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Can somebody help me get some oily stuff out of my hair!

Asked by NaturallyMe (4922points) September 3rd, 2010

I’ve washed my hair about 5 times now in the last hour and am about to scream. >:S

I used some conditioner in my hair (i dunno, maybe the %^$& is expired or something) and it’s left my hair weird and oily like, and I’ve used 3 different shampoos and it didn’t help. I’ve even put mayo in my hair and that didn’t work either.

How can something stick to the hair so much?!?! It’s insane and i’m really peeved off.

Thank you in anticipation!


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Coloma's avatar

I think the mayo was not a good choice. lol

Try dish soap, but don’t mangle your hair, massage it through in a downward motion so it does not tangle.

Maybe a baking soda or vinegar rinse.

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NaturallyMe's avatar

@Coloma LOL, the mayo was the first thing i thought of trying! I’m desperate here, this is ridiculous!
You’re right, maybe the dish soap could work….i’ll be back!!

And tnx. :)

Coloma's avatar


Take pictures and share…before and after. lolol

marissa's avatar

Wash it out with beer….seriously.
BTW you may need to do that a few times since you put mayo in it.
Also, if you are underage you can try Club Soda, but I can’t vouch for it :0)

cazzie's avatar

a cheap, harsh shampoo might help, or dish soap, which is pretty harsh. (shampoos have Sodium Laureth Sulfate, dish soap has Sodium Laurel Sulfate, which is a stronger surfactant) Vinegar will help strip waxy build up off the hair. Did the conditioner you used have silicones in it? Another thing that can work well, is Epsom salts disolved in water. That removes residue of all sorts. No need to cry.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Ok, dish soap didn’t do damned thing. :(

@marissa If only i have beer, i would have tried it long ago too! :)

@cazzie i have no idea if it has silicone in it, i used one of those little tubes of conditioner that you get hair colouring boxes. It’s old ones that my mum gave to me after she coloured her hair, not all of them do this, but this one did. sigh

I’m trying the epsom salts now!

marissa's avatar

Do you have lemon juice? It may also work, depending on how thick your hair is, but make sure you wash your hair afterwards with regular shampoo.
BTW…I know you are desperate, but do not, I repeat do not use laundry detergent :0P

Izzy's avatar

Hoping she has hair left after using all stuff on her hair

Izzy's avatar

Most of those conditioners that come with hair dye contain coconut oil and other oils for deep conditioning. I found the instructions for removing olive oil from hair. It pretty much suggests the same things we already have mentioned, but entails a long routine of repeated items and washing, so I am guessing it will take a while to achieve the desired results. Here are the instructions.

1. Rinse the olive oil out of your hair as best you can.
2. Apply enough Dawn dish detergent to lather your hair, then rinse with water until the water runs clear.
3. Wash your hair with regular shampoo and rinse if you’d rather use your own shampoo. Apply the shampoo again, and allow the shampoo to penetrate your hair for three minutes. Rinse the shampoo out of your hair.
4. Rinse all the olive oil you can out of your hair with water. Make a mixture of ½ cup vinegar to 1 quart warm water, and pour it into a container. Apply the vinegar solution to your hair, massaging down to the roots. Rinse well.
5. Mix a little baking soda with a little bit baby shampoo. Put the mixture on your hair while it is dry, then rinse with warm water. Repeat until all the olive oil is gone.
6. Pat your hair with paper towels to soak up excess olive oil, then massage Prell into your hair. Add a little warm water. Rinse. Repeat until all the olive oil is gone.
7. Sprinkle a little cornstarch on your hair and pat it in. Rinse with a clarifying shampoo.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Ok, i see i’m out of epsom salts. :(

Vinegar rinse and multi purpose household cleaner didn’t work either. I think my scalp is being traumatized… :(

Coloma's avatar


Those conditioners that come in the do it yourself coloring kits leave your hair extra soft and coated, ‘naturally.’ lol

It FEELS like it is not washing out because of the softening effect on the hair but it is.

Unless it looks really greasy I’d just towel it off and let it be. It should fade away after a couple of more washings over the next few days.

Just put it up or in braids or whatever and wait it out.

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Coloma But it does look and feel greasy, like i haven’t washed my hair for a week. It’s aweful and looks terrible.

I think i’ll just wash it one more time and put in a leave in treatment and see if it’s better tomorrow morning after i wash it.

NEVER use potentially expired Nice ‘n Easy conditioners!!!!! (i’ve used these things before, never has my hair been so icky, there’s something wrong with this one i’m sure)

My poor head, LOL.

Tnx everybody.

Coloma's avatar


Not nice and not easy you mean? lol

Yeah, maybe you created some sort of weird chemistry thing in your hair with that cond. and mayo concoction. Call a chemist, or go swimming in the ocean or just put a bag over your head and drink from a straw poked out of a hole in the bag.

I dunno girl. hahaha

cazzie's avatar

Did you try the Vinegar? Those conditioners are super duper coaters of the hair shaft. I found this and it’s combo of vinegar and citric/ascorbic acid from the lime juice (you could use lemon too, but it might sting more)....

SundayKittens's avatar

Baking Soda! Try it. Bless your heart (and hair).

NaturallyMe's avatar

@cazzie yep, the vinegar rinse didn’t work either. And thanx for the link. :)

@SundayKittens i think i’ll try more remedies tomorrow, my head’s had enough trauma for today, haha. TY, my hair needs that blessing, hehe. :)

sliceswiththings's avatar

What about baby powder to try to absorb the oil?

lilikoi's avatar

Have you tried Dawn dish soap?

Coloma's avatar

Yes, @lilikoi says, Dawn dish soap really cuts the grease…and, guess what?
A tip from a dog groomer it also kills fleas…sooo, bonus, if you have a flea problem too. haha

NaturallyMe's avatar

@sliceswiththings I don’t know if that would work, it looks oily and really weighs my hair down, but it doesn’t feel oily to the touch, so i don’t know if it will be absorbed that easily.
@lilikoi Nope, we don’t have that brand here….

I actually found some beer in the fridge, i’ll try that tomorrow, hehe.

isuppose's avatar

Use a shampoo that is made for getting chlorine out of your hair, it won’t destroy your hair like soap will.

cazzie's avatar

I can send you some soap I make to clean clothes… it’s about the strongest I make….

NaturallyMe's avatar

@cazzie very kind of you, hehe. :) But by the time your soap reaches South Africa, i’m hoping this stuff will be out of my hair by then!! :)

(you make soaps? Only heavy duty cleaning soaps, or others too?)

cazzie's avatar

I make all sorts of soap. Mostly the type that is really nice to bathe with. goat milk soaps too.

NaturallyMe's avatar

@cazzie It sounds fun. :)

YARNLADY's avatar

Blend some oatmeal and milk in the blender and rub that on, then rinse.

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