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Kérastase Specifique Balancing Shampoo 250ml

4.5 of 82 reviews


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Scalp is cleaned and purified. Regulates overproduction of sebum. Nourishes sensitised areas. Hair fibre regains softness and shine.

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4.5 of 82 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

THE best shampoo and I will never change my mind


I’ve been dealing with a psoriasis ridden scalp my whole life, and while this hasn’t cured it, it certainly helps cover any symptoms of oil and dullness. My hair use to get oily the next day after a wash, now my hair can last 3-4 days without showing oil even with daily workouts and in the heat! It’s a real life saver

Most Helpful Criticism

Made no difference


I bought this shampoo after reading many reviews, hoping it was going to be the answer to my oiliness. It was not. After I rinse it out, my hair physically feels 'squeaky' clean, which is NOT what you want. If anything it made me oilier from stripping my hair so much that it produced even MORE oil. It was a bit meh- and for the price, definitely not worth it.
  1. THE best shampoo and I will never change my mind


    verified purchaser
    I’ve been dealing with a psoriasis ridden scalp my whole life, and while this hasn’t cured it, it certainly helps cover any symptoms of oil and dullness. My hair use to get oily the next day after a wash, now my hair can last 3-4 days without showing oil even with daily workouts and in the heat! It’s a real life saver
  2. graet for oily scalp


    verified purchaser
    this shampoo really helps with my oily scalp, I use to wash my hair almost every day and now I am doing it every try days and I combine with another kerastase shampoo.
  3. Great


    I really like this, it helps my scalp ALOT, I struggle with product build up and dandruff and so this really helps me!
  4. Great for bleached thick oily hair with dry ends


    I have a very itchy scalp and only like to wash my hair every 3 days as my hair is very thick and takes forever to blow dry / air dry, anti dandruff shampoos don’t do much for me as I don’t have dandruff just itchy-ness, and my hair is bleached on the ends and anti dandruff shampoo can be very drying and cause breakage - I found hair this product alone did not cure my itchiness alone but used with...
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  5. everyday shampoo


    It’s a great shampoo, if you don’t know which Kérastase shampoo will suit you, go for this one . I believe this green bottle actually fit any types of hair, I have dry hair, and my husband have oil hair, this shampoo actually works for both of us, like it’s name, “ balancing” Smell so fresh. No doubt, 5/5!
  6. Expensive


    I like Kerastase products and thought I'd give this one a go. If you are hoping it will help with dandruff or dermatitis on your scalp it is not the shampoo for you. There are much cheaper and more effective shampoos for that. It didn't dry out my hair or scalp and my hair felt nice after using it.
  7. Made no difference


    I bought this shampoo after reading many reviews, hoping it was going to be the answer to my oiliness. It was not. After I rinse it out, my hair physically feels 'squeaky' clean, which is NOT what you want. If anything it made me oilier from stripping my hair so much that it produced even MORE oil. It was a bit meh- and for the price, definitely not worth it.
  8. Nice shampoo


    It’s a nice shampoo and really helps with my oily scalp. Surprisingly, even though it contains sulfates, it doesn’t Make my scalp itch that much. But the price..... I don’t know if I’ll buy again.
  9. Favourite shampoo


    This shampoo really does what it claims. It leaves the scalp feeling fresh and clean but does not dry the ends.
    It also smells lovely. I have thick dark hair and prone to oily roots
    and this has been my go to shampoo for years. I only need to wash my hair 1-2 times a week so although expensive but you don’t have to use often.
  10. Give it half a bottle


    This really does work, but you need to give it half a bottle before it really gives results. I’ve used this shampoo and also the hair loss shampoo and I find the same thing with both... half a bottle and you really notice the results. I was able to stretch my washes from every 1-2 days to every 3-4 days by the end of my first bottle.
  11. Excellent shampoo

    Live this shampoo!

    I absolutely love this shampoo. I have oily roots and dry ends, fine hair which I was every 1-2 days.

    This shampoo is great at removing oils and still leaves my hair soft.

    The only downside is the cost for such a small amount. Probably means I can’t continue to use it very sadly.
  12. Very good


    Having so-so experiences with Kerasase product, I was skeptical when I was purchasing this shampoo. Fortunately after my first use I was positively suprised! It makes my roots less oily without drying out the ends. It’s a little pricey but since you are washing your hair less frequently it’s cost effective and worth the price tag.
  13. Scalp oily


    used this product after 2weeks , feel good , not so oily , feel fresh
  14. Made my scalp healthy and hair shiny


    I have struggled with dandruff for years, my hair is both dry and oily at the same time. No exaggeration, but this shampoo has eliminated all of those problems. I have been using this shampoo and followed their hair washing technique shown in the video. I haven't had any dandruff, my hair feels fuller with less breakage and frizz. I'm not one to usually spend so much on a shampoo, but the results ...
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  15. Love it


    Have been using supermarket shampoos most of my life and as I've gotten to my mid-30's my hair gets so dry mid length to ends whereas my scalp is oily after a day or two. This shampoo has really helped to even it out and calm the frizz.
  16. Wasted my money


    Before buying this I went through so many reviews, and read articles about it. I was so excited because I thought I had finally found the answer to my gross oily hair. I have been using it since the 25th of April and it had made my hair so much more worse. It’s the oiliest it has ever been. So disappointing. It was the first time I decided to shell out on shampoo. Never again.

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  17. It works!


    This shampoo is one of the few products I saw an instant result. I get quite oily on the top of my head after a couple of days without washing, which can get quite frustrating. After using this for the first time, I didn't have to wash my hair for 4 days! My only downfall was the packaging, unscrewing and screwing the cap back on in the shower is a nightmare!
  18. Great for fine hair


    I have fine hair but lots of it. My hair was becoming oilier and felt really weighed down so my hairstylist recommended this. It's light but my hair feels really clean. I like it!
  19. A long time friend


    I have been using this shampoo for well over 10 years now. The proof is in the end result. I have long bleached hair and it looks fantastic. With oily roots and drier ends, I needed something to cater for both. This is it. Expensive yes, but well worth it. Does what it says it will, remove oil from the roots and not dry out the ends. You only really need to concentrate the shampoo into the root ar...
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  20. Did not sufficiently remove oil from hair


    I found this shampoo was ok, but it did not sufficiently remove oil from my hair which was my main reason for purchasing. I found that supermarket shampoos did a better job of this!
  21. Just what I was looking for!


    This is exactly what I was after! Mid range shampoo for oily hair that doesn’t strip it too much! Will definitely be repurchasing
  22. Oily Scalp


    I have only just started using this project, I have been using other Kerastase products for years and I swear by how they make my hair healthier and fuller. I have really thick hair and these products really help. I have recently had really oily scalp, more than usual i think because I am inside more. However after a shower (only been a week) my hair feels really clean, but yet to see the full eff...
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  23. Shampoo for dry hair


    I have lot of fine hair that gets oily very easily and quickly with a dry, sensitive scalp. I bought this shampoo with the hope it would stretch out my hair washing days however no luck. It instead did the opposite, caused it to oil up faster. I think this shampoo would be great for people with dryer/ thicker hair.

    It lathers well and a little goes a long way.
  24. A great balancing shampoo


    I have repurchased this a few times. It is very gentle compared to other balancing shampoos. Does the job and hair feels clean and also hydrated afterwards
  25. BEST shampoo for extra oily scalps!


    This is legit the only shampoo I've used that leaves my hair feeling clean for longer! Fantastic! Finally a shampoo that does what it claims to do for super oily hair! Winning
  26. Wasn't the greatest


    Since diagnosed with PCOS, I have the oiliest hair! I decided to invest in more higher end products to get results. Unfortunately, this did not do it for me. It claims to regulate the overproduction of sebum (oil), but it didn't do that. It worked the same as any shampoo for me just cleansing out the excess oil, but didn't reduce the production of it. I know my oil is hormonal related due to PCOS,...
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  27. Goodbye Oily Hair


    I have always struggled with what shampoo to use. Nothing ever seems to get rid of the oil on my scalp and leaves my ends dry. I have thin, blonde (dyed) hair. So far this shampoo has lived up to the promise and I am able to go 2 -3 days without having to wash my hair and use dry shampoo. I have previously struggled with oil build up at the back and under layers of my hair, as I think previous sha...
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  28. Just love Kerastase


    So, this shampoo cleanser takes all the built up of leave in product & leaves it so clean without stripping or damaging hair.
  29. Wonderful


    I am a super fan of Kerastase. Over the years they have added more and more products ... some great, some not so great. This shampoo is one of the better ones.
  30. Good for oily roots!


    I like this shampoo for my oily roots. It definitely means I can wash fewer times a week which is a great time saver! I don't use it every wash, I like to alternate with the Aveda Smooth Infusion line. I will likely repurchase but I am forever looking for that Holy Grail!
  31. top shampoo


    absolutely amazing! this works wonders on ensuring my hair is nice and soft and silky. i have also noticed my hair being less oily! amazing!
  32. Favourite shampoo


    This is the best if you have an oily scalp like me. Sorts it out quick smart, but doesn’t dry out the rest of you hair. It’s expensive is my only complaint. However I find I only need a small amount, and I’ve got a lot of hair. So it lasts a long time.
  33. I love this product!


    The best shampoo for the oily hair!! This is a amazing shampoo! Por oily scalp and dry ends! Smells really good,I definitely recommend this product!
  34. Smells so nice


    Great shampoo! It smells beautiful and leaves my hair feeling very soft and clean. Defiantly recommend
  35. Expected more


    I bought this product to try and extend time between washes, as I have very fine and oily hair. I have been able to wash less frequently, but only with the help of dry shampoo, so I'm not sure how much this product has actually helped
  36. Alway love this brand


    Have tried many shampoo from this brand, this balancing shampoo suit for everyday use, and it’s great smell.
  37. My hairdresser got my onto Kerastase and recommended the 'Specifique Bain Divalent' for my oily scalp, I love love love it.

    Alix Clarke via BeautyCrew.com

    My hairdresser got my onto Kerastase and recommended the 'Specifique Bain Divalent' for my oily scalp, I love love love it. I found the shampoo has made my hair super shine, soft and less tangled with only the smallest amount of shampoo needed per wash.  The only negative I can think of with this product is the price, especially having to purchase a separate conditioner to the product, and I norma...
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  38. Fantastic for oily roots


    I have never been able to find a shampoo to help oily roots and dry ends until I used this product. It is amazing! It doesn’t dry out my ends but really helps keep the oily roots at bay!!
  39. I loved this shampoo!!!!

    Chele Pagno

    I have oily hair at the root and dry at the ends and this shampoo was perfect for me. The shampoo made my hair silky, shiny and smelling wonderful. Super recommend it.
    It leaves my hair soft and shiny and smells amazing!
  40. In love


    I was hesitant to buy this as it is a lot more expensive, however I could not be more happy with the results. My scalp was filled with dandruff, and I would have to wash every day otherwise my scalp was super oily, but since using this, I can go three days between washes. It has totally rid my hair of the dandruff, and my fine flat hair has far more volume! I will not use anything else now.
  41. Amazing shampoo


    I was struggling with oily roots and was having to wash my hair too often. After using this shampoo I now don’t need to wash my hair for 3-4 days! Definitely worth it.
  42. Love it


    I was really struggling with oily roots and dry ends and washing my hair every day! Using this shampoo, I can stretch out 3 to 4 days with a bit of dry shampoo on the last day. Worth the price & will definitely repurchase.
  43. Best shampoo I’ve used in awhile


    I’m used to have to wash my hair every second day as it’s very oily and then dry at the ends because I get it coloured frequently. I used this shampoo and it extended my style for an extra day, it was fantastic. The ends were soft too, and smelt great!
  44. Noticed a difference after the first few washes


    Great product - have been able to stretch my days between washes thanks to this shampoo. Roots feel cleaner for long and less oil build up.
  45. Really works...give it time


    This was recommended by a hairdresser friend a few years ago as I was finding my hair needed washing very frequently. I found that it did take a while for my hair to adjust but now I only need to wash twice a week. Lovely high quality shampoo. You don't need to use much so lasts ages! Highly recommended
  46. Jury is out- not sure it’s perfect


    I had high hopes for being able to extend out washes on my baby fine, dark blonde hair. I have been going longer with washes (up to 4 days) using this product, but second day onwards I still need dry shampoo and have to tie my hair up, which although is an improvement and indicates that it works ok, is not my ideal outcome given the price point- I want to still be able to wear my hair out.
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  47. I like it


    This is a nice cleansing shampoo. It smells nice and leaves my hair super clean and soft. I've been using it for two weeks and my dandruff is slowly going away. I will continue to use it.
  48. Soft hair feels


    Nourishes the hair leaving it feeling soft and silky I love the smell of it! Like all their products smells so good!
  49. Love


    Love this shampoo - does exactly what ru says, nourishes my hair whilst dealing with my oily roots
  50. Good balanced shampoo for oily roots and dry ends


    I have oily roots and dry ends, this shampoo is gentle on my hair, removes excess oil on scalp but doesn't dry out ends.
  51. Game Changer


    I love everything about this shampoo from the texture to the scent but most importantly, it does what it says!
    Each fibre is strong and shiny, feels smooth and is not frizzy!
    If your hair is fine and prone to oiliness, this is for you. My hair is lasting 5+ days between washes as opposed to 3! So happy
  52. Finally a shampoo that works


    I’ve tried so many shampoos that claim to remove excess oil from the scalp without drying the ends. I have long hair, which means my ends dry out but I also get a really oily scalp the day after washing. With this shampoo I can go 3+ days without washing or needing to use dry shampoo. The best part is that it doesn’t strip the moisture from my ends either. So glad I found this product.
  53. Great Shampoo


    This is by far the best shampoo I've found for combination hair (oily roots, dry ends). It genuinely does what it promises...balances the scalp whilst conditioning the hair. It's fantastic. It is expensive though, and when you have a lot of hair like I do...you can go through it very quickly. But it's great so I will continue to use it, as others I've tried just don't measure up to this.
  54. Does it’s job


    This shampoo removes oils without stripping the scalp. Keeps oils at bay for a couple days, which was really good for me considering how quickly oils build up with regular shampoos. The only issue I had with this was the hair knotting and tangling it would cause.
  55. Spécifique Definitely Works


    I have thick wavy hair and dry scalp, so these products have been perfect for me.

    I use this first before the Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste 2 Shampoo, then use Kérastase Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal. I use Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine Masque once a week.
  56. Doesn't live up to all the hype.


    This shampoo was highly recommended for my type of hair - streaked, medium length and fine hair. It is a good shampoo but I didn't notice any difference when washing my hair compared to the cheaper brands. Disappointed.
  57. Best shampoo for oily scalp


    I have been using this shampoo for years, and it is still the best for oily scalps. Only need to use the smallest amount, and best not take through to ends especially if you bleach. It is a pricey outlay, but if it works, who cares!
  58. It delivers!


    This is the first balancing shampoo that actually delivers!!! Not only does it gently cleanse the scalp, but my roots are significantly less oily the second day after washing. I have fine colour treated hair, so when my roots are oily, it's really noticeable (hello dark and flat hair...). It's noticeable to the point where I would have to dry shampoo on the second day between washes, but now I'm c...
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  59. Works brilliantly


    Was recommended this by my hairdresser a while back as I suffer from very oily hair and have to wash it every day. I used this as per my hairdresser recommendation and last time it was brilliant. Purchased again and it is still good! I only use it once a week and only use a very small amount as it lathers up quite a bit. It leaves my hair feeling amazingly clean and fresh and has reduced the amou...
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  60. Improves but doesn’t cure oily scalp and dandruff


    My scalp got a bit oily and flaky during my pregnancy. I tried a few targeted shampoos and found this the most effective although the issue didn’t go away altogether. I’d recommend trying this shampoo if you have the same problem, and it feels nice on my hair - it doesn’t strip hair like some other anti-dandruff shampoos. I don’t believe this product is cruelty free though which is usually importa...
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  61. Did not work


    I bought this shampoo for my teenage daughter because she gets an oliy scalp and roots that requires daily shampooing. It did not make any difference to her hair compared to her usual shampoo.
  62. It works!


    Perfect for oily hair. Have struggled to find a good shampoo! i swap between this and kevin murphy angel wash.
  63. Worth the money


    I love this shampoo, I have oily roots and this is the first product that has helped.
  64. Ok


    Expensive for the price but it cleanses my hair well but nothing special.
  65. Not good for fine oily hair


    So I've persisted with this products for two weeks and it's done nothing but make my scalp more oily than ever and it's irritated it. Do yourself a favour and just say no.

    I'm going back to Kerastase Bain Satin I as my go to for soft and non oily hair.
  66. Mixed thoughts


    At first I LOVED this product, the grease stopped building up in my roots and the ends were soft. Unfortunately I've noticed that I now have quite bad dandruff, so maybe its degreasing the scalp a little too well!
  67. Expensive but good


    I find this product to be quite light which is exactly what I needed. I do think it is a little expensive for the size. But I was willing to try it because of the good reviews I had seen. I have noticed that my roots aren't as oily.
  68. Gorgeous product


    This shampoo works wonders for slightly oily hair. Is quite gentle and leaves my hair fresh and clean and has a lovely scent
  69. Good basic shampoo


    This shampoo is a good product like other Kerastase products, but to be honest I haven't noticed any changes in my oily scalp. I have very oily roots and dry coloured ends. This shampoo makes my hair feels soft and conditioned. Smells good and only need a little amount. But it didn't help my oily roots at all. I still need to wash my hair 3 times a week, so I don't see any points to repurchase thi...
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  70. Love it


    I struggle with oily hair, my hair looks horrid after just one day. After using this shampoo for weeks my hair is noticeably healthier. I wouldn't say it has yet achieved it's full potential as it takes a while for results but it's worth it! I also only need the smallest amount!
  71. Saved My Scalp!


    I have a very itchy, sensitive scalp that goes oily within a day or two of washing with ends that are extremely oily. Usually after washing my hair it’s itchy almost straight away, but this has been great. My scalp isn’t itchy at all
    And feels very soothed. Only downfall is the price
  72. smells good, excellent for sensitive scalp with oily roots and dry ends


    recommended by Adore Beauty as I suffered with itchy scalp after constantly using various cheap supermarket products
  73. For oily roots and dry ends


    My oily scalp had been suffocated by a bad habit of overusing dry shampoo. It was so bad that I was starting to lose hair. My hairdresser was concerned and initially told me to wash my hair everyday using the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo but it only made my scalp itchy and irritated because the harsh detergents stripped away every last drop of oil on my head. Then she recommended Bain Divalent...
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  74. Deep cleanse


    This product help remove all excess oil without drying out my hair. I have oily roots and dry ends and this helped balance my scalp. Really happy with the results so far!


    This shampoo has completely transformed my hair! Gone are the days of having to wash my hair daily due to the build up of oil (ew). This shampoo leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean without drying it out, which I've struggled to find that balance.

    Highly recommend!
  76. must go for this always


    yes, it does the job for what it claims, after trying so many shampoo from this website, I finally found the one that I am after.
  77. Amazing product!

    Long Joan Silver

    I bought this product recently. I have to say, I love how smooth, and healthy my hair looks, and feels.
  78. Best Ever for my Oily Roots!


    I'm a girl that relies heavily on dry shampoo! I wash my hair every second morning so I don't look like an Oily-Root mess. With this Shampoo I can get up to three days before a wash (albeit I need the dry shampoo on the third day, but this is amazing for me). This is the only product that allows me to do this! I definitely think Kerastase is worth the extra $$$.. I've used the Densifique also to c...
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  79. Dissapointed


    My hairdresser recommended this product to me, i was open to suggestions and willing to pay the price for a product that worked very well. To be honest i love keratase and majority of their range but i found this product to not work very well and it doesnt smell very nice like other products in their range. i dont notice any difference in oilyness and it still dries out the ends.. not worth the pr...
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  80. Can't live without!

    Amirah Yusoff (Adore Beauty Staff)

    So gentle yet really effective at removing build up, but still not drying! I had a reaction to a different shampoo that made my scalp really sensitive and dandruff-y, and my ends really dry and straw-like. But this totaly turned that around! Calmed but still effectively cleaned my scalp, no more dandruff, and softer ends! Can't recommend this enough, especially for oilier scalps.
  81. Best brand for hair


    I never knew different shampoo's really made such a big difference. I used to buy whatever shampoo or conditioner that was on sale and my grocery store but since I've tried this product there's no going back! 100% recommend! My hair has never felt so healthy and smooth.
  82. Do you have oily-ish roots and dry-ish ends?


    If so, this is definitely the shampoo for you! This has actually even made the ends feel softer. I also find that I only need to wash twice per week instead of three times, which is a huge bonus!
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