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As a guy with long hair, I can attest to the fact that some shampoos simply perform better than others when it comes to washing my hair.
While most store bought shampoos can technically get the job done (I guess), there are far better options out there for us guys who take pride in the look, feel, and health of our long hair.
But the fact is, there are literally thousands of shampoos on the market. How do you determine which ones are worth investing in?
How to Choose the Right Men’s Shampoo for Long Hair
While pretty much any shampoo is capable of getting your hair clean (for better or worse), that’s not the only criteria you should consider when making a decision.
Here is a few things to look for when buying a shampoo:
- Does it strengthen hair?
- Is it free of harmful ingredients?
- How well does it lather?
- Will it improve the look and feel of your hair?
- Is it moisturizing?
To help simplify matters, I consolidated my top 5 favorite shampoos that are perfect for us guys with long hair. Enjoy.
- Tame the Beast – Eucalyptus Shampoo
- Blackwood for Men – Hydroblast
- Jack Black – Double Header
- Brickell – Daily Strengthening
- Baxter of California – Daily Fortifying
5 Best Shampoos for Men with Long Hair Reviewed
Tame The Beast – Eucalyptus Shampoo
Tame your mane with Tame the Beast eucalyptus shampoo for men. This all-natural shampoo is the perfect compliment to your long hair morning routine, and even provides a refreshing tingling sensation to the scalp. While I find it particularly awesome for long hair, it’s also great for frizzy hair, damaged hair, and guys with fine hair. The extensive all-natural ingredient list includes:
- Eucalyptus oil
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Vitamins A,B,C, and E
What I like about Tame the Beast Eucalyptus shampoo:
• Leaves hair feeling silky
After you’ve tried as many shampoos as I have, you begin to notice the differences between the good shampoos, and the not so great ones. This Tame the Beast shampoo definitely falls into the former category. It leaves your hair feeling soft, thick, moisturized, and squeaky clean. I’d describe the feeling as having long, hydrated strands of silk flowing from my scalp. And yes, it feels as good as it sounds.
• Refreshing tingle
Thanks to eucalyptus, peppermint, caffeine, and menthol, Tame the Beast shampoo leaves your scalp with an invigorating and refreshingly cool tingle. It’s a great pick-me-up during those early morning showers, and also feels really refreshing during hot and humid weather.
• Volume and body
Extra volume and body isn’t something I was expecting with this shampoo, but I’m not complaining. Beast eucalyptus leaves fine hair looking and feeling thicker and fuller. I personally think it’s a great option for guys looking to add a little extra density, and volume to their long flowing mane.
Blackwood For Men – Hydroblast
Give your long hair the VIP treatment it deserves with Blackwood for Men moisturizing shampoo. Boasting borderline illegal levels of hydration, this Blackwood for Men shampoo provides intense moisturizing benefits with the help of shea butter, coconut oil, and honey. Hair feels smoother, thicker, healthier, and more manageable. It also provides hydration for dry, itchy scalp as well. While I personally love it for my long hair, it’s great for all hair types especially guys with dry or damaged hair.
Why I like Blackwood For Men Hydroblast:
• Masculine scent
It’s about time you ditch the feminine smelling crap you’ve been washing your hair with and get yourself a shampoo that smells like a man. Blackwood For Men has a rugged, masculine fragrance that won’t leave your hair smelling like a flower chewed you up and shit you out.
• Big time lather
Don’t underestimate the power of a good lather; especially if you have long hair. Blackwood moisturizing shampoo works into a thick, rich lather that powers through dirt and oil buildup, and even detangle unruly hair. If you’re anything like me, you don’t brush your hair as often as you should and I find that a shampoo that helps separate knots and tangles is a big plus.
• Awesome for dry hair and scalp
The highly moisturizing formula makes this a solid choice for guys with dry hair. While long hair is cool, it has the tendency to become dry near the tips. That’s because essential oils from your scalp only nourish and hydrate the roots of your hair, leaving the ends brittle and dry. Blackwood shampoo moisturizes these dry ends resulting in a stronger, healthier head of hair.
Jack Black – Double Header
The only 2-in-1 on this list is Jack Black Double-Header. This made for men shampoo is perfect for guys with long hair due to it’s strengthening, conditioning, and cleansing power. Made with natural and organic ingredients, Double-Header is designed to safely improve the look, feel, and health of your hair. Some of the hair beneficial ingredients include:
- White lupine protein – Helps nourish and hydrate for healthy hair and scalp.
- Coconut oil – Hydrates and moisturizes hair and scalp, and also helps improve hair health and growth.
- Kelp extract – Chalk full of vitamins and minerals that help improve hair strength and health.
- Basil – Thought to improve scalp health and also help stimulate new hair growth.
Why I like Jack Black Double-Header:
I’m honestly not the biggest fan of 2-in-1s because they typically don’t leave my hair feeling as moisturized as a standalone conditioner. Double-Header on the other hand leaves my hair feeling soft, smooth, hydrated, and as moisturized as any good conditioner would.
• Lots of lather
I don’t care much for shampoos that are light on the lather. They never seem to get my hair as clean as I would like, or I need to use way more than necessary to get the desired effect. Thankfully that’s not the case with Jack Black Double-Header. It quickly works into a thick, rich lather that leaves hair feeling clean, fresh, and hydrated.
When I started growing out my hair for the first time I started to experience something I never had before – tangles. While daily brushing resolves the problem, it can be time consuming and actually sort of painful. One of the things I really like about Double-Header is that it really loosens knots and tangles in my hair, which leads to less combing, and less pain.
Brickell – Daily Strengthening
When it comes to men’s grooming products Brickell always seems to be at the top of my list. I’ve grown quite the liking for their products due to their effectiveness, and the fact that they are made from natural and organic ingredients. Their daily strengthening shampoo naturally falls into both categories which is clearly why I like it so much. Designed to cleanse, strengthen and thicken hair, Brickell manages to do all three while boasting 97% natural and 73% organic ingredients. Sort of impressive.
What’s great about Brickell Daily Strengthening Shampoo:
• Great for long hair
Since my hair is much longer than the average man’s, I need a shampoo that performs better than the average shampoo. At least that’s my thinking. With Brickell Daily Strengthening shampoo my hair feels clean, hydrated, and healthy. Also my usual dry, brittle ends are left feeling noticeably more moisturized, and considerably stronger.
• Great for dry scalp
I don’t wash my hair everyday (nor should you) and after a few days without shampoo my scalp tends to become dry and flakey. With Brickell, I noticed a significant improvement in the health and hydration of my scalp between washings.
• Smells awesome
While this is a bit subjective, I really like the minty fresh scent of this daily strengthening shampoo. It’s refreshing, invigorating, and provides a nice little pick-me-up for your senses during those early morning showers.
If you’re looking for a little extra volume for your long hair, Brickell Daily Strengthening shampoo might be the answer. Infused with hydrolyzed protein and amino acids, this shampoo provides thickness and volume that you can see and feel. Each strand of hair is individually hydrated for a noticeably fuller head of hair.
Baxter of California – Daily Fortifying
For guys with long hair, it’s especially important to use a shampoo that contains hair strengthening ingredients. With this Baxter of California Daily Fortifying shampoo, that’s exactly what you get. It contains:
- Wheat protein – Gives hair a thicker, fuller appearance by providing each hair strand with a massive boost in moisture. It also adds shine, and helps strengthen and support hair’s natural structure.
- Coconut extract – Helps stimulate hair growth by moisturizing deep into the hair follicle, and helps prevent breakage and split ends.
- Vitamin E – Improves blood circulation to the scalp which helps increase hair growth. Helps prevent breakage, and also supports a healthy scalp.
Aside from it’s ability to strengthen hair, it also thickens, moisturizes, and even helps eliminate dry, flakey scalp. The finished result is thick, healthy, hydrated hair with a minty fresh scent.
What I like about Baxter of California Daily Fortifying shampoo:
• Refreshing tingle
One of the first things you’ll notice about this Daily Fortifying shampoo is the cool, refreshing tingle. Although it’s only a temporary sensation, it kind of gives you the reassuring feeling that the shampoo is doing it’s job for both your hair and scalp.
• Great scent
I really like the cool minty scent of this shampoo. It’s fresh and masculine, without being too strong or overbearing. It kind of reminds me of spearmint chewing gum, but in a good way.
• Big lather
Considering how much hair I have, it’s important for me to use a shampoo that provides a lot of lather. It takes time to get my hair clean, but using a shampoo that works into a thick, rich, lather really helps break down dirt and oil buildup more quickly and easily.
• Leaves hair feeling healthy
With regular use of this Daily Fortifying shampoo you’ll start to notice healthier, thicker, stronger, and shinier hair. I also noticed that it does a good job of alleviating dry, flakey scalp.
How to Wash Your Long Hair – 7 Tips
Washing my hair wasn’t such a big deal when it was short, but once I started to grow it out I quickly realized how much of a pain in the ass it can be to wash it.
Although I don’t miss having short hair, I do miss the ease and simplicity of maintaining it. But since I don’t have any immediate plans of parting ways with my long, flowing locks, I devised a simple routine to help minimize the annoyances and frustrations associated with shampooing it.
Tip #1 – Wash it at night
Long hair obviously takes longer to dry than short hair, so I recommend washing it in the evening to give it more time to dry. So whether you’re wearing it down, or rocking a sick man bun, your morning routine will be quicker and easier when you wake up to clean, dry hair.
Tip #2 – Don’t wash it everyday
You don’t have to tell me twice. Washing your hair everyday can actually cause it to become overly dry and brittle. The natural oils that your scalp produces help to nourish and moisturize, so it’s important to not strip it all away by washing your hair too frequently. I personally shampoo my hair 3 times per week.
Tip #3 – Rinse with warm water
Warm water helps open the shingle-like cuticles of each hair strand, so try rinsing your hair with warm water before adding any shampoo or conditioner. This will allow dirt, oil, hair product, and god knows what else to be more easily removed. It also allows for deeper penetration of the conditioner.
Tip #4 – Conditioner before shampoo
This is some next level shit right here, but try conditioning your hair before you shampoo. While this may go against everything you thought you knew, it actually has some pretty serious hair benefits. Conditioning first helps protect the hair from the drying effects of shampoo by penetrating the cuticle and supplying moisture. Since long hair is more susceptible to becoming overly dry and brittle, conditioner is extremely important if you want to keep your hair healthy and looking it’s best.
Tip #5 – Root to tips
The oiliest part of your hair is the hair closest to the scalp. The further away from your scalp you get, the drier your hair gets. When shampooing, focus more on the roots, and less on the tips. Since shampoo can be quite drying, the ends of your hair don’t need to be washed as frequently. This will help keep the full length of your hair moisturized and healthy.
Tip #6 – Finish with cold water
If you’re man enough to handle it, I highly recommend rinsing your hair with cold water. Cold water helps close the shingle-like cuticles, trapping moisture inside, and helps make your hair appear smoother and shinier.
Tip #7 – Easy on the towel
Hey guy, you might be tough, but your hair isn’t. Towel drying your hair can cause some serious damage in the form of split ends and breakage. If you insist on using a towel to dry your hair, just remember to be gentle and take your time. My personal recommendation is to use a good microfiber hair towel to soak up excess water, then let it air dry to completion.
I personally recommend the Aquis Original Microfiber hair towel (available on Amazon). It’s gentle on the hair while providing superior drying capabilities compared to traditional cotton terry towels. It’s also bigger than most other microfiber hair towels I’ve come across, which is great considering us guys tend to have larger heads than women.
Thanks for checking out my list of best shampoos for men with long hair. If you have any questions, comments, or personal experience with any of these shampoos, feel free to leave it in the comment section below.