You would think selecting a shampoo should come easy…
Well, truth be told, when we set out to determine some of the best shampoos for men that currently exist in the market, we thought it would be pretty easy.
But then reality hit…
Men are faced with this decision:
Get a cheap brand that you can pick up at your local warehouse store and have a 50-gallon jug of it shipped to your home…
Get yourself a shampoo that is usually scoffed off as hippie stuff and likely contains every type of carrier oil and essential oil that’s found in your wife’s, girlfriends, or even mom’s favorite shampoo.
That’s why we wanted to set out and round up some options that work for just about any man in any scenario – whether you have thick hair, thinning, curly, dandruff, and we got you covered.
But not only that, we want you to get your hair cleaned properly and effectively so you head out the door in absolute confidence knowing that you look your best.
Therefore, we put together a list below of all the best shampoos available that you can purchase online.
But (and there is always a catch), there need to be a bit of shampooing 101 of sorts so you don’t set yourself up for disaster.
Comparing The Best Shampoos For Men With Any Hair Type
|Brickell Men’s Daily Strengthening Shampoo for Men||All Hair Types|
|Woody’s Daily Shampoo for Men||All Hair Types|
|Redken Brews Shampoo for Men||All Hair Types|
|Every Man Jack Daily Shampoo for All Hair Types||All Hair Types|
|American Crew Men’s Daily Shampoo||Normal + Oily Hair|
|Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo plus Conditioner||Thinning Hair|
|Jack Black True Volume Thickening Shampoo||Thinning Hair|
|MONAT for Men 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner||Thinning Hair|
|Procerin Male Hair Loss Shampoo||Thinning Hair|
|PURA D’OR Anti-Hair Loss Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo||Thinning Hair|
|ManCave Caffeine Shampoo||All Hair Types|
Do You Know Which Shampoo Will Work Best For You? Here’s A 2.3 Minute Lesson
First and foremost, you have two primary components on your head, your scalp, and hair follicle.
Now if we zoom in a bit, you will see at the surface of your scalp you have these tiny glands just beneath the surface of your skin called sebaceous glands.
These glands excrete an oil called sebum oil that is responsible for keeping your hair and skin well-nourished and hydrated throughout the course of your day.
An overly active sebaceous gland can cause the appearance of oily hair while conversely, an underachieving sebaceous gland will cause dry and brittle hair.
But on either and of the spectrum of sebum oil production (too little or too much) you may also have the occurrence of dandruff.
Now if you go up a bit and look at your hair follicles, it’s a whole other area that you need to be mindful of.
On the shaft of every single one of your hair follicles, you have these tiny scales (pictured below) called cuticles.
If these cuticles are not lying flat and uniform along the shaft of the hair follicle, it will make your hair appear dull and frizzy.
Therefore, even if you select one of the best shampoos listed below, you always want to make sure you double down and get a conditioner that is suited for you as well.
Beyond the glands on your scalp and the construction of your hair follicle, if you simply have thinner hair follicles, then you will want to gravitate towards shampoos that specialize in volumizing abilities – or even using a quality dry shampoo regularly.
As you are likely aware, there is an important distinction between thinner hair and hair loss. Therefore, be sure that if you are looking for renewed hair growth – pick up a biotin shampoo for hair growth as the vitamins will help to try and bring your follicles back to life.
Lastly, for those with thicker hair follicles, the world is your oyster so to speak, most shampoos should be fine for everyday use. The only exception to this scenario may be shampoos that lend themselves to a very heavy oil base.
A shampoo that is overly oily may lead to your hair looking a bit too heavy and downright greasy.
Most designer shampoos should be more than fine to keep your hair looking healthy.
12 Of The Best Shampoos For Men
To help you out, we went ahead and categorized each shampoo for easy selection and your review:
Best All Around Shampoo For Men For Everyday Use
Simply put, this is a product for all men, no matter what hair type.
If you want to see stronger, thicker, and fuller hair after you wash it, this is the product for you.
Unlike Art Natural’s Argan oil shampoo, this formula uses mint and tea tree, a refreshing blend of citrus and melaleuca oil.
Tea tree oil has long been used as a disinfectant and anti-fungal treatment, however, there are few people who aren’t crazy about the smell. It is very strong, but it works wonders. This product helps encourage hair growth by stimulating the roots and repairing damage to the strands.
Men all over the U.S. have reported fantastic results by using this product. Their hair is fuller and thicker and feels great on their head. While it won’t regrow bald spots, it will fix what hair you have into a full and luxurious mane of hair that is sure to please.
But there is a sticking point…
The biggest complaint that people have with this product is that the tea tree oil really isn’t the best smelling.
It is countered somewhat by the citrus lime scent, but it is a very unusual-scented product. It is also a touch more expensive than other shampoos.
- Works on all hair types
- Invigorating scent
- Helps to thicken hair
- High price
While relatively a new kid on the block, Woody’s Grooming is based out of LA and is creating some great stuff that men seem to really dig.
So why are men lining up to get this shampoo by Woody’s? Well, first and foremost they get the basics right.
They rely on a few key ingredients that really go a long way. First and foremost, they use a ginger root that may help to spur on new hair growth naturally by increasing blood flow to the scalp (i.e. this is great for men with thinning hair), secondly, they have Vitamin B5 which will help keep your hair looking healthy and ultimately to keep the cuticles on your hair shaft nice and uniform to provide a light (non-oily) natural sheen to your hair, along with other great additions like amino acids, aloe vera, and vitamin E.
If you are looking for a new shampoo to try out, then this one may be worth the investment.
Oh, and this is SLS and paraben-free!
- Largely natural-based shampoo
- Moisturizes and soothes both hair a scalp
- Works with most hair types
- No travel friendly sizes
If you are a man that wants to smell like a man, yet get all the great benefits from a design house that has a rich history in hair care for men – then this all-around shampoo from Redken is for you.
The woody yet spicy scent will evoke a scent that harkens to your inner caveman and make you feel transported to the backcountry along the Appalachian Trail.
But not only will the smell be nearly intoxicating; this shampoo will do a great job for just about any hair type.
With its 3 in 1 conditioning effect, you will be able to save a few bucks when you check out being that you won’t have to pick up an additional bottle to keep your hair cuticles looking fresh throughout the course of the day.
Overall a terrific and effective shampoo to incorporate into your daily regimen.
- Reliable blend is trusted by salon stylists
- 3-in-1 conditioning effects saves both time and money
- Strengthens hair follicle
- Scent is polarizing
One company that is definitely making waves in the men’s grooming realm is going to be Every Man Jack.
What’s unique about this company is that they rely heavily on natural ingredients to get the job done – and effectively to boot.
Their hallmark daily shampoo comes in several varieties that should suit just about any man’s preference. So, whether you want a manly sandalwood scent or a refreshing minty scent – the choice is truly yours.
Within the bottle of their shampoo, you will find a few natural extracts including vitamin E, lemon, shea butter, and aloe vera.
These natural ingredients will help to clear your scalp effectively and in a relatively gentle manner.
As seen on the bottle, this shampoo is great for just about any hair type.
- Dye & Paraben free
- Available in several different scents
- Natural ingredients will help to soften hair and moisturize your scalp
- Bottle is a bit on the small side
Best Shampoo For Men With Oily Hair
If you have hair that tends to be a bit on the oily side, yet want to stick to a premium designer house shampoo, then you simply can’t go wrong with daily shampoo by American Crew.
Beyond being an everyday shampoo, this formula created by American Crew works to get deep at the root follicle destroying any excess buildup of sebum oil that was excreted by your sebaceous glands.
While not a traditional dandruff shampoo, as we reviewed alongside the other top dandruff shampoos in this post, this is better just for light oil build-up.
Overall, it’s an incredibly effective shampoo from a top-tier design house at an affordable price – what’s not to love?
Oh – and it’s made in the USA!
Best Shampoo For Men With Thinning Hair
Every Man Jack shampoo and conditioner combo is what every man needs to experience a full and thick head of hair after only a couple of washes.
It features invigorating ingredients that work to refresh the scalp, cleaning right down to the roots to ensure an all-over clean. This product was made for men with fine or thinning hair and is designed to not only cleanse the hair itself but also the scalp to give you a deep clean that many commercial products can’t give you.
The problem with many conventional shampoos is that they don’t moisturize as you’d expect.
Some shampoos and conditioners merely coat the hair in a thin, wax-like layer that lasts for a day or two. Because this shampoo uses naturally derived ingredients, you don’t have to worry about waxy residue.
What you see on the bottle is what you get in your hair; pure vitamins and minerals essential to healthy hair growth and maintenance.
As we have stated so many times here at Tools of Men, when it comes to top-tier grooming products for men that rely on a heavy and natural ingredient list, there are very few brands that can even come close to competing with Jack Black.
This True Volume Thickening Shampoo under their Pure Science line is no exception. Based on a very unique blend of ingredients to not only help reduce the occurrence of dandruff (through tea tree oil), you will also find in the bottle wheat protein and white lupine that will add bulk to existing hairs while also helping to spur on new hair growth for future hairs.
While Jack Black may command a significantly higher price tag than the other products listed in this article, we will go out on a limb and say it’s likely worth every penny.
Not only are their products incredibly well made, but they are also dermatologist-tested, cruelty-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, sulfate-free, colorant-free, along with being vegan and absent of any crazy chemical fragrances.
Try this one out – you will be happy you did!
Best Shampoo For Men With Dandruff
We thought about listing a few great dandruff shampoos here to help Tools of Men readers. But then we asked ourselves – are we really doing our readers justice?
The answer was no – and here’s why:
Dandruff can be caused in many different ways. Therefore, treatment for your specific case of dandruff can vary wildly.
So, we put together an incredibly detailed guide on which dandruff shampoo will likely work best for you.
Therefore, be sure to head over to our article on the 10 Best Dandruff Shampoos For Men for more detailed information to help you out and ultimately be flake-free!
Packaged in an incredibly sleek black and silver top design, this shampoo by Monat would leave many men at first thinking it’s from a high-end design house given its careful attention to design detail.
And in that guess, you would be right!
Monat makes a variety of products for both men and women and that’s why it caught our attention when we came across this hair regrowth shampoo for men.
This shampoo works to help spur on hair regrowth through its DHT blocking capabilities.
According to Monat – 46% noticed an increase in hair growth when using this product.
What’s more is that the shampoo also features conditioning agent in the solution as well. That means that when used daily, your hair should look and feel thicker.
While this could also be added to the all-natural section of shampoos in this article, this shampoo by Procerin is better suited for the hair loss section given its formulation.
So how does it work?
This shampoo by Procerin was designed to remove DHT when lathering your scalp.
Recommended to be used with their suite of products including hair loss foam along with tablets as well, the goal here is to use all three to effectively block DHT through various methods.
While some men have had varying results on the shampoo itself, with some claiming that their crown has ‘steadily been filling’ to a simply not working for others, like all hair loss products though, it’s very much a ‘your results may vary’.
If you are looking for something new to try, this may be worth a shot.
Best Organic or Natural Shampoo For Men
While this might be designed for both men and women, there is no way we could pass this one up due to its immense popularity.
Pura D’or is an all-natural shampoo that also doubles down as an anti-hair loss treatment. While we could have easily categorized this one in the best shampoos for men with hair loss category – we decided it was better suited in the natural section being that it also doubles as a daily shampoo for many men as well.
Overall this shampoo features a total of 17 active ingredients. While we won’t bore you to list them all out now, you can view the full list on product page here – however we do just want to call out a few noteworthy ones.
Tea tree oil is contained within Pura D’or and acts as an antifungal agent that will help to ward off dandruff naturally. Now that’s not to say this is an anti-dandruff shampoo, however, having this ingredient is nice, especially for the dry winter months or if you live in a hot desert in the southwest USA and experience seasonal dandruff.
The ‘anti-hair loss’ component of this shampoo is derived from the biotin that’s also involved.
Biotin if you aren’t aware is a B-complex vitamin that has been linked to hair regrowth as mentioned in several studies listed on the NIH (National Institute of Health) website.
Lastly the aloe vera and seaweed in the bottle will help to fortify your hair follicles by strengthening them to prevent incidental breaks of the hair when combing.
Overall if you are looking for a shampoo with a clean label, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.
No guys – not all natural shampoos are going to make you smell weird like that really weird Brooklyn hipster you know – sorry Brian!!
Instead, you have quality-made products like this caffeine-based shampoo from ManCave that set the record on natural products straight.
So, what’s the deal with the caffeine in a product like a shampoo?
Well in this instance, it’s used to spur on hair growth. So, if you are noticing that your hair is starting to look a bit thinner – then this might be worth a shot. However, just know that the jury is still out on caffeine’s effectiveness.
Beyond the cup of joe in this shampoo, it also has shea butter which makes for an incredible conditioning agent that will keep your hair cuticles in check to give more of a shine to your hair that’s not oily.
Secondly, it does also contain panthenol as well – which is a fancy way to say Vitamin B5.
Lastly, there is a strong mixture of essential oils that will do a great job at warding off dandruff and just generally keeping your scalp in good health.
If you are looking for a natural shampoo that brings out your inner manliness, this is definitely worth a look.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.