Best Shampoo for Men TechnoBuffalo 2020

Men who take their hair seriously need a serious shampoo. Obviously, any shampoo will work on a man's hair, but some companies go the extra mile to appeal to a distinctly masculine sensibility and address a man's needs directly. Some brands feature a less-is-more formula that lathers wonderfully and leaves your hair and scalp perfectly clean and refreshed.

Cleanest clean: Paul Mitchell Special Tea Tree Shampoo

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When you tell your stylist that you use Paul Mitchell Tea Tree, you'll get the look that tells you you've picked the shampoo they would all recommend. It smells wonderful and leaves your hair and scalp tingling clean.

$14 at Amazon

Daily strength: Brickell Strengthening Shampoo

When your hair needs to hit the gym and build up strength, try this Brickell Men's Products Daily Strengthening Shampoo. It packs plenty of vitamins and a refreshing tea tree and peppermint scent that leaves you clean.

$20 at Amazon

Weekend clean: Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo

This deep cleanser with ginseng, rosemary, and sage can be your everyday shampoo, or you can save it for when you need to wipe away the week's grime. The scent is herbal but not as overpowering as minty shampoos.

$25 at Amazon

Shampoo bar: Ethique Tip to Toe Shampoo and Shave Bar

Save space and maybe the environment when you skip the bottle and use a shampoo bar. This bar from Ethique works for both shampoo and shaving, tip to toe indeed.

$16 at Amazon

Serene clean: Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil and Lavender Shampoo

If you take a shower to relax before bed, nothing is more soothing than a head full of lavender lather. This argan oil and lavender shampoo from Love Beauty and Planet will leave you smooth, shiny, and ready for bed.

$25 at Amazon

Minty fresh: Malin and Goetz Peppermint Shampoo

Did you know instead of stealing little bottles of Malin+Goetz shampoo from those fancy hotels, you can buy your own? It's just as amazing in your own shower as it is at the Four Seasons, and the bottle is much bigger.

$36 at Amazon

Wired shampoo: Man Cave Caffeine Shampoo

Can your hair get a buzz from a caffeine shampoo? There's only one way to find out. Give this Man Cave shampoo a try for stronger hair and a scalp that itches less, not for a hairdo that stays up all night.

$18 at Amazon

Dandruff fighter: Maple Holistics Pure Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

You don't need to pay high salon prices for a top-quality shampoo with pure tea tree oil. Fight dandruff with Maple Holistics shampoo that balances the tea tree with lavender and rosemary.

$10 at Amazon

Hophead scrubber: Natur Vital Hops Shampoo

If you love IPAs and hate dandruff, check out Natur Vital Hops shampoo, which uses piney little organic hop buds and several herbal extracts to make a shampoo that will also fight dandruff.

$16 at Amazon

Tiger shampoo: Natura Siberica Fury of the Tiger

Natura Siberica's Fury of the Tiger uses Rhodiola flowers, an herb purported to help build strength and endurance and to help resist physical and environmental stress. Plus tiger grass, of course.

$13 at Amazon

Luxury shine: Philip B Forever Shine

Hollywood hairstylist Philip B offers this ultra-lux shampoo for people who want Forever Shine and are willing to pay top dollar to get it. Philip B promises an all-new technology delivers time-released shine.

$85 at Amazon

Lager hair: Redken Brews 3-in-1

Redken Brews strengthens hair with malt, packed in this slick beer bottle with a barber-inspired formula. Pick up a six-pack to keep in the tub with anti-dandruff and 3-in-1 formulas also available.

$12 at Amazon

Mountain tops: Rocky Mountain Barber Company Daily Use Shampoo

Rocky Mountain Barber company offers this bracing Forest Mint shampoo for daily use, with eucalyptus and tea tree oil for a scent like cold mountain air that leaves hair soft.

$12 at Amazon

Surfer looks: Woody's Daily Shampoo

Woody's has a smooth scent and a clean finish for daily use, even if you have oily hair. The huge bottle is a bargain considering the flood of excellent reviews this shampoo gets from fans.

$14 at Amazon

Is there a wrong shampoo to choose?

For the best mix of powerful, invigorating scent, along with a level of clean that will pass the closest inspection, we love the Paul Mitchell Special Tea Tree shampoo. While it's a bit pricey, a little bit lathers up thick and a small bottle lasts a long time. Best of all, you can feel good knowing the shampoo is vegan and cruelty-free. Paul Mitchell makes enough Tea Tree shampoo that it's even spun off into its own sub-brand, so look for the Lavender Mint and the Lemon Sage flavors as well if you love the clean and feel but want a different morning wake-up scent.

The next big trend in shampoos and hair cair is shampoo bars. Shampoo bars are convenient to buy and use, and easy to take with you when you travel since they aren't liquid. They give you the same effect as a liquid shampoo, but they don't use the plastic, so they don't create as much waste, and they don't need added water and weight so they can be shipped more efficiently. Shampoo bars are a very cool concept, and we love the Tip to Toe shampoo and shave bar from Ethique. It's vegan with almost zero waste left behind, and it's versatile enough to rub on your head or dab with a shaving brush. If you don't need to shave, there are plenty of other scents and shampoo bar options to try.

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