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There are no two ways about it: Shampoo is one of those products men and women alike just need. Sure you may not use it every single day, but you won't be able to go too long without it. And for that reason, you'll want to be pretty picky about which shampoo you use. Trust us when we tell you that the best shampoos for men offer way more than just a fresh scent.
But, with all the shampoos for men out there, it can be a bit overwhelming to find ones that'll actually tackle common concerns like hair loss, hair thinning, dandruff, and more. That’s why we did our research to bring you a curated list of top picks for every man.
Below, discover the best shampoos for men that'll meet your hair needs.
Best Overall: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
Meet Paul Mitchell's bestselling shampoo. We can't say we're surprised because it truly does check off all the boxes. It cleanses the hair well, invigorates the scalp, and leaves behind a scent that's not too overpowering. You can thank a blend of tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender for all that, which in addition to benefiting your hair and scalp is a real treat for the senses during your shower.
You will notice a cool, tingling sensation when using this shampoo, thanks to the combo of tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender.
Best Budget: Every Man Jack 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo + Conditioner
Ok so we're not always the biggest fans of a shampoo-conditioner mashup, but we make exceptions for a few, including this one which is actually quite good. If you're in a rush or just can't be bothered with a two-step routine, reach for this formula which also happens to be quite affordable given the bases it covers. Inside you'll find tingling tea tree, coconut-derived sulfates, and conditioning glycerin and shea butter. It's a great pick for fine or thinning hair too; the inclusion of soy proteins helps leave the hair feeling thicker and stronger.
Best Drugstore: Dove Men+Care 2-In-1 Thick and Strong Shampoo + Conditioner
This two-in-one also gets our seal of approval. Let's face it—Dove has been a trusted personal care brand for 65 years for a reason; it makes good products that work well. This one is made specifically for guys to achieve thicker and fuller-looking hair. Ingredients such as caffeine to stimulate and calcium to strengthen from root to end help make this the best bargain you’ll find at the drugstore.
Best Splurge: Leonor Greyl Shampooing au Miel
This shampoo has achieved a cult-like level of popularity for almost 40 years and that's not just pure luck. Protective rose hip extract and acacia honey combine with organic cleansing agents to make a mild, everyday-friendly shampoo that requires no followup conditioner. Plant-based proteins also add volume, making this color-safe, silicone- and cruelty-free Parisian shampoo from Leonor Greyl worth every penny you put down for it.
Best Natural: Rahua Classic Shampoo
It’s hard to find any label today on which you can read every ingredient, especially in the shampoo aisle but you can with this one. Using omega-9 rich rahua oil, the list of power players here is not to be reckoned with. Coconut gently removes dirt and oil, quinoa promotes healing and moisture retention, organic aloe hydrates and nourishes, and antioxidant-rich organic green tea helps protect hair and scalp from harmful UV damage.
Best for Dandruff: Head & Shoulders Anti Dandruff Shampoo
Dandruff can be a real buzzkill, and we’re not here for buzzkills. That’s why we go to the trusted brand when it comes to fighting the flakes, and that's none other than Head & Shoulders. Credit the 1% pyrithione zinc for the help in reducing the appearance of dandruff with continued use, and the uncomfortable itching it's often associated with. This specific formula has also got notes of eucalyptus and mint for an invigorating wash and fresh scent you'll look forward to using.
Best for Thinning Hair: Evo Gluttony Volume Shampoo
If you feel like your hair has been thinning out and you'd like to give it a boost with your shampoo, try this. Using gentle sulfate-free cleansers, this shampoo gets strands seriously swole in however long it takes you to lather, rinse, and repeat. To make the most of your thick magnificent mane, follow up with the matching conditioner. You can thank us later.
Best for Hair Loss: Hims Shampoo+ for Hair Loss
Thickening shampoos use proteins and panthenol to fatten up hair strands but are fleeting as they are washed down the drain the next time you lather. It's been said that shampoo that can actually prevent hair loss needs to perform a key function, and that’s blocking DHT—or dihydrotestosterone—the sex hormone in men that is a byproduct of testosterone. How it all works is a long story, but in a nutshell, you'll want to reach for a shampoo that can help block DHT like this one to help reduce hair loss.
Best for Thick Hair: WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses from all-purpose cleaning and deodorizing to making a winning volcano for science class. When it comes to your hair, and maybe, more importantly, your scalp, it has some pretty practical benefits when used correctly. This DHT-blocking WOW shampoo uses ACV to gently clarify buildup such as dirt, oils, and styling products while coconut and avocado oils rejuvenate damaged hair and dry scalp. WOW, indeed.
Best for Long Hair: Hairstory New Wash (Deep)
If you are a serial shampooer, then you may need to take a step back and ditch the traditional sudsy shampoo. That rings even more true for those of you with long locks that are subject to repeated heat styling and less-than-frequent trims. Using a sulfate-free shampoo alternative like any of the three from Hairstory New Wash allows you to keep washing every day while still reaping the rewards of those “every-other-day” washers.
The trick? Loaded with natural, certified organic ingredients, New Wash Deep doesn’t strip away your protective barrier. It only removes excess oil, dirt, and styling products.
Best for Curly Hair: Briogeo Hair Rice Amino + Avocado Hydrating Shampoo
Perfect for most curls out there—2A to 3C to be exact—this is a moisturizing, sulfate-free shampoo that helps define curls, coils, and wavy textures without stripping scalp or strands of crucial natural oils. Enriched with amino acids, ultra-hydrating shea butter, and avocado oil, this shampoo is designed just for those looking to embrace their natural curls.
Best for Textured Hair: Bevel Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Designed for the specific requirements of coarse, textured hair, Bevel formulated its new shampoo without sulfates and silicones that can easily strip natural oils resulting in dry hair more prone to breakage. Instead, uber moisturizing shea butter, coconut oil, and glycerin keep even the tightest coils hydrated and softest waves intact.
Best Scent: Oribe Signature Shampoo
There are nice smelling shampoos ... and then there’s Oribe. Conceived as a rival to fragrance house creations, the “Signature Scent” from the brand is so popular it has its own loyal following. Notes familiar to the olfactory aficionados among us include Italian bergamot, Aomori apples, cassis, muguet, leafy greens, cedarwood, white amber, musk, and, la mariposa blanca—the national flower of Cuba, the birthplace of the late founder, Oribe Canales.
Best CBD: R+Co Super Garden Shampoo
CBD can be found in a lot these days—like, a lot a lot—and why should shampoo be any different? Well, after deciphering various ingredient labels to see if CBD products even actually contain the CBD they boast, those left still standing usually offer some pretty nice perks.
Hemp-derived cannabidiol (street name: CBD) is listed nice and high on the label of the R+Co Super Garden Shampoo and the effects are legit. The forceful phytocannabinoid contains regenerative benefits for hair and helps soothe and calm irritation of the scalp.
Best Fragrance Free: Seen Skin-Caring Shampoo
If full-fragranced shampoos aren’t your jam, but you still want loads of benefits, Seen has a fragrance-free edition of its dermatologist-developed, hair cleansing vegan shampoo that works wonders from head-to-toe. But fragrance isn’t all this shampoo is free of. Forget sulfates, silicones, phthalates, parabens, dyes, pore-clogging oils, formaldehyde, and of course, animal testing.