The Best Shampoos for Oily Hair in 2021

Discovering the best shampoos for oily hair that offer optimal results (in this case, we’re talking about clean strands and excess oil removal) can seem daunting. Maybe you already have a relationship with a product that works well with your hair but want to try a new product that was just released, or you need to upgrade to a more “manageable” shampoo for your hair. Let us help—find our picks below for the most cleansing and effective shampoos that will keep your hair renewed.

Is there anything better than hair that feels clean? Honestly, no. Ok, maybe not having to wash your hair without it becoming greasy and weighed down. Although we all want our hair to feel fresh daily, that’s not always the case due to common causes of oily hair like sweating from at-home workouts, using hair tools with product build-up, and not using the proper shampoos all contribute to oily hair—and in some cases having oily hair is hereditary. 

But the most common cause? The overproduction of sebum. In case you’re wondering, sebum is a natural oil that is continuously produced by your scalp. While some sebum is good and healthy for your hair, any excess causes the hair to look greasy and weighed down. The overproduction of sebum can be hereditary or can indicate an imbalance of hormones. If you have an imbalance, this will send your sebum levels off, and your scalp will produce more oil. Pregnancy hormones are another significant component that happens. 

Other Reasons Why Shampoos for Oily Hair Are So Important

Next, using your hair tools without adequately cleaning them also contributes to oily hair. If you’re using the tools over and over, they collect hair products and any oil that was on your hair at the time of use. 

And lastly, not having a proper shampoo. Depending on the shampoo, some offer moisturizing effects that will cause your oily hair to retain more oils, making your hair look slick. 

No matter which causes you attribute your oily hair to, ahead see the 12 best shampoos for oily hair.


1. TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo

If you’re prone to oily hair, take time to detox your strands. The Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo removes impurities while deeply cleansing your hair. This formula is excellent if your hair becomes oily after using products, styling, and after a workout. Although you’ll get a deep clean, you will still have a healthy amount of natural oils left in your hair without leaving your strands looking greasy.


2. Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Shampoo

This cream-based shampoo will not only leave your hair fragrant with hints of white jasmine, but it cleanses your hair thoroughly without using harsh ingredients like silicone. The Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Shampoo is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain any phthalates. You use it just like any other shampoo: Lather it and massage the product into your hair. Rinse and feel how refreshed your hair feels.

3. Nexxus Clean & Pure Unscented Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist

If washing your hair daily to control your oily hair isn’t an option for your schedule, grab the Nexxus Clean & Pure Unscented Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist. The lightweight mist won’t weigh your hair down or take longer to dry. It removes excess oil from your strands, leaving them feeling light and fresh. The best part? It doesn’t leave any white residue behind in your hair or on your clothes. A little bit of the product goes a long way, so you don’t need to use a ton. Depending on your hair length and the thickness of it, a small spritz to each section of your hair is sufficient.

4. Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo

Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo is specifically for oily hair, this shampoo not only brings your hair back to life but also adds volume and moisture without overpowering your hair with more oils. You will also find deep sea minerals that give your strands flexible movement.

5. Suave Professionals Rosemary + Mint Shampoo

Simplicity doesn’t equal less effectiveness. The Suave Professionals Rosemary + Mint Shampoo combines rosemary and mint for a refreshing daily clean that leaves your hair soft and with its natural oils. So, if you have oily hair and need to wash it daily, your hair will still thrive with oil and hydration.


6. The Good Stuff Gentle Shampoo

The Good Stuff Gentle Shampoo is a match made in heaven for those with oily hair—the formula removes additional oil and product buildup, which adds to an oily scalp. The shampoo transforms into a gentle lather that cleanses all hair types, including thick and natural hair.


7. Bed Head by TIGI Re-Energize Shampoo

I love this shampoo for after a day at the beach. My hair always looks oilier than usual after a day in the sun. I chalk this up to SPF, sweat, and sand. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up days at the beach. Instead, wash after a long day at the beach with the Bed Head by TIGI Re-Energize Shampoo. The shampoo wipes away all signs of the beach and leaves your hair with texturized beachy hair.

8. Bed Head by TIGI Reboot Scalp Shampoo

Oily hair typically starts at the root cause (yes, pun intended). Cleansing your scalp first will eliminate excess oil from the rest of your hair. The Bed Head by TIGI Reboot Scalp Shampoo contains a specific formula that helps your hair hold onto its natural moisture.

9. TRESemmé Purify & Replenish Shampoo

When dealing with oily hair that requires volume, you’ll need a shampoo that multitasks. This is where the TRESemmé Purify & Replenish Shampoo comes in hand. The formulation contains ingredients like vitamin C, grapefruit, and lemon extract, which naturally washes all buildup and grease away. It’s gentle enough for daily use and will clarify your hair if you’re experiencing any dullness.

10. Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo

If you are seeking an unscented dry shampoo for your oily hair, seek no more. The Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo is an editor favorite. It provides you with a “just washed” feeling without leaving any residue behind. Work this into your hair at the roots to absorb oil. No matter if you don’t have time for your weekly wash day or you woke up late, this dry shampoo will animate your hair once again.

11. Suave Professionals Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo

Although it seems counterintuitive to fight oily hair with a shampoo infused with natural oils, hear us out. For curly and naturally textured hair, maintaining moisture is vital. Although your hair might be oily, it still needs a healthy balance of oils. Use the Suave Professionals Sulfate-Free Cleansing Shampoo to remove any product build-up and impurities. Once you rinse and dry, your hair feels soft and full of moisture that fights off any frizz.

12. TRESemmé Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo

The more I use dry shampoo, the more I’m convinced that it actually acts as a shampoo. This pick from TRESemmé contains tapioca starch, which absorbs the oil in your hair, while the light scent of fruits and flowers diminishes any sign of odor. The dry shampoo is lightweight and won’t further weigh your hair down. Editors tip: Spray the dry shampoo in your hair, then add a quick blowdry. This results in a salon-worthy blowout in ten minutes tops.

The Bottom Line: Best Shampoos for Oily Hair

Although oily hair ruins a good hair day, here are shampoos for oily hair that can help you manage it. Within one wash, you’ll have fresh and clean strands that are completely grease-free.

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