How to use oil without making your hair greasy: 5 factors you should take into account

woman worried about her greasy hair
The five factors you should keep in mind so your hair does not become greasy when using oil are:

  • Factor 1: the type of oil you’ll be using. Dense oils can make your hair greasier.
  • Factor 2: the amount of oil you use. You should always apply nine to ten drops of oil so that your hair doesn’t become greasy.
  • Factor 3: respect the exposure time of the oil, so the hair absorbs it and less residue is left in your hair.
  • Factor 4: it’s necessary to cover your hair after applying the oil. I’ll tell you why later on.
  • Factor 5: rinsing out the oil. This is the most important part so your hair doesn’t become greasy after using oil. Because you have to make sure to remove it completely in the rinse.


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If you take all these factors into account,  your hair won’t be greasy after using oil.  Each and every factor is essential.

But, going one step further, I have another recommendation for you:

  •  If your hair is fine , don’t apply a dense oil on your hair, as it will leave it greasy. Go for a lighter oil, such as coconut or argan, even if you’ve had a keratin treatment.
  •  If your hair is oily , don’t use dense oils.
  •  If your hair is dry , you should apply heavy oils, because light oils won’t repair your hair.


Now that I’ve made recommendations, let’s start with the factors you should keep in mind so your hair doesn’t become greasy after you use oil.


Factor 1: if you use light oils there is less chance your hair will become greasy

coconut oil is light and leaves hair less greasy

And at this point, I’m sure you’re thinking, “But what are light oils?”

Light oils are:

And at the other end of the scale, there are the dense oils.

  • Castor
  • Olive
  • Sunflower
  • Avocado
  • Almond


Light oils penetrate more quickly into the hair fiber. So they generally  leave less residue than dense oils and are easier to rinse out. 

And that keeps your hair from getting greasy.


Factor 2: if you don’t want your hair to become greasy don’t overdo the amount of oil you use

 If you apply too much oil , your hair will become greasy. But if you apply less than your hair needs, you won’t be able to moisturize it.


To find out exactly how much oil to use, start with trial and error.

And here I’m an advocate of always going from less to more. You can start by applying eight or nine drops of oil to your palms. If you notice that parts of your hair remain uncovered, add five more drops.

Keep in mind that what you should achieve is moisturizing your hair with the oil.


Factor 3: respect the exposure time of the oil so your hair doesn’t go greasy

Because if you leave the oil on your hair for too short a time, for example, less than ten minutes, the hair fiber won’t be able to absorb the amount you have applied.

Therefore, when you rinse the oil out, your hair will be greasy.


Therefore, I recommend that  if you use a light oil, leave it in your hair for between twenty minutes and four hours . And if you opt for heavy oils, such as castor oil, you should leave it in for twenty minutes to six hours.


These times will always depend on what you want to achieve. The more damaged your hair is, the longer you should leave the oil in.

In the case of light oils, it’s always best to leave them in overnight. That way your hair will absorb them and you can rinse them out easily, removing any excess.

So far, all the above factors go hand in hand so the oil doesn’t leave your hair greasy. Because if you overdo the amount of oil, even if you leave the oil in for ten hours, your hair will remain greasy. Your hair won’t absorb it all.


Factor 4: after applying oil, cover your hair so it absorbs the oil better

shower cap for after using oil

Why is it important to cover your hair after applying oil?


Because this way  your scalp will keep the heat in and facilitate the absorption of the oil, avoiding greasy hair. 


Once you finish applying the oil, cover your hair with a nylon bag and towel, a shower cap, a thermal cap, or a towel you previously soaked in hot water.

Finally, we come to the most important factor.


Factor 5: rinse the oil out thoroughly so your hair won’t be greasy

Once the oil exposure time is over,  you should wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. 

  • Run warm water through your hair for three minutes.
  • Apply your usual shampoo and give a good massage to the lengths and ends.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Apply more shampoo to your scalp and massage it thoroughly.
  • Gather all your hair together and massage it from the roots to the ends.
  • Leave the shampoo on for five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the shampoo application and rinse.
  • Apply your usual conditioner and leave it in for three minutes.
  • Rinse with almost cold water to close your cuticles.



Apart from these five factors, it’s also a good idea to consider how often you should apply oil so your hair doesn’t go greasy.

You should only apply even light oils to your hair a maximum of three times a week. Otherwise, your hair will become saturated with fatty acids and you’ll get greasy hair.

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