The 7 Best Hair Masks For Oily Hair

If you have an oily scalp and oily hair, it can be difficult to create a haircare routine that will balance the need to remove extra scalp oils and retain essential moisture so your scalp doesn't turn into a flaky, dry mess. But the best hair masks for oily hair are designed to do just that. Most of the time when we think of hair masks, we picture masks for damaged hair that contain nourishing, but oil-heavy ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and macadamia seed oil — all wonderful add-ins that will seal split ends, soften hair, and make it shine — but that can weigh down oily hair and make it look limp.

We might think that only dry, brittle hair is in need of a targeted treatment, but that's not true. If you have oily skin, you may already know about the amazing powers of charcoal masks that can unclog pores, sap up excess sebum that leads to blackheads, and give skin a thoroughly deep cleanse. But if your scalp is overproducing oil, it may surprise you that it has similar needs — the skin on our heads is still skin after all. Tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and lavender essential oils are just some of the amazing ingredients used in hair masks for oily hair that can balance your scalp's natural oils and even relieve dandruff and itching for healthier hair.

These seven hair masks for oily hair are highly rated and work wonders to make the most of your hair type.

1. An Argan Oil Mask That Attacks Dandruff


H.Y. Vitamins Dandruff Cleansing Deep Conditioner Mask, $18, Amazon

If you have thick, coarse hair and are constantly battling dandruff and dry scalp, this dandruff cleansing deep conditioner mask is just the thing you need. It will nourish and repair your hair and scalp with argan oil and an herbal complex that moisturizes the scalp just enough to relieve it of white flakes — without adding oil you don't need. It's free of alcohol, sulfates, and parabens and reviewers say that, with regular use, they noticed a big reduction in dandruff.

2. A Multitasking Bentonite Clay Mask For Hair And Skin


Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay, $11, Amazon

Why invest in two separate masks for skin and hair when you can get everything you need in this organic bentonite clay mask? This beloved ingredient is known for its detoxifying and clarifying properties and, when used on the scalp, it can impurities and improve blood circulation, which will keep your hair looking and feeling soft and healthy. It helps perk up limp hair and removes hair product buildup, which contributes to an oily appearance.

And the best part is that, while you're treating yourself to your weekly hair mask, you can spread the wealth and give yourself a facial at the same time.

3. A Powerful Tea Tree Oil Treatment For Flaky Scalps And Hair


Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair And Scalp Treatment, $25-31, Amazon

This non-medicated conditioning treatment with tea tree oil is one of the most effective tools you can use to address dry scalp issues and strengthen and condition hair. Along with tea tree, which has anti-microbial compounds and has been used to treat dandruff, this rinse-out mask contains goodies like peppermint and lavender oils, vitamin E, and shea butter. One reviewer who has alopecia arerata says that, after using this treatment for two years, her easily irritated scalp no longer has flakes and her soreness has "decreased drastically."

4. A Moroccan Clay Powder Treatment With Seven Plants


Elbahya Moroccan Ghassoul Clay Powder, $18, Amazon

This Moroccan clay powder hair and skin mask combines the clarifying powers of seven plants that remove and absorb surface oils inside and around clogged hair follicles (hello, no more scalp acne). Because it cleanses the scalp and hair so well, you're left with ultra voluminous and bouncy hair that is soft and smells great. Reviewers say they use this treatment once a week or every other week and that it actually revives your hair's curl pattern and makes it super manageable.

5. A Botanical Scalp Treatment That Helps With Thinning Hair


PHYTO Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment, $40, Amazon

If you have an unbalanced scalp that's oily or thinning hair caused by scalp issues, this amazing Phyto botanical scalp treatment provides comfort in the form of a blend of eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, cyprus, and lemon oils that stimulate microcirculation and promote scalp exfoliation, and tone an oily scalp. Apply a few drops to your scalp and hair with the accompanying dropper about 20 minutes before you plan on shampooing your hair (you can also leave it on overnight). Massage with a circular motion and leave it to let it work its magic. Then rinse, shampoo, and condition hair. Reviewers say they can't believe how well this formula works — particularly on thinning hair.

6. A Volumizing Deep Conditioner That Promotes Hair Growth


Elizabeth Parker Naturals Deep Conditioning Treatment, $15, Amazon

Leave this deep conditioning treatment in hair or rinse it out — either way, you'll reap the benefits of a formula designed to prevent oily hair and scalp, add loads of volume, detangle, and strengthen hair to promote hair growth. Oh, and it works all of this magic without sulfates, mineral oil, parabens, fragrances, or dyes — and is gluten and vegan friendly. Its key ingredients include organic aloe and manuka honey.

7. A Dead Sea Mud Mask That Will Banish Scalp Acne


ArtNaturals Dead Sea Mud Mask, $10, Amazon

I'm tipping my hat to yet another multitasking mask — this one is made with a blend of dead sea mud and natural ingredients like kaolin clay, shea butter, aloe vera, and hickory bark extract to cleanse, detox, improve blood circulation, and add enough moisture to hair without weighing it down like a ton of bricks. Relieve ailments like dermatitis and scalp acne in the most natural way possible — simply massage this mask onto your scalp, leave it to penetrate for 10 minutes, rinse it out, and shampoo and condition your hair.

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