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Choose the Best Shampoo for Your Man

Updated on July 16, 2011
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Shawna has been a registered nurse (RN) since 2004. She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University. Go Devils!

Choosing the right shampoo can be a difficult task. There are hundreds of brands, each with countless varieties, ranging from conditioning shampoo to anti-dandruff shampoo. Women are out of luck, but men can narrow down the choices drastically by selecting a shampoo that is made specifically for the male mane. Let's face it ladies...most men could care less about what type of shampoo they use.  So show your man some love by buying him a shampoo that will keep his hair healthy.  Knowing which shampoo ingredients are healthiest is the first step in selecting the best men's shampoo.

Shampoo Ingredients

Water is the first ingredient in all shampoos. Detergent is the second ingredient listed on a shampoo label. The remaining ingredients include moisturizers, thickeners, conditioners, fragrances, extracts, dyes, and more. There are six common types of detergents used to make shampoo. Each one has a different effect on your hair. Some are mild while others are harsh.

Common Shampoo Detergents:


Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate - very harsh

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate - harsh

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - slightly less harsh

Sodium Laureth Sulfate - mild

TEA or MEA Lauryl Sulfate - gentle

TEA or MEA Laureth Sulfate - gentle


All of the detergents listed above are FDA approved, but the mild and gentle detergents are clearly a better choice for your hair. Look for a shampoo that contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate. It’s a great choice for adult hair. The gentler TEA detergents are found more commonly in shampoos made for children.

So which shampoo is the best for the male mane? Peruse the following list to find your answer. All of these shampoos can be purchased at most drug stores, grocery stores, discount stores, or salons.. Take note of the different types of detergents used in each shampoo as you read.

$ave on Shampoo

You don't have to spend a fortune to get shampoo that's gentle. Some of the brands that contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate, such as Loreal Vive Pro, Old Spice, and Adidas, can be purchased at discount stores, such as Wal-Mart and Target. You may also be able to find manufacturer coupons to stretch your dollar even further.

18 Men's Shampoos in Alphabetical Order

  1. Adidas Hair & Body Shampoo + Body Wash, After Sport (Sodium Laureth)
  2. American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo (Sodium Laureth)
  3. Axe Anti-Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner, Armor (Sodium Laureth)
  4. Axe Just Clean Shampoo, Primed (Sodium Laureth)
  5. Clubman Country Club Shampoo Enriched with Panthenol (Sodium Laureth)
  6. Coast Hair and Body Wash, Pacific Force (Sodium Laureth)
  7. Gillette 2 in 1 Gentle Clean Shampoo + Body Wash (Sodium Laureth and Sodium Lauryl)
  8. Gillette Anti-Dandruff Shampoo (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)
  9. Gillette Clean + Condition Shampoo (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)
  10. L'Oreal Vive Pro Daily Thickening Shampoo For Men (Sodium Laureth)
  11. Matrix Men Active Control Pyrithione Zinc Antidandruff Shampoo (Sodium Laureth)
  12. Old Spice High Endurance Hair and Body Wash (Sodium Laureth)
  13. Pert Plus For Men 2 in 1 Shampoo Plus Conditioner, Daily Dandruff (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)
  14. Pert Plus For Men 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner Plus Body Wash (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)
  15. Philip B. Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo (Ammonium Lauryl and Ammonium Laureth)
  16. Redken For Men Go Clean Daily Care Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair (Sodium Laureth)
  17. Suave Men 3-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Bodywash, Normal (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)
  18. Suave Men 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner (Ammonium Laureth and Ammonium Lauryl)

Gentlest and Harshest

Redken, Matrix, L'oreal, Coast, Clubman, Axe, Adidas, and American Crew come in at the top as far as detergents are concerned. Each solely contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which is one of the mildest detergents used in shampoo made for adult hair. Fortunately, most of these brands have reasonable price tags too.

Anti-dandruff and 2-in-1 shampoos made by Gillette, Pert Plus, Philip B., and Suave are the harshest. If you can steer clear of these, do it.

Make a Healthy Change

Whether you're a man who cares about his own hair or a woman who cares about her man's hair, take a look at the ingredients on the shampoo bottle that's in your shower right now. You may be surprised by what you find. If your current shampoo contains harsh detergents, throw it out and try a milder alternative. Be kind to the only head of hair you'll ever have!


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      santi gopal nandi 

      7 years ago

      my hare is damege&hairfall

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      Large quantity 

      8 years ago

      Great article.I guess i have to check my shampoo's ingredient list now to make sure they aren't too harsh!

    • triosol profile image


      9 years ago

      voted up. very useful information.

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      9 years ago

      Suave for men shampoo was always drying out my hair.. now i know why!

    • shawna.wilson profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Arizona

      Same with my husband ;) He's not picky at all and will use whatever is there.

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      10 years ago

      HaHa- I just use whatever my wife has in the shower! Which means sometimes I smell like Vanilla and sometimes I smell like Roses!!


    • shawna.wilson profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Arizona

      You're very welcome!

    • frogyfish profile image


      10 years ago from Central United States of America

      This was very good info. I have to use it for myself too! I knew some about the 'detergents' but your information helped greatly. Thanks very much!

    • shawna.wilson profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Arizona

    • hubber-2009 profile image


      10 years ago from India

      How to choose a perfect shampoo for the lady?

    • shawna.wilson profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Arizona

      I never used to pay attention either, until I learned more about the different types of detergents. Now I look at the labels and am usually surprised at what I find.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      Never thought to look that close.

    • shawna.wilson profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for reading goldenapple :)

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the great info.. I want something that smells great for my hubby but doesn't dry out his wavy hair. A lot of good choices


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