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What's The Best Men's Shampoo For You?

Photo by Michael Gilman

There was a time when gents had no trouble deciding what men's shampoo was right for them.  That time was pretty much every day before the turn of the century because:

a)  There weren’t many male-specific shampoo options to choose from.

b)  Men were more than content using whatever was already in the shower from there significant other or family members – and 99% of the time that was a shampoo designed for women.

c)  Most guys didn’t give a crap because they weren’t into their personal grooming or much care about how a specific type of shampoo might affect their hair.

Well hombres, if you weren't aware, times have changed and today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of options when it comes to great shampoos for men.  And this is good news, because guys have different types of hair and for each type, there’s an awesome men's shampoo that can probably help said strands look and feel their best. Progress fellas.

So, below we’ve listed some shampoo suggestions based on the type of hair you have… or wish you had.

But, before laying out our proposed products, let’s address the “elephant in the room.”  That’s the elephant that asks “Why can’t I just use a cheap shampoo from the drug store? Is there even a difference?”


To answer... why yes, there's a big difference! Cheaply created shampoos usually contain foaming agents that dry out hair and scalps. And if hair is damaged by sun, chlorine or coloring agents, cheaply created shampoos can be that much more harmful.  That's not to mention the the resulting dryness and brittle nature of one's hair will have a direct result on its appearance (and that appearance usually isn't positive). The key is to use a quality hair cleanser targeted toward your particular hair type.

And with that said and without further adieu, here’s how to choose the shampoo for you:


If you’d consider your hair pretty normal, with no out-of-the-ordinary issues or concerns, using a gentle shampoo is probably the best bet.  Gentle Shampoos won't strip natural oils from the hair and scalp and work great for 90% of guys. If we may suggest a great shampoo for normal hair, take a gander at Baxter of California Daily Fortifying Shampoo.


If your hair and scalp is a little greasier-feeling or looking than you’d like, an oil-removing shampoo is the way to go.  Many of these can also act as “normal” or “daily” shampoos, but additionally contain cleansers strong enough to remove as much unwanted and un-needed oil as possible. If we may suggest a great shampoo for oily hair, take a look at Grooming Lounge’s The Best Shampoo.

Grooming Lounge The Best Shampoo


If your hair and scalp seem dry and brittle, lacking a certainly level of softness and manageability, a moisturizing shampoo should be in your future. As the name implies, moisturizing shampoos are formulated to add moisture and hydrate both hair and scalps.  If we may suggest a moisture maniac, we'd like to give a shout out to Malin+Goetz Gentle Hydrating Shampoo.

Malin + Goetz Gentle Hydrating Shampoo



If you're hoping for more hair, or at least the appearance of more, a volumizing shampoo is the way to go. These shampoos help swell the hair shaft to give strands a thicker appearance and provide additional coverage.  They also contain ingredients that help cleanse the scalp to create the best environment for additional and healthy hair growth.  We're big fans of Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo.


 Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo


If your hair is flaky and there always the appearance that you  just came in from a snow storm, a dandruff shampoo is a no brainer. Dandruff Shampoos are formulated to help prevent the itching and flaking associated with dandruff. Give dandruff the boot with some assistance from Malin+Goetz Dandruff Shampoo.

Malin + Goetz Dandruff Shampoo

There are tons of other quality shampoos for every and all hair types.  See everything available for your follicles right here.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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