When it comes to shampoo for men, the days of having one or two options to choose from are over. Now, guys can buy washes that are vegan and paraben-free and address almost any hair concern. To find the best shampoo for you, start by identifying your hair type, whether you’re trying to detangle curls or thicken the appearance of your mane.
The Manual Team tested and tried out several products for the past few months to find the perfect product that fits your needs. Ahead are our favorites shampoos for every hair type.
Best Shampoo Overall: Kristin Ess Daily Cleansing Shampoo
Our testers generally try to only wash their hair every two weeks to prevent their manes from turning brittle and looking thinner. After all, so many shampoos we tried were too strong and drying to apply regularly. That was the case until we found Kristin Ess’ shampoo, which deep cleans hair without stripping its natural oils that provide volume and shine. And because it’s vegan and contains no skin-irritating sulfates and fragrances, Kristin Ess’ shampoo is gentle enough for weekly use. This is a godsend for guys who spend a lot of time outdoors and need to regularly wash their hair from the elements. That why Kristin Ess is a winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2020.
Best Shampoo for Dry Hair: Tigi Moisture Shampoo
Tigi is bringing a salon-grade product to your shower. This intensely moisturizing system soothes dry, frizzy hair thanks to its proprietary blend of keratin, lipids, and coconut, to nourish your hair so it looks soft, shiny, and healthy. This shampoo is suitable for guys who want to nourish dry or damaged hair with nearly immediate results.
Best Shampoo for Coarse Hair: Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo
Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo delivers antioxidant-rich argan oil, vitamins, and moisture-attracting red algae for hair that looks and feels healthier. The gently cleansing formula helps manage and shape coarse hair, and is suitable as a weekly wash.
Best Shampoo for Curly Hair: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
For thick, curly hair, turn to Shea Moisture’s shampoo, which gently cleans curly, coily, and wavy hair without stripping curls of their much-needed natural oils. Silk proteins help restore moisture and shine for bouncy, healthy curls, while coconut oil protects hair from breakage, and neem oil controls frizz.
Best Shampoo for Straight Hair: Living Proof Full Shampoo
When dealing with straight hair, you need a wash that adds volume, which is why we love Living Proof Full Shampoo. This natural cleanser uses a science-backed technology that helps each strand of affair appear thicker. Furthermore, it doesn’t contain toxic sulfates or silicone.
Best Shampoo for Thin Hair: Nature Lab Volume Shampoo
This Japanese shampoo helps hair look more voluminous thanks to ingredients like sakura flower extract, stem cells, and soy protein. We found that using this consistently for a month helped thicken the appearance of thin hair. Though there are other hair loss shampoos out there too.
Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps: Aesop Calming Shampoo
Aesop works through your hair all the way to the scalp, this Calming shampoo from Aesop soothes flaking, itchy skin by using natural botanical ingredients and hydrating plant extracts. This
Best Dry Shampoo: Dry Shampoo by Balmain Paris
The fashion cognoscenti loves Balmain’s new lux haircare line for good reason. This dry shampoo absorbs oil and boost volume between washes, and we found that using it daily revitalizes dull hair and gives it a beautiful shine and a fresh, clean feel. Though there are other dry shampoo options out there.
Other Shampoos We Love
Act + Acre Hair Cleanse
This nutrient-rich shampoo gently cleans and hydrates your hair hair and scalp. Oils like ylang ylang and moringa help promote hair growth and strengthen strands.
Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Joia Strengthening and Smoothing Shampoo
This cult favorite shampoo has a creamy lather that repairs and smooths strands for stronger hair. Made with natural ingredients, we found that it also helps repair split ends.
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