If the oil on your scalp is in overdrive or you schedule regular sweat sessions, chances are you shampoo every day. While it’s not recommended by the pros, since a daily suds-soak can strip the hair of its natural oils and cause color to fade, washing it often seems like the only solution for super-slick strands. We get it — not everyone is lucky enough to go a week between washes.
Those with fine hair are particularly prone to greasy roots, says celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons. “Each hair follicle has a sebaceous gland, which is what produces the oil on your scalp, and finer hair types tend to have more follicles, so they may benefit more from frequent washes.”
Your hair type, lifestyle, workout routine, styling routine, and other factors will ultimately determine how often you should wash your hair, adds Kacey Welch, a hairstylist at Roil Salon in Beverly Hills, and with some of the high-quality shampoos out there, you can avoid stripping strands.
Here, experts share their prescriptions, plus a few smart tricks, for clients who wash their hair every day. Read on to discover the best shampoo for oily hair.
“With glycine and vitamin B6 to purify the scalp while making the ends shiny and soft, it’s ideal for those with oily roots and damaged lengths.” —Nate Bova, senior stylist at Warren Tricomi Salon at The Plaza in New York City.
“Ultimately, when using this, you’ll be able to go longer without shampooing, and your hair will be less oily and much healthier.” —Tenisha Sweet, New York–based celebrity hair stylist and licensed cosmetologist.
“It is a substitute for shampoo and conditioner, and it not only cleanses, but also keeps color safe and strands moisturized. There are no sulfates or harsh detergents, and it smells great — unlike trying to use diluted ACV.” —Welch
“For anyone with finer hair, I love to recommend this product as a price-friendly option. It’s also free of sulfates and contains rice and soy proteins to help the hair appear thicker and fuller, as well as apple stem cells to improve your scalp health.” —Fitzsimons
“This shampoo has a long list of beneficial ingredients such as keratin, which repairs damaged hair and improves elasticity and strength; rosemary, which is a great antioxidant; and wheat protein, which also adds strength.” —Kendall Dorsey, celebrity hair stylist
“It’s sulfate-free so it contains mild foaming ingredients, and it also has olive fruit oil to moisturizer hair and scalp.” —Nelson Chan, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Nelson j Natural Salon in Beverly Hills
“This shampoo is made to use every day and is moisturizing without weighing down the hair. Micellar water is the active ingredient, which cleanses without stripping hair of its natural oils.” —Stephanie Brown, NYC Master Hair Colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC
“I recommend this shampoo for those who wash daily, but tell them to always finish with a cold rinse to make sure all suds are out of the hair. Also, don’t use too much shampoo, and keep in mind massaging shampoo into your scalp will trigger oil production.” —Paul Labrecque, celebrity hairstylist and owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa