Types of Shampoo for Men Guide

A full tutorial on the types of shampoos available for men

You will have come across the many types of shampoo over the years and chances are that you still remain clueless as to what each type does or is for (and we don’t blame you, the list is actually quite long!). Essentially, there are up to 9 types of shampoos for men:

  • Regular shampoo
  • Moisturizing shampoo
  • Shampoo for dry hair (very similar to moisturizing shampoos)
  • Shampoo for oily hair
  • Anti dandruff shampoo
  • Hair thickening shampoo
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Chelating shampoo
  • Hair loss shampoo

Most men are only aware of 2 or 3 of the types above, but it gives you an immense advantage to be aware of the full 9 shampoos for men, since you can combine them or use the less-known shampoos to get shampooing benefits that can seriously enhance your hair and hairstyles for good!

For those who don’t have the book yet, all the 9 shampoo types above are covered in great detail in The Men’s Hair Book and in the book you will be able to learn how to use shampoo effectively as well as choosing the best type of shampoo according to your particular case. Furthermore you will be learning to develop your own customized hair grooming routine and learn how to insert the shampooing part of your routine into your daily grooming without taking away from your time or convenience. The book is golden and we highly recommend it in our site and forum as it really helps you to achieve great hair aesthetics.

Now that I have said the above, I would like to go through each of the shampoo types for men and give you some solid recommendations.

Regular shampoo

This is the kind of shampoo that is geared towards men without any additional hair grooming needs. If your hair is normal (i.e. not greasy or dry), then get a regular shampoo and buy the biggest bottle you can get (33.9 ounce/1 liter) so that you don’t have to buy another bottle for months. An excellent regular shampoo to use is this one from AC.

A picture of a regular mens shampoo from American Crew

Moisturizing shampoo

A moisturizing shampoo helps dry hair regain its gloss and aesthetics. If you have curly hair, your hair regularly feels lifeless or if you use a hair straightener or hair dryer frequently (more than 3 times per week), then use a good moisturizing shampoo. This particular one is among the best moisturizing shampoos.

A picture of a good moisturizing shampoo for men

Shampoo for dry hair

Shampoos for dry hair are the equivalent of super charged moisturizing shampoos, and it will say in the product label that the shampoo is specifically for dry hair. Nonetheless, you can also use a moisturizing shampoo to combat dry hair.

A good shampoo for dry hair is the one also recommended in the link above as a moisturizing shampoo.

Shampoo for oily hair

A shampoo for oily hair is designed to control the excess sebum that some men overproduce. This type of men’s shampoo is also great for summer when one is sweating more than usual. This one here is a great shampoo for oily hair.

A picture of a shampoo for oily hairAnti dandruff shampoo

An anti dandruff shampoo is the best shampooing option for men who suffer from dandruff. The anti dandruff shampoo has to be used long term and regularly, especially when the dandruff gets bad. This one here is a premium anti dandruff shampoo with a blend of dandruff fighting ingredients that will keep the dandruff tamed and under control.

A picture of the best anti dandruff shampoo for men

Hair thickening shampoo

A hair thickening shampoo artificially thickens the hair by swelling the hair shaft (structure of the hair) and by also depositing a fine layer on the shaft. The effect, however, is temporary and will last until you shampoo your hair again. For best effects and to enjoy thicker hair over the long term, simply make this particular shampoo your to-go hair thickening shampoo. The thickening shampoo in the link also comes with a thickening conditioner for a more optimal thickening effect. While still in the shower, simply apply the thickening conditioner to your hair for 2 minutes after using the thickening shampoo and once the 2 minutes are over, rinse the hair and you’re done!.

If you are balding and/or thinning, you may also use minoxidil with the thickening shampoo to get the best aesthetic effects for your mane (do the shampooing and conditioning first, proceed to dry your hair and then apply the minoxidil on the scalp).

Apicture of a really good hair thickening shampoo for guys

Clarifying shampoo

A clarifying shampoo is a “super cleansing” shampoo that is made to remove all accumulated product residue and dirt from your hair. The accumulation of product residue is very common among men as the short hair encourages the depositing of residue on the scalp, which can be quite difficult to remove with most shampoos except with clarifying shampoos.

Hair wax, petrolatum pomades and hair gel are the worst offender when it comes to leaving product residue on the hair (even though they are excellent styling products), and using a clarifying shampoo like this one that we recommend is a must for men who use styling waxes, pomades or gels. From my experience, 99% of men aren’t aware of this little hair cleaning ally that a clarifying shampoos is and, by using this type of shampoo, your hair aesthetics will improve a lot. Use the recommended clarifying shampoo in the aforementioned link twice per month (very 2 weeks) while using any of the other types of shampoos for your frequent shampoo.

A picture of a clarifying shampoo for dudesChelating shampoo

A chelating shampoo is also a “super cleansing” shampoo in the likes of a clarifying shampoo. However, the main use and benefit of chelating shampoos is that they remove the mineral build up from showering/bathing with hard water. Hard water is water that contains a high mineral count (calcium and magnesium containing minerals). Chelating shampoos are really helpful for indoor swimmers (i.e. using swimming pools) so as to remove the pool’s chlorine from the hair.

I highly recommend you to use a chelating shampoo like this high quality one if you live in hard-water areas or if you use a swimming pool at least twice per week. The chelating shampoo in the link should be used once every 2 weeks.

A photo of a good chelating shampooHair loss shampoo

Hair loss shampoos do also exist and their goal is to aid in the battling of male pattern baldness (MPB). Hair loss shampoos contain several MPB fighting ingredients like tea tree oil, zinc or ketoconazole, and such shampoos for hair loss should be combined with minoxidil (see link earlier) for best results. A good hair loss shampoo for men is this specific one.

A picture of one of the best hair loss shampoos for men

That is it. Pick one or more of the shampoos recommended above to regularly clean your hair and improve the aesthetics of your hair!

Last updated: 18th October 2015

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  1. Please give me some advice for the following situation, including which products to use, how frequently, in what order or if they may be combined, and what changes to my morning regimen should I make, if any.
    My hair is rapidly thinning. Due primarily to age, my hair is also very dry. It is somewhat wavy, but I wear it straight, in a razor-faded, side-parted, low-to-medium pompadour.
    My morning routine is to wash (2-3 times per week) and condition (daily) with a hair thickening shampoo and a hair thickening conditioner. Then I towel dry, apply the hairstyling product and comb well with a few drops of Argan oil and apply a mixture of a hair straightening crème with a hair thickening crème and comb in well. I proceed to blow dry my hair with a styling brush, apply just a dab of Brylcreem and comb in well, part the hair, then apply the regular Layrite pomade or the Tigi Matte Separation hair wax, and comb into the desired style for the pomade to set.
    I’m over sixty, retired, can take the twenty minutes my hair requires, but I would love to cut out any superfluous fuss or unneeded products. The results I have are, admittedly, especially good when humidity drops below 50%, but can you understand that while I want to look well groomed, I’m at a point in life where I’m no longer chasing pants or skirts, my friends don’t love me for my hair (though a couple might envy), and my barber (wonderful old and close friend), cuts well, yet offers no suggestions or answers and, frankly, he styles my hair poorly.
    Please help me!!! – I recently joined the forum and am begging for help! Thanks!!!

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