Few beauty woes are more annoying than a time-consuming lather-rinse-repeat, only to find your strands looking as though you’ve unintentionally initiated some kind of coconut oil, leave-in treatment on your scalp not 12 hours later. Though perhaps models can pull off the grease-slicked look on the runway, it’s not one I can successfully translate to the office. But aside from a spritz of dry shampoo—the only hair product short of shampoo and conditioner I ever really use—what can ya do with your greasy hair? And, even more importantly, what can you do before you even need dry shampoo for those oily strands? As it turns out, the answer is not nothing.
Micki Charles, hairstylist at Cutler Salon has a few suggestions—“One thing you can do is always shampoo your hair twice (if you wait a few days in between shampoos) — The first time to eliminate the oil, and the second time to clean the hair.”
Additionally: “Use a volumizer when styling on the scalp and roots—if you lift the hair off the scalp when blow drying, it takes longer for the oil to penetrate to the surface.” Which brings us to our first product pick:
This spray product contains lemon and witch hazel extracts, which act as natural clarifying agents to absorb oil at the root. Briogeo has coined the term “pre dry shampoo” for this blow dry spray, as it’s applied to the roots before drying, it wicks oil as it’s produced as opposed to absorbing it from the scalp after the fact. Lemon and witch hazel extract dissolve excess oil and help extend time between washes.
ColorProof, Clear It Up Detox Shampoo (BeautyLavish, $26.50)
This product is both your shampoo & a leave-in scalp treatment. It cuts grease without compromising the safety of color-treated hair with ingredients including baking soda, and Vitamins C & E. It’s perfect for those among us looking to detox our hair-washing habits—use it once a week, and enjoy a clarified-de-greased scalp for days to come.
Davines, NaturalTech Rebalancing Shampoo (Davines, $26)
If you know hair products, you likely love, and covet picks from Italian indie cult-favorite brand. This “rebalancing” shampoo is formulated with cinnamon and burnet extract which help to normalize sebum production.
Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo (Oribe, $44)
This shampoo is as fun to use as it is effective—it’s a fluffy, foaming mousse—no boring gel to be found here. If this shampoo had a mantra, it might be: “detoxifying your hair should be as easy, fun, and luxurious as detoxifying your skin,” and by that logic, the volcanic ash in this formula serves as a clay mask for your scalp, eradicating any traces of past product left behind.
R+Co, OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo (R+Co., $24)
One of R+Co’s newest launches, Oblivion is powerful enough to remove buildup (which dulls colored hair!) but gentle enough to use everyday. Plus, it smells like vacation!
Peter Lamas Hair Solutions Energizing Shampoo (Peter Lamas, $26)
As a believer in Chinese medicine in all elements of life, I am thrilled by the notion of adding their healing power into my hair care routine. This Peter Lamas energizing shampoo does just that thanks to a proprietary blend of herbs mixed with hair-healthy ingredients including apple stem cells and biotin. This formula gets to work on tough grease, and helps remove hair follicle-blocking sebum as well as inhibiting DHT buildup – a hormone that can slow hair growth. Finally, eucalyptus and aloe vera soothe the scalp.
Beauty junkies will find that an in-shower non-shampoo/conditioner step feels extra luxe and spa-worthy. This pre-shampoo exfoliant, or micro-fine pre-treat scrub which Kérastase notes was inspired by skincare, purifies and stimulates the scalp and hair fiber with refined apricot seed beads.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Anti-Oil Astringent Cleanser (Shu Uemura, $57)
This heaping pump bottle of shampoo is a greasy scalp’s best friend‚ helping to reduce hair-washing frequency for those who’ve been stuck lathering, rinsing, and repeating everyday. How does it do it? Well, in part with Japanese Yuzu extract which helps slow down and rebalance overworking sebacious glands.
Shu Uemura Essential Drops Aromatherapeutic Scalp Solution (Shu Uemura, $48)
By now, we’re all using at least one facial serum, if not many, many more—yes!? But what about scalp serum. I can’t imagine a more glamorous solution to the decidedly unglamorous problem of having an oily scalp. Shu Uemura to the rescue. This blend of essential/vegetable oils, including peppermint oil, purifies and cools oily scalps.