7 balancing shampoos perfect for oily hair types
Grease is NOT the word
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / May 08 2022
Our lives are pretty much planned entirely around our hair washing schedules.
It's no longer a simple rinse and repeat for most of us after all; the routine now includes a whole slew of steps from masking to blow-drying. So when it's all said and done, it doesn't seem too much to ask that it stays clean for at least a day or two.
But if you're dealing with an oily hair type, we'll bet it doesn't; or it doesn't look or feel clean anyway. Damn grease – great movie, sure, but a downright pesky hair guest.
So, if you're desperate to break the dreaded 'washing your hair everyday or looking like you've gone for a slick look without even applying product' cycle, we've rounded up the best balancing shampoos for keeping your hair fresh and free of grease for as long as possible...
Klorane Shampoo with Aquatic Mint
Oil seems to love to invite itchiness wherever it goes, so the cooling sensation this minty delight offers is a definite win. It'll help to eliminate excess oil and build-up, but won't leave strands super stripped – a common and frustrating side effect of balancing buys.
$14.99 at Adore Beauty
Kevin Murphy Scalp Spa Wash
Combination hair is a thing, too; maybe your roots are grease-covered but your ends are bone-dry, and so you need to concentrate the balancing action on your scalp rather than all the way down. Luckily, that's precisely the conundrum this celery extract and rosewater scalp shampoo is here to solve.
$43.95 at Adore Beauty
John Frieda Frizz Ease Weightless Wonder Shampoo
Unfortunately your strands can even look oily fresh out of the shower if you're using a wash too heavy for your hair. That's where this weightless smoothing shampoo can help; it's light enough to be used on the daily if you desire, offering a gentle cleanse and smoothing frizz (which yes, can coexist with flatness somehow; rude) without dragging hair down.
$16.49 at Chemist Warehouse
Innisfree My Hair Refreshing Shampoo for Oily Scalp
Heralded as a refresher that's still safe to use on the daily (and won't leave hair brittle even if you do), it's a silicone-free soothing shampoo that helps you to extend even longer between washes due to the lack of build-up it leaves behind. Licorice (its hero ingredient) is as great for hair health as it is for banishing bacteria, too.
$28.79 at Stylevana
Eleven Australia Deep Clean Shampoo
The fact that this wash centres around orange oil (yes, an oil) may seem counterintuitive, but fear not; it's a contamination-clearing and irritation-easing ingredient bound to soothe your scalp and get grease under control in no time. The zesty scent factor isn't exactly a con, either.
$25.95 at Adore Beauty
O&M Original Detox Shampoo
Designed to drink up excess oil without drying out your hair, this shampoo heroes cleansing, cooling peppermint as well as tea tree oil – an all-star antiseptic which proves to be as bigger blessing in the oily hair-addressing arena as it is in the oily skin one.
$36.95 at Adore Beauty
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Anti-Oil Astringent Cleanser
Another formula that fights oil with oil, this purifying cleanser concoction is all about leaving locks feeling light, clean and airy (AKA the opposite of heavy, greasy and flat). Not only will it evict the oil currently haunting your hair, but the yuzu extract it includes will actually help to slow down oil overproduction altogether.
$68 at Adore Beauty