The best clarifying shampoos for greasy hair, so you can go a little longer between washes

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Leaving it a little longer between hair washes? Us too. These refreshing and clarifying shampoos will leave your hair feeling super clean for way longer.

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, tactically hiding greasy roots under headbands, just in time for that incoming Zoom call. 

But it isn’t just laziness that might be making your hair greasy. If you’ve upped the ante on your at-home workouts, or been piling on dry shampoo, that too can weigh down hair, 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 eek out a hair wash is to make sure the shampoo you use cleanses the hair and scalp so well, you can go much longer before your next wash cycle.

And that’s where clarifying shampoos come in.

This particularly category of shampoo works like a magnet to attract any excess sebum sitting on the scalp. It’ll strip 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 also 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. He also says to 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, ready to please your inner lazy girl with a clarifying shampoo? Read on to discover the shampoos that will keep your hair shiny but not slick…

The best shampoos for greasy hair

  • Larry King Haircare City Life Shampoo


    One third of celebrity hairstylist Larry King’s brand new 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.

    Larry King Haircare City Life Shampoo, £40

  • Kerastase 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.

    Kerastase Specifique Bain Divalent Shampoo, £16.70

  • 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.

    L’Oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay, £2.99

  • Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo

    Charcoal sounds like it might be heavy on the hair but this is suitable for finer textures too as it’s combined with citrus oils that moisturise without weighing it down. Another sulphate and paraben free option.

    Hask Charcoal Purifying Shampoo, £6.99

  • Ouai Detox Shampoo


    Celebrities often fall victim to product overload. So when Jen Atkin – the genius behind Chrissy Teigen, 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.

    Ouai Detox Shampoo, £22

  • 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.

    Vichy Dercos Nutrients Detox Shampoo, £12

  • 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.

    Leonor Greyl Bain TS Shampooing Balancing Shampoo for Oily Scalp & Dry Ends, £28.70

  • 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.

    Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo, £17.10

  • Phyto Phytosquam Oily Hair 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.

    Phyto Phytosquam Oily Hair Shampoo, £17

  • Love Beauty and Planet Delightful Detox Vegan Shampoo

    love beauty and planet detox shampoo

    In recycled bottles, 100% vegan and void of parabens, silicones or colourants, this is a fantastic everyday go-to for rinsing away dirt, debris and anything else that’s been attracted to your scalp and hair to make it look like an oil slick.

    Love Beauty and Planet Delightful Detox Vegan Shampoo, £4.20

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