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How to Choose a Men's Shampoo

Guys are usually more prone to dandruff and other scalp conditions, which makes choosing the right shampoo even more important.


  • Step 1: Choose normal shampoo Choose a shampoo formulated for normal hair if your scalp is not excessively oily. Such a shampoo is gentle and won't strip your scalp and hair of oil.
  • Step 2: Consider oily shampoo Consider a shampoo make for oily hair if your scalp produces a lot of oil. An oily scalp can cause redness, irritation, and sensitivity, so if you have these problems, give this type of shampoo a try.
  • Step 3: Get moisturizing shampoo Get a moisturizing shampoo made for dry hair if your scalp and hair are very dry; you see fine, white flakes; or you have gray hair, which is generally coarser and more brittle.
  • Step 4: Use a dandruff shampoo Use a dandruff shampoo if you see large, white flakes and have an irritated scalp. Alternate with a moisturizing shampoo every other day as dandruff shampoos tend to cause excessive dryness.
  • Step 5: Create volume Create volume and body in fine, limp strands with a volumizing shampoo that will create the illusion of a thicker mane.
  • Step 6: Add clarifying shampoo Wash with a clarifying shampoo no more than once a month to remove buildup from everyday shampoo, conditioner, styling products, and chemicals like chlorine. More frequent use could dry out and damage your hair.
  • TIP: To better target the treatment of your hair, avoid products that combine shampoo and conditioner in one bottle.
  • Step 7: Use a blue shampoo Use a blue-tinted shampoo to keep gray hair from having a yellowish cast. Alternate with a moisturizing shampoo.
  • FACT: Dr. John Breck of Massachusetts is credited with developing one of the first liquid shampoos in the U.S. in 1908.

You Will Need

  • Knowledge of hair type
  • Analysis of scalp condition

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