Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair
If your hair starts to look greasy by lunch, you might be dealing with oily hair. Of all the different hair types out there, oily hair might be the most high-maintenance. That’s because unlike dry hair, there are fewer convenient, on-the-go options for dealing with excessive oiliness. That doesn’t mean you just have to live with greasy hair as-is. With the right shampoo for oily hair and other oily hair care products, you can keep your hair looking fresh until your next wash. Keep reading to find our best shampoo for oily hair.
Do I Have Oily Hair?
If you have oily hair, you might already know it. Oil buildup usually starts at the scalp, so the first giveaway is shiny, greasy-looking, or flat and limp hair roots. (The shine we’re talking about in this case is concentrated primarily at the roots.) Then, because the oil can weigh down your hair, there’s also a good chance you may have trouble boosting — and keeping — volume and lift at the roots. And finally, if you can’t go any longer than a day without washing your hair because it gets too greasy, you probably have oily hair.
Oily Hair Causes
To help manage oily hair, you have to get to the root of the greasiness. Literally: Oily hair is usually concentrated at the roots, since your scalp is what produces all of that oil. Just like some people are born with oily skin, you may just have a naturally oily scalp — and that oil can travel down the hair shaft.
Certain scalp conditions can also cause oily hair. It may seem counterintuitive, but a dry scalp can actually cause an overproduction of sebum (which, again, can eventually work its way to your strands of hair, where it would then appear as oily hair). The sebum — which is technically a mix of fatty acids (gross but true) — is your body’s way of providing oil for your scalp’s surface. So even though your hair is greasy, the best type of shampoo for oily hair is a moisturizing one.
How to Get Rid of Oily Hair
The best way to get rid of greasy hair is to clean it. Although worn, second- or third-day hair may give your hair extra texture and make it easier to style, it also means that you may have a build-up of excess grease at your roots. That extra grease can look pretty grimy. On top of that, additional residue is generally not beneficial for your hair — which is why washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner regularly is essential. (More on our best shampoo and conditioner for oily hair further down.)
When you do wash your hair, try to keep the water temperature lukewarm or, at most, just warm. A steaming-hot shower sounds really nice (and feels it, too) but it can exacerbate greasy hair. That’s because hot water can be drying on the skin — and, in this case, it can affect your scalp. Again, a dry scalp can cause an overproduction of sebum, which can lead to oily hair, so minimizing scalp dryness can help reduce the potential of oil building up.
After showering, take the time to brush your hair. Brushing your hair can help distribute oil from your roots down the lengths of your hair. That oil from your roots can then benefit your drier lengths and ends. Brushing your hair after you wash can also help add a natural-looking shine to hair as you distribute oils through your strands.
Next, try to avoid touching your hair — once you’ve styled it, of course. Your fingers carry oil and dirt, which is why constantly tousling your hair can only add to the grease factor. Once you’ve styled your hair, let it be. One way to avoid it: Use a lightweight hair gel, like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Styling Gel, to keep your style in place. Free of silicones, parabens and dyes, the hair gel formula leaves behind zero residue and offers 24-hour hold, meaning you won’t have to restyle or worry about loose hair strands throughout the day. (More on the best hairstyles for naturally oily hair below.)
Finally, stash dry shampoo at your desk or in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups. It’s not meant to replace shampooing your hair, but in between shampoos it can work in a pinch. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Dry Shampoo absorbs hair oil instantly and gives hair the look and feel of a fresh wash. Apply it directly onto your roots and then use your fingers to shake out any excess to keep residue from building up.
Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair (And Other Hair Products)
The best shampoo for oily hair is one that addresses greasy hair without weighing it down. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo cleanses your hair of oil without feeling weighed down. This is essential, because if you’re washing your hair regularly (as you should if you have oily hair), you might as well include a lightweight shampoo.
Then, don’t shy away from conditioner. While you may think that using conditioner will only add to the excessive greasiness of your hair, remember that oiliness primarily affects the roots of the hair. Your lengths and hair ends need care, too, so the best conditioner for oily hair is one that delivers softness & smoothness without any weight. Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Conditioner is free of silicones, dyes and parabens. The Fructis Pure Clean system of shampoo and conditioner is formulated with Active Fruit Protein™, an exclusive combination of citrus protein, vitamins B3 and B6, fruit- and plant-derived extracts.
When conditioning oily hair, you shouldn’t just slather conditioner all over your hair. Since oil tends to accumulate at the roots, the mid-lengths to ends of your hair may be drier and more prone to damage. Plus, as your hair grows, it’s usually subjected to everyday wear and tear, not to mention heat styling. So instead of working conditioner all over, focus your conditioner on the mid-lengths of your hair and below.
If you’re on the go, it doesn’t get much better than dry shampoo. Dry shampoo is easily portable, making it a great option for absorbing excess grease after spin class, when you’re traveling, or when you want to freshen up for a night out without restyling your hair. Try one that’s silicone-free, like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Dry Shampoo, to instantly absorb hair oil and restore a fresh-washed feel (in between shampoos). Who knew that one of the best shampoos for oily hair could be a dry one?
Hairstyles for Oily Hair
Since the extra oil is making your hair look slick and shiny, you might as well let it work in your favor. Hairstyles that rely on a glossy and sleek hair finish, such as braids and certain updos, are a good choice if you have oily hair since you won’t have to fight or address greasy hair to make your look work.
Because oil is usually concentrated at the roots, it can make your roots look flat, limp, and just greasy. So before you style your hair, make sure to brush it from your roots to your ends to help distribute the oil. Then, prep your damp hair with a light mousse, like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Mousse. Infused with natural acacia gum, it provides all day hair control without leaving residue or a crunchy hair texture.
Oily hair can be an advantage when it comes to braids in particular, since the oil gives your hair a sleek, shiny hair look that can make any braided hairstyle look polished. Try a style like the Wraparound Simple Braid, which features a simple French braid that wraps around the crown and ends in a ponytail. Another great hairstyle for greasy hair: the Top French Braid, which is just a French braid centered at the top of your head. It makes for a pretty, half-up half-down hairstyle — and, bonus, it hides oily roots and adds hair volume. To learn how to create them (and for even more braid inspiration), check out these 15 braid hairstyle ideas for short, medium and long hair. Want something even simpler? Try a Low Knot Updo, which needs to be smooth and glossy — meaning it allows you to make the most of your oily hair. It also proves that oily hair doesn’t have to be hard to manage.
With hairstyle ideas like these and the best tricks and hair products to help manage greasy hair, oily hair can actually be easy to care for and style.