10 balancing shampoos that are perfect for oily hair types
Grease is NOT the word
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / November 27 2023
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.
$12.99 at Vital Pharmacy
DERCOS Anti-Dandruff DS Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair
With a 'dermatologist-recommended' stamp of approval, this shampoo is a gift to both your hair's oil levels and your scalp's comfort. Able to fight dandruff (a common concern when buildup and oil are present), it addresses the issues of itchiness and flakes while also leaving hair fresh, clean and grease-free.
$21.49 at Chemist Warehouse
BodyBlendz Scalp & Hair Scrub Shampoo
A clever blend between a shampoo and a scalp scrub, this formula tames hair, combats oil and builds body all while eliminating any pesky scalp flakes. It also nixes the need for a multi-step congestion-clearing routine, exfoliating and cleansing in one shea butter and himalayan salt-powered hit.
$31.99 at BodyBlendz
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
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.
$50.95 at Adore Beauty
O&M Original Detox Shampoo
Designed to drink up excess oil without drying out your hair, this shampoo contains 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.
$39.95 at Adore Beauty
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.
$27.95 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.
$19.99 at Amazon
Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo With Thermal Mud
Is your hair oily and stressed? Join the club. Luckily, this detoxifying shampoo deeply cleanses the hair and scalp to reduce the damaging effects of pollution for a clean refreshing feeling. Mineral-rich thermal mud balances and purifies the scalp and relieves the sensation of oily roots. A deep sea mineral complex supports the scalp’s barrier function to improve protection from pollution, while Baltic Sea red algae smooths the cuticle and extends the length of time between washes.
$49 at Oz Hair & Beauty
A'kin Purifying Lemongrass & Juniper Shampoo
Heralded as a quality cleanser that doesn't dry out the hair or scalp, this silicone-free shampoo is enriched with lemongrass and juniper berries known for their purifying properties, to cleanse, clarify and reduce excess oil.
$26.95 at Oz Hair & Beauty