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Though you might think great hair is all about the right hair gel or style, great hair actually begins in the shower. The shampoo and conditioner you choose can make all the difference in your hair, starting right at the roots.
Certain ingredients in shampoos yield certain results, so you should pay attention to your ingredient list when shopping for the best shampoo for you. Keeping your scalp clean, nourished, and free from buildup is one of the best things you can do, especially if you deal with thinning hair. Apple cider vinegar is recommended by many experts, including celebrity colorist Rachel Bodt, who says you should use a clarifying shampoo to bust buildup.
If you deal with a seriously itchy scalp, opt for anti-inflammatory ingredients like aloe vera, according to another expert, Diane Stevens. Want some volume? Typically, you’d want to look for shampoos that have starches or other thickening polymers in the ingredient list. It all depends on your hair type and desired outcome, so be sure to consider these factors when selecting your shampoo.
Of course, using the “wrong” shampoo won’t end in disastrous results, but it might keep you from the best hair of your life. Just as diverse as hair types can be, so are the options when it comes to shampoo. It’s recommended to pick shampoos that have been specifically formulated for your particular hair needs.
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Best Overall Shampoo for Men
Odele Volumizing Shampoo
The editors of Men’s Health recently tested countless shampoos and this one grabbed the top spot in the 2021 Grooming Awards. It’s a great shampoo for any hair type, but also works well for pumping up the volume if you have skinny strands that need some more oomph.
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Best Thickening Shampoo for Men
Old Spice Hair Thickening Shampoo for Men
Dealing with men’s hair loss? Another favorite of our editors here at Men’s Health is this thickening shampoo from Old Spice, which is specifically designed to support healthy hair growth. It’s great for those dealing with thinning hair.
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Best Shampoo for Dry Scalp
NIOXIN Scalp Relief Kit for Sensitive, Dry and Itchy Scalp
Do you have a dry or itchy scalp? Grab this soothing kit that comes highly recommended by hairstylist and scalp expert Diane Stevens. “It contains aloe vera, an anti-inflammatory ingredient to soothe the scalp, help increase softness or smoothness of hair,” she said. “It also reduces tangles and hair surface roughness.”
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Best Clarifying Shampoo for Men
dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
If you regularly use a lot of hair product, especially heavy waxes or pomades, you should grab a clarifying product. “I recommend using an Apple cider vinegar rinse to remove build-up,” celebrity hairstylist Rachel Bodt told us.
This hair rinse from dpHUE is formulated to both cleanse the hair thoroughly and add volume.
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Best Texturizing Shampoo for Men
R+Co Cactus Texturizing Shampoo
R+Co was founded by three heavy-hitting experts in the hair industry: Thom Priano, Garren, and Howard McLaren, so you know their products are quality. Cactus Texturizing Shampoo is perfect for men who want to add texture and create the effect of thicker hair. It also gives that grippy texture that’ll make it easier to style.
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Best Shampoo for Gray Hair
American Crew Gray Shampoo for Men
If you have gray, silver, or even blonde hair, experts agree that a bottle of purple-tinted shampoo will do the trick to keep it looking bright. This stuff will help maintain both naturally colored hair and color-treated hair. Ingredients like Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract will help keep your hair feeling soft, too.
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Best Moisturizing Shampoo for Men
SACHAJUAN Moisturizing Shampoo
SACHAJUAN Moisturizing Shampoo is perfect for severely dry, dehydrated hair. It rehydrates hair through a blend of Ocean Silk Technology and Argan oil; providing optimal moisture levels.
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Best Strengthening Shampoo
Kevin Murphy Balancing Wash Shampoo
This classic shampoo from stylist and hair expert Kevin Murphy will strengthen your strands with everyday use.
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Best Shampoo for Men With Frizzy Hair
Kiehl’s Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo
Infused with smoothing and nourishing ingredients, like Argan and Babassu oils, this shampoo from Kiehl’s is great for those who deal with dry hair or frizz.
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Best Lightweight Shampoo
Redken Brews Daily Shampoo For Men
Want a no-frills shampoo in a beer-shaped bottle? Look no further than this Redken Brews Daily Shampoo that will leave your hair clean and fresh.
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Best 2-in-1 Shampoo
Dove Men+Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner
We get it. If you don’t have serious hair concerns and just want a quick and easy way to cleanse your hair, this Dove 2-in-1 shampoo will do just the trick.