The Best Shampoo for Excess Sebum

Attain soft, smooth and freshly clean locks.

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If your scalp produces too much sebum, then your hair likely has a tendency to feel oily and greasy -- ugh. If excessive sebum is making your hair always look dirty and less-than-fresh, then it's time to do something about it besides complaining! Quit letting an oily scalp put a damper on your tresses and your spirits -- instead, head to the store to find the best clarifying shampoo for your personal needs.

Cooling

Tend to your scalp with a cooling shampoo that will provide it with a tingling and refreshing sensation. Look for a peppermint leaf-based shampoo that will soak up excessive grease and sebum with glycerin, all the while nourishing your locks with a blend of mallow root and green tea extracts. For added benefit, make sure the clarifying shampoo gives off a minty fragrance that will keep you feeling energized and alert all day long. "Ladies Home Journal" recommends the Cooling Mint Shampoo from Biolage.

Purifying

Oily hair full of sebum, dirt and product buildup often takes on a dull appearance, making you long for hair that is shiny, glossy and full of life. If dull locks are your issue, use a purifying and nourishing shampoo that aims to boost shine while simultaneously deeply cleansing your hair and defending it against damage. Find a gel-based, foaming shampoo that consists of shine-enhancing amodimethicone, protective plum and hydrating glycerin. "Allure" suggests the Purifying Plum-Kadu Hairwash from Molton Brown.

Volumizing

Excessive sebum can drag down on your tresses, making them look heavy and flat on your head. If you dream of big, sexy and voluminous hair, this is an absolute catastrophe! Stop sulking over your limp locks and instead use a volumizing and clarifying product. Find a revitalizing shampoo that will rejuvenate and stimulate your scalp with peppermint oil, while at the same time giving it sexy bounce with wheat proteins. Not a bad deal! For volumizing while clarifying, "Allure" is a fan of the Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo from Philip B.

Mild

If your greasy hair has been through a lot of chemical processing (think bleaching and color treatments), then you probably want to find a gentle and mild solution to your sebum woes. Opt for an antioxidant-infused shampoo that will nurture, deeply moisturize, condition and clean your hair using a combination of vitamin E, oat and wheat proteins, rosemary and clarifying apple cider vinegar. Not only can apple cider-based shampoos draw out sebum, they are also helpful for extracting chlorine from the swimming pool -- very useful to know for those sweltering summer months! "Allure" backs the Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo from Fekkai.

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