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If washing your hair regularly feels like a bridge too far at the moment, a clarifying shampoo for greasy hair can help to extend the lifespan of each wash.
When was the last time you washed your hair? Yesterday, two days ago, longer? Call it lazy or call it tactical, but right now, more and more of us are stretching out the lifespan of our hair washes, strategically hiding greasy roots under festive headbands and slicked back buns.
But it isn’t just laziness that might be making your hair greasy. If you’ve upped the ante on your home workouts, or been piling on dry shampoo, your hair can be weighed down, making it look lifeless.
Now, a clean scalp is definitely a healthy scalp, so it would be remiss of us to recommend you pull back on the shampoo too much. But, the best way to eke out a hair wash is to make sure the shampoo you use cleanses the hair and scalp so well that you can go much longer before your next wash cycle.
Here’s where clarifying shampoos come in. This particular category of shampoo works like a magnet to attract any excess sebum sitting on the scalp. It strips back pollution, oil and product build-up, meaning each wash leaves you with a completely clean slate, which will take that bit longer to turn greasy again.
If you have naturally greasy hair, celebrity hairdresser Jamie Stevens recommends not conditioning every time you wash and conditioning just at the ends. He also claims using a natural bristle brush will redistribute the oil from the roots down the hair shaft. But don’t over-brush (that encourages more oil production) and keep your brush clean so that oil isn’t transferred back onto your hair.
Plus, swerve heavy moisturising ingredients and silicones. Stevens explains that these, “can cause a build-up on the hair shaft and are hard to remove, which will exacerbate the problem”.
So, if you’re ready to please your inner lazy girl with a clarifying shampoo, read on to discover the shampoos that will keep your hair shiny sans the slickness.
The best shampoos for greasy hair
Larry King Haircare City Life Shampoo
Part of celebrity hairstylist Larry King’s shampoo collection, Wash Cycle, City Life Shampoo is perfect for completely rinsing hair of product build up, pollution, sweat and sebum. Just one lather and rinse leaves the scalp feeling ridiculously clean.
Kérastase Specifique Bain Divalent Shampoo
This silicone-free shampoo relies on glycine and vitamin B6 to get rid of oily roots while keeping ends soft and hydrated. Every hairdresser’s go-to for greasy haired clients.
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay
Clay shampoo sounds scary, but clay is often used in face masks for problem skin as it dries up excess sebum and purges pores, leaving complexions fresh and super clean. This shampoo applies the same thesis to the scalp. Bravo L’Oreal.
Shop L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay at Boots, £4.99
Ouai Detox Shampoo
Celebrities often fall victim to product overload. So when Jen Atkin – the genius behind Emma Stone and Cindy Crawford’s hair – created her haircare range, she knew exactly what she wanted in her reset shampoo. Detoxifying but with a pretty floral scent, it’s how to de-grease, the A-list way.
Vichy Dercos Nutrients Detox Shampoo
Vichy’s experts in sensitive skin have turned their attention to scalps that go greasy in double quick time. Soothing and cleansing at the same time, sebum will be washed away with ease and your scalp will be free of environmental aggressors like pollution particles.
Leonor Greyl Bain TS Shampooing Balancing Shampoo for Oily Scalp & Dry Ends
If you do suffer with an oily scalp, this shampoo includes lime tree oil, sage, yeast and wheat germ. These have antibacterial and antiperspirant properties, so sweat and sebum don’t linger long enough to appear on the hair shaft.
Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo
There’s nothing like refreshing mint to make you feel super clean (hello, mouthwash). Invigorating and soothing, this shampoo also contains micelles and vinegar that lure excess grease away from your scalp and down the plughole.
Phyto Phytosquam Anti-Dandruff Purifying Shampoo
This shampoo is recommended for use two to three times a week for up to four weeks. During that time, your scalp’s sebaceous glands get taught not to go into overdrive and instead your hair will start behaving itself better.
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