The ATH guide to choosing the best shampoo for greasy hair

All Things Hair | 27 March 2018

Shampoo for greasy hair is the bathroom essential you need right now!


Sick of your oily strands? Want to know how to help make them look less greasy? Well, you’ve come to the right place, as today we’re talking all things greasy hair. From finding the top shampoo for greasy hair to understanding the causes of oily strands, consider this your one-stop shop to beat the grease (we promise it’s far more lovely than it sounds).

Now read on for our favourite mane refreshing shampoos, and get ready to wave goodbye to oily hair once and for all!


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Greasy hair may be okay on the catwalk but in reality, it’s not so pleasing. Credit:

Greasy hair 101

If you have oily hair, it’s best to avoid shampoos that are very rich, heavy and, of course, oily, as these can only add to the grease factor! Instead, we suggest opting for lightweight and deep cleansing formulas.

Whether greasy hair is caused by genetics, environmental factors or a build-up of styling products, there is no need to fret. With a whole host of shampoos for oily hair available, we can get your locks looking and feeling their best in no time.

Keep scrolling to see the best shampoos for oily hair we’ve chosen for you…

TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo

TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo

If you have oily hair, you’ll want to invest in a shampoo that will help to clarify and gently remove build-up from your hair. We suggest trying the Vitamin C-infused TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo for clarifying strands, while also adding body and shine.

Trust us, after using this, your mane will feel salon fresh!

TONI&GUY Texture Detox Shampoo

TONI&GUY Texture Detox Shampoo

For a really deep scalp detox, and to help leave your hair feeling softer and more manageable, reach for the TONI&GUY Texture Detox Shampoo. 

Great for helping to remove product build-up, dirt and grease, this cult product is ideal for anyone who has gone OTT with styling products and needs a little detoxing – making it’s especially great for those suseptible to oily hair.

Alberto Balsam Clear & Fresh Shampoo

Alberto Balsam Clear & Fresh Shampoo

Help refresh an oily scalp with the Alberto Balsam Clear & Fresh Shampoo. Not only does it smell divine (thanks to its natural blend of organic green tea extract and fresh citrus fragrances), but it’s also great for refreshing greasy hair!


Greasy hair hacks to try


Now, tackling greasy hair doesn’t need to stop here and nor should it. If you find that you get greasy locks throughout the day, or really just don’t want to wash your hair on that day, rest assured there are a few things you can do to tackle the issue outside of the shower.

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo

We all know that dry shampoo is the hero product for greasy hair emergencies, but did you know you can actually use a dry shampoo before bed? Yes, really. Helping to absorb excess oil, a dry shampoo like the TRESemmé Instant Refresh Translucent Dry Shampoo is the best way to get oil-free strands come morning.

Avoid over brushing hair

If you find that your hair starts to get greasy after brushing, we suggest trying to limit brushing your hair when possible.

Instead, try opting for braided styles or updos to stop the temptation of reaching into your handbag and brushing your hair throughout the day. Also, remember to wash your brushes regularly to get rid of any product build-up and grease between the bristles!

TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo

Matt hair products

Just like when you reach for matt skin care products for oily skin, the same can be applied to oily hair. Look out for matte products which give your tresses texture, like another dry shampoo fave: the TONI&GUY Matt Texture Dry Shampoo. 

As greasy hair tends to fall flat and limp, this dry shampoo is ideal for faking the look of freshly-washed tresses. Pair it with the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray for added definition, texture and a tousled wave finish.

Be clever with your conditioner

While this may be common knowledge to many, even the best of us in our sleepy morning shower can fall victim to slathering on conditioner at the roots (we’re tired, okay?!). But remember, conditioner should only ever be applied through the lengths of your hair (avoiding the roots) unless stated otherwise.

So, which of these oily hair shampoo picks will you choose better hair days?