From Slick to Sleek: the Best Shampoos to Banish Oily Hair in 2020

Even the most beat face and on-point outfit can be thrown off by lackluster locks. We share the best shampoos for oily hair to get your hair shining the right way.
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Feb. 28
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Dealing with oily hair is a daily struggle—literally. You roll your eyes when you hear friends lament over their once-weekly washes. Your dry shampoo is an ever-present companion in your purse. If you leave your hair down on bad days, you look like 2016-era Johnny Depp. The solution might be simpler than you think. If you’re not using the right products on your hair, you’re wasting cash as well as time. We’ve picked the best shampoos for oily hair to take your tresses from greasy to glossy.What Causes Oily Hair?Let’s discuss the root of the problem. Why are you dealing with this unsightly issue in the first place? The culprit is too much sebum, a naturally-occurring oil produced by the sebaceous glands on your scalp. Fun fact: this is the same problem that causes acne. Now that you know, how do you stop it? The right hair care products should help immensely, but you might have to make some lifestyle changes too. Here are a few strategies to pair your oil-fighting shampoo with:1. Eat clean. That means less sugary junk, starches, and—we’re sobbing too—dairy. 2. Don’t overbrush. Otherwise, you’re basically distributing oil from your scalp throughout your hair. 3. Stop playing with it. If you’re a hair twirler or you like to run your fingers through your mane when you flirt, adopt a look-but-don’t-touch approach. 4. Skip the heavy conditioner, serums, and oils. Donate them to your favorite bleach-blonde girlfriend; you don’t need them. 5. Check your hormones. High androgen levels could be at play, meaning you might want to hit up your OBGYN—especially if you have acne, trouble shedding the pounds, and irregular periods.Want to know about other quality products to get your hair on fleek? Download Cherie’s app and check out our beauty reviews.What Shampoos Help Oily Hair? Our Ultimate 6 PicksStop letting lustreless locks stop you from heading out for an Insta-worthy night. As usual, we here at Cherie have your back—we’ve put in the research on your behalf. We present our six picks for the best shampoos for oily hair:1. Bumble&Bumble Sunday Shampoo This shampoo by renowned haircare giant Bumble&Bumble is a potent degreaser with a refreshing herbal scent. If you want the best shampoo for oily thin hair, this might be the one! Plenty of buyers report fuller-looking, more voluminous locks with regular use. An added perk is that you might find you can go a day or two longer between washes. You should also get relief from itching, flaking, and other uncomfortable (and embarrassing) scalp troubles. Despite all that power, the formula—ginger, sage, and rosemary extract— is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Sunday Clarifying Shampoo, Bumble and bumble., cherie
Bumble and bumble.Sunday Clarifying Shampoo
2. Maple Holistics Moisture Control Shampoo If you’re seeking the best shampoo to combat oily hair loss, this clarifying shampoo contains botanical keratin to promote volume and strength. It’s also free of sulfates and parabens for users who adore all-natural products. Maple Holistics’ formula includes essential oils such as lemon, basil, peach kernel, and rosemary. Aside from smelling delicious, these ingredients work to eliminate oil and remove the buildup that causes yucky dandruff. The energizing mix of oils should unclog sebum-gunked hair follicles without weighing your tresses down. Best of all, some buyers reported being able to wait longer between washes after regular use.3. Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo Christophe Robin is a Parisian brand, named after its founder, that’s slowly but surely developing a following. This color-safe purifying shampoo will appeal to those of you rocking dyed hair, especially quick-fading pastel colors. The vegan shampoo is free of all the chemical nasties present in most hair products—seriously, the callout list is an entire paragraph long. Even the yummy fragrance is 99 percent natural! Cherry blossom and juju blossom extracts work to soothe your scalp, target unwanted sebum (gross), and reduce pesky itchiness and irritation overall. We think it’s the best shampoo for oily hair and dandruff.4. Briogeo B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree OilB. Well is a two-in-one formula that works on both oily skin and hair. If you’re not familiar with Briogeo, their deep conditioning mask won Allure’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Award. Busy beauties will appreciate the convenience: lather up breakout-prone skin while simultaneously washing your hair. The main ingredient is tea tree oil, a known enemy of acne, oil, and grease. Aside from being cruelty-free and vegan, it also targets dandruff and flakiness, the symptoms that often accompany greasy tresses. 5. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Formula Shampoo We all know that a fancy name doesn’t make quality—let’s not forget the Kylie Cosmetics defective-lip-gloss-wand fiasco. Almost every beauty addict started out with at least one Neutrogena product. That’s why their Anti-Residue Formula makes our list as the best drugstore shampoo for oily hair. Aside from being budget-friendly, this clarifying shampoo removes product buildup as well as residue to get your hair sparkling clean. You never know, some of that oiliness could be serums and hair oils clinging to your strands like that ex who still likes all your photos. Plus, you should feel a difference after a single wash. 6. SachaJuan Scalp Shampoo SachaJuan’ Scalp Shampoo’s main ingredients read like a chemistry paper, but don’t let that put you off. Preservatives such as Olamine tackle dandruff, while lactic acid helps control oil production. Don’t worry; there’s a decent number of plant-based extracts to balance that out. These include ginger root and menthol to freshen up your scalp and cut through buildup. It’s devoid of parabens and phthalates, for the readers out there who want to avoid them. This shampoo also has a mild smell, if you’re not a fan of heavily-scented products.We hope you’ve found the best shampoo for oily hair among our picks, and remember our pro tips to minimize grease. Discreet updos to hide greasy locks don’t need to be your signature look anymore—let your hair take center stage.
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