Shampoos that are geared towards strengthening, volumizing or balancing are good for treating oily hair. Clarifying shampoos, which do not contain moisturizers, are also effective in treating hair that is excessively oily.
While some shampoos can be used daily, clarifying shampoos should be used cautiously in order to avoid over-drying the scalp, which can lead to more oil production. The volume of hair products and the water type used are factors that need to be considered when determining how often to use clarifying shampoo. Users of minimal hair products and soft water may find it useful to use a clarifying shampoo every other month.
WomensHealthMag.com recommends Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value shampoo and Phyto Phytocedrat Sebo Regulating shampoo for oily hair. TotalBeauty.com recommends Biolage Normalizing Shampoo. Amazon.com stocks 365 Everyday Value Shampoo in mint, lavender, citrus and fragrance-free, as of January 2016. The various fragrances have three-star to five-star customer ratings. Amazon.com also stocks Biolage Normalizing Shampoo. Beauty.com stocks Phytocedrat Sebo Regulating Shampoo.
Biolage Normalizing Shampoo has a five-star customer rating at Amazon.com. The reviews say that it is good at removing excess oil and makes very fine hair appear fuller.
The product information for Phydro Phydrocedat Sebo Regulating shampoo explains that it contains botanical cleansing agents that allow hair to be washed less frequently. These agents include lemon essential oil and geranium extract. The shampoo coats the hair with an active ingredient that helps prevent oil from spreading.
When using a shampoo for oily hair, massage the scalp with shampoo, and let it sit for several minutes before rinsing. This allows the shampoo to remove excess oil. If the scalp is very oily, rinse the shampoo out and repeat the process. People with naturally oily hair do not need to use conditioner as their hair is conditioned naturally. If the hair is becoming too dry, use clarifying shampoo less often.