This guide is approximately a 3-minute read.
In this guide, you’ll learn:
- How using a shampoo can benefit you and your hair
- How to go about choosing a shampoo for your hair type and/or needs
Here we go.
How to Choose: Shampoo for Men
You already know you need to use it to keep your hair clean, but do you know how to choose shampoo to ensure that you're getting excellent results from your lathering and rinsing?
This guide to men's shampoo will provide you with key info to keep in mind when you’re trying to pick the right shampoo for your locks.
What Does Shampoo Really Do?
Most guys know that shampoo is what you use to make your hair look clean and to help it smell great - but how it actually works is a little more mysterious.
Shampoo contains ingredients called surfactants that lower the surface tension of oils, so that water can mix with them and wash them away.
If you didn't use shampoo, water would simply be repelled by oily debris in your hair, and you'd step out of the shower with hair that was still dirty.
An example of a shampoo is the Sport Daily Shampoo from Kale Naturals:
How to Choose Shampoo for Men
While all shampoos cleanse and freshen hair, different types provide different benefits to help improve the texture and appearance of your hair.
A couple of factors to keep in mind when shopping for shampoo is your hair type and if you have any hair-related concerns or issues.
1. Choosing a Shampoo by Hair Type
To choose the right shampoo for your hair type, look for your hair type from the list below and read on for shopping tips.
Hair Type: Fine Hair
For fine hair, look for volumizing shampoos. These products help to give fine strands a lift.
Hair Type: Thinning Hair
For thinning hair, opt for a thickening shampoo. Thickening shampoos actually increase the size of your hair strands temporarily, helping to disguise signs of thinning.
An example of a shampoo that can increase hair strand thickness is the Daily Strengthening Shampoo from Brickell:
Hair Type: Curly Hair
For curly hair, curl-enhancing shampoos are an excellent choice. These products make it easier to style and shape curls and can reduce frizz.
Hair Type: Frizzy, Straight Hair
For frizzy, straight hair, smoothing shampoos are ideal. These products leave behind a lightweight barrier that helps to keep the strands from absorbing moisture from the air, reducing the risk of frizz.
Hair Type: Delicate Hair
For delicate hair, choose sulfate-free shampoos. These products contain milder surfactants that won't damage hair that is prone to breakage.
Just be prepared: sulfate-free shampoos typically don't lather up as much as conventional shampoos even though they are still highly effective cleansers.
An example of a sulfate-free shampoo is the Thick Shampoo from Portland General Store:
2. Choosing a Shampoo by Concern
You may also want to factor in any concerns or issues when shopping for a shampoo that fits your needs.
Below is a list of concerns that may impact your decision-making on a shampoo.
Concern: Oily Hair & Scalp
For oily hair and scalp, clarifying shampoos are best because they can cut through the excess oils on your hair and scalp. Some products also contain ingredients that help to regulate oil production to keep your hair looking cleaner for longer.
Concern: Dry Hair & Scalp
For dry hair and scalp, moisturizing or hydrating shampoos are a solid choice. These products leave behind moisturizers to improve hydration levels and don't leave already dry hair and skin parched like conventional shampoos.
For dandruff, anti-flake or dandruff shampoos can help promote a clearer scalp. Products with zinc pyrithione help to kill yeast that causes dandruff, while salicylic acid dandruff shampoos exfoliate flakes.
Concern: Product Build-Up
For product build-up, try using a clarifying shampoo on a regular basis. If you have dry hair, shampooing with a clarifying shampoo once or twice per month can help keep build-up at bay. If not, you can typically use a clarifying shampoo on a weekly basis to eliminate styling product residues.