20 Best Shampoos For Oily Hair

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We all have friends that can make a blowout last for a week or more without having to maintain upkeep. That's especially true in the shower. Some may not have to wash their hair, while their friends stand by in shock admitting they can't go a day without washing.

For those people who aren't quite lucky enough to avoid oily hair, there are specially formulated shampoos. These shampoos for oily hair have less conditioning elements than you might find in a formula for dry or color-treated hair, but works extra hard to cleanse away excess oils that make hair heavy.

According to Darrius Peace of Hayah Beauty, "For oily hair, a clarifying shampoo is important because it is going to strip the hair of excess sebum which can weigh fine hair (which is usually oily) down.” Well, you can't argue with that.

So, when choosing the best shampoo for oily hair, which choice is best for you?

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1. CHI Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

CHI Tea Tree Oil offers the invigorating and soothing benefits of Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil. They work together to remove impurities and excess scalp build-up, balancing scalp oils and maintaining ideal moisture levels.

(Target, $11.99)

2. PHYTO Phytosquam Purifying Maintenance Shampoo

This shampoo addresses hair prone to oiliness to effectively treat an oily and flaky scalp. It exfoliates and soothes scalp, removes loose dandruff flakes, and reduces excess sebum production. Simply apply to wet hair, massage gently and leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.

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3. UNITE Weekender Shampoo

This shampoo is a sulfate-, paraben-, and sodium chloride-free clarifying shampoo. But what does this mean? According to Savannah Fincher, a licensed hairstylist and corporate educator at Blo Blow Dry Bar, “It is safe for chemically-treated hair, and will not damage Keratin treatments or Brazilian blow-outs. Weekender allows you to get squeaky clean hair, while training your sebaceous glands to produce sebum (natural oils) at a regulated pace.”

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4. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo 

Tea Tree Special Shampoo gently washes away impurities. Great for all hair types, this invigorating cleanser leaves strands refreshingly clean and full of shine. Natural Tea Tree oil and peppermint soothe the scalp, while light notes of lavender leave hair smelling fresh. 

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5. Keune Care Derma Regulate Shampoo

Derma Regulate Shampoo is a deep cleansing formula that regulates the scalp’s sebum secretion. Derma Control Complex includes essential minerals, bio-sulphur and betaines, to calm the scalp and slow excess sebum production.

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6. Sumbody SuperNatural Head First Clarifying Shampoo

This light, clarifying formula contains antioxidants to keep hair’s natural oils healthy so they are easy to wash away. Strengthening and shine-enhancing ingredients deliver vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and omega fatty acids without weighing hair down. This shampoo visibly reduces oil build-up, split-ends and frizz.

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7. YUNI Beauty Invisible Dry Cleaner Texturizing Dry Shampoo 

Instantly refresh and volumize with this texturizing dry shampoo. It absorbs oil and sweat while adding body and texture, without leaving any chalky residue. Quinoa protein creates a volume boosting formula for added texture.

(Target, $16)

8. Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo

Get visibly fuller hair with full and plush shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment. Lightweight fortifying shampoo with pomegranate volumizes fine, flat hair strand by strand. Gives hair healthy-looking thickness and plush softness with natural fluid movement.

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9. L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

This clarifying shampoo for oily roots and dry ends leaves hair looking beautifully fresh and clean from root to tip for up to 48 hours. 

(Target, $3.49)

10. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

Clarifying shampoo features a gentle and mild formula that is recommended for all hair types, and is gentle enough even for color-treated hair. This shampoo is designed as an easy, once-a-week treatment to remove heavy build-up from hair, leaving it feeling thoroughly cleansed.

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RELATED: 21 Best Clarifying Shampoos For Silky, Smooth Hair That Takes Product Well

11. Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo

A cleaning agent that promote a healthy scalp, this shampoo cleans hair deep down to the root. It removes excess sebum and build-up, and helps eliminate dry itchy and flaky scalp.

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12. OGX Tea Tree Shampoo

This daily use formula helps to smooth hair, reducing the appearance of split ends for a healthy-looking glow. Helps to nourish, rejuvenate and detangle hair as it works deep into every strand.

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13. Kérastase Specifique Shampoo for Oily Scalp

A balancing shampoo for oily hair with dry ends. It nourishes sensitized areas and dry ends, cleanses and intensely purifies the scalp, and treats oily roots to remove excess sebum. It is enriched with glycine to regulate oil production and purify the scalp.

(Sephora, $33)

14. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo

A non-stripping shampoo that gently removes build-up from product, pollution, and hard water. Activated charcoal absorbs oil from scalp and hair, while the soothing complex with witch hazel helps moisturize the scalp.

(Sephora, $28)

15. Davines Naturaltech Rebalancing Shampoo

Normalizing and rebalancing shampoo for oily hair and scalp. The lemon phytoceuticals deeply cleanse while maintaining natural hydration levels, leaving hair refreshed and balanced.

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16. Drybar On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo

On The Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo is enriched with activated charcoal to purify and thoroughly cleanse both the hair and scalp, absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. It removes product build-up without stripping or drying out hair, while vegetable protein strengthens and reinforces chemically treated or damaged hair.

(Sephora, $26)

17. R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo

Locks in the moisture, leaving your hair looking naturally lustrous and feeling soft.  Good for fine or oily hair. 

Go where no shampoo has ever gone before: to the simplest, cleanest place your hair’s ever been! Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo removes color-dulling residue and build-up from chlorine, hard water, and styling products. It's also gluten-free and vegan.

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18. Pureology Purify Shampoo

A sulfate-free, clarifying shampoo that cleanses hair while removing build-up from Swimmer's Green, and protects color-treated hair. Place a cap over hair and place under a dryer for 20 minutes, then rinse.

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19. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub

Purifying, hydrating and soothing shampoo for sensitive or oily scalps. The cleansing scrub with sea salt is ideal as a detox treatment as it purifies and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalp. It can also be used as a post-color treatment to soothe tingling and itching sensations. 

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20. Leonor Greyl Paris Balancing Shampoo

This shampoo cleanses oily scalps, while effectively conditioning and repairing parched ends to give hair shine and volume. It purifies and cleanses with conditioning properties, repairing dry length and ends, while giving shine and volume.

(Nordstrom, $47)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her.

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