The Best Shampoos For Men


From nourishing scalps and strengthening follicles to refining curls and thickening coverage, the right shampoo for your hair type can make all the difference. Whether you’ve got a sensitive scalp, signs of thinning up top or just a regular head of hair, here are the individual products we rate the highest.
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Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo, £21

Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare brand that uses ‘Ocean Silk Technology’ to pack its products full of the good stuff like sea algae and botanical extracts. This shampoo is a great option for regular hair types, stimulating the scalp and getting rid of product build-up without stripping the hair of its oils. It’s gentle enough for everyday use and leaves hair feeling clean and moisturised. 

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Saunders & Long Detox Shampoo, £19

A favourite of industry insiders, this detox shampoo is a great all-rounder. It’s multi-purpose too – use it as a shampoo, then lather it up on your beard and body. A simple yet effective formula, this gets rid of daily grime, pollution and ‘life’ for a thorough cleanse. On those days when hair needs extra attention, rub a small amount between your hands and run it through your strands to tame flyaways and add texture. You’ll look as good as the sleek black bottle this one comes in. 

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Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Nourishing Shampoo, £32.50

If your hair is on the drier side but you still want to wash it frequently, give this Kiehl’s shampoo a go. Enriched with olive, avocado and lemon oil, the rich and moisturising formula is great if you’ve got dry hair or suffer with dandruff. A little goes a long way, so you’ll get decent use out of a 250ml bottle.

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Hanz De Fuko Natural Shampoo, £18

Favoured by hairdressers and stylists to the stars, Hanz De Fuko is the name to know for soft, gentle formulas that don’t irritate skin. The US-based brand has a good selection of haircare and grooming products, but this shampoo is one of its bestsellers. Packed with 16 natural plant extracts and ten amino acids, it will leave hair looking and feeling visibly stronger after a few uses. Sensitive skin? This one could become an everyday essential. 

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Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, £20

If you’re prone to rashes and under-the-skin bumps after trying something new, Living Proof has a range of products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Its Perfect Hair Day Shampoo lifts away dirt and excess oil while maintaining the skin’s natural PH balance. It’s free from parabens, silicones and phthalates, so expect a gentle lather. 

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Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Gentle Shampoo, £20

Philip Kingsley is a big deal in haircare and all of the brand’s products are formulated by top trichologists. This gentle shampoo suits all hair types though it was created specially for those who suffer with sensitivity and skin issues – it was originally made for Kingsley’s wife while she was undergoing chemotherapy. Great for everyday use, it does its job well.

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Michael Van Clarke Cashmere Protein Volumising Shampoo, £19

If you want to grow your hair and improve its overall appearance, Michael Van Clarke’s shampoos are a top choice. This one has micro-protein amino acids to get deep into the hair shaft to repair and strengthen follicles at the root. It’ll add a good amount of volume while ‘cashmere’ proteins help smooth frizz and flyaways. This is an award-winning product that’s backed by some pretty impressive science – a double win in our book.  

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Aveda Invati Men Nourishing Exfoliating Shampoo, £26

This lightweight shampoo from Aveda exfoliates the scalp to promote healthy growth. Designed for men with thinning hair, it contains salicylic acid to remove product build-up and everyday nasties – like sweat, pollutants and excess sebum – that can clog pores. As well as smelling great, this one promises thicker-looking hair.  

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Mark Hill Strengthening Growth Shampoo, £8.99

For a more affordable option, Mark Hill’s Strengthening Growth Shampoo does what its name suggests, while also gently cleaning fine, thin or delicate strands. Made with concentrated active ingredients, it gets to the root of hair follicles to encourage slow but steady growth. Containing argan oil, lemon oil, ProVitamin B5 and biotin (an ingredient lauded for its hair growth-inducing properties), it’s one of the best budget options out there.

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Davines Energising Shampoo, £18

An SLMan favourite, Italian brand Davines makes quality haircare products that look and smell great. A quick wash with this shampoo will leave your hair and scalp revitalised and ultra-clean. Made in Parma, the shampoo works hard to nourish dry and frazzled strands, while caffeine phytoceuticals set to work stopping further hair loss. Peppermint oil adds a minty freshness.

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Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, £13

You might have seen Olaplex on your other half’s side of the bathroom cabinet, but its formulas are made for all. If you struggle with dryness and tangled knots, this shampoo has a patented active ingredient that works at a molecular level to repair broken bonds. The silky fluid lathers up nicely, without making hair feel dry, so it’s a great option if you co-wash your hair, or only wash it once a week.

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Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo, £30

One of the lesser-known brands on this list, Grown Alchemist puts science first. Its innovative formulas are great for dry or coarser hair types because they’re extra moisturising. This nourishing shampoo is enriched with camomile, vitamin C, lycopene and plenty of antioxidants to hydrate and strengthen hair. The heady scent smells good too. 

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Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo, £12.99

Enriched with organic shea butter and Jamaican black castor oil (a miracle product for textured hair), Shea Moisture’s restoring shampoo is a bestseller. Formulated with Afro-Caribbean hair in mind, it’s lightweight enough to use every day and eliminates product build-up and impurities, meaning you don’t need to follow up with a conditioner every time. It’s also sulphate free, making it a must for thicker hair types. 

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