Shampoos For Oily Scalp and Fine Hair

My hair is fine and straight, and flat. My scalp does get greasy if I didn’t wash my hair every day, and it doesn’t help that the weather here is hot and humid. When I’m in a cooler weather that is less humid, I can go for about 2 days without washing my hair. I’ve been trying out a few shampoos, and I’d like to share with you which one works best for me. [All links are NON affiliated]


Shampoo for Oily Hair


Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo Anti-Oil Astringent Cleanser For Oily Hair (400ml)


Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo


I picked this up a while ago after reading some positive reviews. This is made for those with oily scalp and it’s supposed to clear the scalp of oil and maintains a healthy balance of oil production. The words “cleansing oil” got me confused, because we have to use it differently for facial cleansing oils. However, you just use this as you would a normal shampoo. I love the scent of this shampoo! Initially, it did my hair wonders. It would stay oil free for the whole day, and my hair was soft and manageable even without conditioner. However, after a couple of months, I noticed that my scalp would get oily before the 10 hour mark. I’m not sure why I have these experiences with most shampoos. They’d work great, but after a few months, they don’t work as well anymore.

That said, this is a shampoo that I don’t mind repurchasing. I bought it from HQHair when there was 20% off their regular price.


Aubrey Calaguala Fern Treatment Shampoo (325ml)


Aubrey Calaguala Fern Treatment Shampoo


I was at TNS Skinlab to browse some natural organic shampoo and was recommended this brand. According to the sales rep, customers’ feedback was positive, and many of them went back to repurchase. You know what? While it was weird to have a shampoo that comes out brown and smells a little like herb, it actually prevented oil buildup better than the Shu Uemura shampoo mentioned above. This Aubrey shampoo doesn’t foam much and it does leave my hair a little squeaky clean. To makeup for it, I’d have to use my Matrix Exquisite Oil as a leave in conditioner. If the days aren’t too hot and if I didn’t sweat much, I can actually wash my hair on alternate days. I’m now onto my second bottle because yes, it worked THAT well.


Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo (350ml)


Philip B Peppermint and Avocado Shampoo


I was sent a sample of this together with my skincare purchase on Cult Beauty, and boy was I glad. It’s a green shampoo, you know, it representing peppermint and avocado, foams well, and clarifies the scalp for a fresh start. FRESH it is! While I was massaging my hair, it literally felt like winter on my head. It was cooling and minty and so comfortable! It’s a treat especially for hot weather. My scalp feels clean and my hair is left bouncy and soft even without conditioner. After trying that sample, I just had to purchase a full sized one. I am now rotating this with the Aubrey shampoo. The main reason I’m not using the Shu Uemura one is because it’s empty 🙂


Before using these shampoos, my scalp would get oily by 3pm on the same day even when I have washed my hair in the morning. Now, I can probably have my next wash in the evening the next day. If you compare these shampoos to your drugstore brands like Pantene and Dove, you’ll find them pricey. However, drugstore brands weigh down my hair, and most of them actually worsen my hair loss. Hence, I HAVE to spend more on shampoos to keep the hair on my scalp. When my scalp is greasy, I find that I lose more hair. That’s why I need to keep my scalp healthy and grease free. These have been pretty good so far. Truthfully, I can’t choose which one I love most. All of them have their own strengths and weakness, some pricier, some control oil better and some keep my hair softer, but on average, the Philip B one is more of an all rounder. I will be trying out the Kerastase Densifique range, something to help with hair density, and I’ll report back how I like it.

If you have a head full of hair, even though it’s frizzy and unmanageable, count your blessings. It is definitely better than NOT having enough hair on your scalp. Pregnancy has been kind to me because I’m keeping most of my hair, but I know my hair will start to fall by the second or third month after delivery. Fingers crossed, these shampoos will help me out. Do you have problems with your hair? Do you have any recommendations for me? I’m all ears and hair 😛


xoxo Lily


  • Liz

    Haha, we both wrote about hair today and we rarely ever talk about hair. We are hair/scalp opposites, so MIGHTY is the hair product that we can both love.

    • Lily

      And we did! Great minds think alike 🙂 I wish I have your thick curly hair. So sexy!

  • These all seem like something I would need! :p I

    • Lily

      If you were going to try one, I’d suggest the Philip B one first 🙂

  • Claire

    love shu uemura haircare so much!! haven’t used this one you featured here but because my hair is dry and frizzy and I have a lot of it, so hard to take good care of it, sadly. my friend seems to have hair like you, she uses the kerastase shampoo for men and got good results with it. xxx

    • Lily

      I tried a few Kerastase shampoos before and these ones here perform better. Never tried the men’s range though.

  • I have itchy scalp lately and I just picked up a conditioner from head & shoulders but I am willing to check out other brands to beat my current hair problem. thank you, lily, for these recommendations! xx

    • Lily

      Hi Laarni, Head & Shoulders actually made my scalp itchy because it’s so drying! I hope you’ll find something that works better for you 🙂

  • Oh thanks for these recommendations! I also suffer from an oily (and during the summer humidity, very sweaty) scalp! Always on the look out for new shampoo! Am currently using one bought from Costco, what contains teatree and is minty to the scalp. Really want to try the Shu, heard many good things about it.

    • Lily

      I know what you mean, totally! I’m happy as long as the shampoo can keep my scalp fresh for at least a day. Can’t get away from sweating here, and that’s why I keep my hair at a reasonable length for easy washing 🙂

  • Have you tried nioxin? It’s a shampoo designed to treat hair thinning. They have this one product – diamax – that tod uses and she says she can’t live without it. She naturally has very thin hair and she says it’s helped her hair feel a lot fuller!

    • Lily

      Yes, I tried Nioxin. I used it for a while, but the effects wore off. I particularly liked the conditioner for scalp and hair, the minty one. But I found a better one in Phillip B so I’m happy for now 🙂

  • Hey Lily, I have tried the Shu one but it really didn’t work for me! My scalp ended up getting greasy faster AND itchy. I think there’s something in it that my scalp didn’t like (ended up using it to clean my brushes)! Now I am tempted by the Philip B one. I too have pretty greasy scalp, but I gradually extended the time between two washes. Now I can go at least 3 days without shampooing my hair. If I spray a little dry shampoo on, I can go another one or two. I think part of this is also the climate though. I just HAD to stop shampooing every other day because my hair is way long, and it can’t handle all that shampooing.

    • Lily

      Oh yeah, that’s the reason I keep my hair short-ish. I’m tempted to go back to my short bob, and I think I’ll do it after my confinement month 🙂

  • I’m glad you found some that work for you Lily! My hair is dry and curly, but I’m also losing hair. Age, anemia, and hypothyroidism is my cause though. Maybe you are low on iron?

    • Lily

      Yeah, I have the alpha thalassaemia trait so I’m very low in haemogoblin. I’m getting better after each pregnancy though, for whatever reason.

  • I have to wash my hair every day, too. Well, I can try every other day but it gets greasy in a hurry, and I like to work out most days, so after that I have to wash my hair. But I never want to spend very much on shampoo, haha.

    • Lily

      I don’t want to spend much on shampoos either!! But if so far, from experience, if I want to keep my hair, I have to sacrifice my $$ 🙁 So sad…

  • Yunie Henoek

    Hi Lily, been a reader of your blog quite sometimes, but this is my very first comment 🙂
    I have an oily scalp too! And yes, drugstore shampoo like dove and pantene weighs down my hair! I thought it was just me :P.
    I’ve tried Kerastase for oily scalp, but doesn’t really work on me. Plus, it’s too pricey for my liking. So the past couple years I’ve been using Sebamed Anti Dandruff Shampoo. It works so well on me. At least 8-10 hours. And no itchy too! But it dries out my hair a little, so I regularly apply conditioner twice in a week. So far, I am quite satisfied. I really want to try Aubrey or Philip B. will check them out in the nearest drugstore! Thanks for posting this 🙂

    • Lily

      Hi Yunie. Thanks for reading my blog and thank you for taking time to comment! I love comments because then I can get some feedback. I experienced everything you said and I tried the SebaMed shampoo too. I used both for oily hair and the more expensive one which is for hair loss. It did dry out my hair and comparatively, Aubrey and PhilipB worked much better. For softer hair, I’d go for Philip B though.
      I hope you’ll give it a try and please let me know if any of these work for you!

  • Fazleena

    Hi Lily, thanks for these. They’re way over my usual price range but I’m just glad to know of the options I have in Malaysia. Previously, when I lived in Melbourne, I used Garnier Fructis’s Citrus Detox Shampoo for Oily Hair and Scalp. It worked wonders for my scalp. I used it for two years and in those two years, my scalp didn’t itch once! It did dry out the ends of my hair, but I used a moisturising shampoo to deal with that. Unfortunately, Garnier Fructis stopped producing that particular shampoo (of all things!!) so now my scalp is back to being itchy and super bumpy. Huge bummer.

    I’m off to give SebaMed a try and Aubrey, if that doesn’t work out. Cheers!

    • Lily

      I hope you’ll find something that works, Fazleena! My scalp was fine when I was in Australia. I do blame the heat and humidity here, which adds to the greasiness of the scalp. I guess we just have to keep cool. I find dry shampoo helps too. I think you can find Batiste dry shampoo at Jaya Grocers 🙂

  • Lily

    Thanks for the link which I checked out, but I had to edit them out. I’m glad you found something that works for you though! For me though, it’s still a never ending search for the right one. With greasy scalp under control, I’d like to have some hair growth too, thank you very much. HAHAHA!