Choosing the best shampoo for men is a matter of understanding what constitutes healthy ingredients in today's shampoos, and finding a product that works for your hair type. The same is true for men's hair products such as gel, hairspray and mousse.
First of all, when you get out of the shower, whether at home or at the gym, be sure to use a shampoo and not a body wash. The latter can dry out and damage your hair.
All shampoos start with water as their base, and detergent as their cleaning agent. While none of these are perfect, you want to avoid the harsher chemicals, including:
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
-Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
-Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
Other common detergents such as TEA or MEA Lauryl sulfate are fairly mild and safe for your hair. Other ingredients include flower and root extracts for fragrance, proteins and vitamins to help nourish your hair and often dozens more for viscosity, moisturizing or preservation.
Look for natural ingredients such as herb, root and vegetable extracts, and choose a shampoo for your hair type. If you have oily hair, a harsher detergent may be necessary for a thorough clean. If your hair is dry or you have dandruff, consider one with moisturizing elements or anti-dandruff properties.
Post Shower Products
There are tons of mens hair products to style and hold your hair in place, and these aren't just your teenager's mousse and gel.
Companies have caught on to the fact that men want manly scents that don't overpower, as well as a product that is good for the environment.
Fortunately, some of the best styling products are the all-natural and organic ones. Popular choices include "grooming clay" and pomade.
Grooming clay is not as sticky as gel and leaves hair looking natural, and it boasts a simple, organic ingredients list. Pomade, on the other hand is more like traditional mousse. Check your ingredient's labels on both to be sure you are getting the natural product you want.
To apply product, rub a dollop between your hands, then work it into your hair from front to back, then back to front. Work it through the hair thoroughly. For a slick look, apply product when hair is still fairly damp. Otherwise, wait until hair is dry to apply.
Whether you choose an organic mens hair product or not, buy the best quality you can afford. Buy a separate bottle of shampoo and conditioner, and purchase styling gel as well as mousse for extra holding power.