Oily hair is one of life’s certainties, especially if you’re trying to train your hair to last longer between washes. But, that doesn’t always mean you have to pile on the dry shampoo and hope for the best. We’ve rounded up a list of industry-approved shampoos for greasy hair that help to strip away unwanted oil without disrupting your scalp’s natural harmony.
What causes greasy hair?
Having oily hair can be put down to a number of reasons. Factors such as diet, medication, stress, the pill, pregnancy, and environmental conditions can all play a big part in how quickly your hair becomes greasy. Product build-up and an improper hair care routine is also one of the main culprits for consistently greasy hair.
What type of shampoo should I use for greasy, oily hair?
More often than not, oily hair is a result of using the wrong shampoo. If you’re using a formula that is drying and filled to the brim with harsh chemicals, your hair and scalp may be trying to overcompensate by producing more oil in a bid to counteract dryness. Our recommendation is to use a targeted shampoo for oily hair that contains clarifying and balancing properties. Look out for formulas that are free from alcohol, SLS/SLES,
Below, we’ve listed some of the best shampoos for greasy hair that actually work. Goodbye lank, limp strands...hello refreshed, voluminous hair!
10 best shampoos for greasy hair:
Specifically made to lift away the residue from old styling products, this shampoo acts as the perfect deep cleansing treatment that leaves hair feeling lightweight and full of body. Natural active ingredients work together to refresh the hair and scalp, delivering a deep cleansing action that doesn’t disrupt the natural balance of your ‘do.
Purify greasy hair types with the Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo. This specialised formula is gentle enough to be used on all hair types whilst remaining effective in lifting away dirt, oil and grime. Filled to the brim with hard-working properties, this shampoo rebalances the hair and scalp without stripping away any essential moisture. Onsen and gentian extract are used for their anti-inflammatory powers which result in a soothed scalp.
Take your self-care session to the next level with a shampoo that eliminates grease and oil, for good. The Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo expertly removes grease without damaging the hair shaft, resulting in lightweight, clean hair that feels soft to the touch. This cruelty-free and vegan formula can be used by all hair types but works particularly well on oilier strands.
The OGX Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp Tea Tree Shampoo is the ideal way to re-energise your hair and scalp. A unique blend of Australian tea tree oils and micro-infused peppermint work together help to strengthen and hydrate the hair while balancing out the scalp. Plus, we’re obsessed with the scent!
This concentrated shampoo is made with apple cider vinegar to deeply cleanse away dirt, oil and other impurities. It is ideal for removing stubborn product build-up from styling products and hard water deposits. We love using this after a big night out as it hits the refresh button on our locks!
Looking for a solution to oily hair that doesn’t mess with your colour? Living Proof have got you covered. This non-stripping, colour-safe formula detoxes the hair without stripping away any moisture or dye, revealing cleaner, shinier hair in a flash. Focusing its attention on product build-up, pollution and hard water, the shampoo restores shine to lacklustre hair types whilst nourishing the scalp.
This all-natural shampoo fights back against the stigma around using 2-in-1 hair care products, delivering a powerful cleansing and nourishing action that does not compromise the wellbeing of the hair shaft. Sure, a lot of 2-in-1 formulas have been put under scrutiny for drying out hair, but rest assured, this vegan-friendly solution contains the perfect balance of clarifying and hydrating properties for a streamlined hair care routine.
This Malin + Goetz bestseller utilises the cleansing properties of peppermint to revitalise greasy hair types whilst promoting a healthy hair growth journey. Olive oil features within the mix to nourish dry ends which in turn provides glossy, grease-free results. Boasting a gentle formulation, this shampoo can be used regularly for a thorough cleansing experience.
Enrich your hair with this luxuriously smooth shampoo from ESPA. Its gentle formula leaves hair feeling soft and silky whilst simultaneously removing product build-up for a shiny finish. Coconut, jojoba and olive oils join forces to condition the hair, while honey and provitamin retain the hairs’ moisture levels.
Using 98% naturally derived ingredients, this shampoo helps to clarify and cleanse the hair to reveal a weightless and grease-free finish. Distilled white vinegar lifts away dirt while rosemary and peppermint leave hair smelling utterly gorgeous. Better still, this formula banishes the likes of harsh chemicals and drying alcohols!
Once you’ve tackled those oily roots, why not browse through our guide on How To Choose The Best Anti-Dandruff Shampoo?
Written by Ellie Child
With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.