What is the best shampoo bar for oily scalp and greasy hair?
Oiliness on your scalp results from the production of sebum by your sebaceous glands. Sebum is a very useful oily, waxy substance that is made by the sebaceous glands on your scalp, face, and body. It is a sophisticated substance made of “a complex mixture of fatty acids, sugars, waxes, and other natural chemicals that form a protective barrier against water evaporation.” (Harvard Medical School).
The sebum made by the sebaceous glands on your head moisturizes your scalp and hair, balances your scalp’s pH, and protects both your scalp and your hair. If you have a very oily scalp, your body may be producing too much sebum and as a result, you might struggle with hair that feels greasy and dirty fast. Ultimately, this can result in clogged hair follicles. Excessive sebum production can be caused by hormonal changes, lifestyle habits, genetics, or the wrong hair care products. In addition to sebum, a mixture of sweat, dust, dirt from the environment, and dead skin cells can contribute to perceived “oiliness” on your hair and scalp. Thus, oily hair is often aggravated by heat and humidity in the summer months. Shampoo for greasy hair is extremely important to use. Let’s dive into why and what!
Using the right shampoo and conditioner is important if you are experiencing excessive oiliness or greasy hair. You will want to make sure that you effectively cleanse your hair and scalp but without using harsh chemicals that might make your hair dry and brittle and compromise your skin barrier function resulting in further scalp imbalances.
Looking for a shampoo for oily hair? We’ve got you covered! The best superzero shampoo for oily, greasy hair is our “orange” shampoo bar for normal, oily, and fine hair as it cleanses thoroughly but without removing essential fatty acids from your scalp.
It has a higher ratio of cleansing-agents-to-conditioning-agents than our other bars so that your hair will feel clean and light while still getting the moisture it needs.
If you have an oily scalp paired with dandruff flakes, your best call is our shampoo bar for flakes and itches. Once your flakes subside, you can switch between the “itchy” and the “oily” shampoo bars. The best conditioner bar for oily, greasy hair (if you need conditioner at all) depends on your priorities. Do you want volume and lightness? Choose this conditioner, as it detangles and softens your hair but avoids over-conditioning which can aggravate oily hair conditions and make this hair type look heavy and flat.
Be sure to NOT apply conditioner on or close to your scalp area as your natural sebum is already naturally “conditioning” this part of your hair and you don’t want to overdo it as that will weigh your hair down and make it look limp and flat. Just apply conditioner on areas of your hair that are dry or damaged and thus need conditioning because your natural sebum can’t “reach” that far down – which depending on your hair length means just the ends and mids of your strands.