What Hair Care Products Do Men Really Need? The 4 Products You Can't Skip
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The products you use on your hair make a world of difference to how it looks. And we know from experience that navigating the haircare world as a man can be tricky. Will that 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner really give you the results you want? Or should you invest in a more refined product?
The options for men's haircare products have expanded over recent years, and we're proud to be a part of that movement. But there's no doubt it's become more confusing as a result – and it really shouldn't be.
In fact, one of our main missions at Salt Grooming is to simplify hair care for men, bringing you the core essentials you need and nothing more.
If we can achieve great hair with just a few key products, then we're all for it, and we know you will be, too.
At Salt Grooming, we employ some of the world’s most renowned cosmeceutical scientists who we innovate with day in, day out. So trust us when we say we know a thing or two about high-quality products and healthy hair essentialism.
Using natural, organic, and clinically-proven ingredients, our innovative formulas are designed to offer ultimate styling capabilities, as well as target common men's hair concerns like thinning, dryness, and lack of volume.
So, what are these must-have men's hair care products we're talking about?
Let's start with the first step in your hair wash routine – shampoo. As tempted as you may be to re-pick up that cheap bottle from your local supermarket, trust our experience; investing in a high-quality, natural shampoo is worth it, and your hair will thank you for it.
Shampoos formulated using natural ingredients are a whole lot better than those that are full of synthetic chemicals. These harsh chemicals can strip your hair of the natural oils your scalp produces, leaving your locks feeling dry and looking dull.
Switching out your regular shampoo bottle for one that’s been carefully formulated with ingredients proven to nourish your hair and scalp can do wonders for the overall health of your hair. Natural shampoos will gently cleanse your hair of excess dirt, oil, and build-up while restoring moisture and promoting healthy hair growth.
After a lot of disappointment in the results we were seeing from these common formulas, we took matters into our own hands and created an advanced formula that works for you.
Our Thickening Shampoo is full of organic active ingredients, peptides, and aminos, all designed to give your hair the nutrition it needs to look and feel its best. In less sciency terms, our shampoo is a powerhouse for your hair. It not only cleanses and removes buildup, but it also stimulates hair growth and increases thickness with the help of natural ingredients, including Caffeine, Wheat Protein, Red Clover Leaf, and Ginkgo Biloba.
We've made sure this product works for all hair types, too, creating a truly universal solution for every head of hair.
But don't just take our word for it – our customers love our Thickening Shampoo and have seen amazing results.
"As a man in my 50's I tried this shampoo as a means of making my hair look thicker, I have since purchased this shampoo on several occasions, in fact it is now the only shampoo I use. My hair feels and looks considerably thicker and lustrous it is also kind to the scalp and I am able to use it daily. Would wholeheartedly recommend this product."
Following up your natural shampoo with a nourishing conditioner will add back in any hydration lost in-between hair wash days, which will encourage better hair health and growth.
Just like you should opt for a high-quality shampoo, you should choose a conditioner that’s just as natural and gentle on your scalp. Many cheap conditioners claim to restore hydration when in fact the chemicals in the formulas do more harm than good.
Always make sure that you choose a conditioner that’s free from harmful chemicals and instead full of natural, hair-loving ingredients, like vitamin B5, which helps to nourish the hair follicle and promote healthy hair growth.
In fact, just like our shampoo, our conditioner is specially formulated with those proven and effective ingredients that have made us a firm favourite with men looking for healthier hair.
Key ingredients in our Thickening Conditioner:
It nourishes each strand of hair while strengthening and thickening at the same time. The formula also makes styling easier, giving your hair added body and bounce.
"Like original source mint but for your scalp!! Feels amazing!!!’ You can really feel it working when you leave it in for a minute, leaves the scalp tingling as it absorbs all the goodness, great product thanks."
After the two essential cleansing and conditioning products, you'll want some core styling products. And the easier they are to use, the better.
A sea salt spray should be in every man’s hair styling arsenal. These formulas contain natural salts that texturise the hair, adding waves and hold without making it stiff and crunchy. Instead of spending time curling or blow-drying your hair into submission, simply spritz a little of this styling spray onto damp hair and let it do its thing.
Plus, the added minerals can actually be beneficial for your scalp health by absorbing excess oils and nourishing the strands.
The high density of Unrefined Atlantic Sea Salt sets this spray apart from your typical sea salt styler, giving you a more natural and subtle hold. And, with the added benefits of Pro Vitamin B5 and a professional blend of proteins, our Marine Mist also nourishes your hair, leaving it healthier than before.
"One of the few, if not only, sea salt sprays I've ever used that doesn't feel sticky or gunk up my hair (some also give that crunchy feeling which is horrible). Great product."
A good hair styling compound can make all the difference in achieving your desired hairstyle. hair clays and waxes are two of the most popular choices and work by locking your style in place throughout the day. They’re also great volume boosters, which is beneficial when dealing with fine or thin hair.
You can use it alongside a sea salt spray for added hold and texture or use it by itself and let your natural hair do the work.
Our award-winning Hybrid Hair will become a serious game changer – it takes the best parts of hair wax and hair clay, combining them into one versatile product. The compound provides a strong hold without weighing your hair down or leaving residue while nourishing your hair and scalp.
Key products in our Hybrid Hair:
This product was actually our first foray into the world of men's hair care, and it's proven itself as a true contender. The clever combination of natural ingredients and modern technology has resulted in a product that’s picked up numerous awards and is trusted by over 30,000 men in the UK alone.This product was actually our first foray into the world of men's hair care, and it's proven itself as a true contender. The clever combination of natural ingredients and modern technology has resulted in a product that’s picked up numerous awards and is trusted by over 30,000 men in the UK alone.
"I think I’m qualified to give a review, it’s simply put the best hair product I have ever used and I will continue to use it for as long as I have hair. I hope they never discontinue it."
If there's one thing we've learned from decades of trial and error, it's that a simple, stripped-back routine can often yield the best results.
Using numerous products on your hair day in and day out won't do it any good and can actually lead to it looking worse. Heavy styling products can leave your hair looking greasy, feeling weighed down and even cause build-up, making styling a nightmare. And using shampoos and conditioners packed with synthetic ingredients can strip your hair of its natural oils.
A minimalistic approach to haircare and styling will not only save you time (and money), but it can also improve the health of your hair. You're allowing your hair to breathe and maintain its natural balance.
The products you use on your hair can significantly impact its overall health and appearance. Many conventional hair care products are filled with harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, and preservatives, which can strip your hair’s natural oils, disrupt its pH balance, and even cause hair damage.
By using products with natural ingredients, you're instead nourishing it with beneficial nutrients, leading to stronger, shinier, and more manageable hair that’s less prone to damage.
It's a bit like eating a healthy diet. When you feed your body with nutrient-dense foods, it functions better and looks its best. The same goes for your hair – using natural and nourishing products will help improve its overall health and appearance.
If you're looking to refresh your routine with natural and effective products or want to start taking better care of your hair, our core essentials collection has got you covered. We've put years of our time and endless amounts of research into our men's hair care range to ensure you're getting the best quality and results possible.
Shop our hair products above or head over to our full collection to explore the range further.
A shampoo and conditioner should be the basics that every man has. Take our Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner, for example – a truly powerful duo in cleansing, hydrating, and volumising men's hair. If you tend to style your hair, stick with one or two products; using too many can weigh down your hair and make it more difficult to achieve the style you want. Our Hybrid Hair and Marine Mist are both great options for styling and adding texture without weighing hair down.
There are certainly products out there that are formulated to target specific hair types, but universal products work just as effectively. We've developed our core essentials collection with exactly this in mind – creating versatile products that can work for all hair types. You might find adding in additional styling products or switching up your routine helps you achieve the look you want, for example, using a curling cream for kinky or coily hair, but there's no need to overhaul your entire hair care routine.
While there's no need to wash your hair every day with a shampoo and conditioner, giving it a spritz with sea salt spray or working through a styling compound will restore your locks from your bedhead and keep it fresh. They'll also nourish your strands throughout the day, helping to maintain your hair's natural moisture and shine.
You don't need to wet your hair every day unless you find it helps with styling or you like the feeling of having freshly washed hair.