The Absolute BEST Hair Mask for Oily Hair

By Aniela M / February 23, 2022

Looking for the absolute best hair mask for oily hair? You've come to the right place! Say goodbyeto oily hair once and for all with this super easy to use hair mask for oily hair.

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Oily hair is the bane of my existence. I'm not talking about healthy shine, but oily greasy grossness that makes you want to stay indoors until it dries out. I've tried every home remedy out there, and while some do help, they simply don't give lasting results like the Aztec Indian Healing Clay. I've been using Indian Healing Clay as a hair mask for about 10 months now and it has worked wonders. This is the best hair mask for oily hair, hands down.

Hair Mask for Oily Hair Recipe

hair mask for oily hair

It's simple! You mix 1 part Healing Clay powder to 2 parts water (2:1) and apply it to your scalp and strands like you would with any conditioner. Be sure to apply it from the back of your head forward so your hair dries from root to tip, not the other way around! If you have fine, thin or short hair you can do 2:1 or even 1:1 clay powder to water ratio so it doesn't feel too heavy on your strands.

The results will NOT be immediate, but after about 3 weeks you'll notice a significant decrease in oiliness. My hair is oily between washes (every 2-3 days, I'm not that low maintenance) and if I use this mask twice in one week I can stretch it to 5 days without looking like an absolute greaseball.

You're probably wondering how this mask controls oil. When your hair is porous, it allows sebum to be absorbed into the strands which causes oily build up. This mask cleanses your scalp by bringing all of that sebum to the surface and allowing it to dry there instead of being reabsorbed. The clay also reduces blood flow in your scalp which can decrease sebum production.

When & How to Use the Mask

For the best results, use this mask once or twice a week (every other day if you use it daily) and be sure to rinse it out with cold water. Cold water helps close your hair cuticles so they don't absorb more oil than necessary when you're drying off after your shower.

If you have fine hair, oily scalp, or frequent dandruff you'll benefit from this mask most! If your hair is too dry to use it daily, I recommend using it every other day for 10 minutes. You can leave it on all night if you like (I don't because my pillow is white and oil stains are the worst).

You can find the healing clay in any Indian grocery store or online for around $10. If you're not sure if it's the mask for you, I recommend buying a travel size first to see how your body responds.

Here are some tips on getting the best results from this mask!

Tips & Tricks

  • Don't use shampoo before using this mask or else the clay won't stick on your scalp as well. If you have troubles, switch to a gentle shampoo on the days you use this mask and then go back to your regular shampoo after!
  • Even if it doesn't say so on the package, I recommend mixing the clay with room temperature water because it makes a huge difference in how easily it blends.
  • Be sure to apply the mask from back to front so it dries properly!
  • Since the clay can be drying, I recommend using a good daily moisturizer on your hair. If you don't want to use an extra product, try mixing coconut oil or olive oil with conditioner and applying as a deep overnight treatment before shampooing.
  • This mask should be applied to dry hair, not wet!
  • If you have white pillowcases or towels it will stain them. I recommend using an old t-shirt or rag when washing your hair to prevent staining anything other than your scalp.
  • If you have dandruff, I recommend using this mask twice a week and applying Head and Shoulders on your scalp overnight on the other days.
  • Make sure to rinse with COLD water!

The clay can be drying so be sure to use a good moisturizer on your hair everyday and always condition after you wash! * If you want to use this mask as often as I do, consider switching to an alcohol-free ACV shampoo that won't strip the product from your strands.

For the best results, use this mask once or twice a week (every other day if you use it daily) and be sure to rinse it out with cold water. Cold water helps close your hair cuticles so they don't absorb more oil than necessary when you're drying off after your shower. If you have fine hair, oily scalp, or frequent dandruff you'll benefit from this mask most!

If your hair is too dry to use it daily, I recommend using it every other day for 10 minutes. You can leave it on all night if you like (I don't because my pillow is white and oil stains are the worst). *If you have issues with AHC clumping on your scalp, try adding more water! Remember to mix AHC with room temperature water since it makes a huge difference in how smoothly the mask blends!

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