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    25 Problem-Solving Products For Anyone Who Feels Like Their Hair Gets Oily Immediately After Washing It

    I already have an oily face and eat oily food, who needs oily hair, too?

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    1. Klorane Shampoo with Nettle specifically targets oily hair by naturally controlling oil production on your scalp, allowing you to go a little longer between washes. It also enhances volume!

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    Reviewers note not to use this every day. It is recommended to only shampoo your hair two or three times a week anyway!

    Promising review: "This shampoo does a great job of helping my oily scalp and allows me a few extra hours of clean looking hair before I get that messy grease look. I wouldn't recommend using every day as it can slightly irritate your scalp, so every few days I switch it out with another shampoo." β€”knucklehead

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    2. Avalon Clarifying Lemon Shampoo removes excess oil and buildup with essential oils like lemon, chamomile, and aloe, gently clarifies with plant-derived cleansers, and restores natural highlights and shine. With such gentle treatment, your hair will look good in no time.


    This shampoo is vegan, and paraben- and cruelty-free, with no harsh preservatives. As it's a clarifying shampoo, it should be used once or twice a week, not as a regular shampoo.

    Promising review: "This shampoo is especially great if you tend to sweat and have oily or greasy hair. Use once or at most twice a week and it really gets your scalp and hair squeaky clean. The smell is great and it does not burn your scalp or face if it runs down. I have very sensitive skin and scalp and this is just wonderful for a super clean feeling without stripping your hair. Since I also color my hair this is important. It does not seem to strip out the color but does clean." β€”foolmeonce

    Get it from Amazon for $14.38.

    3. Elizavecca Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment restores the purity of your hair and helps with oil control, frizziness, damaged hair, the works! It's lightweight too so no heavy ingredients involved.

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    Promising review: This is the best hair mask i have ever tried, it's like magic to the hair. Make my hair so soft but not oily or flat at all, my hair looks very healthy and shiny and smells wonderful! I couldn't believe it! I can't not use it again. I just purchased more. Very happy with this purchase. β€”LA

    We've tried this here at BuzzFeed and loved it! Check out our review of Elizavecca here (#1, along with other beauty products we've tried)!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    4. Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo helps rescue your damaged hair from the abyss by using Himalayan apple cider vinegar and spring water to deep-clean your scalp, remove toxins, and balance your hair's pH level, which means less oiliness! It's a clarifying cleanser so it's meant to be used once or twice weekly.

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    Apple cider vinegar is great for hair. It also helps split ends, breakage, fights dandruff and frizz, and restores shine. Use this twice a week to see results.

    Promising review: "I have wasted a lot of time and money on high end shampoos and drugstore brands that don't do what they promise. I searched until I came across this amazing shampoo that has forever changed my life. I suffered from dry, brittle, puffy hair that falls out so much with just a few combs. This product has made my hair grow back thicker longer and best of all controls hair fall-out beyond imagination. Don't worry about your hair spelling like apple cider because it honestly does not. The smell is AMAZING and will leave your hair feeling super clean and soft." β€”Leobardo

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94.

    5. Etude House Silk Scarf Hair Mist saves your hair texture and takes it from fine and limp to silky (it's literally in the name!). It is versatile, using nutrients to boost hair health, soften strands, hydrate, and provide shine. It's also lightweight, meaning it doesn't weigh hair down, and actually works great for oily strands, keeping it soft instead of sticky!

    Etude House

    Promising review: "I'm usually pretty skeptical about hair products, I have very oily straight hair, so not many hair products work well with it. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this spray didn't weigh my hair down, it just made my hair very soft and feel wonderful. I would recommend this for anyone with oily hair." β€”Daniel

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    6. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo cleans thoroughly and eliminates oil, sweat, and odor. It's a cult classic for a reason β€” it works! I've used this and love how it left my hair oil-free, fresh, and volumized. It also smells like a dream and leaves no itchiness like other dry shampoos do.

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    Promising review: "Best on the market. I love this dry shampoo. It is good for actually making your hair feel cleaner without weighing it down. I have fine hair that is frizzy and dry at the ends but oily at the scalp. This is the first dry shampoo that actually works with my texture!" β€”wolf0009

    Get the full-sized bottle from Sephora for $24 or the mini bottle from Amazon for $14.

    This was our mid-price pick for best dry shampoo on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    7. TRESemmΓ© Between Washes Dry Shampoo refreshes fine, oily hair with mineral clay and citrus, both good ingredients for whisking away grease. It also leaves no visible residue so you won't look like you have flakes all over your hair.


    This is paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I have extremely fine hair which tends to get oily really quickly. I've been through many different dry shampoos until I found this product. This is a miracle product!! I use it at night and in the morning my hair looks amazing!" β€”Rose245

    Get it from Walmart for $5.98.

    8. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo removes all the ugly stuff that builds up in your hair and scalp over the week from sprays, styling products, and the dirt from your work commute. If your hair is oily and stringy, this will deep-cleanse for fresh, revitalized locks.

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    Promising review: "This does a great job getting the build-up out of my hair. I have flat, straight oily hair naturally; it gets very stringy very quickly. Also, I think there are some minerals resulting in hardness in my water that is causing build-up in my hair. I don't use any hair products other than shampoo and conditioner, so I don't have an issue with mousse build-up or anything. I have been using this once a week for over a month now. It always leave my hair very clean looking. My sister bought some too after I started using it. She has much more volume in her hair, and she does use hair products. She says it leaves her hair clean and bouncy after her weekly use." β€”tryingtohelp

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    9. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk not only rids your hair of oil, odor, and buildup *but* also soothes and cleanses your scalp with organic oat milk and rice starch. It's super gentle, volumizes, and leaves no chalky residue, making it great for all hair types.

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    This is sulfate- and paraben-free. It's also vegan.

    Promising review: "Bought because it was recommended by Allure as their favorite dry shampoo. Definitely lives up to the recommendation. Leaves a nice but not overwhelming scent, adds body, and doesn't leave any powder residue that I can see (I have dark hair so that would be a huge problem). Sometimes I use it just at the roots on clean hair to provide a little texture and lift. I find it works well for that, too. And no stickiness or other unpleasantness. Hair just smells and looks clean. Great for people like me who only shampoo every few days or so." β€”Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    10. OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray texturizes hair for tousled, weightless volume and a refreshing look and scent, zapping the greasy look. It includes sea salt, sea kelp, and argan oil to make your hair look its best.


    Promising review: "I adore this stuff. I have curly/wavy hair, but it's thinning from autoimmune disease and meds. I use a volume mousse (Marc Anthony one for voluminous curls/waves) and then this. I tried doing a French braid and slept on it, woke up and I looked like AristA from the Little Mermaid! Also worked like that when I had brushed out my hair and it's a huge pouf--French braid and sprayed this, next day voluminous waves! Also works if you plop your hair or put it in a bun." β€”Melinda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    11. Apothecare Booster Volumizing Shampoo strengthens, removes impurities, and conditions for fresh, bouncy hair that will have you kissing your oily roots goodbye. With lightweight ingredients like aloe vera, rose oil, and geranium, your hair will be thick, healthy and decidedly un-greasy.


    This is paraben- and silicone-free.

    Promising review: "My scalp is greasy and sensitive while the rest of my hair is dry and fine. This shampoo cleaned my scalp without drying my hair. I felt the difference right the way the first time I used this. When I rinsed my hair, my roots were feeling clean. Others shampoos will make my hair super tangled, and that lead to breakage; that didn't happen with this shampoo plus adding conditioner. I let my hair naturally dry and my hair got volume with no use of blow dryer."β€”janett

    Get it from Walmart for $10.99.

    12. SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Hair Mask hydrates and conditions without adding to the buildup and oil in your hair. It's weightless and also includes UV protection.


    Promising review: "Truly lightweight, smells great, love how my hair feels after.

    I've tried other leave in conditioners that left my freshly cleaned hair looking oily and flat. But I really like this one. I air dry my hair most days and use this about once a week. No complaints so far." β€”Heatherly

    Get it from Amazon for $36.19.

    13. Verb Sea Texture Spray naturally thickens, provides body and light hold, and cleanses hair of excess oil with seaweed and kelp. It also combats dryness with natural hydration from glycerin and kelp. Your hair gets amazing texture without the greasiness!


    This is sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free. It's also vegan and comes in recyclable packaging.

    Promising review: "This product is my new secret weapon! So easy to apply and doesn't leave hair feeling greasy. Plus, a little goes a long way!"β€”Alexis

    Get it from Sephora for $16.

    14. Pantene Pro-V Cleansing Conditioner purifies strands with a pack of hydrating nutrients that penetrate from root to tip to nourish. Antioxidants protect against damage. You get clean, non-oily hair with natural shine and softness.


    Use this weekly in place of shampoo and conditioner or between washes.

    Promising review: "As a guy, I shampooed my hair almost daily growing up. On the days I wasn't able to, my hair would gets very oily. If I went longer than a day without shampooing, I would look disgusting. Saw a couple articles on cleansing conditioners and figured 'what the hell.' I picked up a bottle of Pantene and almost immediately after my first use, I saw a lot of changes. My hair no longer felt super greasy if I missed a day (and have now regularly gone a couple days without needing to use the product), my hair feels cleaner overall, and it never feels "dried out" like it would if I were to use a regular shampoo." β€”Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    15. Briogeo Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo is made to stimulate volume, health, and long-term hair growth with a 98% naturally derived formula so that your hair no longer looks fine, limp, and greasy. It uses biotin, which provides nutrients to your tresses, and livens up your scalp with ginseng, ginger and vitamins, ridding hair of oil and dandruff and strengthening locks.

    Briogeo Hair

    This formula is sulfate-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I have a lot of hair but it's thin and I can never seem to find a shampoo that volumizes my hair, smells DIVINE, and isn't full of harsh ingredients. This shampoo fits the bill. I highly recommend." β€”classicloves

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    16. OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco provides antioxidants to your tresses and renews cell structure, softening it and making hair healthy without getting oily. It also strengthens, protects from UV damage, and restores healthy and silky texture.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. I use this oil as a de-frizzer right after washing, before I put any other product in. I have very curly hair and it locks in moisture without making my hair too oily. I find that I can actually wear my curls for multiple days when I use this oil on damp hair, as it locks in the shape for longer, allowing me to go more days between washes. I also sometimes use it on dry curly hair to tame frizz, which works really well. I only use a dime size drop in my long hair, so a bottle of this size lasts for 6+ months." β€”Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    17. John Frieda Volume Root Booster takes limp, oily roots and thickens them for volume while strengthening strands with polymer technology. A root-lift spray is a must for oily hair!


    Promising review: "Amazing! I can't live without it. Adds body to my baby fine hair. Does NOT make my hair hard or oily. I spray it on the hair at my scalp and it doesn't add any extra oil to my oily scalp. I also use this as a de tangler." β€”Frodo111

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    18. Nexxus Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo moisturizes with deep-sea minerals and antioxidants, hydrating without weighing hair down or stripping it of essential oils. The ingredients are lightweight, reinvigorating oily hair and helping your locks keep their natural movement.


    Promising review: "I love this shampoo. It has a nice fresh scent and it makes my hair full, silky and shiny. I tend to get oily hair that looks like it needs washed often but this shampoo does not weigh my hair down or make it oily. I actually have gotten compliments that my hair looks so shiny and I have not heard that in ages!" β€”mommaputt

    Get it from Walmart for $9.35.

    19. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo breaks down oil and buildup with microfine rice powders, leaving your hair fresh and matte. But matte doesn't mean dry β€” golden root extract provides moisture to prevent dryness! It's highly absorbent which means it will last, and smells like jasmine, sandalwood, and vanilla.

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    Promising review: "After holding out and trying cheaper dry shampoos for ages, I finally broke down and got the Drybar brand. I have very oily hair that needs refreshing daily, and this is perfect without a full wash. I am a blonde, and I haven't noticed any residue, plus it smells AMAZING, to the point that people comment how good my hair smells. I will be adding this to my dry shampoo rotation along with the Living Proof dry shampoo (a staple)." β€”Casey

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    20. SexyHair Style Clay Texturizing Hairspray boosts your hair with volume and texture while the clay in the formula zaps oil and grease so your hair isn't dirty or shiny (in the bad way). A hairspray that won't make your hair oily in a couple hours? It's a must-have.

    Style Sexy Hair

    Promising review: "I love this product. I have a lot of fine, wavy hair that is heavy enough that the bottom always has more volume (and frizz...) while the top is weighed down and flat. I use this to give me more volume at the roots and it does a great job! I tend to wear my hair in braided styles quite often and this is PERFECT for giving you enough hold and volume to have a nice thick braid that doesn't get too many flyaways. It is great to take down shine if your hair is a bit oily as well. Great for beachy, summer waves or texture and hold without any stickiness or crunch. I would definitely recommend." β€”dearjoyce

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    21. Living Proof Thickening Cream zaps flat, oily hair with fibers that volumize your hair all over, adding patented molecules to each strand so that your hair looks naturally full and fresh. It's oil-free but also provides slight conditioning so your strands won't be thirsty.

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    This cream is silicone-free and safe for chemically treated hair.

    Promising review: "I have coarse hair that has natural curl and tends to frizz. Over time my hair has started to thin. This product, after only one use, seems to add volume. There is no unpleasant odor or stickiness. I used the amount suggested on the bottle." β€”Kaffylynne

    Get it from Ulta for $28.

    22. Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay Hair Mask draws out oil, dirt, and impurities from your strands and leaves moisture and hydration in its place, using ingredients like aloe juice and cactus flower to nourish your strands.


    Promising review: "I have an oily scalp, but dry, frizzy ends. The oily scalp always won in regards to what shampoo and conditioner I got, but all of those products were so drying on the rest of my hair. I did a ton of research and came across this amazing product and decided to give it a go. And boy am I glad I did! My clean hair lasts me just as long as the other drying stuff, but my hair is SO SOFT. Even my co-worker has noticed. If you have my same oily/dry problem you have to try this." β€”Randi

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

    23. SexyHair Big Root Volumizing Spray Mousse plumps up your roots, chasing away oil and grime, and provides incredible hold to your style without the flakiness or stiffness. Your hair will remain just the way you styled it, all day, every day, with no chance of oil peeking through!


    Reviewers note to shake the bottle and massage the mousse in well once you spray it so that it absorbs well and leaves no residue.

    Promising review: "Great and reliable product. Does the trick, providing needed volume at the crown of the head when styling (after shampooing) and lifting the hair at the roots, leaving no heavy product feel or build up. Used it for years! Wouldn't want to be without it. Highly recommend for anyone struggling with 'flat' hair." β€”Julie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    24. Kenra Volume Hair Spray keeps oily roots and dead hair at bay by setting your style firmly in place for up to 120 hours. It lasts through humidity and wind, and will keep your 'do looking voluminous, fresh, and weightless. The microfine mist means you get all of that with no crunch or stickiness that would add to the grease.


    Promising review: "It really works! I have very thin and straight hair, looking oily and flat all the time. I used to perm hairs to get more volume, but I'm tired of it as it dries my hairs and ruins its shininess. I found using conditioner would ruin my hairs' volume. I started trying Kendra spray. It works like a wonder. My hair holds for the whole day. It's amazing. Even at the next day and third day the hair wouldn't look greasy and stick to the scalp or the face. The best things is, I no longer have to wash hair everyday!" β€”sparkly

    Get it from Amazon for $17.69.

    25. Amika The Kure Intense Repair Mask cleans and smooths tresses with sea buckthorn berry, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids, meaning your hair will be healthy, strong, and manageable. The deep-clean will reduce oil production and help revitalize locks from stress and damage, which contribute to oil.


    Promising review: "Love the smell of this! This is one of my favorite hair masks i have ever tried! It softens my hair and makes it easier to manage without weighing it down or feeling like it has any waxy buildup. After putting a thick layer of it on to use overnight I woke up and some of my hair that dried didn't even feel like I had it still in my hair and needed to be washed out right away...but after rinsing it felt like very healthy, soft, easy to style clean hair. Love!" β€”harmony

    Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in three sizes).

    You with your fresh, oil-free hair:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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