Though a decent hair styling product can give you control and definition, really the key to great hair starts in the shower. Using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type can work wonders when it comes to volume and shine. Which is why men with dry hair need to be thinking differently. Using the wrong shampoo is rarely disastrous but it can stop you from looking your best. With that in mind, here’s how to treat dry hair and some of the best products around which can help.
How to Treat Dry Hair
The key to finding the best shampoo for dry hair is to look for formulas which offer extra nourishment and avoid the use of sulfates wherever possible. Though sulfates are a staple in most shampoos thanks to their cleansing properties, they can cause irritation to skin and seriously dry out your hair. Sulfate-free shampoos, however, can be much milder and don’t strip your skin and hair of natural oils.
Another important tip for men with dry hair is try avoiding using any type of heat styling tools. While hairdryers and straighteners can help with shaping and styling, heat isn’t your hair’s best friend and can damage already dry hair even more.
So what are the best shampoos for dry hair? Here’s some of your best options…
Slick haircare brand Hanz De Fuko have been making some serious waves despite their relatively young age. The San Francisco-based company promise each product contains ‘No parabens. No sulfates. No regrets’, which is why they boast fans such as Bruno Mars and David Beckham. Their Natural Shampoo contains 16 pure natural plant extracts, all of which are listed right on the bottle, so there’s no surprises. As Hanz De Fuko specialise in the all-natural, you may find the shampoo will take a week or so to get used to, but we promise you’ll reap the rewards with locks that bounce with a sheen. Hey, if it’s good enough for Becks…
Aveda have long been ahead of the curve when it comes to cosmetic brands taking an active role in promoting environmental responsibility by using natural ingredients and organic oils and raw herbal complexes wherever possible. They also have a dedicated men’s range and their Pure-Formance Shampoo is perfect if you’re looking to soothe and moisturise your hair and scalp. It’s a little foamier than other sulphate-free shampoos, meaning you can really feel the deep clean.
Having been selling homemade hair and skin preparations since 1912, Shea Moisture have quite the reputation with natural, organic and sustainably-produced products. Their 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo is all about revitalising and hydrating dry hair, lifting away dirt and impurities while enhancing shine and manageability. It’s suitable for all hair types and free from the likes of parabens, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde and propylene.
We’ve always found Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisture Rich Shampoo is a great option for those with lifeless hair who are on a budget. Combining gentle cleansing ingredients with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, it moisturises and nourishes hair without stripping and the addition of Peppermint Oil soothes dry, itchy scalps. The only downside is some men can find the minty chocolate fragrance a little off-putting.
Though they may be more associated with women, Parisian brand Kérastase’s Discipline Bain Fluidealiste is one of the best revitalising shampoos on the market regardless of sex. Especially effective against wire-y and frizzy locks, the shampoo is formulated with amino acids which will smooth and strengthen your hair, while the pro-keratin formula will restore the integrity of the hair.
Kiehl’s began life in 1851 as a single homeopathic pharmacy in New York City. Ever since, Kiehl’s blend of cosmetic and herbal knowledge has been developed and passed down through the generations with the name now demanding a respect unrivalled. Which is why their Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo is arguably our pick of the lot. Ideal for men who have chemically-processed hair or excessively use the hairdryers or straighteners, the shampoo is infused with Moringa Tree Oil and hydrating Hyaluronic and Ceramides to smooth and fortify damaged and weak hair.