5 of the Best Shampoo Options for Oily Hair

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Woman oily hair

If you have dry hair, you wish for oily hair.

If you have oily hair, you wish it were drier.

Grass is always greener, right.

Here’s a novel idea. Why not buy shampoo that’s formulated for oily hair but won’t dry it out.  BOOM!  That’s what this is all about.

Below we set out 5 terrific shampoos for oily hair.  Check them out.

1. Shampoo for oily hair and oily scalp by Maple Holistics

Shampoo for Oily Hair & Oily Scalp by Maple Holistics

One of the most popular and natural products on our list of the best shampoo for oily hair, this shampoo deserves first place for its high popularity, its natural ingredients, and because it is one of the most environmentally friendly products to use, not just for oily hair or scalps. Many of us agree that the rosemary oil, cypress oil, jojoba oil, and peach kernel oil combination is the best feature because it treats and prevents oily hair, strengthens, and hydrates hair as well.

All Maple Holistics products are made in the USA, contain natural ingredients, are cruelty and sulfate-free, and they are safe enough for people with color treated hair to use. They also make facemask, bath soaks, skin care, and more.


  • All natural ingredients
  • Highly popular
  • Has multiple uses


  • Very little long-term results
  • May smell strongly

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

Many of us customers who have been using this shampoo stress that as long as the instructions are followed, our hair stays less oily and greasy for up to 3 or 4 days, especially for those whose hair usually becomes greasy after only a few hours.

2. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo for oily build-up in hair

Despite being the smallest product, 6 ounces, when comparing it to others both on this list and not, this anti-residue shampoo only needs to be used once a week and still will leave us with clean, healthy, and non-oily hair. It is specifically designed to remove the residue that most other shampoos and conditioners, as well as hard water, leave behind that makes hair greasy.

Around since 1930, Neutrogena has been one of the most recommended and popular skin and beauty brands used today. They thrive on the fact that they do not do any product testing on animals, except when required by law, and they are actively seeking animal testing alternatives.


  • Works on many hair types (curly, flat, etc.)
  • Very Popular
  • Protects hair from several different product residues


  • Smaller bottle

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

There are several customer comments saying that the smell can be a little bothering for those who are highly sensitive to the smell, but it does not linger for long after use.

3. Suave Essentials/Naturals Shampoo

Suave Essentials Formerly Naturals Shampoo for oily hair

Suave Essentials, formerly known as Suave Naturals, is one of the most common hypoallergenic shampoos that are in most stores and easily found online. There are also one of the biggest products, a single bottle usually holding 22.5 ounces of shampoo.

Suave has over a hundred different beauty care products for kids, men, and women alike for over 8 decades now. We have seen that they distribute most of their products to discount stores and have a variety of shampoos, lotions, deodorants, soaps, and other hair care products. Their Suave Promise is an example of how the company cares about the opinions of their customers, guaranteeing full satisfaction on every product or we get a free product replacement or our money back.


  • Several different scents
  • Larger bottles
  • Gentle on different hair types


  • Certain scents are more difficult to find online
  • Can dry hair out more

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

Many of us customers agree that it is usually more common for these bottles to be much cheaper in stores than online. That and it sometimes needs to be used more than other products do.

4. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three

Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three for oily hair

This shampoo may be one of the most beneficial for those of us who like to swim in a chlorine pool on a regular or semi-regular basis or for those of us who do not have quality shower water. It not only cleans hair, but it also removes chlorine, iron, and minerals that dirty and harm hair and the scalp. It also strengthens the hair and helps to reduce the future buildup of those harmful factors.

Although they are one of the younger companies, Paul Mitchell never has tested any of their products on animals in the 35 years since their founding, and they publicly stand up against it as well. They are known for having professional hair salon grade products and being actively engaged in many different charities.


  • Treats hair with chemical and mineral damage
  • Strengthens and keeps hair clean


  • Not for colored hair

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

Several customers say that while it does work relatively well, especially for excessive swimmers, it can be too strong for those with thin or weak hair.

5. TRESemme Shampoo

Possibly one of the cheapest and most known products and brands, TRESemme shampoo is nearly just as common to find in stores, like Suave Essentials/Naturals, and online too. This is probably one of the best shampoos for those of us with colored hair, both natural and unnatural colors.

TRESemme has been used in hundreds if not thousands of hair salons around the world for several decades now. The products are easily found online and in supermarkets and pharmacies.


  • Gentle and moisturizing
  • Cleans, shines, and repairs hair
  • Popular for those who have colored hair


  • Not as high quality as other products

Here is a link to it on Amazon.

Several customers say that the shampoo does dry out hair, especially if used often, and others say that the bottle is difficult to hold because it is large.

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