Best Care Products for Oily Hair: A Comprehensive Guide

An oily scalp can be a nagging problem for many. It's not merely about washing your hair daily; it's about understanding and treating the problem holistically. In the vast ocean of Japanese Cosmetics for Hair, we have pinpointed a practical solution for your oily scalp. Let's discover the world of hair cosmetics explicitly designed for oily hair.

Causes of Oily Hair and Scalp

Oily hair doesn't just happen overnight. It often results from a series of missteps in hair care, especially when the scalp's natural balance is disturbed. Below, we will explore the common errors.

  • Sebaceous Glands: within the scalp, there are sebaceous glands that generate sebum, a natural and essential oil. An excessive generation of sebum may result in a condition where the hair appears oily and overly lubricated.
  • Genetics: if family members have oily hair, you may be genetically predisposed to also having an oily scalp.
  • Hormonal Fluctuations: changes in hormone levels, especially during puberty, pregnancy, or menstrual cycles, can increase oil production in the scalp.
  • Misunderstanding Your Scalp Type: many clients mistake washing their hair once every three days as a sign of oily skin. In reality, oily skin requires cleaning every day or every other day.
  • Using Only Drying Shampoo: a common error among clients is the sole use of drying shampoo without additional hydration and scalp balance restoration. This approach is simply inadequate.
  • Ignoring the Brand Solution: brands like Lebel have designed a range of products to tackle oiliness correctly. The oily scalp can be addressed comprehensively with balms, masks, gentle peels, and terminal sprays.
  • Environmental Factors: humidity and pollution can increase oil production in the scalp.
  • Health Conditions: certain health issues, such as seborrheic dermatitis, can cause an oily scalp.
  • Stress: stress has the potential to trigger a rise in the production of oil within the scalp, contributing to an oily scalp.

Understanding these causes can guide us to an appropriate and more targeted treatment.

3 Most Common Mistakes When Using Scalp Products

Our haircare experts have identified three common mistakes that people often make when using products designed for scalp care. Avoiding these pitfalls can enhance the effectiveness of your hair care routine.

Not Following Instructions

Most clients tend to overlook the product’s instructions and apply them incorrectly. For instance, the Lebel Cool Orange peel is formulated to be used on moistened locks prior to your shampoo routine. After using the peel, it's essential to shampoo your hair once. However, there are peels like Lebel Proedit that should be used after you've shampooed your hair once. Always read the directions to ensure you're getting the maximum benefit from the product.

Neglecting to Massage

Often, individuals forget to massage scalp products into their hair. Yet, massaging is crucial for any scalp treatment to work effectively. A gentle 1-2 minute massage using the fingertips can double the efficacy of the product, promoting better absorption and stimulating blood flow to the scalp.

Using Products Too Sparingly

Some clients believe that using products less frequently than recommended will yield the same results. This isn't true. For instance, thermal sprays are versatile enough to be used several times during the day. Yet, many users apply them once every three days, expecting the same visible results. Consistent use in line with suggested intervals, is essential for achieving great results.

In essence, maximizing the benefits of your scalp care routine requires careful attention to product instructions, a commitment to proper application techniques like massaging, and consistent use. These steps ensure your hair remains healthy, vibrant, and well-nourished.

How Do You Treat an Oily Scalp?

An oily scalp can be both a cosmetic and a comfort issue, leaving many grappling with frequent hair washes and unwanted shine. But before we dive into solutions, grasping the core issue is paramount. Oily hair stems from overactive sebaceous glands that produce excess sebum. While this natural oil is essential for healthy hair, too much can weigh it down.

Treating an oily scalp through Japanese cosmetics is a targeted and effective approach that can yield significant results. How can you treat an oily scalp using our products?

Choose the Right Shampoo

Choose a shampoo tailor-made for oily hair types. They're crafted to purify the scalp without completely depleting its innate oils, which, counterintuitively, could trigger even greater oil production in response.

Our esteemed technologist, Olga, having collaborated with leading Japanese hair care cosmetics manufacturers for over seven years, lends her invaluable insights:

"Throughout my career, Lebel has emerged as the go-to brand for rejuvenating and balancing the scalp. When the scalp achieves its natural equilibrium, hair not only looks healthier but also sheds its damaged past."

However, addressing an oily scalp is more complex than merely switching shampoos.

Unfortunately, no shampoo on its own will solve the problem of oily skin. To achieve optimal outcomes, it's imperative to adopt a comprehensive approach:

  • Scrub your scalp weekly.
  • Utilize multifunctional balms and masks that work in tandem for both the scalp and hair.
  • Apply thermal sprays daily for freshness and hair strengthening.

In our company, we focus on professional, complimentary product selection as a holistic solution. If the client wishes, we can provide the entire range of care products in trial sizes (miniatures), which is very convenient.

Wash Your Hair Properly

Start the process by cleansing your hair using a mild shampoo suitable for oily scalp. This helps remove excess oil and prepares the scalp for the hair mask treatment.

Advice from Olga:

"When choosing, it's essential to ask the right question: What's the frequency of your hair wash routine? If it's every 3 days, your scalp isn't oily but leans towards being dry. In this case, moisturizing shampoos will be suitable for you, such as the highly effective Lebel IAU Relaxment, Lebel Natural Cypress, and Lebel Jojoba.

If you wash your hair daily or every other day, refreshing shampoos from the Lebel series like Lebel Cool Orange, Lebel IAU Freshment, Lebel IAU Lycomint, and Lebel Natural Marigold will be a better fit for you."

Choose the Best Peel for Oily Hair

The excess sebum production from the scalp often leaves the hair looking greasy and lifeless. Fortunately, with the right scalp peel, you can tackle this issue at its root.

Advice from our professional trichologist, Tatyana (with over 5 years of experience working with Japanese cosmetics):

  1. Regrettably, our region's culture of using scalp peels is not very developed. Yet, peels immensely impact scalp health, freshness, and balance. 
  2. Japanese professional peels are best used once a week.
  3. When choosing a peel, it's crucial to ensure it doesn't contain abrasive particles as they can damage the scalp, leaving micro-injuries that adversely affect hair growth in the long run. It's much better to opt for peels with natural components. For instance, the Proedit Float Cleansing peel uses starch powder derived from corn grains. Meanwhile, the Lebel Cool Orange peel utilizes orange oil for cleansing, with bamboo root extracts, jojoba oil, and peppermint oil providing therapeutic effects on the scalp, stimulating hair growth, and strengthening hair.
  4. An often misconception is that dry scalps don't need peeling. This is a significant error as dry skin requires hydration and balance restoration. A perfect find for dry skin is the Lebel Cool Orange M peel, which contains hyaluronic acid, bamboo root extract, castor oil, vitamin E, lactic acid, hakka-yu, and licorice extract. These ingredients eliminate dry dandruff, hydrate, and energize the dry scalp.
  5. Moreover, customers often overlook an essential product: thermal sprays. In Japan, these are a must-have and are found in every household. Not only do they provide freshness, but they also strengthen the hair, stimulate growth, and offer protection against the sun for both the scalp and hair.

How to Choose the Best Hair Mask for Oily Hair?

Choosing the oily hair mask is not just a matter of picking up any product that claims to treat oiliness. It's essential to employ a thoughtful and strategic method to select a product, ensuring that it aligns perfectly with your needs and expectations.

Ingredients to Look For 

When you're browsing through the best hair mask for oily hair, there are certain ingredients that you should be on the lookout for:

  • Clay: like Bentonite or Kaolin, absorbs excess oil and impurities, cleansing the scalp without over-drying. It provides a deep cleanse and can help to regulate oil production over time.
  • Tea Tree Oil: This substance is recognized for its antiseptic qualities, which play a pivotal role in purifying the scalp and regulating oil production. It aids in freeing obstructed hair follicles and enriching the roots, all without depositing any oily or greasy leftover on the scalp.
  • Chamomile Extract: chamomile soothes the scalp and reduces inflammation, which can contribute to excessive oil production. It offers gentle cleansing and can balance the scalp's natural oils. Chamomile extract is contained in the Lebel Natural Marigold Skin Freshening Shampoo.
  • Lemon Extract: lemon can cut through excess grease and refresh the scalp. Its astringent properties help tighten the pores on the scalp, reducing oil secretion. Citrus extracts are found in shampoos of the IAU line, as well as Lebel Cool Orange.
  • Witch Hazel: this substance functions as an astringent to remove excess oil. It helps in balancing the scalp's pH levels and controlling oil production.
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera moisturizes the scalp without making it greasy. It can hydrate the scalp while controlling oil, ensuring it doesn't become too dry.
  • Vitamins (Especially B6 & E): these nutrients fortify the scalp, aiding in the balanced secretion of oils. They strengthen hair and maintain scalp health without contributing to oiliness.

We've compiled a list of these beneficial components in collaboration with Olga, who also pointed out an interesting fact:

"The Japanese beauty culture stands out for its high functionality. All their products serve multiple purposes. For instance, shampoos and masks designed for scalp freshness also strengthen hair and stimulate its growth due to the plant extracts in their composition. A pleasant bonus is the root lift after using these products."

When choosing a mask for oily hair, looking for these ingredients can significantly affect the results you achieve. They offer targeted solutions to oily scalp problems without causing over-drying or irritation.

Ingredients to Avoid

Just as there are ingredients that are beneficial for oily hair, there are also those that should be avoided:

  • Silicones: these can weigh down oily hair, making it look greasier.
  • Heavy Oils: like coconut or olive oil, that may exacerbate oiliness.
  • Alcohol: certain types can dry out the scalp and lead to an increase in oil production.

Understanding what to look for and what to avoid is crucial in your search for the best hair mask for oily hair. But a question arises:

Can we apply a hair mask on greasy hair? 

Absolutely! Applying a hair mask on greasy hair can actually be beneficial if done correctly. Here's what you need to know:

  • Choosing the Right Mask: make sure to pick a hair mask for oily, damaged hair. Look for ingredients that are tailored for oily hair care.
  • Frequency: applying a hair pack for oily hair once a week can rejuvenate and restore your hair's vitality.
  • Application Process: focus the mask on the hair strands, avoiding the roots, as this is where oil tends to concentrate. Leave it on for the time instructed, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Hair Mask Oily Scalp Solutions: if you're dealing with an oily scalp, consider specifically formulated masks to address this issue.

By understanding your hair's specific needs and choosing a product designed for oily hair, you can enjoy the benefits of a hair mask without exacerbating your oiliness.


Oily hair can indeed be challenging to manage, but with the right tools and knowledge, it doesn't have to be. You can unlock a world of luscious and healthy locks by identifying the ingredients that work best for your hair and understanding how to apply hair products correctly.

Choose wisely, treat your hair carefully, and trust online stores like Exclusive Cosmetics, dedicated to bringing you the best in Japanese Cosmetics for Hair. Embrace the solutions available and bid farewell to the oily struggle.


Why is my hair always oily even after I wash it daily?

Overwashing can activate the scalp's oil glands, leading to increased sebum production.  It's best to wash oily hair every other day or even less frequently. Using a shampoo specifically designed for oily hair can help balance oil production.

How can I prevent my hair from getting oily so quickly?

To prevent hair from getting oily quickly, wash it every other day using a shampoo designed for oily scalps and use peel and mask. Refrain from excessive conditioning and focus the product application primarily on the hair tips. Refrain from touching your hair frequently, and use a light, sulfate-free product to maintain scalp balance. Dry shampoo can absorb excess oil between washes.

How often should I use a hair mask for oily hair?

Using a hair mask oily hair depends on the oiliness severity and the specific product's instructions. Typically, this type of mask can be used once a week. This frequency helps in balancing the scalp's oil production without over-drying. However, it's advisable to consult with our hair care professionals or follow the product's instructions, as some formulations might recommend a different usage pattern based on individual needs and hair types.

Can hair masks for oily hair dry out my hair?

Yes, hair masks for oily hair can potentially dry out your hair if used excessively or if they contain harsh ingredients. The purpose of these masks is to reduce excess oil, so using them too frequently or choosing a product not suited to your specific hair type may lead to over-drying. Following the product's instructions and choosing a mask formulated for oily hair is crucial to maintain a healthy balance between controlling oil and preserving moisture.

Can I leave a hair mask on overnight? 

Keeping a hair mask on throughout the night isn't typically advised unless the formulation is explicitly crafted for prolonged use. Traditional hair masks are formulated to work within a set time frame, often ranging from 5 to 30 minutes. Leaving a mask on for an extended period, such as overnight, might lead to over-conditioning, scalp irritation, or other unintended effects. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult our hair care professionals to determine the best usage for your hair type.

Can I use a hair mask on my scalp?

Yes, you can apply a hair mask on your scalp, especially if formulated to address specific concerns like oiliness or dryness. Using a hair mask on the scalp can enrich both the skin and hair follicles, fostering a conducive environment for more robust and healthy hair growth. However, it's essential to choose a product suitable for your scalp type and adhere to the specific application guidelines outlined by the product's creator to avoid any potential irritation or imbalance in the scalp's natural oils.