How do I Choose the Best Oily Hair Conditioner? (with pictures)

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Lemon verbena essential oil is a common ingredient in oily hair conditioner.
Lemon verbena essential oil is a common ingredient in oily hair conditioner.

Choosing the best oily hair conditioner means choosing a product that will keep the hair smooth and moisturized at the tips without building up and promoting an oily scalp. People who have very short hair can sometimes manage oil in the hair by avoiding conditioner altogether. People with longer hair, however, often need to use an oily hair conditioner that will help to manage the oil at the scalp while making sure that the hair is kept smooth and manageable from the tips of the hair to about halfway up the shafts of the follicles. It is also important to consider whether one has any other hair-related issues that the conditioner should address, such as a need to add fullness or body to the hair or a need to help make the hair follicles cooperate with curly hair styles.

A good oily hair conditioner is usually thicker than shampoo but not nearly as thick as a lotion or cream.
A good oily hair conditioner is usually thicker than shampoo but not nearly as thick as a lotion or cream.

Some of the most common natural ingredients that are used in oily hair conditioner are lemon, lemon verbena, and tea tree. The oils from these plants are formulated into a product that helps to control oil in the hair. Many people use these products because they are made primarily with natural or organic ingredients. Also, many people enjoy the natural fragrances that come from products such as lemon, lemon verbena, and tea tree.

Oily hair conditioners manage oil at the scalp.
Oily hair conditioners manage oil at the scalp.

One of the important things to consider when choosing an oily hair conditioner is the thickness of the product. Conditioner that is very thick and viscous us often too full of emollients for oily hair and can lead to excess oil and the buildup of product in the hair. A good oily hair conditioner is usually thicker than shampoo but not nearly as thick as a lotion or cream. In cases of extremely oily hair, the conditioner should be applied only to the tips of the hair, avoiding the scalp altogether.

It is common for people who use oily hair conditioner to also use oily hair shampoo. This is often a useful practice for people who are really trying to battle oily hair. Oily hair shampoo is a kind of shampoo that deeply cleanses the hair and scalp of oil. Using this kind of shampoo is a good way to prepare the hair for oily hair conditioner. One of the important aspects of oily hair shampoo is that it should be clear in color. Shampoos that are opaque are often too full of emollients for oily hair.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for , Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • Lemon verbena essential oil is a common ingredient in oily hair conditioner.
      Lemon verbena essential oil is a common ingredient in oily hair conditioner.
    • A good oily hair conditioner is usually thicker than shampoo but not nearly as thick as a lotion or cream.
      A good oily hair conditioner is usually thicker than shampoo but not nearly as thick as a lotion or cream.
    • Oily hair conditioners manage oil at the scalp.
      Oily hair conditioners manage oil at the scalp.