Best Men’s Shampoos & Conditioners For Your Hair Type

In this article, I want to go over the best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners for your hair type.

Before we get into it, though, (this is important, I swear) – If you haven’t seen my companion article about how to wash & dry your hair properly, I highly suggest you check it out first, because all the groomers I mentioned in my Series Introduction Video said that men are totally crapping the bed in this department and it makes way more of a difference than you think. I promise you’ll learn something new in that article.

Dandruff

Before we dive into the best products for your hair type, I want to address the d-word… No, not that D-word! Dandruff!

Dandruff is almost always the result of 3 things:

  1. Using harsh shampoos, with sulfates and parabens that strip the hair and scalp of the natural oils and vitamins, leaving your scalp and hair dry and flaky.
  2. Not washing your hair and massaging your scalp properly.
  3. Not staying hydrated enough and having a proper diet.

I highly suggest you first try washing your hair properly with quality products as well as upping your water and healthy food intake and see if that doesn’t cure your dandruff issue once and for all.

Hair Loss Shampoo & Conditioner For Thinning or Balding Men

The main goal for choosing a hair loss shampoo and conditioner is you want them to:

  • Slow down or prevent hair loss; and
  • Thicken hair so it appears fuller

The best way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to have a healthy and clean scalp that’s free of DHT which is found in the sebum that’s produced from your scalp. DHT is the cause of male baldness and is like a leech that slowly kills your hair follicles. To combat this, you should use the best hairloss shampoo on the market by Nizoral every 3 days because it contains the only ingredient on the market that’s proven to prevent hair loss by killing DHT on your scalp. The downside, though, is that it also makes your hair appear limp and lifeless, so you definitely want to combine it with the Nioxin conditioner below to minimize this effect.

On the days you’re not using Nizoral shampoo, switch to Nioxin’s shampoo and conditioner system because it promotes a healthy scalp and gives your hair more density so it looks fuller.

For a hair growth shampoo, you can use Rogaine, but the second you stop using it, the new hair will fall out, so it’s not really recommended. I would add Propecia to your routine, instead, because the medication will definitely halt further hair loss from below the surface, so it’s more effective, but it has some side effects, so that’s up to you to determine if it’s worth it or not.

$14 – Nizoral Shampoo

$20-44 – Determine which Nioxin system is best for you:

System 1: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair
System 2: Noticeably thinning, fine hair
System 3: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 4: Noticeably thinning, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 5: Normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse hair
System 6: Noticeably thinning, medium to coarse hair

$40 – Rogaine

Best Shampoos & Conditioners for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, then the goal is to make your hair appear thicker and fuller.

Oily and greasy hair is your enemy because it will make your hair look even finer than it is.

The best fine hair shampoo for men is the Plumping Wash and Rinse by Kevin Murphy because it helps strengthen your hair follicles while adding volume by plumping each hair strand for a thicker look. For a more budget-friendly option, V76 by Vaughn’s Energizing shampoo and conditioner are lightweight and won’t strip away the essential oils and vitamins that you need for healthy hair growth but will still get rid of any excess oil on your scalp. All the professionals I spoke with, though, said no question, Kevin Murphy is the absolute best.

$49 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash – Note: Although I found the product available online, Kevin Murphy only allows their products to be sold at salons, which you can locate on their website here.

$54 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Rinse

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

Coarse / Curly / Kinky Hair

Unlike your thin hair brethren, you can never have enough moisture. You want to choose products with extra moisture, especially when it comes to your conditioner – this will help cut down on the frizz and make your hair more manageable.

Once you apply conditioner you can skip the rinse and have it function as a leave-in conditioner or if you think that’s too weird, you can also get a separate leave-in conditioner to apply after you dry your hair for maximum moisture and smoothness. Apply the product while your hair is still damp.

Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again Wash and Rinse is definitely the best of the bunch below and came unanimously recommended by the professionals I spoke with.

$80 – Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Wash and Rinse Combo Set

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioners

$30 – Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

It might sound crazy, but coconut oil works incredibly well as a leave-in conditioner (and skin moisturizer). Take a small amount, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave and finger comb it into your damp hair after a shower.

$20 – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Conditioner Leave-In

$6 – Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 Miracle Worker

Wavy / Straight Hair

For wavy or straight hair, you don’t need anything too crazy. I love the Jack Black All Over Wash because not only is it light and nourishing, but you are able to use it as a face and body wash, as well. Trust me, it sounds weird, and my fiance, Dorian, and some of my other test subjects were very skeptical when trying it, too, but they all said it was great and that it lived up the hype.

If you don’t want the all-in-one solution, then give Kevin Murphy’s shampoo and conditioner a try – their entire line, for all hair types, was highly recommended by all the professionals I spoke with. My test subjects all loved it, as well.

$21 – Jack Black All Over Wash

$49 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash

$38 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse (Conditioner)

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

 

That’s it! Hope you found this article about the best men’s shampoos and conditioners helpful!

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair Properly

Before you head over to my companion article/video about the best Shampoos and Conditioners for your specific hair type, I want to go over the other side of the coin – how to wash and dry your hair based on your hair type. It’s one thing to have the best products for your hair type, it’s another to use them properly.

I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes and saying, “This b*tch be crazy! How hard is it to wash and dry your hair?” Well, apparently very hard, since the groomers I mentioned in my series intro video all said that their clients weren’t washing and drying their hair correctly.

If you don’t have the frequency and technique down, then you won’t realize the full benefits of the shampoos and conditioners I’m recommending in the accompanying article/video. Don’t believe me? Try the products and techniques for a week and I’m positive you’ll see why this matters.

Let’s get into how often you should washing your hair as well as how to properly wash and then dry it – all based on your hair type.

How often should you wash your hair?

A lot of men think that the more they wash their hair, the better – but that’s not true. In order to keep your hair and scalp healthy, the frequency depends on your hair type and the styling products you’re using. Let’s get into the details for each hair type.

Curly or Coarse, Kinky Hair

Limit shampooing to once a week so it doesn’t dry out your hair too much and turn your head into a fuzzball. You can still use conditioner every time you shower and you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner and not wash it out. This helps keep your hair nourished, easier to manage, and less frizzy.

Fine or Thinning Hair

You want to wash and condition your hair everyday because it’ll help promote hair growth and keep your hair less oily, which makes it look fuller and thicker. It’s very important that you use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners because sulfates will strip your hair and scalp of all of the good oils and vitamins causing it to look dull, dry, and prone to breakage.

Straight or Wavy Hair

Shampoo and condition your hair 2-3 times a week, but if you’re using product daily, then it may be more often. I’ll get into that shortly.

All hair types

The days you’re not washing your hair, you should still give your hair and scalp a good massage with water while showering.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re using clay, gel, or pomade styling products, then you’ll want to wash your hair every time you use them. Otherwise, you’ll start getting zits around your hairline and other parts of your face as the product creeps down onto your skin and clogs your pores while you sleep. Other products, like conditioners or hair sprays can easily be washed out with water and a good head scrub, so go easy on the washing unless you’re using heavier styling products.

Now that we’ve gone over how often you should wash your hair, let’s talk about the proper way to do it.

The proper way to wash your hair

Shampoo

Take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes and really scrub your hair and massage your scalp with your shampoo. Make sure to get the top, sideburns, and back of your head. Really work in the shampoo so it reaches your scalp. This is important because your scalp needs to be stimulated and massaged to get the blood flowing into the area and keep the best version of your hair growing. This will also help your hair be more manageable and easier to style.

Conditioner

Run it through your hair and leave it on while you wash your face and body and then rinse everything off at once. If you’ve got curly or coarse,kinky hair, you might not even rinse the conditioner out. More details about that are in my Shampoo & Conditioner companion video.

How should you dry your hair?

Before you start applying styling or conditioning products, your hair should be towel dried – duh.

The jury is still out on if it REALLY matters how you dry your hair, but I say why tempt fate if you don’t need to. Pat your hair as gently as possible to soak up most of the moisture. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel, as this may cause unnecessary breakage or frizz, especially if you’ve got thinning or curly/kinky hair.

Next, you can either blow dry or air dry your hair depending on the hairstyle you’re going for. Styling will be covered in another video.

Check out my companion article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type so you can get the best version of your hair and hairstyle possible.

14 Biggest Men’s Grooming Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Before I dig into my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, I wanted to address the biggest men’s grooming mistakes and how to fix them so we can set a base level of mistakes that you may need to fix before we go into a deep-dive on grooming stuff.

14. Unkempt Body Hair

This include legs, arms, chest, and the nether regions. I suggest using your clilppers on a 1 or 2 setting and clipping your body hair every 2-3 months, depending on how hairy you are.

Unkempt Body Hair Ashley Weston

13. Ungroomed Eyebrows

Eyebrows should be plucked if you have a unibrow and trimmed if there is a lot of hair like Mr. Rooney on the right below. Most barbers will trim your eyebrows if you ask, or there’s specialty items for this, as well. One thing that should be avoided is making sure they’re not too shaped and clean like a woman’s eyebrows.

Ungroomed Eyebrows Ashley Weston

12. Not taking care of your facial skin

Everyone should have a daily routine of washing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin with sunscreen when you’ll be outside in the sun.

Not Taking Care of your Facial Skin Ashley Weston

11. Too Long Between Haircuts

If you have a shorter hairstyle, you should get a haircut every 2-3 weeks, and if it is a bit longer you can go every 3-4 weeks. If you’re balding or have a buzzed cut, you always want to have a haircut every few days, up to once a week.

Going too long in Btwn Haircuts Ashley Weston

10. Nose Hair / Ear Hair

I’ll let the picture below do the explaining for me.

Nose Hair Ear Hair Ashley Weston

9. Unkempt Facial Hair

This is a real turnoff, especially when your hair is way too long and starting to cover your lips or you have a bunch of you stubble on your neck. If you want stubble, make sure to shave your neck and keep it clean.

8. Dirty, Greasy, Ungroomed Hair

This is something I immediately notice on a guy, and makes my stomach churn, especially when it looks dirty and greasy. So make sure you wash and style your hair before stepping out in public.

Dirty Greasy Ungroomed Hair Ashley Weston

7. Bloody Gums or Food in Teeth

Go to the dentist for a regular teeth cleaning and carry floss or toothpicks and excuse yourself to the restroom to check your teeth after meals.

Bloody Gums or Food in your Teeth Ashley Weston

6. Bad Breath

This is easily fixable: brush your teeth regularly and well and either pop a mint  or small piece of gum before talking to people, whenever possible.

Bad Breath Ashley Weston

5. Being Stinky

I hope I don’t have to say it, but shower regularly, wear deodorant and please, for the love of everyone around you, go very easy on the cologne. There’s definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing.

4. Dirty, Long Finger and Toe Nails

This also includes jagged or bitten nails. Keep them regularly trimmed with clippers. For most men, that means once every two-ish weeks. It’s easiest to do this after a shower when your nails are softest.

Dirty Long Finger and Toe Nails Ashley Weston

3. Not Moisturizing Enough

There’s nothing more disgusting than cracked, ashy, or rough hands, elbows, kees and feet. When you get out of the shower, simply take some lotion, rub it on your hands, elbows, knees and feet (including heels) and you still will thank you for it – as well a lot of people around you.

Not Moisturizing Enough Ashley Weston

2. Neck Hair

This one makes me shudder just by thinking about it. When I see a guy who looks sharp and put together and then he turns his head and I see the back of his neck is hairy – bleh! It ruins it all for me. If your neck hair grows faster than your haircut schedule, just take your razor while you’re shaving your face and give a pass or two to the back of your neck. You won’t notice, but most people behind you will.

Neck Hair Ashley Weston

1. Cracked or Dry Lips

The first thing I notice when we are talking is your cracked or dry lips and I’m doing everything I possibly can to get away from your as quickly as possible. Just slap on some chapstick or other lip moisturizer if they feel a little dry and you’ll be good to go.

Cracked or Dry Lips Ashley Weston

5 Most Common Hair Styling Mistakes Men Make and How to Fix Them

Over the years, while working with my clients, I’ve learned a lot of great tips from their hair stylists when it comes to getting the perfect hairstyle. So with their help, I put together this list of the 5 most common hair styling mistakes men make and how to fix them. I also thought it would be fun to have my friend, Jordan O’Brien from The Gentleman’s Cove Youtube Channel, give his awesome input about these hair styling mistakes since he’s kind of awesome with hair.

 

Mistake 1: Selecting the wrong hairstyle

Wrong Hairstyle Ashley Weston

1) Won’t work for your hair type

So maybe you really love a certain hairstyle, and you want to replicate it on yourself. Unfortunately, trying to style your hair like someone who has a different hair type than yours will result in something that never looks quite right.

Fix

You really need to be honest with yourself when choosing a haircut based on the type of hair you have and take your barber/hairstylist’s advice.

2) Choosing a hairstyle that doesn’t fit your lifestyle

If you’re opposed to using a blow dryer, you are probably not going to want to choose a pompadour or quiff, as they usually require some time with the blow dryer in order to get the necessary volume.

Fix

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time styling your hair, then don’t choose a high maintenance haircut and get something more in-line with the time you’re willing to put in with your hair. 

Mistake 2: Using the wrong product

Using the wrong product will often result in not getting the look or hold you want.  For example, when men with fine or thinning hair use gel or pomades in their styling routine — big mistake. Gel clumps your hair together and reveals more of scalp, making the hair look even thinner. A lot of men will keep adding more and more product, even when it’s not designed for the style you want to accomplish. Another big mistake.

Wrong Product For Hair Type Ashley Weston

Fix

For thinning hair, use mousses, matte texture pastes and conditioners to provide fluff that is more natural.

If the look or hold isn’t up to your standards, the worst thing you can do is double the quantity of product used. Start with a small amount of product and add a little more, if necessary. If that doesn’t work, then you’ve got to find a better product that’s designed for your hair type and style.

Mistake 3: Going too long between haircuts

The longer you go without a haircut, the longer your hair becomes and the more difficult it is to style your hair properly, which usually results in having to use a lot more product.

Too Long In Btwn a Haircut Ashley Weston

Fix

A fresh cut can instantly give you a put-together look, and the more it becomes part of your regular grooming routine, the fewer styling products you’ll usually need.

Mistake 4: Not using product properly

Start with HALF the amount of product of what you think you need, then apply to your hair. You can always add more, but if you put too much, it all goes downhill from there and you’ll either have to wash your hair and start over or use a lot of dry shampoo to get it back to a semi-normal hairstyle.

Not Using Product Properly Ashley Weston

Fix

To really activate a hair product and apply it effectively you need to:

1) Heat it up in your hands by rubbing them together so it warms up and then distributes easily into your hair.
2) Then, using the the full surface area of both your hands, work in the product starting from the root.

As a general rule of thumb, creams and paste should go into hair when it is damp. Pomades or softer waxes should go in when hair is dry.

Mistake 5: Not washing well

Not washing well and using quality products. Can you get away with using the drugstore 2-in-1 products? Maybe, but all the hairstylists I talked to said this is the one thing that guys overlook that has a big impact on being able to style your hair properly. It’s like putting low-grade gasoline into a rocket ship – it won’t work well.

Not Washing Your Hair Enough 2 Ashley Weston

Fix

Take at least 2 minutes to really scrub your hair and massage your scalp. Your scalp needs to be stimulated and massaged to get the blood flowing into the area and keep the best version of your hair growing long into your life, which also means your hair will be more manageable and easier to style.

And as for quality products, it’s really going to make a huge difference after you’re done showering and when it’s time to style your hair. If you don’t believe me, you’ll only know what I’m talking about when you try.

I’ve included some great shampoos and conditioners that are best for your hair type that my hairstylist friends highly recommended. If you’re using products not designed for your hair type then you really won’t see the benefit that I’m talking about.

Thinning Hair

Nioxin System1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set Ashley Weston

$34 – Nioxin System 1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner 
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Shampoo
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Conditioner 

Fine Hair

Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston

$78 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse and Wash Duo Set 
$34 – Lush Veganese Conditioner
$14 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Conditioner 
$12 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Shampoo 

Curly or Coarse Hair

New Wash Hair Story Ashley Weston

$40 – New Wash Hairstory
$21 – Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo
$21 – Kérastase Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner  
$18 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditione
$16 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo 

Normal Hair (Straight or Wavy)

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston 1

$90 – Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rise Duo Set
$30 – Mister Pompadour Peppermint Shower Experience 
$24 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner
$23 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo

5 Most Attractive Men’s Hairstyles Women Love

In this article and video, I wanted to discuss the 5 Most Attractive Men’s Hairstyles That Women Love. I’m always amazed to see content like this that’s done by men, talking about what women love, which doesn’t really make sense since these are dudes, not women, talking about the best hairstyles for men according to women. It seems a little counter-intuitive to me. The ultimate goal of your hairstyle should be having a woman want to run her fingers through it, regardless of the type or quantity of hair you have. So let’s get into the 5 favorites.

 

1. New Pompadour

It’s a modern take on the classic Pompadour (make this a link to a classic pompadour pic) but there’s still going to be that signature volume on top. I find this hairstyle very sexy, especially when the hair’s finger-combed back so that it looks a little “piecey” and not so perfect – every woman will want to run her hands through your hair.

Characteristics of the New Pompadour

  • When the cut is tight and tapered on the sides, but longer and textured on the top.
  • The top will be either swept back, like the James Dean picture below OR back and to the side, like the Justin Timberlake picture. You’ll maintain this direction and high volume on top with a blow dryer and some wax or pomade.

2. Freeman’s Cut (Undercut)

When I see this hairstyle on a man, I instantly think he must be a badass and could give two shits. This haircut isn’t for someone who wants to blend in, so it’s actually a really easy way to fake being cool, or add a dimension of personality that women will be attracted to.

Characteristics of the Freeman

  • When the hair is cut really short (using a 1 or 2 on your clippers) or shaved on the sides and back of your head, but left about 2-4 inches longer on top.
  • The top of your hair is going to be swept straight back. The styling is really quick and easy.

3. The Crew Cut

This haircut is also known as the “Ivy League Cut.” It always looks great and is super low maintenance, so it’s a favorite of a lot of men, and I don’t blame them.

Characteristics of a Crew Cut

  • Tight on the sides with a natural fade of the sideburns and back of the head. The top will be a little bit longer and even length across the whole top of the head.
  • In terms of styling, there’s really not much to do except brushing the top front area up.

4. The Quiff

  1. There’s lots of different variations of the quiff, from short to longer versions, and a cleaner, more controlled styling to a messier, tousled look. This is another haircut that makes me want to run my hands through your hair. I love when it’s styled a little messy because it looks really sexy, masculine and cool.

Characteristics of the Quiff

  • When the top of your hair is on the longer side and the sides and back can vary in length but it should always be kept shorter than the top so there’s a definitive contrast.
  • This kind of haircut will work perfectly on men who have naturally curly or wavy hair.
  • To achieve the volume on top you’ll want to blow dry the top of your hair and then add some styling product to push the hair back and to the side.

5. Classic Businessman

Also known as the Don Draper haircut from Mad Men, it’s a classic taper haircut with a side part hairstyle. I love this timeless and formal hairstyle which looks great in all settings.

Characteristics of the Businessman

  • The top is left up to 2 inches long and the sides and back are tapered with scissors or hair clippers.
  • To get the hairstyle, take your hair product of choice and run it through your hair while it’s still damp. Take your comb and create your side part. Then create a small wave on the front of your hair by combing your bangs up and back towards either side. Comb back the sides of your hair.
  • If you want a little messier than use your fingers as a comb when pushing the top of your hair to the back towards the either side.
  • If you want a wet finish, use a pomade with a bit of shine to it.