. organic baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. organic activated charcoal
- 1 cup warm water
Directions: Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Next, add in the activated charcoal until well combined. Use on wet hair as you would shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
Activated charcoal is one of our favorite organic and natural beauty products for everything from teeth whitening to blackhead removal. No matter what you’re using it for — shampoo included — activated charcoal’s power is in its adsorptive properties.
Rather than being absorptive, meaning it takes in elements so those elements become a part of its make-up, activated charcoal attracts elements to it so that they stick onto its surface— adsorptive. In the case of a shampoo for oily hair, activated charcoal will attract all the oils to it, leaving only your naturally clean hair behind.
Baking Soda Shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
- 1 part organic baking soda
- 3 parts water
Directions: Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl until they form a paste. Work into hair, focusing on the scalp and leave on for 3 minutes. Rinse.
After the baking soda cleanser, you’ll want to apply an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Baking soda is one of the best shampoos for an oily scalp and a powerful cleanser and can leave your hair feeling a bit too dull or dry; the apple cider vinegar rinse will give it incredible shine and bounce.
- 1 part organic apple cider vinegar
- 4 parts water
- few drops organic lavender essential oil
Directions: Mix three ingredients together in a bowl. Pour the rinse over your head in the shower or over the sink; focus on the scalp and work through to the ends with your fingers. After a minute, rinse with cool water.
Green Tea Shampoo recipe
- 1 cup liquid Castile soap
- Handful organic green tea leaves
- 1 tbsp organic olive oil
- 1 tsp organic raw honey
- 1 cup distilled water
Directions: Boil the tea leaves in the distilled water and brew for 30 minutes. Strain tea leaves and add the soap, olive oil and honey to the green tea. Mix well.
Essential Oil and Egg Yolk Shampoo Recipe
- 1 T baking soda
- 1 Cup of Water
Directions: Place in bottle and shake up each time you use it.
To combat oily hair, try these variations:
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
- lemon, lime or sweet orange essential oils
Directions: Do occasionally – mix egg yolks with lemon juice or vinegar. Work it into hair and let set a few minutes while showering. The egg binds with oils in the hair. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Add 6-8 drops of a citrus essential oil to your shampoo for controlling oil.
We’ve found the best drugstore organic shampoo for oily hair is the Whenever Kiss My Face shampoo. The product isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than a lot of the other products on the market. It’s gentle but definitely helps get rid of the oil build up.
The great part about these best shampoo and conditioner for oily hair is that once you start to use them regularly, your scalp will adjust to not having its natural oils stripped from it every time you use a chemical-laden store bought shampoo.
This means it will start overproducing oil which means you won’t have oily hair which means you very well will join the “every other day” washers club!