Why Does My Hair Feel Greasy After Washing It?

why does my hair feel greasy after washing it

Ugh, why does my hair feel greasy after washing it?

I’ve always been someone who has had #greasyhairprobs, being so Italian and all. Why can’t it just be easy enough to use shampoo and have clean hair?

The shower is meant to clean and refresh your body, skin, and especially your hair. It’s normal for your hair to be clean after the shower, right?

Shampoo has one job: It’s supposed to rid your hair of the dirtiness and natural oils accumulated throughout your hardworking life.

But when you’ve washed your hair and it’s still oily after the shower, what are you supposed to do then?

I’m going to help you out with that.


“Why Does My Hair Feel Greasy After Washing It?”

Well, there could be a few different reasons. Sometimes it’s what you do, sometimes it’s what you don’t do, and other times you just don’t know what to do! Maybe you don’t wash your hair correctly, but I’m sure you do. It is most likely that your greasy hair issues are because of product buildup that regular shampoo isn’t strong enough to break down. Before looking into ways to cleanse and clarify your hair, I want to go over a couple other things first.


Don’t wash your hair too often.

If your hair constantly feels greasy and gross after the shower, it may make you want to shower daily. This can actually be a counterproductive thing to do. I’m going to put this in a non-scientific way: When your hair is washed too often, your scalp gets worried that it will over-dry, so it produces more and more natural oils. This excess of sebum (natural oils) makes your scalp even more greasy. Try showering 2-3 times a week, aiming for the lower number, 2. Use Batiste dry shampoo in-between showers to soak up some oil and make your hair look fresh. Dry shampoo only takes a minute to apply and it makes a big difference.


Condition the ends only.

Conditioner is not the enemy, as some oily-haired people would say. It just needs to be applied correctly. I have heard of people who use conditioner on their full head of hair, roots to ends. If you do this, of course your hair is going to be oily right out of the shower. Conditioner is meant to keep your hair moisturized so breakage is avoided. You only need this protection at the bottom of your hair since that’s where it dries out the easiest. Only use conditioner from the ears down. This will protect your ends from drying out and keep your hair from getting oily quickly. If you already do this and you’re still wondering ‘why does my hair feel greasy after washing it’, we can move on to the cleanses.



“How Do You Actually Get Rid of the Greasiness?”

Okay, so you already know the deal with over-washing your hair and how you don’t want to use conditioner near your scalp. You might already be doing everything right but you still have this greasiness you can’t control. Product buildup is super tough. Here is where we take care of that problem. Listed below are several great ways to remove product buildup that has accumulated over time.


♦ Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse ♦

All you will need is a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and water.

ACV rinses are a nice easy way to cleanse your hair. Acetic acid from the ACV is great for removing product buildup and leaving your hair soft and shiny. By the way, it doesn’t make you reek of vinegar after the shower. Now I’m going to explain how to make the mixture and how to apply the vinegar.


How to mix:

I mix 50% water and 50% ACV into a glass and bring it in the shower with me. You can use 1:3 ratio of ACV and water instead but I like to keep it strong with the 1:1 ratio for the best clean feeling afterwards. For the first time trying this, you should probably just do the 1:3 ratio that is displayed in the photo. Pictured below on the left is the ACV and the right is after the water has been added in to dilute it. As I mentioned in the first sentence, you can use half ACV and half water if it is not strong enough of a mixture.

why does my hair feel greasy after washing
How to apply:

First shampoo your hair as you normally would. After rinsing your shampoo, tilt your head back and slowly pour the mixture into your hair (do not get it in your eyes!). Massage your scalp for a minute then let it sit in your hair for a few minutes while you do something else. Rinse the ACV mixture out of your hair very well. Lastly, condition your hair as you normally would.


Warning: Apple cider vinegar rinses are not recommended for color treated hair since the acetic acid is powerful and it could remove dye.


♦ Just Natural Vinegar Rinse Cleanser ♦

If you want a vinegar rinse that is completely safe for color treated hair, try out the Just Natural Vinegar Rinse Cleanser. It is a pre-made bottle of cleanser that will wash your scalp and hair clean of build up and oils. It will have your whole head feeling cleaner than it ever has, without drying your hair out (just make sure to use conditioner after). It’s gentle on your hair but tough on product build up and oils. The greasy look and feel to your hair will diminish. There’s plenty more information in the link.

Just Natural Vinegar Rinse Cleanser Review


♦ Ion Clarifying Shampoo ♦

Ion Clarifying Shampoo for color treated hair is another color-safe option. There is a specific kind formulated to be safe for color treated hair and it sure is. Let me tell you, this stuff is great. Clarifying shampoo breaks down product buildup and stubborn oils that don’t want to leave your hair.

clarifying shampoo for color treated hair



*Beware of many other clarifying shampoos as they will knock color right out of your locks while drying your hair out.


♦ Just Natural Oily Hair Shampoo ♦

As you can see right in the name, this Just Natural Oily Hair Shampoo was specially made for people who suffer with oily hair/scalp issues. It’ll knock out product buildup and oils that you can’t seem to remove from your scalp. People who have combination hair (oily scalp and dry ends) have it really tough. You want your roots to be fluffy clean but not dry out the rest of your hair in the process. That’s why these two products are a winning duo: The Oily Hair Shampoo and Dry Hair Conditioner. (They’re sold separately)

just natural shampoo and conditioner



If you have tried all of these things and are still having issues with an oily scalp, seek medical attention as you may have seborrheic dermatitis or another medical condition.




Thanks for reading.

I hope I helped you out. Now when someone is complaining to you ‘why does my hair feel greasy after washing it?’, you can give them the answer and solution! Feel free to leave any questions or comments below and share if you enjoyed this.



12 thoughts on “Why Does My Hair Feel Greasy After Washing It?

  1. Great content!

    I didn’t know the source of greasy hair and you just made my day. I was wondering why my hair was getting greasy even that i was washing it daily!

    Also Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse seems like it may work. I know that some of my friends were using vinegar to treat their hair and it was also an ancient tradition to maintain the hair.

  2. I don’t have oily hair, I have the opposite, very dry hair. But I’m so glad I came across your article. I have been toying around with Apple Cider Vinegar and have thought about using it on my hair for the “nice & shinny” hair I keep reading about. BUT you are the first one to mention NOT to use it on color treated hair!!!! YIKES. I’m glad I haven’t done it. What exactly happens if used on colored treated hair???

    • Jester,

      AVC will not completely drain your hair of color in one use but the acids in it are very powerful. The acid will want to remove some color from your hair when breaking down oils and product buildup. The clarifying shampoo is a much better idea.

  3. That hashtag though. I am sure it’s not a typo, yes? I mean you did intent to include ‘#’?

    About the product buildup, could it be that high sensitivity is the reason why issues such as feeling greasy frequently occurs?

    Great tips anyways. I mean, relating to conditioner and apple cider vinegar. In particular, it’s interesting knowing that it’s disregarded for coloured hairs.

    • Tar,

      Haha, yes. I meant to put the hashtag there. It’s a silly thing people do sometimes, hashtag thing like that.

      What do you mean by high sensitivity?

  4. From a marketing stand point, starting off with a question peaks the reader’s curiosity, so well done there, and the info provided throughout kept me engaged and interested even though this is not something that I struggle with. I especially like that it is an all natural solution to an age long problem.

    • Raphael Ali,

      I’m glad you like my ideas and that I could keep you interested. When it comes to hair, food, or anything else, it is best to opt for natural whenever you can.

  5. I am a guy so how I stumbled onto your site I’ll never know. What I do know is that us guys say when our hair feels all oily like, It’s time for a shower. I personally shower every day, and lots of times twice a day. Like before I go to bed and again when I get up again. If you look at my picture you will see that I’m actually not really worried about the apperance of my hair!!! Lol Torrey

    • Torrey,

      Maybe you and your friends should try out some dry shampoo so you won’t have to shower so much. It would be better for your hair and skin to shower less. It’s hard to change a mans life routines, but it was worth a shot!

  6. I probably wash my hair twice a week, sometimes three times but still I find it gets oily soon after. I haven’t been game enough to try a dry shampoo yet as my hair is highly coloured and I’m not sure how they would mix. Is there any danger of losing my colour or damaging my hair with the one you recommend?

    • Shirley,

      Which color is your hair colored? The Batiste Dry Shampoo won’t hurt your color at all! If you have dark hair I recommend getting one of the dark colors of the dry shampoo. If you have light hair they have blonde ones too. And also a red color. I use the dark divine color for my dark brown hair and it’s perfect.

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