When it comes to your appearance, your hair matters big time. Even a great suite won’t cut it if your locks are greasy and gross. That means you need a good shampoo. Correction: you need a great shampoo. We’re all for the Dove Men+Care or American Crew options you can find at the local big box (they both have seriously great options), but there’s an entire world of men’s haircare products you can’t find at the nearest store within driving distance. These are the 6 best shampoos for men you won’t find at the grocery store.
Any product with a four-and-a-half star review on Amazon with close to 1,500 user ratings is something worth considering, but the krieger + söhne (aka K + S) men’s shampoo also ranks when it comes to Editor’s Choice awards and Best Of lists. The shampoo is “warrior grade salon quality” because it has tea tree oil infused to eliminate dandruff and dry scalp. It also prevents hair loss and is recommended by professional stylists the world over. If you’re worried about your hair in the long run this is the shampoo you want, and we’re not just saying that because it’s Made in the USA and not tested on animals.$17
Cards on the table, stepping inside The Body Shop is about as appealing to us as a week without whiskey or Internet access. There are too many different smells, too much perfume and a wide array of products no man would be caught dead using. But one time we ran out of our favorite staple and borrowed our permanent roommate’s Ginger Scalp Care Shampoo. We haven’t looked back since. Made with ginger, birch bark and white willow bark extracts, along with Community Trade honey, this shampoo is refreshing, soothing and invigorating while still being more affordable than a six pack of your favorite craft beer.$10
Woody’s Daily Shampoo for Men is consistently rated as one of the best men’s shampoos on the market in both reviews and user ratings because it leaves your hair soft and manageable while still making your scalp feel incredibly fresh. It does this, in part, with a combination of ginger root, vitamins, amino acids and aloe vera that’s designed to awaken and stimulate your senses while protecting your hair and scalp in the process. It’s also fantastic for removing hair products from the day or evening before… even if the smell is going to be a little strong for some of you.$15
If we need to explain to you why we’re recommending a shampoo / conditioner bundle made with craft beer then you’re probably not on the right website. We all know that beer makes everything better, but what the hell does that have to do with men’s shampoo? We’re glad you asked. BRÖÖ Craft Beer Shampoo is made with malted barley and hop flowers to help nourish, repair, protect and soothe your hair without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, dyes or artificial fragrances. In short, this PH-balanced, color-safe and naturally fragranced shampoo will improve your hair with the power of beer. What’s not to love about a shampoo made with beer?$16
Since 2012, British startup ManCave has been formulating and producing a complete line of men’s grooming products that are effective, affordable and downright awesome. You have plenty of options for cleansing and strengthening your hair, but few perform as well as ManCave Caffeine Shampoo. The naturally formulated gel shampoo combines caffeine, vitamin E, panthenol and shea butter to cleanse, soothe, hydrate and moisturize. That means you’re left refreshed and ready to go regardless of whether you’ve had your pot of coffee for the day.$12
Frank & Oak has done fantastic things for all things menswear including the world of personal care. When they branched out into men’s grooming products they didn’t do it half-assed, either. Frank & Oak Balsem Shampoo is formulated to take it easy on your hair and scalp and remain durable enough for everyday use. With Abyssinian Oil and wheat proteins this particular shampoo also nourishes and strengthens—without using parabens and sulfates to complete the package.$26