By Cait Hawley

While hair makes oils naturally to protect itself, some people suffer from extra-oily locks. According to the Natural Beauty Community, traditional shampoo, which is a detergent, can rob your hair of the oils it needs to stay healthy and soft. Shampoos also contain harsh chemicals that are damaging to the skin and hair follicles. Most shampoos will eventually dry out even the oiliest hair resulting in damaged ends and stripped roots. There are perfectly natural ways of washing your hair and keeping the oil at bay. Utilizing baking soda and other pure ingredients can send you down the path to smooth, shiny hair.

Keep your hair clean and shiny without using shampoo.


Nature Moms reports that extremely oily hair can actually be caused by the shampoo you use daily. While shampoo makes your hair smell nice and temporarily makes your hair feel dry and clean, over-shampooing can lead to excessive sebum or oil production. When shampoo dries out your hair and scalp, your oil glands work overtime.


According to the Natural Beauty Community, removing oil from your hair with baking soda is relatively simple and there are a variety of methods. If you’re completely against giving up traditional shampoo, you can mix a little bit of baking soda in with a dollop of your shampoo. Rubbing this mixture through your hair will help remove some of the buildup of oil.

You can also add one tablespoon of baking soda into one cup of water. If you have curly or thick hair, you made need more baking soda. Make a paste and rub it through your hair, starting at the crown where oil originates. After a few minutes, rinse the paste out like you would a traditional shampoo. It is beneficial to use this baking soda method only a few times a week, instead of every day.

If you’re in a rush in the morning, a very small amount of baking soda can also be sprinkled to dry hair and rubbed in to cut oily buildup.


If you choose to go without shampoo and stick to a baking soda hair regimen, it may take up to six weeks for results to be apparent. Don’t give up when your hair still feels oily after a few days of rinsing. It takes time for hair to adjust to this pure and healthy routine. Once you’ve passed the adjustment stage, your hair will feel silky and strong.


Shampoo is incredibly expensive, and because it leaves your hair and scalp oily, you end up purchasing it more often, as indicated by Green & Frugal Living. A box of baking soda is relatively cheap and because you only use it a few times a week, it will last you longer than a bottle of pricey hair soap.

Using baking soda also keeps unwanted shampoo chemicals from entering your blood stream through your scalp.

Other Additions

There are other natural ingredients that can be combined with baking soda to achieve oil-free, healthy hair. Pouring vinegar over your hair after applying baking soda will leave your hair sleek and manageable. Adding natural juices or extracts, such as lemon juice or vanilla, to your baking soda paste, will help remove oily residue from your hair and will leave you smelling fresh afterward. You can also rinse your hair with a mixture of herbs like rosemary and sage to condition your hair.