Here’s the investigative article you’ve been waiting for. The one that breaks the whole hair cleansing argument wide open and settles the widespread debate surrounding shampoo quality, the need for conditioner and the proper way to use such products. Buckle up… we’re smellin’ a Pulitzer here.
Don't be fooled into thinking that a shampoo's value is proportionate to the amount of foam and lather it creates. Most low-end shampoos use low-grade surfactants that foam a lot, but aren aren't that nice to hair.
Is There A Difference?
Yep. Cheap shampoos contain foaming agents that dry out hair. And if hair is damaged by sun, chlorine or coloring agents, cheap shampoos can be that much more harmful. The key is to use a quality hair cleanser targeted toward your particular hair type.
Men with short haircuts usually need about a quarter-sized amount of shampoo to effectively wash their hair, that's roughly .25 oz of shampoo. For all your hair-band wannabes out there, you're going to need about twice as much (or more if you're tearing it up all night with your groupies). Use this handy calculator to figure out how long your bottle of shampoo is going to last, then stock-up on one of our highly-recommended selection.
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Gentle Shampoos won't strip natural oils from the hair and scalp, and work for 90% of guys.
Oil-Removing Shampoos contain cleansers designed to remove as much oil as possible and are great for men with oily scalps. Such products may cause excessive dryness in those with a normal scalp.
Moisturizing Shampoos are formulated to add moisture to the hair and scalp. A solid choice for most men.
Volumizing Shampoos help swell the hair shaft for a thicker appearance. They also make hair more vulnerable, so following with a conditioner is key.
Dandruff Shampoos are formulated to help prevent the itching and flaking associated with dandruff. Before using, it is important to know dandruff is the issue, rather than simply a dry scalp.
Most shampoos are designed for everyday use. In the shower, simply place a small amount into palms and rub hands together to distribute. Gently massage shampoo into the hair and scalp with fingertips. Let it sit for a minute to really go to work, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. If you're hair is particularly oily or grimey, you may want to rinse and repeat but it's not always necessary.
Is Conditioner Really Necessary?Yep. Conditioners are key to healthy hair for a variety of reasons, including their ability to: enhance appearance and feel, increase body and volume, facilitate styling and improve overall smoothness, gloss and shine. They also improve the texture of hair that’s been damaged by environmental factors and help replace natural oils that may have been removed by harsh shampoos. That enough for you?
Most conditioners are designed to be used daily, especially for men with dry hair and flaky scalps. For maximum benefit, conditioners should be left on for two minutes to fully set-in and go to work before rinsing well with warm water.
For most men, a moisturizing conditioner will do the trick. However, as with shampoos, the most effective regimen is one that incorporates products for the specific hair type.