The 15 Best Shampoos for Oily Hair (Plus Dry Shampoo and Conditioner for Good Measure)
by Caroline Harris
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In the words of my grandma, “it’s almost wrong what a difference good hair makes.” She speaks the truth. Waking up with limp, lifeless strands can throw my whole day out of whack. Greasy hair is the worst, and don’t even get me started on the horrors of oily roots. I want every day to be a great hair day, which is why I have carefully compiled the best shampoos for oily hair (and decided to share with you).
These shampoos remove excess oil to achieve hair that’s the perfect balance of shiny but not too shiny. The high-quality products are gentle enough to be used on a regular basis, but still deliver a deep-cleaning to greasy hair.
If you’re spritzing on dry shampoo every other minute and you’re still stuck with oily hair, odds are you have overactive sebaceous glands. That sounds scientific, but all it means is that your scalp produces too much oil, which leads to a slicked appearance. Fortunately, there’s a cure. Swap out your shampoo, then try a home remedy to combat oiliness for a squeaky clean scalp.
For example, you can try applying apple cider vinegar to your hair. Mix three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of warm water. Wash and shampoo your hair normally, then apply the vinegar solution. Let the solution sit for five to 10 minutes (the perfect amount of time for checking up on Instagram), then use cold water to rinse it out. Keep up this regimen three to four times a week to balance your scalp’s pH levels and maintain just the right amount of oil.
You can also experiment with coconut oil, jojoba oil and tea tree oil. It may seem counterintuitive to add oil to an already oily scalp, but many hair oils actually lead to a healthier scalp that produces less sebum than before. Look for hair care formulated with essential oils and natural ingredients.
Finally, reach for a shampoo that will get you the clean, luscious-looking hair you deserve. Lather up with the best shampoos for oily hair in 2020.
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