Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 6/9/2021
So, some bad news — your hair isn't going to appear glossy, thick or full around the edges without some very deliberate effort on your part. Good hair days just don't work that way.
To get it to look more than halfway decent, your hair may require a number of maintenance products and practices that usually make up a care routine.
But just what should you look out for when making a selection of hair care products?
Shopping for the right products can feel overwhelming.
Here are the basic care staples, and the ingredients to look out for when deciding what might work best for your hair.
Now some good news: achieving happy and healthy-looking hair doesn't always require an infinite amount of products, complex application processes or a sacrifice at dawn to happen.
Instead, simplicity is always encouraged when attempting to get your hair to a place you’re satisfied with.
With just a few additions to your hair and special notice of their ingredients, you can sort out a suitable care routine.
Here are staple hair care products for men, and the reasons they are so important for managing hair health:
Getting rid of the gunk and goo that accumulates in your hair is a job usually reserved for your favorite shampoo.
While nobody does a clean scalp quite like it, removing dirt from your hair isn’t the only role a good shampoo plays.
These days, shampoo not only cleanses your scalp, but is also intended to improve the condition of its appearance.
These cleaning agents may also be tailored to suit your age and hair type, making sure your curly, straight, dreadlocked, etc. hair gets the proper amount of cleaning love.
With the right shampoo, you’ll enjoy these benefits without experiencing any irritation to your skin.
Conditioners are a trusty sidekick to shampoo. After getting your hair all clean and squeaky, conditioners step in to help make sure it’s soft and easy to work with.
Conditioners have the important role of ensuring that your hair is manageable.
They also work to make sure you have less frizz by reducing static electricity in your hair.
For even more cool points, conditioners add luster to your hair to produce a nice and shiny sheen.
If you've reached out to a friend, colleague or even just Google for a helping hand with improving the state of your hair, then you'll probably understand why hair growth supplements aren’t a bad idea for your care routine.
Because a number of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients are required for the growth of your hair, there are times where it becomes necessary to get outside assistance to meet up with your requirements.
That's where hair growth products come in.
If you're freaking out over how much thinner your hair is looking, or wondering about the widening bald patch on your scalp, it may be time to resort to hair loss treatments.
These treatments will help you rest easy knowing that they are helping to stop hair loss, and may, in certain cases, help to restore some of the hair you’ve lost.
A hair loss treatment can also help to contain whatever is responsible for you losing more hair than
Pro-tip when going shopping for your hair care products: have your reading glasses on because you're going to want to make sure the following ingredients are present in your selections:
In looking out for the contents of your preferred shampoo, the first thing you might want to consider is what you’re looking to achieve with the product.
If you would like to manage annoying conditions like dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis, zinc pyrithione is a name you’ll want to remember.
This metal complex is, as its name suggests, derived from zinc.
Among other benefits, it is able to prevent the spread of fungi and bacteria in the scalp, making it an easy go-to for managing scalp infections.
If you’re more in the market for something to manage hair loss, shampoo that contains ingredients like ketoconazole and saw palmetto may be able to help, but more research is needed to confirm their efficacy.
However, we do know these ingredients are able to act as DHT blockers. This simply means that they are able to prevent the actions of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that has quite the reputation for causing male pattern baldness.
They are also able to improve hair growth following consistent usage.
If you like the sound of cleaner, denser hair, try our "Thick Fix" Hair Thickening Shampoo for Men, complete with saw palmetto.
Learn more about ingredients for improving hair growth in our guide to Men’s Hair Loss Shampoo.
Remember how your hair depends on minerals and vitamins to grow?
Well, sometimes you don’t get enough of these nutrients, and this can affect how your hair grows and appears.
One of the most popular hair and nail growth supplements is biotin, otherwise known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H.
In cases where this vitamin is lacking in your diet, this can contribute to poor hair growth.
However, biotin is needed in only small amounts that are well covered from regular food sources, leading to very rare cases of biotin deficiency.
This means you most likely won’t require additional biotin if you’re healthy and eating correctly.
However, should you feel the need to support your body’s supply of this vitamin, you can try our Biotin Gummy Vitamins for healthy hair.
Watching your hairline progressively recede is about as fun as watching your phone fall into a shredding machine. The same goes where it continuously loses thickness.
To help with managing hair loss, it's important to apply hair loss treatments regularly to your scalp.
The FDA has currently approved two treatments for managing hair loss. They are:
This topical treatment is available as a foaming agent or a liquid solution. Prepared in 2% and 5% formulations, this medication helps to make sure your hair gets enough blood, oxygen and nutrients.
Read more about how minoxidil helps to manage hair loss in our guide explaining How Long Before Minoxidil Starts Working.
It does this by acting as an antiandrogen to prevent the production of this hormone.
To make sure you have all your facts right about this medication, check out our guide on What Every Man Should Know About Finasteride for Hair Loss.
Your hair is very important to your appearance and how you tend to feel about yourself. This is why taking proper care of it is usually a very big deal.
Thankfully, not too much is required to get your hair into a healthy and presentable state.
Making use of usual suspects like shampoo and conditioner, or hair growth supplements and treatments are usually recommended for managing the state of your hair.
However, when making these selections, it's always important to pay attention to what they contain, as the ingredients play a big role in how effective these products can be for your hair.
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