Reviews of the Best Shampoo for Greasy Hair

Reviews

Oct 06
best shampoo for greasy hair

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. 

The Best 3 Shampoos for Greasy Hair

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! 

2nd

Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Dandruff

Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Dandruff Shampoo

(4.8 out of 5.0)

  • Maintains Therapeutic solution for scalps which are oily and itchy
  • Paraben, Phthalates, Sulphates Fragrance free
  • Maintains moisture control by balancing sebum production
  • Expensive
  • Is not an anti-dandruff shampoo

1st

Degrease Shampoo for Oily Hair

Degrease Moisture Control Shampoo

(4.3 out of 5.0)

  • Controls scalp and hair oils
  • Formulated with mango and citrus essence to naturally cut down on sebum
  • Dandruff shampoo for oily hair: Does two jobs in one! 
  • Maintains moisture control by balancing sebum secretion
  • Some find it works so well they need a conditioner!

3rd

Dessert Essence Organics

Desert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair

(4.2 out of 5.0)

  • Gentle but effective cleansing system based on coconut oil and sugar cleansers
  • Leptospermum Petersonii Oil: A type of tea tree oil that keeps the antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil but smell of lemons!
  • Lowest price, great value
  • Hole in the top a little too small to get the shampoo out - took a lot of squeezing! 

Why Buy a Shampoo for Greasy Hair? 

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! 

  • Controls Sebum Production which affects how greasy your scalp and hair are. So it actually will treat the problem not the cause!
  • Helps minimise itchy scalp which can easily lead to dandruff
  • Cuts through the grease to clean your hair and at the same time leaves you with clean fresh hair

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. 

What to Look Out For

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!  

    A Word on Technique

    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

    1. Rinse your hair. And then rinse it again. And again. And again (you get the point). I'd recommend at least a minute so your hair is soaking wet. Greasy hair can actually be caused by hair that hasn't been properly rinsed and so still has shampoo and conditioner in it.
    2. After shampooing use cool water to rinse. As cool as you can manage. Not so much you get brain freeze! Cold water shuts your glands down (the ones that are responsible for producing sebum). As a bonus this is also great for your hair as it seals the cuticle and minimises damage to your hair.
    3. Use a condition - on the ends. And one that's meant for greasy hair. 
    4. So we've seen, heat isn't your friend. So if you can, try to use a cooler setting on your hair dryer, or let your hair dry naturally. ?
    5. Stop touching your hair! The more you touch it, style it and brush it the more oil your scalp produces. Leave it alone! 

    Detailed Reviews of the Best Shampoos 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. 

    Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Dandruff Shampoo

    Head & Shoulders Instant Oil Control Dandruff

    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! 

    Features

    • Oil Control
    • Dandruff Control for greasy hair and scalp
    • Great scent - mango and citrus essence cleans

    What's Good About It?

    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. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    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! 

    Degrease Moisture Control Shampoo

    Degrease Shampoo for Oily Hair

    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. 

    Features

    • Naturally balances sebum production
    • 100% botanical - no parabens, phthalates, sulphates or fragrances
    • Cleans hair with lemon, uses rosemary to stimulate hair growth and basil to strengthen brittle, thinning hair. 
    • Jojoba and Argon oils to give your hair shine and your scalp smooth to help with the fight against dandruff
    • Botanical keratin helps with frizz and dryness

    What's Good About It?

    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. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    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! 

    Desert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair

    Dessert Essence Organics

    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. 

    Features

    • Removes excess oil and product build up
    • Revitalizes scalp
    • Strengthens and protects hair
    • Sodium Lauretha Sophate free

    What's Good About It?

    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. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    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!

    Final Verdict on Best Shampoo

    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. 

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