We now live in the age of dry shampoo, which means our oily strands have finally found relief… ish. As much as we love our holy grail hair refreshers, they do come with their own set of caveats (buildup, for one; clogged pores, for another). In times like these (i.e., a few times a week), we always turn back to traditional shampoo. But which ones are the best for oily scalps? Our friends at Rank & Style, a site that uses a unique algorithm to aggregate top fashion and beauty lists, gathered information from the depths of the Internet to find the highest-rated shampoos for oily strands. Some of them we recognise (Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo, $6, is a cult favourite), while others we’ve never heard of before—and are thus dying to try. Keep scrolling to see them all!
#5: Neutrogena Anti-Residue Formula Shampoo ($6)
This clarifying shampoo is a drugstore favorite. Use it anytime your hair starts feeling heavy with buildup, and emerge post-shower with soft, squeaky-clean strands.
#4: Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo ($10)
Made with organic green tea and nettle extract, this gentle organic shampoo is perfect for oily strands, and it deep-cleanses in one go for shiny, bouncy locks.
#3: Phyto Phytocedrat Shampoo ($24)
Oily hair often comes with another problem: dandruff. Phyto’s Phytocedrat Shampoo is formulated to reduce excess sebum secretion with mild botanicals and will help you wash your hair less frequently. If your dandruff situation is a bit more serious, try the brand’s Phythéol Exfoliating Shampoo ($26); it’s designed to remove loose dandruff flakes while intensely hydrating your hair.
#2: Avalon Organics Lemon Clarifying Shampoo ($10)
Enriched with vitamin E, wheat protein, aloe, chamomile, and lemon, this clarifying shampoo gently removes buildup and enhances shine. Women love it for its fresh lemony scent.
#1: Desert Organics Lemon Tea Tree Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair ($7)
And finally, the number one–ranked shampoo for oily hair on the Internet? According to Rank & Style, it’s Desert Essence’s Shampoo for Oily Hair. Made with sugar and coconut oil, the shampoo removes dullness and buildup without over-drying. Ingredients like organic tea-tree leaf oil and jojoba seed oil cleanse the scalp gently and dissolve excess oil. On Drugstore.com, user Mel Ann Rose says it “smells great, lathers well, and doesn’t dry out my hair,” while user Micky says she noticed less hair loss after just the first wash: “strongly recommend.”
Head on over to Rank & Style to see the rest of the products that made this top-10 list! And don’t forget to check out the site’s roundups of the best conditioners for oily hair, leave-in conditioners, and drugstore hair products!
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