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Tea Tree, Green Tea & Honey Shampoo for Oily Hair

Shampoo for oily hair - Dr. Axe

Oily hair, or excess sebum production, is frustrating and embarrassing because it can cause hair to look unwashed and dirty, not to mention limp and lifeless. There are ways to eliminate oily hair, and it may be easier than you think. Using the right shampoo to keep your scalp clean may be sitting right in your cupboard!

But what causes oily hair in the first place? Oily hair can be due to overactive oil glands, unbalanced hormones or even your diet. Additionally, excess scrubbing can cause the scalp to be irritated and cause more oil production — too many washes can do the same.

It’s best to get the oil production under control, as it can cause psoriasis and dandruff. While you don’t want to leave your hair sweaty after a workout, try to plan so that you wash your hair no more than once a day. For some, trying my apple cider vinegar for hair rinse could be useful in keeping the hair pH balanced and assist in managing those oil glands.

In any case, it’s best to use a shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives. This DIY shampoo for oily hair may be the perfect blend of good, natural ingredients that can give you fuller, oil-free hair and allow you to wash less frequently.

Shampoo for Oily Hair Recipe

Let’s start preparing this shampoo for oily hair recipe!

In a small bowl, combine the green clay and green tea and blend well. Green clay, also known as French green clay, is a type of mineral clay that contains highly absorbent properties, which is why is it is great for eliminating oily hair problems. It’s a bio-mineral, composed of both decomposed plant material and trace minerals such as calcium, aluminum, magnesium, silica, phosphorous, copper and zinc.

Green tea is amazing because of the antioxidants it contains which are powerful because it has been fermented. It is great for controlling dandruff and psoriasis and contains the beneficial vitamins such as vitamins C, D, E and B5. B5 contains panthenol, which provides antimicrobial properties that are good for controlling bacteria growth. Green tea stimulates hair follicles, and thus can aid in hair growth and possibly reduce hair loss. (1) (2)

Next, add the Castile soap. Castile soap is great because it’s pure. You can use a plain version or choose peppermint, for example. I like Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Castile soap is great because it’s plant-based, pure, all-natural and chemical-free. This gives it the ability to provide healing qualities. Once you have added the Castile soap, mix thoroughly with the clay and green tea.

Now, let’s add the honey and apple cider vinegar (ACV). Honey is a natural humectant, helps make the hair soft and shiny and fights off bacteria while the apple cider vinegar provides useful pH balancing effects. Meanwhile, the acids and enzymes found in ACV can also kill oil-making bacteria. Make sure to blend all ingredients.

Once blended, add the water and mix well. Make sure to use pure water to avoid any bacteria and chemicals.

Lastly, but definitely an important ingredient is the tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is amazing for many reasons, but specifically it helps to unclog sebum that may block the hair follicles. Tea tree essential oil helps fight bacterial and fungal infections that may occur, and it can help remove excess oil and dirt particles. Blend the tea tree oil into your mixture.

Now that all ingredients have been blended, it’s best to use a food-grade BPA-free plastic bottle or a dark glass jar with a tight fitting lid to keep light from affecting it beneficial properties. To apply, simply shampoo as normal and rinse. Though you may not need it, you can make this homemade conditioner recipe.

To store, I suggest keeping it in the fridge since we are not using any preservatives and because we add water.

Tea Tree, Green Tea & Honey Shampoo for Oily Hair

Total Time: 10–15 minutes
Serves: About 6 ounces


  • 1 tablespoon green clay
  • 6 teaspoons strongly brewed organic green tea, cooled
  • 2 tablespoon liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • 10–12 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 ounces pure water


  1. Combine the green clay and green tea and blend well.
  2. Add the Castile soap and blend again.
  3. Now, add the honey and apple cider vinegar and continue blending until well mixed. The mixture will likely be a bit thick at this point.
  4. Add the pure water and the tea tree essential oil. Blend until all ingredients are mixed and smooth.
  5. Place in a BPA-free bottle or glass container for storage.
  6. Store in the fridge up to 3 weeks.

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  1. Molly on

    What essential oil brand do you recommend using? If you can’t say here could you tell an email address to write you.

  2. Dave on

    i subbed bentonite clay since i did not have green clay on hand…i put a little extra…but the end result was very watery. any suggestions? i tried washing with it but feel like i didnt get a good clean with this because it would just rinse my hair…i had a bit of hair wax in my hair and i feel that didnt wash out either. hmmm…

  3. Joy on

    My shampoo came out runny…I did try it, but my hair felt greasy, so I had to re-wash it with regular shampoo …what did I do wrong? I want this to work!! Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • Chariz on

      Same with me but what I did was I put a lot of Castile soap and it worked. In fact Castile soap alone works perfectly fine

  4. Taylor on

    Hi, I used this shampoo this morning but my hair turned out to be very greasy! Should I add more of something to help with the greasiness? Any suggestions? Let me know! Thanks!

    • Carrie DeLeon on

      If u research Dr.Bronners website his wife CLEARLY states that anything acidic I.e. ACV, in this case can not be mixed with Castile soap it basically reverses the soap BACK to oils, which, I also found out the hard way…my hair turned so greasy. So never combine an acid with Castile soaps…total grease bomb. Same thing happens if I wash with Castile and don’t rinse thoroughly and use my ACV rinse after total grease bomb too…just an fyi


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