How to Stop Scalp Shine

Whether you are bald by choice or experiencing premature hair loss, shiny scalp skin that reflects light like a mirror is frustrating. The shiny appearance occurs on top of the head because gravity pulls it down tight against the underlying skull. With virtually no cushioning underneath it, the skin flattens out and develops that smooth, shiny appearance. Stopping scalp shine requires removing excess oil daily with the option of covering up the gleam with special products.

Apply 1 to 2 teaspoons of an oil-controlling facial cleanser to your palm and then spread it over your entire scalp. Massage the cleanser in gently for a couple of minutes using the pads of your fingertips 2.

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Rinse your scalp thoroughly with clean, warm water and run your hands over your scalp to ensure that all residue is removed.

Pat your scalp dry gently using a soft towel. Wait until the excess moisture evaporates.

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Apply 1 teaspoon of an oil-free, mattifying moisturizer to your entire scalp, blending well with your fingers. These products absorb oil and sweat throughout the day using ingredients, such as oatmeal, to keep your skin shine free.

Apply 1 to 2 teaspoons of an oil-free sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 to your scalp and massage it in well using your fingertips. Use only an oil-free product to prevent creating additional shine 3.

Swipe a clean makeup puff or sponge over a translucent pressed powder and apply it to the shiny areas of your scalp using a patting motion. Apply additional powder as needed, and blend it into the surrounding scalp well to avoid an over-powdered appearance.


If desired, you can apply a tinted pressed powder that perfectly matches your skin tone.

During extremely hot or humid weather, you may need to remove excess scalp shine by blotting it with paper towels or oil-absorbing sheets available in the skin-care aisle of most stores.


Shiny scalps can be one of the first signs of hair loss. If you notice shiny areas that weren’t previously there, visit your physician to ensure there is not a medical cause.