This is an epic best shampoo for men tutorial whereby I will be outlining all the types of shampoo for men and how to use them effectively as well as which specific men’s shampoos to buy. This tutorial is part of my overall men’s hair products tutorial.
The Epic Best Shampoo For Men Tutorial
Shampoos are items that you use to clean your hair; despite this simple definition, it is my experience that most men are totally lost when it comes to identifying their right or best shampoo to use. Simply put, in the last decade the amount of shampoo types, definitions, labels, brands and all that marketing zombie dust have cropped up from all over the place and we men are bombarded every day with ads of dudes with glossy hair. Life could not get any worse, bro (sarcasm mode OFF).
The above is why I have decided to embark in an epic mens hair products tutorial dedicated to outlining all the different men’s hair products, and this same overall hair-product tutorial is based in several sub tutorials. In today’s sub tutorial named the best shampoo for men tutorial, I will be unveiling the different types of shampoo for men and will throw in a shampoo recommendation for each of the shampoo types so that you stop overthinking the process of choosing and buying a shampoo; seriously, after reading this tutorial, buying a shampoo will become an easy and drama-free task.
The 8 types of shampoos for men
There are 8 types of shampoo for men; that’s right, 8 types! In reality, the different shampoo types are interchangeable to an extent and can be combined to get further shampooing synergies. The 8 types of shampoo are aimed at targeting different men’s hair issues such as dandruff, oily/greasy hair, dry hair or bringing simple convenience to your shampooing (to name a few targeted issues). These are the 8 types of shampoo for men:
- Normal shampoo
- Moisturizing shampoo
- Shampoo for oily hair
- Thickening shampoo
- Anti-dandruff shampoo
- 2-in-1 shampoo
- Clarifying shampoo
- Chelating shampoo
What I will do now is go through each men’s shampoo type and provide no-fluff descriptions that are aimed at making your purchasing decision an easy one. Since men’s shampoos are relatively cheap, I recommend you to grab 2 or 3 of the shampoo types in your first purchase so that you can also experiment with them and find your best shampoo for men.
In terms of where to purchase your hair products including men’s shampoos, I highly recommend Amazon as they always carry the very-specific hair products that I recommend and Amazon has the lowest prices for hair products, so I’ll be linking my recommended hair products below to their respective Amazon source, with the shampoo ready for you to be purchased without any overthinking.
Let’s kick it, gentlemen.
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Normal shampoo
Normal shampoos can also be known as regular shampoos or daily shampoos. Normal shampoo is to be used if your hair doesn’t suffer from any specific scalp or hair condition or if you simply want a shampoo that does what it is supposed to do: clean your hair.
Do bear in mind that you should be following your normal shampoo with a normal conditioner (apply the regular conditioner to your hair after having rinsed the regular shampoo). I will be covering men’s conditioners in the next men’s hair products tutorial, and I also cover all conditioner types in my first book, The Curly Hair Book; as a matter of fact, these men’s hair products tutorials that I’m producing here at Manly Curls are summarized versions of what you can find in either The Curly Hair Book or in my second hair book, The Men’s Hair Book: A Male’s Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney (yep, that’s the book’s title!).
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Moisturizing shampoo
A moisturizing shampoo is a type of shampoo that not only cleans your hair but also moisturizes your hair. Moisturizing shampoos are useful for men with dry or brittle hair, and you should regularly follow the moisturizing shampoo with a normal conditioner. A moisturizing shampoo is a good hair-care tool for men with curly hair, especially those with the tighter curly hair types.
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Shampoo for oily hair
Shampoos for oily hair are useful for men who have issues with managing their own sebum production or who use too many hairstyling products and thus have a buildup of product residue. Signs of oily hair or having too much product residue on your hair include:
- Hair feels greasy
- Hair feels harder than usual
- Hair looks dim (i.e. doesn’t reflect light well)
The buildup of sebum or hair-product residue can happen anywhere within the length of the hair strands although sebum accumulation occurs, most generally, on the scalp or base of the hair strands.
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Thickening shampoo
A thickening shampoo (aka volumizing shampoo) temporarily swells the structure (i.e. shaft) of the hair strands while depositing a fine layer of proprietary ingredients along the length of the strands. This peculiar mechanism of action of thickening shampoos yields a visual thickening of the hair strands, thus temporarily enhancing the overall volume and look of the hair after using a thickening shampoo.
The hair-thickening effect of thickening shampoos is temporary and will go away when you next shampoo your hair, unless you shampoo your hair again with a thickening shampoo. The problem with thickening shampoos is that they eventually lead to a lot of product buildup, so I recommend you to use another men’s shampoo type and use a thickening shampoo for certain occasions (e.g. you go out partying and want those luscious curls of yours to look even bigger).
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Anti dandruff shampoo
An anti dandruff shampoo (aka dandruff shampoo) is an effective type of shampoo targeted at treating dandruff in men (and women). Anti dandruff shampoos carry one or more active ingredients in their formula to battle the dandruff, and thus an anti dandruff shampoo will be labelled according to its main dandruff-fighting ingredient. These are the following main ingredients that an anti-dandruff shampoos can have and be categorized with:
- Zinc pyrithione
- Coal tar
- Salicylic acid
- Selenium sulfide
- Ciclopirox olamine
- Neem and tea tree oil
For more information and product recommendations on the types of anti dandruff shampoo for men, I recommend you to read my guide on types of anti dandruff shampoo. As with all shampoo types, you should follow your anti dandruff shampoo with a regular conditioner.
The feared dandruff…
Please be aware that, while anti dandruff shampoos will help in effectively taming any dandruff issues you may have, anti dandruff shampoos do not cure dandruff; in fact, there is no real cure for dandruff, and I don’t care what kind of “natural” snake oil the tin-foil hats are trying to sell you these days for the modest price of 159.83 dollars. I go with what the medical establishment has researched and approved, and then I pass this medical knowledge I have learned in my nerdy ways on to you. By all means, an anti dandruff shampoo will work greatly to tame and remove any dandruff you may have, but the anti dandruff shampoo must be used long term and whenever you get a bad dandruff breakout. Dandruff usually occurs in cycles, so you can alternate a normal shampoo with an anti dandruff shampoo.
If you want to go straight into buying an anti dandruff shampoo without reading my more-detailed guide on this specific shampoo type, then buy the following anti dandruff shampoos in the list below; I recommend you to buy 3 or 4 anti dandruff shampoos in one go so you can experiment with them and find which particular type of anti dandruff shampoo works best for you:
- Zinc pyrithione shampoo
- Coal tar shampoo
- Salicylic acid shampoo
- Selenium sulfide shampoo
- Ketoconazole shampoo
- Ciclopirox olamine shampoo
- Tea tree oil shampoo (comes with an extra tea tree conditioner too for extra anti dandruff fighting!)
Best shampoo for men tutorial: 2 in 1 shampoo
2 in 1 shampoos are a specific type of shampoo that acts as both a normal shampoo and a normal conditioner. 2 in 1 shampoos offer more hair conditioning than moisturizing shampoos and are ideal for those men who prefer to save on their showering time by killing two birds (cleaning and conditioning of the hair) with one stone (2 in 1 shampoo).
The only problem with a 2 in 1 shampoo is that it doesn’t clean as much as a normal shampoo nor does it condition the hair as much as a normal conditioner, so it is best that you test a 2 in 1 shampoo versus a regular shampoo plus a regular conditioner to find which one shampooing option works best for you. Ergo, if you buy a 2 in 1 shampoo, make sure that you also buy (or already have) other shampoo types.
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Clarifying shampoo
Clarifying shampoos serve the purpose of deep cleaning the hair and thus resetting your hair in terms of cleanliness. Clarifying shampoos are powerful shampoos that should be used infrequently (once or twice per month) and are useful for those men who like to use waxes, pomades and/or hair spray on an everyday basis to style their hair.
You should have another shampoo to use daily such as a regular shampoo, moisturizing shampoo, thickening shampoo, anti-dandruff shampoo or shampoo for oily hair and then add a clarifying shampoo once or twice per month. A clarifying shampoo should always be followed by either a regular conditioner or a deep conditioner; don’t forget this as a clarifying shampoo will leave your hair feeling like hay, especially if you have curly hair.
Best shampoo for men tutorial: Chelating shampoo
A chelating shampoo cleans the hair from accumulated chemicals that aren’t otherwise effectively removed by other shampoo types.
Chelating shampoos are indicated for men who go to swimming pools often (i.e. more than twice per week) and are also recommended for men who live in areas with hard water; the chemicals/minerals in both swimming pool water and in hard water are notoriously difficult to remove once they have built up on the hair; and this buildup can lead to visible residue on your hair manifesting as quasi dandruff (although the buildup is not dandruff itself).
If your exposure to water falls under any of the above categories of water sources, then you can use a chelating shampoo once a month to ensure that no residue of chemicals/minerals accumulates on your scalp and hair; you can also ramp up your chelating shampoo’s frequency of use to once every 2 weeks, but first experiment with different frequencies as your shampoo frequency is entirely individual and will be set according to your unique life circumstances.
Use a chelating shampoo once a month and do also use another type of shampoo for men for your regular use such as a normal shampoo, moisturizing shampoo, thickening shampoo, anti-dandruff shampoo or shampoo for oily hair.
Best shampoo for men tutorial
The best shampoo for you will vary according to what you want and your specific hair issue. I actually recommend you to have 3 shampoo types on your bathroom so that you can adapt any changes in your hair circumstances rapidly. Owning a normal shampoo is a given and your starting point, but you should also be experimenting with the other 7 types of men’s shampoo in this tutorial to ultimately find your best shampoo for men.
I have ensured to write this best shampoo for men tutorial with as much information as you will need; using and buying hair products, including shampoos, should not be complicated at all, and my goal here is to make your life a tad easier by simplifying and maximizing your hair product purchasing process as well as your shampoo use. In any case and as always, if you have any questions, let them know below in the comments section.
All the best, gentlemen.
Last Updated: 8th October 2018