A huge part of your look is reliant on your hair. Whether you have it puffed up in a loud and proud afro that would make Don King take notice, keep it slicked down in your best Don Draper imitation, or let it run wild and free in a carefully disheveled mass, your hair is one of the ways you show the world who you are. Since it’s tied to you in such a personal way, you shouldn’t be washing it with just any bargain brand shampoo for men or abusing it with bar soap. You need to be fulfilling its needs to look your best.
Caring for your hair and choosing the right shampoo is all about learning what your body needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to men’s shampoo, so making your pick depends on whether you have fine hair, frizzy, voluminous, limp, thick, oily, or a dry mane. Once you know what your hair needs, all you need to do is find which of the 10 best shampoos for men will provide it with the proper nutrients and proteins to give you the most magnificent luster.
J.R. Liggett Bar Shampoo
Pro: Works on multiple hair types
Con: Requires an adjustment period
The Brick House: If you’ve never tried a solid shampoo bar and are looking for a traditional experience like few others, then J.R. Liggett is the brand to buy. Their coconut and argan oil blend is free from drying sulfates and is made in the old fashioned way, without detergents that injure your scalp and dry out your luscious locks. Don’t let the chunky appearance fool you, this is shampoo through and through.
REDKEN for Men Clean Brew Extra Cleansing Shampoo
Pro: Prevents buildup
Con: Can strip hair if used too often
Cleanup Crew: Any greasers out there who needs to hit their cranial thatch with a lot of product or pomade will want to keep Redken for Men in their holster. It cleans away grease and oil from root to tip and makes otherwise slippery hair smooth and purified. Instead of a daily dose, have this on hand for those deep cleans and dirty days. Works equally well for excessive natural oils as for stripping out gels and sprays.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo
Pro: Repairs damage from sun and chlorine
Con: Can leave hair feeling greasy
Hair Healer: This isn’t a specially formulated shampoo for guys, so if it’s too feminine for you, let your hair suffer. Otherwise, you’ll want this shampoo for one of two reasons: Either your hair is full of split ends, color-treated, or just dry and damaged; or it is a tangled, frizzy mess. Either way, this is the cure for that “key in the light socket look.”
Head & Shoulders Shampoo For Men
Pro: Comes with a no flake guarantee
Con: Tends to make hair stiff
Flake Fighter: There’s no reason to get tricky or fancy if you are one of the millions of guys out there who suffer from dandruff. Head & Shoulders might have had one of the most irritating ad campaigns on the planet, but they told the truth: That tingle tells you it’s working and will keep you dandruff free for life. We prefer the Old Spice or Green Apple scents to the more medicinal aromas.
365 Everyday Value Lavender Blend Shampoo
Pro: No artificial fragrances
Con: Thin and lacks a lather
Budget Organic: This is the Whole Foods store brand of organic shampoo, so you can be assured that it doesn’t hide any synthetic ingredients deep within it. While you’ll still spend more for it than you would a standard shampoo for men, they still cut the price way down for a pure, natural, organic formula that won’t hurt your hair or damage sweet Mother Earth as it slides down the drain.
Baxter of California Daily Protein Shampoo
Pro: Easy, high-penetration application
Con: Can cause hair to tangle
Daily Detox: Gentle enough to be used on a daily basis, able to cut through oils and grease, and capable of blocking the DHT toxins that limit hair growth, Baxter of California has a bunny of a product here. We found it especially good for gym rats who need to wash everyday, but often end up drying out their scalp. Here you get all of the clean with none of the headaches.
MenScience Androceuticals Daily Shampoo
Pro: Prevents clogged pores and scalp breakouts
Con: Will not deep clean your hair and scalp
Better Wetter: Anyone living in an arid climate who ends up with problems from dry hair or has a scalp that itches constantly would do well to switch to Androceuticals immediately. It cleanses gently, breaking up dirt and oils while adding in common facial moisturizer ingredients like Vitamin E so your hair and scalp never dry out.
Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo
Pro: Minimal damage thanks to botanical blend
Con: Creates a waxy buildup if used everyday
Bulk Up: Technically a dandruff shampoo, this is good for adding a lot more life to thin, wispy hair that wants to lay lifeless on your head. It can help if your hair is thinning, but is better at giving a little more style, body, and attitude to your manly locks. Go ahead and pump up that pompadour you’ve always wanted. You’ve earned it.
Pura d’or Premium Organic Shampoo
Pro: Honestly slows and reduces hair loss
Con: Unusual earthy smell
Battle of the Balding: It’s time to treat your pate right. This is the one completely natural product that actually helps with hair loss. It’s packed with more than 15 DHT blockers – the toxins that facilitate hair loss – and is almost totally comprised of certified biobased ingredients. It thickens thinning hair, adds volume and body, and helps reinvigorate a scalp that has given up on life.
Malin + Goetz Peppermint Shampoo
Pro: Rinses clean without weighing down hair
Con: Can dull hair and includes sodium laureth sulfate
Freshmaker: Your scalp has never felt more alive than it will after a treatment from Malin + Goetz signature peppermint cleanser. With an olive oil moisturizer and glycerin to hydrate, your hair and skin are refreshed while the peppermint opens your pores like a face wash for a clean, revitalized sensation. Just be careful getting it in your eyes, unless you want to pretend to weep over your mother-in-law’s demise.