It’s hard out there for a man just trying to get his grooming routine together. All you want is an assortment of hair care products that address your needs, but all you’ll get is hyper-masculine branding and advertisements about lumberjacks.
Here’s the big secret: Many hair products are gender neutral. Men and women alike need salon quality shampoos and conditioners. When we recommend products, it’s all about getting the best on the market—lumberjacks or no. Looking for the must-have men’s hair products you’ll want to be purchasing in 2018? You’ve come to the right place.
If you’re struggling with dry hair:
Everything from chemical damage to a change in weather can leave your hair feeling drier than you’d like. If that’s the case, turn to a shampoo that’s specially formulated to help. Even severely dry hair can now achieve touchable softness with the complete All Soft Mega system. This shampoo is infused with a superfood mix of sacha inchi extract, aloe vera, and cactus extract, and Redken’s Exclusive RCT Protein Complex to treat hair from the root to the core to the tip.
Try: Redken All Soft Mega Shampoo, $16.00 MSRP
Pro tip: Stylists always recommend using the full line of any hair care system to help you see maximum results. That means you should be pairing your shampoo with the All Soft Mega Conditioner and HydraMelt Moisturizing Hair Lotion for soft-feeling hair.
Try: Redken All Soft Mega Conditioner, $17.00 MSRP
If you just want a daily hair care system that works:
Some of us are more frightened than intrigued by products with lots of bells and whistles. If you’re just hoping for clean hair that looks and smells good, choose a formula that you can trust. Baxter of California’s Daily Fortifying Shampoo was designed with all hair types in mind. Minty, invigorating fragrance aside, the shampoo was formulated with specialized ingredients like wheat protein, vitamin E, and coconut extract to cleanse the hair.
Try: Baxter Of California Daily Fortifying Shampoo, $32.00 MSRP
All good things come in pairs. Combined with the shampoo, the formula will fortify hair to leave it stronger, conditioned and nourished with a unique, invigorating fragrance blend.
Try: Baxter Of California Daily Fortifying Conditioner, $33.00 MSRP
If dandruff is the bane of your existence:
Men often struggle with dandruff, which can be both itchy and embarrassing. Don’t let it get you down! Trade your standard shampoo formulated to help with your hair woes. Mizani Scalp Care Shampoo Antidandruff Shampoo helps eliminate the recurrence of scalp flaking, scaling, and itching associated with dandruff. No more trying to explain those white flakes away!
Try: Mizani Scalp Care Antidandruff Shampoo, $24.00 MSRP
Double the products, double the power of the hair care system. If you’re already committing to the shampoo, stick the conditioner in your shower as well.
Try: Mizani Scalp Care Antidandruff Conditioner, $28.00 MSRP
If you’re just trying to look perfectly undone every day:
Real men use styling products for hair that looks intentional—not like you just rolled out of bed. We love L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Dry Finishing Spray, which helps even the most squeaky clean hair look artfully tousled and disheveled.
Try: L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Dry Finishing Spray, $28.00 MSRP
If your curl pattern is out of control:
Men with curls, waves, and texture can get lost in a sea of confusing products. Our advice? Keep it simple with a hair care system that locks in nourishment to help control frizz and enhance manageability. The 3Butter Control System Shampoo, with a blend of three butters (cupuaçu, shea, murumuru) delivers an indulgent, sulfate-free lather.
Try: Matrix Biolage 3Butter Control System Shampoo, $19.00 MSRP
Once your hair is clean, turn to the 3Butter System Conditioner to nourish and effortlessly detangle strands.
Try: Matrix Biolage 3Butter Control System Conditioner, $17.00 MSRP