While dirty tresses hold a styling advantage, there's a fine line between a healthy-looking sheen and an Exxon-Valdez situation.
5 ways to lift limp, oily locks:
KEEP IT SHORT.
Resist the urge to keep your locks at a length longer than your shoulders, as oily hair can separate and look stringy. Oily hair also tends to be fine, so be sure to layer your look for body and movement.
Oily hair should be shampooed daily, but try to avoid aggressive cleansers as they can dry your scalp and kick-start oil production. Instead, opt for gentle, naturally-based shampoos and remember to only condition your ends.
AVOID THE IRON.
Think of a flatiron as a spotlight, and use it wisely. A board-straight— or slicked-back— style can make oily hair appear even more so, so keep your tresses textured and loose. Also, you might want to consider air-drying your hair, as heat activates your sweat and sebaceous (oil) glands.
For oily hair, it's best to avoid shine serums, pomades, and heavy styling creams. Instead, opt for products that help balance your hair type. Thickening sprays, lightweight gels, and volumizing mousse are all great options to experiment with.
SOAK IT UP.
As a quick fix, dry shampoo (or a small amount of talcum powder), blotting papers, or even translucent facial powder at the roots can help lift excess oil. Just be sure to apply sparingly, and brush out any evidence.