How to Stop Greasy Hair

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I am often reminded of greasy hair products. Greasy hair shampoo has been nagging me for a while. Greasy hair is to be discouraged for our personal and professional lives. Why should we bother to care about our hair any way?  You really want to have the most perfect hair you can.  You know what I’m talking about don’t you. If you have any questions or suggestions let me know. That’s right up until this point.

Some years ago I suddenly developed really greasy hair. I’m not sure how it happened but it coincided with me taking Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) from Superdrug. I frantically tried to wash the grease out but to no avail. It only seemed to make matters worse!

Would Designer Shampoo Work?

I couldn’t go around wearing a hat for the rest of my life so decided to take a trip into town and bought, at great expense, a detox shampoo from Aveda. I was convinced it would work, it’s full of natural ingredients and is considerably more expensive than shampoos from the supermarket after all….

As soon as I got home I rushed upstairs to the bathroom and applied the shampoo, eagerly awaiting the results. I’ve always had really nice hair, even if I do say so myself.

I couldn’t believe it… my hair still looked as if I’d dunked it into a deep fat fryer! Would I ever have beautiful hair again??

What Would We Do Without The Internet?

Out of sheer desperation I connected to the net in search of the answer to my prayers. I’m not sure what I typed into Google (probably something like “how to get rid of greasy hair” but I quickly came up with a site suggesting bicarbonate of soda.

Thank Heavens for Bicarbonate of Soda!

I applied a 50/50 mixture of shampoo and bicarb of soda to my hair along with some water. Wanting to make sure that it did the job properly I left the mixture on my hair for half an hour. With great trepidation I rinsed and dried my hair to find that my hair had returned to normal. Yipee!

What Other Uses Are There for Bicarbonate of Soda?

  • If you want really clean skin without using harsh soaps, simply mix in some bicarb of soda into your shower gel or face wash and you’ll have skin cleaner than ever before.
  • Put a pinch of it into a vase to keep your flowers fresh.
  • Put 8tbsp of soda in the toilet bowl overnight to keep it fresh.
  • Sprinkle it onto carpets, leave for 10 mins and vacuum up to get rid of pet odors.


  1. Harmonia says:

    My mother and grandmother used to rinse my hair in tea when I was younger. I haven’t done that in years and when I read this post I thought I would try it again…it used to help with my oily hair and I am getting it again…so…I’ll have to revisit the tea idea or try yours!~thanks!

  2. April says:

    I know that there’s all sort of strange treatments for your hair including beer and flat cola. I’ve never heard of using tea though.

  3. teeni says:

    Hi there! Nice to know all those great uses for bicarbonate of soda. I found you through Opal’s site and wanted to congratulate you on being featured in one of her Movers & Shakers posts! Great site. I’ll be back to visit!

  4. April says:

    Thanks for dropping by teeni 😉

  5. Colin says:

    Some very interesting reading and ideas. My mother used to rinse my hair with vinegar, it worked for me, but then I am also aware that different things work for each one of us.
    Nice post though.

  6. Opal Tribble says:

    An excellent post and it’s very effective. My hair doesn’t like it even a tiny amount makes it dry.

    There are numerous uses of tea for the hair it can be used to stimulate hair growth and add highlights to the hair.

  7. Claire says:

    Baking Soda is also good in toothpaste. It tastes especially fresh, and really helps whiten your teeth. I use Tom’s of Main Peppermint Baking Soda Toothpaste, and it works great!

  8. April says:

    Claire, I think I used to use a toothpaste with baking soda in it years ago. I will need to start again because it really is an amazing product which has very powerful cleaning properties but is also natural.

  9. Actually, Baking soda is pretty amazing stuff!!
    I buy it by the huge bag at Costco and use it extensively in cleaning, great for stains in a porcelain sink, cleaning baked on food off pans, etc. and more.
    Now I even have a new idea!

  10. camille says:

    i used polytar shampoo before, oh, it took out the oil alright – as well as my hair’s moisture. i’ll keep this tip in mind in case i run through that same oily problem again 🙂

  11. April says:

    Karen, I never thought about buying in bulk. I’ve always bought it in the little tubs. With so many uses, buying in bulk is certainly the way to go.

    Camille, even if your hair just has oily tendencies, some bicarb in your shampoo now and again will help get rid of pollution and chemicals from other products you put on your hair.

  12. It’s great to get your water kefir to grow!

    Speaking of which I’d love to see you do a post on Kefir.. It’s a healthy food!! 🙂 I am all smiles here now..

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  13. It’s also great for upset tummy’s! A lot of people who raise goats feed it free choice.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  14. April says:

    Dora, I have never heard of water kefir, I will need to look into that. Thanks.

  15. Here are a few sites to check out about the wonderful world of Kefir that most of us for some reason haven’t heard of…lol.. (I grow both milk and water and love them both. All my livestock are also feed it.)

    Here is Oprah’s site on.

    Here is a really detailed site on it that I just love

    Also my favorite magazine -Mother Earth has some stuff on it
    So, does my favorite book-The Encyclopedia of Country Living (not a lot of info on kefir in this book but I still HIGHLY recommend this book for other health reasons. It does talk some about kefir tho.)

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  16. April says:

    Thanks for the links, I’ll check them out.

  17. Kat says:

    I didnt know you could use bicarbonate of soda for greasy hair. Ill do a bit more research before I go about using it.
    But thanks for the tip.Kat

  18. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much!! My hair has suddenly gone greasy and guess what, also been taking a slightly higher dose evening primrose oil than usual (I think from Superdrug too!). Right off, to get some bicarb of soda and ditch the EPO.

  19. Gemma says:

    Hi and thanks for the ideas! Personally I would not give up on the Evening Primrose Oil, it could be doing a lot of good elsewhere. My hair went all greasy after I changed my intake of Wild Yam (PMT/Menopause), and I don’t intend changing that!!
    On the topic of teas, I used to use Camomile tea on my hair as a wash. I collected the flowers from the allotment garden and poured hot water on them, it helps. Maybe I should start that again only they are not in flower at this time of year.
    with thanks for your suggestions all of you, love Gemma

  20. I found that my hair became greasy when my body was acidic. Once I got my body back into balance my hair became normal again. Juicing and drinking alkaline water helped a lot.