How To Keep Your Oily, Stringy Hair Under Control

Suffering with greasy hair is one thing but when it gets really oily what can you do to get rid of that stringy hair appearance when it seems to group together in large clumps?

Unfortunately, for many, this type of extreme oily hair is part and parcel of daily life and it comes from a variety of different things.

Poor diet is a major factor in contributing to oily hair. If you don’t eat the good stuff (green, leafy vegetables, lean protein and plenty of fruit) your sebaceous glands in your scalp will encourage even more sebum, hence lank, greasy hair.

It’s also down to genetics; the chances are if your mother or father has oily hair, that’s why you do too. Other reasons include:

  • over-brushing
  • poor personal hygiene
  • over-use of styling products
  • using the wrong types of shampoos and styling aids

If this all sounds all too familiar then you might need a hand. There are a few tips you can do at home to combat oily, stringy hair and you can re-visit the products you use when you wash and style your hair.

Here are a few of our favourite tricks for you to try, we’re sure that along with good diet and personal hygiene you’ll achieve beautiful hair with plenty of body minus the grease!

Fight the grease stringy hair

What You Can Do To Fight The Grease!

Wash your hair regularly (but not every day). Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to wash your hair daily but you should probably wash it every other day with a shampoo suitable to your hair type. Washing it regularly removes the build-up of styling products and cleanses the scalp. If your hair is greasy the day after you wash it, combat that extra oil with some dry shampoo at the roots and comb it through.

Don’t skip conditioner but remember you don’t need it on your root area. Stick to conditioner from mid-length to the ends and don’t use too much. Remember to really rinse it well.

When you dry your hair, make sure there are no damp areas because hair drying makes sure to leave hair looking clean, shiny (without oil) and full. Leaving it wet will make your hair look flat and limp so don’t be tempted to sleep on wet hair either.

Don’t over-use hair products. They build up in your hair follicles and contribute to extra hair sebum production. Your best bet is to use something gentle and avoid any oil-based hair styling products like the plague; they will just make your problem worse! Hairspray is good for your hair type because it’s quite drying so don’t be afraid of it!
Only use good quality hair brushes and combs. That means purchasing a boar bristle brush and definitely avoiding anything with plastic teeth or bristles; these stylers will just cling onto grease and distribute it all over your head. Wash your hairbrushes and combs weekly to remove build-up of oil.

However much you like them, don’t have a fringe cut into your hair because you will get really oily and stringy hair very quickly and make it look worse.

Best Hair Shampoos & Styling Products For Oily, Stringy Hair

So now you have some of our best tips to discourage oil production, what are the best shampoo and styling products to use for stringy, oily hair? We have a list of our favourites below which we all swear by. Try them for yourself and see the difference:

Cleansing Shampoos

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

This is a brand you can trust and Neutrogena’s shampoo promises really clean silky-smooth hair minus the oil. It’s best to use this in combination with your favourite shampoo and as a weekly treatment. It deep-cleanses the scalp getting into the hair follicles and extracting the oil promising 90% of residue removal in one wash. It also encourages plenty of volume and bounce so hair looks full.

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Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo

Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo

Redken is a respected hair brand and this shampoo is suitable for all hair types, even oily hair. It penetrates the roots removing grease, residue and excess oil leaving hair feeling pure and really clean. It’s also an excellent shampoo for preparation before blow drying and hair is oil-free for a couple of days, it’s one of our most recommended. Use it in conjunction with the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo and you should be able to wave goodbye to stringy grease!

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Volumising Shampoos

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo

John Frieda Luxurious Volume

From one of the world-renowned hairdressers, you won’t go wrong with this shampoo. It’s also designed to reduce hair damage while still getting rid of all that oil. It promises strength, lift and fullness from the root so you’ll get an incredible, voluminous and shiny root minus the oil. Use with the conditioner to maximise results.

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Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo

Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo

This is a really refreshing shampoo which invigorates the scalp while it removes oil and styling product build-up. With citrus, it revitalises the scalp and really cleanses the hair so it looks thick and luscious after use. This shampoo also keeps oil at bay for a good couple of days and is ideal for frequent hair-washing.

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Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

ORIBE Dry Texturizing Spray

This is excellent for in-between hair washing because it absorbs the oil at the root without leaving a powdery residue. Winner of the Beauty Innovator Award 2015, it’s a spray rather than a powder and it boosts volume and lift so hair looks almost freshly washed. Additionally, it really helps to hold your style for longer! We really rate Oribe as an incredible hair styling brand and think this product is the answer to every oily girl’s prayers.

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Volume & Hold Spray

CHI Volume Booster Liquid Bodifying Glaze

If you only use one styling product make it this Chi Volume Booster. Apply it on towel-dried hair and get going with your hair drying. It promises plenty of volume, body and thickness yet it is so weightless it won’t clog up your hair follicles and encourage sebum. If you have particularly limp hair, this product is a Godsend as it won’t weigh your hair down, keeping your style in place all day. It gets the winning vote from us!

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It’s a 10 Miracle Blow Dry Volumizer

's a 10 Miracle Blow Dry Volumizer

This is a great volumising blow-drying spray which you apply before you dry on damp hair. Spray it liberally as it’s weightless and it doesn’t leave any residue and then style as normal. The difference is this spray helps your hair stay in place all day and keeps hair looking light and airy. If you’ve got particularly thin, greasy hair this is an excellent texturizer as it gives your hair the illusion of thickness so your hair looks wonderfully big and bouncy. Buy it; you won’t regret it for a moment and your hair will thank you!

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Best Hairstyles For Stringy, Oily and Stringy Hair

Believe it or not there are certain styles for your hair type that don’t just refer to the good old pony tail or chignon (although both these styles work and keep hair fresher for longer). Try some of our ideas and see how well your oily hair lasts with these new hairstyles:

Hair up yes we know it’s boring but add a few hair slides and tousle up the front and you’ll instantly modernise this look, use plenty of mousse for a messy look. No more stringy hair look for you!messy side braid
Side plait braids are always in fashion so rather than sporting a plait at the back, move it to the side and wear it low.
Slicked-back into a low bun – just add hairspray and you have instant glamour.

Wear it down – yes we said it! Just apply plenty of texturizing spray and tousle your hair, perhaps sweep it over to one side and fix with some hairspray.


Use a scarf! When you’ve had a late night and you haven’t got time, don’t panic just tie a brightly coloured scarf around the middle part of your hair and fix at the bottom. Looks cute and covers your middle part of your hair. Any root grease can be fought with dry shampoo.

French braids

Two French braids either side of your head is an excellent way of hiding any oil and stringy hair, don’t forget to add your favourite hair clips.
Failing all of the above, when you’re really in a fix with oily hair, tie it back and wear a bold, funky hat.


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