Greasy hair is a real pain. Many of us are fed up with hair that looks, feels and smells oily even if washed regularly. But help is at hand. Using the best shampoo for greasy hair will go a long way to banishing greasy locks.
We've reviewed a lot of the best shampoos for greasy hair and our top three are all brilliant. Remember to look out for a shampoo that will get sebum production under control as well as cleaning your hair!
Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Dandruff Shampoo
(4.8 out of 5.0)
Degrease Moisture Control Shampoo
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Desert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Well if you have greasy hair you really have to! A regular shampoo isn't going to sort this out for you. So what causes greasy hair? Sometimes it may be a temporary thing, often linked to hormones. So puberty, thyroid complications, pregnancy and maybe even menopause can affect how much sebum your body produces. Sebum is the natural grease that your scalp produces. Too much and you have greasy hair, too little and you have dry hair. For some people though this can be a permanent problem. It's just how you are. And may just mean you need to stop using that extra conditioning serum and use a shampoo that suits your hair type.
?If you need a shampoo for greasy hair, then you also need treatment for a greasy scalp. You probably already know that if you wash your hair more often, your greasy scalp problem will get worse. But guess what? If you don't wash your hair often enough it will just get greasier. So in the process of washing your greasy hair you strip your scalp of its natural sebum. Your scalp in turn responds by replacing the sebum. And some of us go a bit OTT and produce too much. So your hair feels oily again and the cycle continues! Oh dear!
So you need to break this cycle. But how? The best way to stop your scalp over producing sebum is to wash your hair less often. But don't panic, I'm not suggesting you go a week without washing. It's a slow process that starts by just delaying the wash by one day. So maybe a day you can be at home or wear a hat. But you need to do this. Then next week try making this one day into two days of no hair washing. This is all about getting your scalp's sebum production under control. The process will take quite a while - I'm talking months not days. But eventually your hair will adjust. Don't worry! I am not suggesting you do this alone. This must be done hand in hand with using the right shampoo for greasy hair to help you out here! And a note to remember - don't miss out the conditioner. Just make sure you use the right one for your hair and keep if off your scalp - ends only please!
Also remember, to help you in-between washes with your shampoo for greasy hair, dry shampoo is your friend! This will absorb the pol during the day and also helps odor and volume problems caused by excess sebum production.
So the key here is to look for a product that actually controls sebum production on the one hand, and also cuts through grease to leave your hair clean and smelling great. This will help you to go longer between washes to encourage your scalp to produce less sebum!
This may seem a bit odd. We're talking about washing your hair. We've been doing that without any help for years. Right? Yes. But not necessarily doing it right. So here are a few reminders on shampooing the right way for greasy hair
Don't think of this as a luxury product. This is really important. You wouldn't wash your hand wash only clothes with a detergent containing bleach for whiter whites! You need the right product for your hair. And a good shampoo for greasy hair will make all the difference. So let's have a look at three of the best.
I really like how well this does exactly what it says it will. No fuss, no bother, just great clean hair, 100% flake free and it really controls sebum production. All at a good price. A really good deal!
It does what it has to do to get into the top three really well; controls sebum production. This is its most important job and the results are instantaneous. But it doesn't stop there. Hair is clean and smells great and an added bonus there's no dandruff. I know this isn't a dandruff shampoo review, but a lot of sufferers of greasy hair also have dandruff. So to have a product that controls sebum, cleans brilliantly and gets rid of all dandruff is brilliant. And it's a great price. Really great all-rounder.
I loved the scent but it was just a citrus smell, the mango was nowhere to be found. Not a massive problem, but I like mango so would be nice to have smelt it too!
This product is 100% natural. So if that's important to you and you have greasy hair, look no further. This is the shampoo for you! It controls oil production and cleans for a great and natural clean.
I was a bit dubious. But it does a brilliant job. It definitely controls sebum production and left my hair really clean, smooth and smelling great.
It really just comes down to price. It's a very different product to the other two. A totally natural shampoo that is kind to the environment and to you. It's just the price that got this one in second place. It's about twice as expensive as the Head & Shoulders shampoo. And although it was my favourite in many ways, I'm not sure it's twice as good!
This is the lowest price product but it still does a good job. It is a gentle product, gently washing away any excess oil and product build up but won't strip hair of its natural moisture. It feels like it is perhaps best suited to someone with mid-greasy hair or someone who already has gone through the cycle of decreasing the frequency of washes. I'm not sure it would stand up as well to a harder test.
A great clean for hair and scalp. It leaves hair clean and silky without feeling coated and absolutely does remove oil without harsh sulphates and it isn't tested on animals. It's also the cheapest of our top three. A really good buy.
If you have a very greasy head and hair I think this is perhaps not the product for you. On medium greasy hair or less, it is great. I'd really like it if the manufacturers could make it easier to get the product out too! Just a slightly larger hole would do the job please!
Each one of these, together with a good hair washing cycle and technique will absolutely get rid of excess sebum. However, the greasier your hair, the more likely you are to need to use our first or second placed products. And between the two of those, Head & Shoulders comes out on top purely because it is better value. While I love Degrease, it is not cheap. If someone bought this for me I'd be delighted, but can't afford to have it as my regular shampoo unfortunately. You won't go wrong with any of these three, and you can say goodbye to greasy hair for good.