The 10 Best Shampoos for Oily Hair

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Greasy locks should never prevent you from looking and feeling your best — especially when the fix is as simple as using the right type of shampoo for your needs. In this list, we've collected a variety of formulas specifically designed for use on oil hair that should make it easy to maintain a healthy, dandruff-free mane. Most contain a plethora of other beneficial ingredients, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Maple Holistics Degrease Moisture Control

2. L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay

3. Tru Moroccan Clarifying

Editor's Notes

June 13, 2020:

Overactive sebaceous glands can cause hair to look slick and greasy, which is something nobody wants. Luckily, a solution to this issue can often be as simple as choosing the right shampoo. Rather than going to your local store and grabbing some random bottle of the shelf, you should consider trying one of the options on this list, which are specifically formulated to combat oily hair, and, in the process, often lessening or fully eliminating dandruff, too.

These days, many people are focused on using chemical-free products, so we made sure to include a lot of those. For example, Maple Holistics Degrease Moisture Control, Honeydew Therapeutic-Grade Lavender, Tree to Tub Soapberry, and Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree are 100-percent all-natural formulas, while Honeydew Argan is 96-percent natural, but still free of the most controversial stuff, like parabens and sodium laurel sulfates.

While most will find natural formulas to be effective, for some people with really stubborn issues, a medicated option may be the only solution. If this sounds like you, and you have already tried out some of the chemical-free options, you can try turning to Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control, which the company guarantees will eliminate flakiness. Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Blend is another option that isn't all natural, but it is still very gentle on the hair and scalp, and many believe the ingredient in the name offers a host of benefits from being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory to improving luster and bringing the scalp's pH down to healthy levels.

Though the shampoos we have included range in prices, few can match the low per-ounce cost of L'Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay, which the company claims can leave hair hydrated and free of impurities for up to 48 hours if you follow their entire system, which includes a pre-shampoo treatment and conditioner.

Special Honors

Prose Cleanse A paraben-, phthalate-, and sulfate-free option, Prose Cleanse should be very gentle on the hair and scalp. It is formulated with a variety of potentially beneficial ingredients like honey, peppermint extract, green tea water, and biotin, which may offer thickening, strengthening, and moisturizing properties, while also promoting growth.

4. Honeydew Therapeutic-Grade Lavender

5. Honeydew Argan

6. Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Blend

7. Tree to Tub Soapberry

8. Matrix Biolage Scalp Sync Cooling Mint

9. Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree

10. Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated by Brett Dvoretz

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