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Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair

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Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair Our Best Shampoo for Oily Hair

If you have oily hair, you’ve likely wondered about what you can do to help get rid of the excess grease at your roots. You may have even considered hiding your hair under a hat to avoid letting others see your oily hair. The tricky thing is, sometimes your roots might be oily but your ends are dry and that can make caring for your hair difficult. The key to properly caring for oily hair is finding and using the right products—from shampoo to conditioner to dry shampoo. Here, learn all about our best shampoo for oily hair along with the products you should use with it and additional tips for taking care of oily hair.


If you have greasy roots, hair care products formulated with clay are a great solution for purifying your roots while also leaving your lengths and ends hydrated. That’s because one of the prominent characteristics of clay is that it's absorbent, making it ideal for treating an oily scalp or oily roots. This is also why clay is a great ingredient to look for when you have oily skin.

Reach for a shampoo that contains clay, such as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, which is formulated with three different refined clays. When used alongside the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask, this shampoo can help instantly purify oily roots and hydrate dry lengths without weighing hair down for beautifully fresh, flowing hair from root to tip. The entire Elvive Extraordinary Clay hair care system absorbs excess oil at the root while also rehydrating areas where hair is dry.


Now it’s time to put your new shampoo to good use! Follow these instructions for using our best shampoo for oily hair:

Step 1: Pre-shampoo mask

If you have oily hair, the first step in your shower routine should be using a pre-shampoo hair mask. Our pre-shampoo mask should be applied to dry roots, lengths, and ends, section by section. Make sure to fully cover your entire head, then leave the mask on for five minutes. Once those five minutes are up, gently massage your scalp while rinsing out the mask.

Step 2: Shampoo

It’s go time! Once you’ve rinsed out the hair mask, massage the shampoo onto wet hair, lather, then rinse.

Step 3: Conditioner

Your in-shower hair care routine isn’t complete without conditioner—yes, even if you have oily hair. After rinsing out your shampoo, apply the conditioner, leave it on for one to three minutes, then rinse out thoroughly.

Step 4: Dry shampoo

Does your oily hair need a little refresh later in the day? Reach for a dry shampoo. The L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo helps instantly refresh hair between shampoos by absorbing excess oil for fresh, lightweight hair with no visible residue. To use, first shake the can well. Then, hold it six to eight inches from your hair and spray directly onto oily roots and lightly throughout the rest of your hair to absorb oil. Brush through and you’re good to go.


Now that you know how to use our best shampoo for oily hair, we’re here to share a few extra hair care tips for your hair type.

1. Only use conditioner from your mid-lengths to ends

While your first instinct might be to apply conditioner all over your hair when you’re in the shower, that’s not the best idea. This is especially true if you have oily hair since it can make your hair appear greasier. Only use conditioner from about midway down your hair through to your ends. Since your ends can get extra dry, this is the area of your hair that's likely to really needs added moisture from conditioner.

2. Brush, brush, brush your hair

Don’t forget to brush! Doing so can help distribute your natural oils from your roots to the rest of your hair—which can keep your roots from looking extra greasy. Try brushing your hair before going to bed each night so it will become a natural part of your routine.

3. Lay off the styling products

You know how we told you to focus conditioner away from your roots? Well, this tip is in a similar vein. If you have oily hair, try not to go overboard with styling products, especially near your roots, since this can make your hair look even greasier.

4. Remove monthly buildup on the scalp

Think about it: Your scalp is skin too! So, it makes sense that to grow and maintain healthy hair, you need to keep your scalp healthy and that means regularly exfoliating away dead skin cells. For those who tend to have oily strands, it’s even more important to exfoliate and remove product buildup, which can make your hair appear extra greasy. Reach for a scalp scrub, like the L'Oréal Paris Everfresh Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, at least once or twice a month to keep your scalp in good shape.

Next up, learn more about The Benefits of Clay for Oily Hair.