Take a look in the mirror — what’s one of the first things you notice? Your eyes probably go directly to the top of your head, and they’re probably focusing on your mane. Why is that? Because your hair is one of your defining features that needs to be taken care of, no matter the condition or type. For each and every hair type, there’s a shampoo that is tailored for it. Is your hair thinning? Is it oily or dry? Do you color it?
“Different shampoos have different features and benefits, so in order to maintain the most vitality and luster, it’s important to match what your hair needs to the features and benefits that are right for you,” hairstylist Nick Arrojo told WebMD. Here are the best men’s shampoos to try according to your hair type.
1. For frills
If you’re the kind of guy who just doesn’t want to be bothered with your hair too much, that’s OK. But you should still take care of it. This mild shampoo from Kiehls is as easy as it gets: Just lather, rinse, repeat.
Amino Acid Shampoo, kiehls.com
2. For dry hair
Having dry hair can really be a problem. Some of the biggest causes of dry hair can be from over styling or chemically over treating your hair resulting in breakage, which means that you’re going to need to give your hair a break while you’re repairing the damage you’ve done. Damage could have also been caused by spending too much time in the sun or pool. It’s not difficult to fix, though.
“Look for shampoos with intensive moisture replenishment,” Arrojo suggests in the same story. He recommends that the shampoo you use have a list (or have some) natural oils that are absorbed by the hair. Coconut oil happens to be “one of the best emollients in hair care,” he says, while the runners up include avocado oil, grapeseed oil, and argan oil. L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, incorporates not one but six oils — including rose, jojoba, and sunflower — to nourish dry, split, or over-processed ends.
L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Shampoo, loreal-paris.co.uk
3. For oily hair
Dandruff can be a result of oily hair. In that case, it should be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo containing ingredients like ketoconazole, zinc pyrithione, or selenium sulfide. If dandruff is not really your problem, Arrojo suggests buying a shampoo that is specifically formulated for oily hair, and make sure you stay away from shampoo that sells itself as moisturizing or conditioning, because that’s the last thing you want for you hair.
Dove Men + Care Anti Dandruff with Caffeine Shampoo, soap.com
Kerastase Bain Divalent Shampoo for Oily Hair, walgreens.com
4. For fine hair
Your hair is not thinning, rather, it’s always been a little finer. For fine texture, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo to add more body. In a story on Refinery29 hairstylist Ryan Trygstad suggested a volumizing shampoo, like Shu Uemura’s Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo. This shampoo, he says, “Does a great job [at] keeping the hair free of oil and product buildup.” A less expensive option, he suggests is Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo.
Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo, shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com
Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo, neutrogena.com
5. For thick hair
Lucky you! Although it can be both a blessing and a curse: You’re the envy of men everywhere, yet, it means that you have to be extra mindful so that it doesn’t become too unruly. To get you to a more manageable state, preparation starts with cleansing and conditioning,” says celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin to Refinery29. “For thick, unruly hair, my automatic go-to is Frizz Control by Clear Scalp & Hair. With ingredients like Nutrium 10 and vitamins B5, C, and E, plus a blend of natural oils, it provides 24 hours of nourished control.”
Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Frizz-Control Nourishing Shampoo, amazon.com
6. For thinning hair
Although there is nothing you can do at home to magically regrow your hair, there are some things you can do to thicken the hair you already have. There are two FDA approved drugs for hair loss: finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine). Besides those great options, an easier one is to switch your shampoo to help prevent further loss. Opt for shampoo such as Nizoral A-D, which is the only non-prescription shampoo that contains ketoconazole, which combats dandruff.
Additionally, Men’s Health reports that a Belgian study concluded that men who used a 1% ketoconazole shampoo two or three times a week for six months saw a 17% reduction in hair loss. If you choose to try a ketoconazole shampoo, Dr. Marc Avram, clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, tells Men’s Health that you should “Use it with Propecia or Rogaine, especially if you have dandruff, because flaking can prevent penetration of Rogaine into the scalp.”
Nizoral A-D, Anti- Dandruff Shampoo, amazon.com
7.For color-treated hair
You’re a guy that likes to color his hair, whether it’s to hide the grays or you like to lighten or darken your shade. Colorist Aura Friedman told Refinery29 you should avoid washing your hair more than twice a week, since water is one of the main culprits of color-fading. She recommends using a color-safe shampoo like “Nexxus’ Color Assure is sulfate-free and has three oils [almond, coconut, and argan] with moisturizing qualities, which keeps color-treated hair hydrated.”
Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo, ulta.com