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The 18 Best Shampoos for Men in 2023, Tested by Grooming Experts

Best Overall Shampoo for Men

Kerastase Genesis Bain De Masse Epaississant Shampoo

Genesis Bain De Masse Epaississant Shampoo

Best Overall Shampoo for Men

Kerastase Genesis Bain De Masse Epaississant Shampoo

Pros
  • Hair thickening formula worked for our testers
Cons
  • Scent might be off-putting for some

This stuff contains creatine (yes, really) to strengthen weak hair, thicken thinning strands, and deliver a potent lather while cleansing. After months of testing, one editor noted that the shampoo made his hair feel stronger and thicker. No wonder it won a 2023 Men’s Health Grooming Award.

Read more: Best Hair Growth Shampoos for Men

Active ingredients Creatine and Expanding Polymers, ginger root
Size 80 mL, 250 mL
Hair Type Thinning Hair

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Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Hair Reset Clarifying Shampoo

Editor’s Choice

Pure Clean Hair Reset Clarifying Shampoo

Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Hair Reset Clarifying Shampoo

Pros
  • Great at removing dirt and oil without over-drying
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, but not squeaky
  • No silicones, parabens, or dyes
Cons
  • May not be good for curly, dry or thin hair

The aloe vera and citric acid in this stuff dig out dirt, oil, and product buildup. It’ll leave your hair feeling “soft, not squeaky,” according to one of our testers. We also loved that it features no silicones, parabens, or dyes, making it ideal for guys with sensitive skin. No wonder it took the top spot at our 2022 Grooming Awards.

    Active ingredients Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Glycerin
    Size 12 oz.
    Hair Type Normal

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    Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

    Hairstory New Wash Original

    New Wash Original

    Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

    Hairstory New Wash Original

    Pros
    • Non-foaming and sulfate free
    • Cleanses and conditions at the same time
    • Refillable
    Cons
    • Packaging can be hard to use without aluminum bottle

    This non-foaming, detergent free hair cleanser won’t strip your curly hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy. It also moisturizes while it cleanses to help protect your curls and keep them from frizzing.

    Active ingredients Botanical oils, aloe vera, glycerin
    Size 8 oz
    Hair type Curly, textured

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    Best Shampoo for Oily Scalp

    Ouai Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

    Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

    Best Shampoo for Oily Scalp

    Ouai Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

    Now 26% Off

    Pros
    • Helps degrease scalp and remove buildup
    • Controls oil production
    • Fresh scent
    Cons
    • Not designed to use every day (use it 1-2 times a week)

    You don’t have to have actual dandruff to reap the benefits of this shampoo. Salicylic acid helps to clarify the scalp and help decrease oil production, which makes it ideal if your scalp and hair tends to get oily or greasy.

    Active ingredients Salicylic acid
    Size 10 oz.
    Hair type Normal, Oily

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    Best Dandruff Shampoo for Textured Hair

    Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Sulfate Free Scalp Care Shampoo

    Royal Oils Sulfate Free Scalp Care Shampoo

    Best Dandruff Shampoo for Textured Hair

    Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Sulfate Free Scalp Care Shampoo

    Now 13% Off

    Pros
    • Won’t dry out curly or textured hair
    • Controls dandruff with clinically proven ingredients
    Cons
    • Too heavy for thin or fine hair

    Controlling dandruff when you have textured hair can be a hassle, because traditional dandruff shampoos can leave it dry and crispy. This version, however, the requisite pyrithione zinc you want to control dandruff, but is sulfate free and packed with nourishing ingredients to help keep your hair hydrated.

    Size 12.8 oz
    Hair type Curly, textured
    Active ingredients Pyrithione zinc, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar

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    Best Strengthening Shampoo

    OLAPLEX No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

    No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

    Best Strengthening Shampoo

    OLAPLEX No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

    Pros
    • Helps strengthen the protein bonds in hair
    • Protects against damage from color, hot tools, and the environment
    • Softens hair
    Cons
    • May not be necessary for normal hair

    Coloring your hair or using hot tools like a blow dryer can damage the protein bonds in the strands of your hair, leaving is crispy and prone to breakage. Even if you don’t, but you notice your hair is dull or looking lifeless, a bond-building shampoo like this comes in handy. Two editors noted that using Olapex’s maintenance shampoo for more than a month help soften and strengthen their hair.

    Size 8.5 oz
    Hair type Damaged, dry, color treated
    Active ingredients Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, glycerin

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    Best Shampoo For A Flaky Scalp

    Act+Acre Cold Processed Cleanse Shampoo

    Cold Processed Cleanse Shampoo

    Best Shampoo For A Flaky Scalp

    Act+Acre Cold Processed Cleanse Shampoo

    Pros
    • Removes build-up after one use
    • Reduces itchiness caused by scalp dryness
    • Helps strengthen damaged hair
    Cons
    • Expensive
    • Not designed for every day use (use 1-2 days a week)

    A healthy scalp is fundamental to healthy hair that grows thick and long, and this shampoo gently cleanses and balances the scalp for all-day comfort. A nourishing blend of apple amino acids and baobab oil gently breaks down dirt and oil while cooling and soothing an irritated scalp. Some editors note that using this more than twice a week overly dried their hair.

      Active ingredients Apple amino acids, baobab. oil, glycerin
      Size 34 oz.
      Hair Type Damaged or Dry

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      Best Luxury Shampoo

      Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo with Camellia Oil

      Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo with Camellia Oil

      Best Luxury Shampoo

      Sisley Paris Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo with Camellia Oil

      Pros
      • Increases volume in flat, thin hair
      • Softens and smoothes strands
      • Gentle enough to use every day

      If you want your upgrade your daily shower from mundane to sublime, we recommend this volumizing shampoo from Sisley Paris. It gives your hair an added boost of volume and body and the invigorating scent is the perfect way to kick-start your day. One tester noted that his hair felt softer and smoother after using it for more than six months. He also noted that Sisley’s formula was gentle enough to use every day, without drying his scalp.

        Active Ingredients Zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, shea oil, camellia oil
        Size 6.7 oz
        Hair Type All, but especially thin

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        Best Thickening Shampoo for Men

        Hair Thickening Shampoo for Men

        Hair Thickening Shampoo for Men

        Best Thickening Shampoo for Men

        Hair Thickening Shampoo for Men

        Now 26% Off

        Pros
        • Great for thinning hair
        • Pleasant smell
        • Large, budget-friendly size
        Cons
        • Won’t control hair loss
        • Ideal thickening may require using the full 3-part system

        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. One tester found that after using Old Spice’s shampoo for two months, his hair appeared thicker and fuller. We also love its large, budget-friendly size, which lasted us more than three months.

          Active ingredients Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
          Size 17.9 oz
          Hair Type All, but especially thin

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          Best Shampoo for Dry Scalp

          NIOXIN Scalp Relief Kit for Sensitive, Dry and Itchy Scalp

          Scalp Relief Kit for Sensitive, Dry and Itchy Scalp

          Best Shampoo for Dry Scalp

          NIOXIN Scalp Relief Kit for Sensitive, Dry and Itchy Scalp

          Pros
          • Increases hair softness
          • Reduces tangles and roughness
          • Soothing ingredients help moisturize scalp and control itchiness
          Cons
          • Best results require using the full system

          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.” Our editors found that

            Read more: Best Shampoos for Itchy Scalps

            Active ingredients Aloe Vera, Soothex, Glycerin
            Size 200 mL
            Hair type All

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            Best Clarifying Shampoo for Men

            dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

            Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

            Best Clarifying Shampoo for Men

            dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

            Pros
            • Great for guys who use tons of hair product
            • Deep cleans while adding volume
            • Good for protecting color treated hair
            Cons
            • Not designed to use every day (use once or twice a week)
            • Some people may not like the vinegar smell

            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. Editors with colored hair found that the formula helped keep their strands look and feel healthy.

            Read more: Best Clarifying Shampoos for Men

              Active ingredients Apple Cider Vinegar, Cetrimonium Chloride, Silicone Quaternium-8
              Size 8.5 oz
              Hair type All

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              Best Moisturizing Shampoo for Men

              SACHAJUAN Moisturizing Shampoo

              Moisturizing Shampoo

              Best Moisturizing Shampoo for Men

              SACHAJUAN Moisturizing Shampoo

              Pros
              • Can fix dry hair after a few washes
              • Protects color treated hair

              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. A few of our editors say that after using it for two weeks, they found that it helped fix their dry hair. Testers with color-treated hair also found that Sachajuan’s moisturizing formula kept their locks soft and healthy-looking.

              Active ingredients Ocean Silk Technology and Argan Oil
              Size 250 mL
              Hair Type Dry or color treated

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              Best Shampoo For Dry Hair

              Kiehl’s Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo

              Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo

              Best Shampoo For Dry Hair

              Kiehl’s Nourishing Olive Fruit Oil Shampoo

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              Pros
              • Good for wavy, curly, or textured hair that needs moisture
              • Leaves hair feeling soft and shiny
              • Uses natural moisturizing agents

              Our editors with wavy hair found that Kiehl’s Olive Fruit formula left their hair feeling extra soft and shiny. That’s probably because of its smoothing and nourishing ingredients, like olive fruit oil and avocado oil, this shampoo from Kiehl’s is great for those who deal with dry hair or frizz. Though testers with thinning hair found that this shampoo didn’t play nice with their mane.

                Active Ingredients Olive Fruit Oil, avocado oil and lemon oil
                Size 16.9 oz
                Hair type Dry or damaged

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                Best 2-in-1 Shampoo

                Dove Men+ Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

                Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

                Best 2-in-1 Shampoo

                Dove Men+ Care 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner

                Now 12% Off

                Pros
                • Oversized bottle
                • Fresh and clean scent

                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. Our testers loved its oversized bottle that lasted them for more than three months. One editor noted that its fresh and clean scent was much more pleasant than other drugstore soaps he’s tried, though he did note that it didn’t provide as deep of a clean as other shampoos on this list.

                  Active ingredients Caffeine and menthol
                  Size 40 oz
                  Hair type All, but especially dry

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                  Best Shampoo For Thin Hair

                  R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

                  Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

                  Best Shampoo For Thin Hair

                  R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo

                  Pros
                  • Adds texture to thin, fine hair
                  • Adds volume
                  • Paraben and sulfate free

                  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. Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo is perfect for men who want to add volume and create the effect of thicker hair. It also gives that grippy texture that’ll make it easier to style. A couple of our testers found that after using it for a month, they noticed their hair looked fuller.

                    Active Ingredients Moringa seed extract, advanced polymers, artichoke leaf extract, golden root extract
                    Size 8.5 oz
                    Hair type Thin

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                    Best Everyday Shampoo

                    American Crew Daily Cleansing Shampoo

                    Daily Cleansing Shampoo

                    Best Everyday Shampoo

                    American Crew Daily Cleansing Shampoo

                    Pros
                    • Hydrating formula leaves hair looking healthy

                    Two of the dermatologists we consulted with say that American Crew’s Daily Cleansing Shampoo is a great formula to use every day. They love its moisturizing ingredients like Vitamin B5, which helps give a healthy shine after each wash. “Men with normal hair can use gentle, all-purpose shampoos that don’t contain harsh sulfates or synthetic fragrances,” says Dr. Divya Shokeen, MD, FAAD.

                    Active ingredients Vitamin B5, ammonium lauryl sulfate
                    Size 3.3 oz to 33.8 oz
                    Hair type Normal

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                    Best Medicated Shampoo for Scalp Pimples

                    CLn Shampoo

                    Shampoo

                    Best Medicated Shampoo for Scalp Pimples

                    CLn Shampoo

                    Dr. Brendan Camp, a board certified dermatologist with MDCS Dermatology, recommends a medicated shampoo if you’re experiencing pimples on your scalp. “Also referred to as folliculitis, it can be treated with this formula, which contains sodium hypochlorite, a disinfectant, and salicylic acid, which helps exfoliate skin and prevent blocked pores,” he says.

                    Active ingredients Salicylic acid, Sodium Hypochlorite
                    Size 8 fl oz.
                    Scalp type Folliculitis

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                    Best Shampoo For Wavy Hair

                    Odele Volumizing Shampoo

                    Volumizing Shampoo

                    Best Shampoo For Wavy Hair

                    Odele Volumizing Shampoo

                    Pros
                    • Moisturizes without weighing hair down
                    Cons
                    • Scent might not be pleasant for some

                    The editors of Men’s Health 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.

                      Read more: Best Hair Conditioners for Men

                      Active ingredients Glycerin, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, hydrolyzed rice protein

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                      Are There Any Real Differences in Shampoos?

                      commerce breaker

                      Every potion for your pate is designed to remove oil, dead skin cells, and grime from your scalp, says Paradi Mirmirani, M.D., a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente. “the biggest difference is the strength of the cleanser.” If you have an oily scalp (and greasy hair), you need a strong shampoo; a dry scalp (and wispy hair) requires gentler stuff. but don’t confuse dryness with dandruff, which is caused by a fungus. Now, if you’re running out of hair to shampoo, you need a formulation that creates the illusion of thicker hair. We’ve identified four categories and tested a slew of shampoos in each to find the best. top off with conditioner for a covetable coif.

                      Dry Scalp

                      Look for mild cleansers called betaines high up
                      on the ingredient list, says Zoe Draelos, M.D., a consulting professor of dermatology at Duke University school of medicine. These don’t bind to oil as well as harsher cleansers do, so they leave some of your natural moisture.

                      Thinning Hair

                      Minoxidil is the only proven OTC way to stimulate hair growth. But the shampoo you use can make each strand appear thicker. Look for volumizing formulas with plumping polymers (like quaternium) that bind to each strand, says Jim Hammer, M.Ed., a cosmetic chemist.

                      Oily Scalp

                      Control greasiness with a shampoo that contains anionic surfactants, such as sulfates, sulfoacetates or sulfosuccinates. An Italian study review found that these detergents, which contain negatively charged particles that bind to oil, are the strongest cleansers.

                      Dandruff

                      Eliminate the itch by using a product containing either zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide, which fight the flake-causing fungus and soothe inflammation, says Dr. Draelos. Alternate that with a salicylic acid shampoo, which exfoliates to remove dead skin cells and flakes.

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                      How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

                      commerce breaker

                      Most experts say that washing your hair more than a few times a week is unnecessary because over washing an strip the scalp and hair of it’s natural moisturizing and protective oils. A good rule of thumb is to wash it every other day and always follow shampoo with conditioner to replenish moisture. However, there are some caveats and how often you actually wash is personal. If you have curly, textured, or dry hair, you may need to wash it even less. Washing once or twice weekly may be enough. On the flip side, if you have an oily scalp, sweat or exercise a lot, or use a lot of hair products, you may need to cleanse your hair more often.

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                      Garrett Munce

                      Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming. He’s written for Esquire, New York Magazine, Spotlyte, and Very Good Light and held staff positions at GQ and W. Follow his skincare obsession on Instagram at @garrettmunce.

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                      As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia. 

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