Sulfate Free Shampoos for Oily Hair

Proper care for oily scalp and hair starts with choosing a shampoo that meets your hair needs. For those with very oily hair, the best advice is to look for a shampoo that meets the following requirements:

Lasting Solution: If you wish to have healthy and bouncy hair, be sure to use a shampoo formulated especially for oily hair. The product you pick should offer a lasting solution, not just cover up the problem. Look for labels that say “sebum control”, “oil control”, “for oily hair“, “clarifying”, or “volumizing”.

Stay away from shampoos that are advertised as moisturizing, conditioning, or smoothing. Your hair is already oily and doesn’t need additional moisture.

Don’t choose the cheapest shampoo you can find, but you don’t have to select the most expensive one either. There are plenty of quality products that are reasonably priced. You need to make an extra effort to educate yourself and understand the ingredients label on your hair shampoo. To find a lower price go online and try to find money-saving offers and discounts.

a woman with oily hair reading a shampoo label

Sulfate-Free: Shampoo for greasy hair should be effective in balancing sebum secretion levels without causing any harm to your scalp and hair with regular use. A mild, sulfate-free shampoo enriched with essential oils of tea tree, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, or lemongrass will help control sebum production in your scalp and increase the time span between hair washes.

Natural Ingredients: The best shampoo for oily scalp and hair needs to be formulated with natural ingredients. Chemicals in hair shampoos are inevitably absorbed by your skin and can accumulate in your body over time. There are many reports of scalp irritation, and skin dryness after prolonged use of hair shampoos containing synthetic detergents.

Chemical-free hair shampoos are a better option for your hair and scalp and for your overall health. Chemicals you should avoid include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, formaldehyde, parabens, Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA), Propylene Glycol, and synthetic fragrances.

PH Balanced: The label should indicate that shampoo is “pH balanced“, as an improperly balanced shampoo will strip away the natural oils from your scalp. This will force your scalp to produce even more oils. A shampoo that is pH-balanced respects the balance created by nature which makes the product suitable for frequent use. The pH level of human hair is between 4.5 and 5.5.

Transparency: Opt for a clear or translucent shampoo and avoid creamy and rich shampoo formulas. Opaque shampoos contain conditioning ingredients and additives that can cause product build-up thus contributing to greasy-looking hair. Also make sure to select a silicone-free formula, because the silicone coating around the hair shaft can make oily hair look flat and heavy.

Natural Shampoos for Oily Hair

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1. Maple Holistics Degrease Shampoo for Oily Hair uses natural ingredients to offer relief to oily/itchy scalp. The product comes in a handy bottle and has a clean, refreshing scent of rosemary. It foams up above average for sulfate-free shampoo while causing a mild tingling sensation in your scalp. It usually takes about 10 days to fix the imbalance in sebum production that causes greasy hair.

The formula contains 100% botanical ingredients certified by QAI & the United States Department of Agriculture for Organics Processing. These botanical ingredients include rosemary, French cypress, lemon, basil, jojoba oil, argan oil, and botanical keratin.

This product doesn’t contain sulfates or other harmful ingredients that have damaging effects on your hair such as parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

You have to make sure to follow directions and let it sit on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing to maximize the absorption of active ingredients. To gain the maximum effects, massage the shampoo into the scalp with your fingers. If you need to condition, apply conditioner on your ends only.

2. Natural Oily Hair Shampoo for Men and Women by Honeydew is a 100% natural shampoo formulated with a blend of essential oils to balance sebum production and restore optimal moisture levels in the hair. Yarrow oil is included in the formula to help get rid of any excess oil that clings to your hair and causes it to feel greasy.

This shampoo allows you to go longer between washes. It soothes the scalp and leaves your hair refreshed, soft, and bouncy.

The formula is free of harsh sulfate cleansers, parabens, and sodium chloride. It is safe to use on colored and keratin-treated hair.

Leave this shampoo for 2 – 3 minutes, then rinse well.

3. Leonor Greyl Paris Bain TS Balancing Shampoo promises to purify and cleanse oily scalp with immediate results. It is suitable for individuals with oily scalp and dry ends.

Lime Tree Oil and Sage Leaf Extract help get rid of excess sebum and other follicle-clogging impurities, while conditioning ingredients prevent stripping moisture from the hair and work to repair dry ends.

The formula doesn’t contain SLS, parabens, or silicone. It is safe to use on color-treated hair.

4. Desert Essence Organics Hair Care Shampoo for Oily Hair is a gentle, all-natural shampoo formulated with sustainable, organic ingredients that work to get the oil out of your hair.

Organic oils and Lemon Peel Extract help to remove excess sebum and buildup without stripping the natural moisture. 100 % Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil is known for its antiseptic properties and the capability to control excessive sebum production.

This shampoo is formulated without sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, parabens, silicones, phthalates, petroleum, and artificial fragrances. It’s also vegan-friendly, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and biodegradable.

The formula is very concentrated and makes it easy to create a glorious lather. It is color-safe and has a light, refreshing scent.

Dry Shampoos for Oily Hair

a woman using dry shampoo to degrease her oily hair

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Nettle for Oily Hair and Scalp is formulated to soak up excess sebum and refresh oily hair and scalp between washes. The extract from the Nettle is known for its ability to reduce excess oil and regulate sebum production over time. This shampoo is great for mornings when you have no time to wash and blow-dry your hair. 

This dry shampoo takes away a greasy look and leaves your hair feeling clean and refreshed. It also gives some extra volume to fine and thinning hair. You can use it to touch up your hair throughout the day to give it more body.

Shake the can and spray the product on your hair focusing on the roots. Let it absorb for a minute, and then brush your hair until the product disappears. You can also leave it in your hair overnight to give the product more time to absorb the oil without leaving any residue.

Shampoo Bars for Oily Hair

Ethique Eco-Friendly Solid Shampoo Bar for Oily Hair uses Lime, Lemon, and Orange extracts and oils to balance natural sebum production and clean your hair without stripping. It also soothes an itchy scalp, leaving it nourished and flake-free.

This bar lathers well which makes spreading the product easier. It leaves your hair feeling clean, soft, and weightless. You can stretch more days between washes.

This shampoo bar has a very light citrus scent. It is much more travel-friendly than liquid shampoo.

If you are environmentally conscious, this shampoo bar is for you. It is natural, vegan, and helps reduce plastic use. The holder you can purchase to go with is made from bamboo and coconut and it is compostable.

The downsides

  • Shampoo bars tend to go soggy if get too wet. To prolong the life of your shampoo bar, use a soap holder that allows the bar to dry thoroughly between uses.
  • Washing the hair is more time-consuming than using liquid shampoo.
a woman using a towel to dry the hair after washing

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Last Updated on April 3, 2022 by Gaga

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