Men’s Hair Products Guide: Shampoo Tutorial

Tutorial on shampoo products for men

This is a tutorial on shampoo products for men; this being part of my overall men’s hair products guide. So far in this guide, I have covered men’s hairstyling products and men’s hair loss products, providing a tutorial for each of the group of men’s hair products, thus it is in this third tutorial that I will be going through all the types of shampoos available for men. My goal with this tutorial (and with the big men’s hair products guide that I’m compiling with these tutorials) is to provide you a quick reference for your shopping of men’s hair products (in this case, shampoos); this way you’ll be able to rapidly know what sort of hair products suit you according to your particular case and what to expect.

Altogether, there are 5 groups of men’s hair products:

  • Shampoos
  • Conditioners
  • Hairstyling products
  • Hairstyling tools and accessories
  • Hair loss products

I’ve already covered the groups of men’s hairstyling products and men’s hair loss products, so it is now that I will cover men’s shampoo products.

A bottle of shampoo for men

Altogether there are 8 types of shampoos; well, technically 7, but I’m going to throw in 2 in 1 shampoos as de facto shampoos for this tutorial and guide. All shampoos should be followed by a hair conditioner, especially in the case of clarifying and chelating shampoos.

  • Regular shampoos
  • Moisturizing shampoo
  • Thickening shampoo
  • Anti dandruff shampoo
  • Shampoo for oily hair
  • Clarifying shampoo
  • Chelating shampoo
  • 2 in 1 shampoo

Let’s now go through each of the 8 types of shampoo for men; for what is worth, I dedicate a big section to the types of shampoo in my second bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book, and, if you wanna know how to insert shampoos into your hair care and hair grooming, then make sure to grab my book in either paperback or Kindle version over at Amazon.

Regular shampoo

Regular shampoos can be used if your hair doesn’t suffer from a specific condition or if you want an overall shampoo that does what it is supposed to do: to clean your hair. You should follow your regular shampoo with a normal conditioner at least three times per week (apply the normal conditioner to your hair after having rinsed the regular shampoo).

Moisturizing shampoo

Moisturizing shampoos are shampoos that not only clean your hair but that also moisturize your hair. Moisturizing shampoos are useful for men with dry or brittle hair, and you should regularly follow the moisturizing shampoo with a normal conditioner.

Thickening shampoo

Thickening shampoos temporarily swell the structure (i.e. shaft) of the hair strands while depositing a fine layer of proprietary ingredients along the length of the strands. This peculiar mechanism of action of thickening shampoos yields a visual thickening of the hair strands, thus enhancing the overall volume and look of the hair after using a thickening shampoo.

Anti dandruff shampoo

Anti dandruff shampoos are effective for the long-term treatment of dandruff in men, and anti dandruff shampoos can carry one or more active ingredients in their formula. As with all shampoo types, you should follow your anti-dandruff shampoo with a conditioner.

Please be aware that, while anti-dandruff shampoos will help in taming any dandruff issues you may have, no shampoo will cure dandruff; in fact, there is no real cure for dandruff, though it can be managed effectively with anti-dandruff shampoos.

Shampoo for oily hair

Shampoos for oily hair are useful for men who have issues with managing their own sebum production or who use to many hairstyling products and thus have a buildup of product residue. Signs of oily hair or having too much product residue on your hair include:

  • Hair feels greasy
  • Hair feels harder than usual
  • Hair looks dim (i.e. doesn’t reflect light well)

Clarifying shampoo

Clarifying shampoos serve the purpose of deep cleaning the hair and thus resetting your hair in terms of cleanliness. Clarifying shampoos are powerful shampoos that should be used infrequently (once or twice per month) and are useful for those men who like to use waxes, pomades and/or hair spray on an everyday basis to style their hair.

A clarifying shampoo must always be followed by a normal or deep conditioner.

Chelating shampoo

Chelating shampoos clean the hair from accumulated chemicals that aren’t otherwise effectively removed by other shampoo types.

Chelating shampoos are indicated for men who go to swimming pools often (e.g. three times per week) and for men who live in areas with very-hard water; the chemicals/minerals in both swimming pool water and in very-hard water are notoriously difficult to remove once they have built up on the hair. If you fall under any of the two aforementioned categories of water sources, then you can use a chelating shampoo once a month to ensure that no residue of chemicals/minerals accumulates on your scalp and hair.

2 in 1 shampoo

2-in-1 shampoos are a specific type of shampoo that acts as both a regular shampoo and a normal conditioner. 2-in-1 shampoos offer more hair conditioning than moisturizing shampoos and are ideal for those men who prefer to save on their showering time by killing two birds (cleaning and conditioning of the hair) with one stone (2-in-1 shampoo).

Men’s Hair Products Guide: Shampoo Tutorial

Quite possibly, you only were aware of a couple of the 8 types of shampoos available for men, and you quite possibly could not pinpoint what the shampoos you knew of could do anyway, and knowing how to use shampoo is imperative for sporting the best-looking hair as I so adamantly emphasize throughout The Men’s Hair Book.

So there, go through this tutorial, find your right shampoo and then pair your newly-found knowledge with the knowledge garnered from the other tutorials in this men’s hair products guide so as to finally get those locks of yours rocking!

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