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What is it?

Humans, in fact, all mammals, have sebaceous glands that secrete an oily, waxy material called sebum that helps lubricate our skin. Sebaceous glands are present all over our body (except the soles of the feet and palms) and are most abundant on the face and scalp.

Oily scalp is the result of overactive sebaceous glands. Although these natural oils are essential for a well-hydrated scalp and healthy hair, excess oil can cause hair to become limp and unruly. In the worst case scenario, the sebum glands clog the hair roots and may cause excessive shedding, hair loss and dandruff.

If you already have oily skin, you are more likely to suffer from oily hair as it is your body’s natural system to produce too much sebum. The causes for an excessive sebum production are heredity, unhealthy eating habits, medications or improper hair care. The sebum production may also vary with the change of seasons, climate changes, hormone fluctuations or longer periods of stress.

Symptoms of Oily Hair

Things to Look For

  • Hair feels dirty and looks unhealthy
  • Hair looks limp, dull and lifeless
  • Hair has no body or ounce
  • Hair and scalp feel greasy less than 24 hours after washing
  • Hair feels heavy on the head
  • Oily hair often means oily skin
  • Itchiness of the scalp
  • Hair loss or progressive thinning of hair

Secondary Conditions Can Result From Oily Hair

Acne: Greasy hair can increase your chances of developing acne on the areas of skin surrounding the hairline like the temples, forehead, neck, and behind the ears. Check out our Help Me Choose Products for Oily Skin & Acne to learn more. 

Dandruff: Greasy hair makes your scalp more prone to dandruff. We shed dead skin cells every day which normally wash away when we shampoo. However, the stickiness created excess hair oil dead skin cells to stay on the scalp and hair and not slough off. To learn more take a look at our Help Me Choose Products for Dandruff page. 

Helping with Oily Hair

Use a Gentle Natural Shampoo

Use a Gentle Natural Shampoo

Many believe that using an "oily hair" shampoo to dry out an oily scalp will help get rid of oily hair. However, the synthetic cleansing agents used in most commercial shampoos strip the scalp of natural fatty acids and oils.

The dried out scalp sends a signal to oil glands that it needs more oil. So drying out your hair and scalp simply aggravates the problem by encouraging the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss.

Natural shampoos containing citrus essential oils help balance oil production and are often great for oily scalp. We also make three shampoo bars with soapnuts (aritha) which contain natural saponins (foaming agents) that provide an extra cleaning boost without drying the hair and scalp. Their natural antifungal and antibacterial properties also help with dandruff.

While some believe that frequent shampooing will stimulate the production of sebum, I have not found information to support this unless you are using harsh, drying shampoos. If your hair looks best freshly washed, then wash daily using a gentle and mild natural shampoo, to remove excess oil without over-stripping the hair and scalp.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

An apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse removes excess oil, scaly build-up and residue to cleanse and clarify the hair and scalp without stripping the hair of its natural oils. Residue weighs hair down, causes an itchy scalp and attracts more oil and dirt. ACV also has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that help treat dandruff.

We infuse our Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that are great for the hair and scalp.

Read our blog, "The Benefits Of An Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse & How To Use It"


Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo

Natural Dry Shampoos are very useful for concealing greasy roots between hair washes. They work by absorbing excess oils on the scalp and hair so hair has more body, looks cleans and smells fresh.

If you don't have time to wash your hair or your hair does not like frequent washings, dry shampoos allow you to extend the time between washes.

Folks with bangs find they often get oily a few hours after shampooing. A bit of dry shampoo can help revitalize greasy bangs.

Additional Tips

Additional Tips

  • Choose the right products for your hair.
  • Remember that anything that causes a dry scalp will lead to excess oil production.
  • Wash hair with lukewarm or cool water. Hot water can cause excess dryness.
  • Limit the use of blow dryers, curling irons, and any other hair appliances that generate heat and cause excessive dryness.
  • If you need conditioner, avoid the scalp and apply it only on the ends and the body of your hair. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse as an alternative.
  • Thoroughly rinse hair after shampooing to help prevent buildup in your hair and can help you avoid greasy hair in the future
  • Even with regular washing styling products can build up on the scalp and hair. If you must use styling products, use a vinegar rinse or baking soda rinse once in a while to clarify hair. 
  • Use a clean hairbrush. Your hairbrush can harbor a build-up of old styling products, old greasy hair, dust, and dirt. So, clean your hairbrush on a regular basis.

Things to Avoid

Harsh Detergent Shampoos

Many believe that using an "oily hair" shampoo to dry out their oily scalp will help get rid of oily hair. It seems to make sense.

However, the synthetic cleansing agents used in most commercial shampoos strip the scalp of natural fatty acids and oils. The dried out scalp sends a signal to glands that it needs more oil. So drying out your hair and scalp simply aggravates the problem by encouraging the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss.


Excessive Styling Products or Conditioners

Stay away from styling products and excess use of heavy conditioners, especially products containing silicon! They only make a difficult situation worse by weighing the hair down and making it even more oily than before.

Playing With Your hiar

Touching your hair too often not only transfers oils and dirt from your fingers to your strands, but touching your scalp a stimulate oil production. 

Brushing your hair too often during the day can also become a problem. Brushing stimulates oil production, which may lead to a nice glossy look at first, but will lead to a greasy look later in the day. If your hair needs a quick fix, stick to brushing only the lengths and ends. 




Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!

The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.

Natural Organic Sunflower Shampoo Bar


Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.

They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940s.

Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.

Natural Carrot Shampoo

Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.

Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.


Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?

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Everything You Want To Know About Shampoo Bars!

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Nature's herbs and botanicals have a life force of their own. The vinegar extracts the healing phytochemicals from medicinal herbs and botanicals we use.

Basil, Ocimum basilicum, stimulates hair follicles, increases scalp circulation and promotes hair growth. Basil helps protect hair from breakage, its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the roots and it adds luster to dull hair.

Burdock, Arctium lappa, nourishes and strengthens hair follicles, to promote healthy hair growth and improve the condition of hair. It helps soothe irritated scalp conditions, decrease breakage and adds sheen, body & luster. The mucilage in burdock root adds “slip” to hair to make detangling easier.

Horsetail, Equisetum arvense, is nourishing and hydrating, stimulates the scalp and has been used for centuries as a hair growth herb. The silica in horsetail helps to keep hair strong and adds shine and luster to hair.

Lavender, Lavendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal properties that may help with irritated scalp conditions and hair loss. It helps balance oil production as is a great herb for all hair types.

Nettle, Urtica dioica, stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, helps decrease breakage and promotes body, bounce, and shine. Nettle hair rinses are an old remedy to help reduce hair loss and encourage hair growth. Nettles balance oil production and help with dandruff.

Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, encourages the growth of strong healthy hair by improving blood flow to the scalp. The stimulating and revitalizing properties of rosemary help increase manageability, add shine, and condition the hair and scalp.

When comparing vinegar hair rinse products
and prices please read the label ingredients

  • Our ACV Rinses contain no water they are a pure concentrated vinegar rinse so you can add your own water to create the perfect rinse for your hair type. 

  • Many vinegar rinses are not concentrates, they are made with water--often as the first ingredient--which means that you are paying for a product that is mostly water.

  • Our apple cider vinegar (ACV) finishing rinses are made with only USDA Certified Organic ingredients.

  • Our ACV rinses are made with only raw apple cider vinegar which contains the "mother," the storehouse of natural bacteria and enzymes that make this product so wonderful.

  • We infuse our organic vinegar with certified organic herbs and organic essential oils that are great for the hair and scalp.

  • Our ACV Rinses contain no water and therefore need no artificial preservatives.

Ida's Shampooing Technique for Long Hair

Men and women with short hair seldom have hair adjustment problems to natural shampoo bars. Folks with long hair have to tinker a bit with technique and bar type. I have found that oftentimes the technique can make all the difference. 

You have to experiment with your unique hair type. I have long, fine hair. Below is my technique for using a shampoo bar. I...Natural Organic Long Hair Shampoo

  • thoroughly wet my hair
  • tie my long hair into a loose ponytail
  • wet the natural shampoo bar and rub the bar across the top of my head in strokes from front to back until I have covered the entire scalp area. (I have found that if I rub any shampoo vigorously in all directions, my fine long hair gets very tangled)
  • massage my entire scalp in a combing motion to work the lather through my hair. I do not rub the bar or work the lather on the length of my hair.
  • take out my ponytail and rinse allowing the shampoo to drip down the length of my hair. (I have found that this rinsing is enough to clean the length of my hair.)
  • rinse for at LEAST one minute as I rub my fingers through my hair to be sure that all of the shampoo is rinsed away
  • squeeze gently on the length to remove excess water and cover with a towel while I dry off the rest of me. I do not rub the towel over my wet hair because it causes nasty tangles.
  • use a wide toothed comb and gently comb from the bottom up

Dry and style your hair as usual!


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Using Chagrin Valley Vinegar Hair Rinses

Using Chagrin Valley Vinegar Hair Rinses

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Hair and Scalp Build-Up? What Can Help?

Hair and Scalp Build-Up? What Can Help?

"Build up" in our hair and scalp is often unavoidable. The combination of product build-up mixing with your scalp's natural oils can create quite a greasy, grimy mess! While build-up can cause hair to look dull and lifeless, it can also make adjusting to shampoo bars especially frustrating.

Customer Tips for Help Me Choose Natural Products for Oily Hair


Hi there my new besties! I had to drop a line to express just how impressed I am with your shampoo bars. I recently bought several sample sized bars & a bargain bag of you auburn henna (thank goodness for gut instincs!) And every one is amazing in a different way! I have very curly color treated hair that tends to be dry and on the frizzy side. That is a thing of the past thanks to your products. I use an ACV rinse after & have never been so happy with my former tangled mop! Knots just slide through my fingers, I have more body than I could imagine, smooth,shiney curls with no frizz! All with NO CONDITIONER! I can't believe it. Looking good & saving money while being a bit kinder to old mother earth! Thanks for creating such awesome products. I have spent a small fortune every month on shampoo, conditioner, defrizz stuff, gloss & root lifter for years. Now a few swirls on my dome with one of my magic bars & an ACV rinse & I'm out the door. A little argan or coconut oil on the ends is all I do. Wow! I just love your stuff!

-Sophia, California

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