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28 Best Tried and True Japanese Shampoos for Men in 2022 (Shiseido Professional, Acro, and More)

There are a number of shampoos out there on the market for you to choose from. So, from everything from shampoos specializing in odor care to those rich in amino acids for a gentle wash, just which ones stand out above the rest?


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (Amazon, Rakuten, etc.) for the most popular selling men's shampoos and put them to the test to give you our highest recommendations!


Under the supervision of a hair specialist, we inspected each shampoo for the following 5 criteria.


  1. Comfort Level
  2. Gentleness
  3. Foam-ability 
  4. Smoothness
  5. Cleaning Power

So, which ones stood their ground to become our choice for best buy? Take a look at our results as well as our hair specialist's "Correct Way to Shampoo" explanation for the next time you decide to buy!

Featured in this article

Tetsuo Inoue
mybest US Editors
  • Last updated: 06-01-2022
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Compare the Best Japanese Shampoos for Men

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Social Tech Chap Up Shampoo 1

Social Tech

2
HMENZ Scalp Shampoo 1

HMENZ

3
Haru Men's Scalp Pro 1

Haru

4
ACRO THREE for Men Gentling Shampoo 1

ACRO

5
BOTANIST Botanical Scalp Shampoo 1

BOTANIST

6
Quattro Botanico Botanical Scalp and Hair Shampoo 1

Quattro Botanico

7
Otsuka Pharmaceuticals ULOS Medicated Scalp Shampoo 1

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

8
ORBIS Men's Hair Shampoo 1

ORBIS

9
Zero Plus U-MA Premium Shampoo (Medicated)  1

Zero Plus

10
Alphaway Mongoryu Shampoo EX 1

Alphaway

11
Lebel THEO Scalp Shampoo - Ice Mint 1

Lebel

12
demi cosmetics Biove Scalp Aging Care for Men 1

demi cosmetics

13
Shiseido Professional Adenovital Shampoo 1

Shiseido Professional

14
Nakano Pharmaceuticals  Nakano Foliage Cleansing Shampoo 1

Nakano Pharmaceuticals

15
VITALISM Scalp Care Shampoo for Men 1

VITALISM

Name

Chap Up Shampoo

Scalp Shampoo

Men's Scalp Pro

THREE for Men Gentling Shampoo

Botanical Scalp Shampoo

Botanical Scalp and Hair Shampoo

ULOS Medicated Scalp Shampoo

Men's Hair Shampoo

U-MA Premium Shampoo (Medicated)

Mongoryu Shampoo EX

THEO Scalp Shampoo - Ice Mint

Biove Scalp Aging Care for Men

Adenovital Shampoo

Nakano Foliage Cleansing Shampoo

Scalp Care Shampoo for Men

Features

The Best Japanese Shampoo for Men on the Market!

The Best Men's Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

The Gentlest Shampoo with a Citrus Scent

The Best Natural Shampoo for Men

The Gentlest Shampoo with the Most Foam

The Best Botanical Shampoo for Men

A Shampoo That's Great for Removing Sweat and Odor

The Best Medicated Shampoo

A High-quality Shampoo for Itchiness

Not at All Bad but a Little Pricey

An Extremely Cooling Shampoo

A Super Comfortable Shampoo for Men

An Amazingly Comfortable Shampooing Experience

A Mild Salon Shampoo

An Extremely Gentle Organic Shampoo

Price$54.60$21.75$27.88$65.90$28.20$35.85$44.88$35.66$59.75$71.51$54.77$45.00$24.00$27.37$24.86
ScentFruity RoseN/ARefreshing Sunny CitrusN/AApple and LimeRefreshing and Exotic Essential OilsN/AUnscentedN/AN/AIce MintN/AN/ARefreshing OrangeFloral Green
EffectN/AN/AN/AN/AMoisturizing, strengthens the rootsN/AFights odor caused by sweatN/AProtects against dandruff and itchiness / protects against odor caused by sweatKeeps hair and scalp healthyMoisturizing balanceN/AMaking hair young and voluminousControls oil for a clean scalpN/A
Comfort level3.83.83.93.93.43.63.43.53.53.63.44.14.33.32.5
Gentleness4.95.05.05.04.95.05.04.53.53.54.45.02.84.05.0
Foam-ability4.04.03.52.04.03.03.03.03.53.53.01.03.53.52.5
Smoothness5.05.05.05.05.05.05.04.05.05.05.05.05.05.05.0
Cleansing power3.81.72.04.01.31.32.04.04.33.81.81.22.61.31.4
Overall rating4.34.14.14.03.93.93.93.83.83.73.73.63.63.33.4
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28 Best Japanese Shampoos for Men

Based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 28 best Japanese shampoos for men!


The overall ranking for each product is not an average ranking based on each criteria but based on the numerical weighting added to that average. 


All of the products listed below were not tested for each effect or benefit listed in the buying guide. That being said, be sure to check for each effect or benefit when purchasing. 

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ScentFruity Rose
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.8
Gentleness4.9
Foam-ability4.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power3.8
Overall rating4.3
2
ScentN/A
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.8
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability4.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.7
Overall rating4.1
3
ScentRefreshing Sunny Citrus
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.9
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability3.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power2.0
Overall rating4.1
4

ACROTHREE for Men Gentling Shampoo

$65.90

ScentN/A
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.9
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability2.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power4.0
Overall rating4.0
5

BOTANISTBotanical Scalp Shampoo

$28.20

ScentApple and Lime
EffectMoisturizing, strengthens the roots
Comfort level3.4
Gentleness4.9
Foam-ability4.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.3
Overall rating3.9
6

Quattro BotanicoBotanical Scalp and Hair Shampoo

$35.85

ScentRefreshing and Exotic Essential Oils
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.6
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability3.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.3
Overall rating3.9
7

Otsuka PharmaceuticalsULOS Medicated Scalp Shampoo

$44.88

ScentN/A
EffectFights odor caused by sweat
Comfort level3.4
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability3.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power2.0
Overall rating3.9
8
ScentUnscented
EffectN/A
Comfort level3.5
Gentleness4.5
Foam-ability3.0
Smoothness4.0
Cleansing power4.0
Overall rating3.8
9

Zero PlusU-MA Premium Shampoo (Medicated)

$59.75

ScentN/A
EffectProtects against dandruff and itchiness / protects against odor caused by sweat
Comfort level3.5
Gentleness3.5
Foam-ability3.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power4.3
Overall rating3.8
10
ScentN/A
EffectKeeps hair and scalp healthy
Comfort level3.6
Gentleness3.5
Foam-ability3.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power3.8
Overall rating3.7
11
ScentIce Mint
EffectMoisturizing balance
Comfort level3.4
Gentleness4.4
Foam-ability3.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.8
Overall rating3.7
12

demi cosmeticsBiove Scalp Aging Care for Men

$45.00

ScentN/A
EffectN/A
Comfort level4.1
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability1.0
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.2
Overall rating3.6
13

Shiseido ProfessionalAdenovital Shampoo

$24.00

ScentN/A
EffectMaking hair young and voluminous
Comfort level4.3
Gentleness2.8
Foam-ability3.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power2.6
Overall rating3.6
14

Nakano Pharmaceuticals Nakano Foliage Cleansing Shampoo

$27.37

ScentRefreshing Orange
EffectControls oil for a clean scalp
Comfort level3.3
Gentleness4.0
Foam-ability3.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.3
Overall rating3.3
15
ScentFloral Green
EffectN/A
Comfort level2.5
Gentleness5.0
Foam-ability2.5
Smoothness5.0
Cleansing power1.4
Overall rating3.4

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't make the cut. 

Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin

Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin

ARIMINO Men Scalp Shampoo (16) scored high in cleansing power but is a little too harsh on the scalp. We recommend this only for days with sweat and grease buildup. Some testers expressed concern over the cheap-smelling citrus scent and low-action foam-ability making this shampoo unreflective of the price. 

Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin

Japan Gateway's Rigaos Roh Medicated Shampoo - ICE (19) has a refreshing citrus scent and excellent foaming power for a nice, clean feeling. Since it's rather harsh on the scalp, though, it's not recommended for those with sensitive skin. 

Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin

Sunstar's TONIC Shampoo (26) has wonderful cleansing power, removing oils from deep within the pores. But with this powerful cleaning power comes irritation to the scalp, so this product is also not recommended for those with sensitive skin. 

Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin

Mandom's LUCIDO Medicated Scalp Shampoo (27) also has great cleansing power but is irritating to the scalp. It actually received the worst rating out of all products we tested. This is definitely not for those worried about hair loss.

A Comfortable Wash Yet Lacking Cleansing Power

A Comfortable Wash Yet Lacking Cleansing Power

Pacific Products' Super Brown Shampoo MX (21) is recommended for those with fine hair or a perm. The amino acids are gentle on the scalp for a nice, clean wash. Although, we felt that it could've had better foaming action. 

A Comfortable Wash Yet Lacking Cleansing Power

Storia's MARO Deo Scalp Shampoo (23) is recommended or those worried about things like dandruff or itchiness on the scalp. It leaves you with a clean, refreshing feeling but is rather harsh on the scalp. The spongy foaming action made this product really attractive for a comfortable wash you could have every day. 

A Comfortable Wash Yet Lacking Cleansing Power

Angfa's Scalp D Medicated Scalp Shampoo (24) is a comfortable shampoo with great foam-ability that's easy to use yet is harsh on the scalp without proper cleaning power. If you don't lather and rinse thoroughly, you might experience buildup causing irritation to the scalp. 

For Those on a Budget

For Those on a Budget

Shiseido's Sea Breeze Shampoo (17) is a shampoo from our well-known series of deodorants that has a cool menthol feel to it, making you feel clean and refreshed. However, we wished it was a bit more cleansing.

For Those on a Budget

KAO's Success Medicated Shampoo (18) is designed to protect against dandruff, itchiness and odors caused by sweat. It's overall an excellent shampoo, especially considering its price; but it didn't make it into our top 15 because of how harsh it is on the scalp. 

For Those on a Budget

Henkel Japan's Schwarzkopf 3D MEN Deep Cleansing Shampoo (20) is a salon shampoo good at washing out styling agents worthy of the name Deep Cleansing. Although we can't say it's easy to use with its rigid cap that shoots out shampoo whenever you open it, we recommend it for those who regularly use hair styling products. 

For Those on a Budget

Mandom's GATSBY Perfect Clear Shampoo (22) has high cleansing power able to wash out even the hardest of hair waxes. Make sure you pre-rinse your hair thoroughly (3-5 minutes) if you want to get that silky smooth feeling, though.

For Those on a Budget

LION's PRO TEC Scalp Stretch Shampoo (25) doesn't live up to its promises and lacks in easiness on the scalp and cleaning power. We also found the astringent menthol scent left in your hair a little too much.

For Those on a Budget

Chinoshio's Men's Shampoo (28), whose packaging is sure to catch your eye, lacked strength in almost every category. Since it's made up of a soapy mixture, it's easy for residue to be left behind in your hair. 

How We Tested the Products

We purchased the top 28 best-selling men's shampoos from Japanese websites like Amazon, Rakuten, etc. and put them to the test! 


We tested each product for the following 5 points:


Test ① Comfort Level

Test ② Gentleness

Test ③ Foam-ability

Test ④ Smoothness

Test ⑤ Cleansing Power

Test ① Comfort Level

Test ① Comfort Level

First, we tested each product for the most vital of criteria, its comfort level. We gave out each shampoo to our mybest editors so they could put them to the test. 


We didn't want what was written on the bottle to impact anyone's judgment so we put them all in clear containers to be tested. 

Test ① Comfort Level

Each shampoo was rated from 0.1 - 5.0 for scent, foam-ability, ease of rinsing, and smoothness, of which the average was taken and used to represent its overall rating for comfort level. We especially checked to see if the scent of each shampoo was accurate to what the makers were boasting. 

Medicated Shampoos Felt Best to Use

Medicated Shampoos Felt Best to Use

When people think about medicated shampoos, they often wonder if they leave the hair a bit greasy or whether its foaming action is strong enough. 


However, 3 out of the 6 shampoos that scored over a 4.0 in our study turned out to be medicated shampoos! They were all quite effective at protecting against dandruff and itchiness. We recommend them for those of you worried about your scalp as well as your hair in general. 

Test ② Gentleness

Test ② Gentleness

Next, we tested to see how stimulating each shampoo was by conducting a 「protein degeneration test」 using egg whites. 

Test ② Gentleness

We poured a tiny amount of diluted shampoo on our egg whites, gently mixed it, waited and then placed the cup on a sheet of black paper to observe how cloudy it became. 

Test ② Gentleness

The more irritating a shampoo was, the cloudier the mixture of egg whites became. The cup on the left in the photo above would receive a rating of about 1.0 while the one on the right would receive a rating of 5.0. 


We then checked to see what compounds were being used in each shampoo and for each one we found other than ones added for cleaning power, we would deduct 0.5 points from their score. 

Deep Cleansers Can Be Deeply Irritating

Deep Cleansers Can Be Deeply Irritating

We found that the shampoos which exhibited the most stimulating effect were those that had "deep cleansing" or "removes dirt and sebum" written on the bottle next to the active ingredients. 


Naturally, it would be nice to have your scalp feel refreshed after washing it; but if you use a deep cleansing shampoo every day, it could lead to damage which causes itchiness and dryness. Therefore, we recommend using it only on days in which you sweat more than normal.

Test ③ Foam-ability

Test ③ Foam-ability

Next, we conducted tests on each shampoo's foam-ability, which is necessary to effectively remove dirt and sweat from the scalp


First, we put an amount of diluted shampoo in a large plastic cup. 

Test ③ Foam-ability

We then used a hand mixer to mix the fluid in order to see how each foamed. We also noted how quickly each shampoo foamed up to get that feeling of effectiveness in cleansing. 


To see just how much a shampoo could foam in just a short period of time, we used a ruler to measure the height of the bubbles in the cup, giving each shampoo a rating between 1.0 - 5.0. 

Smooth and Clear Shampoos Foamed up the Best

Smooth and Clear Shampoos Foamed up the Best

The shampoos that foamed the most and the quickest were mostly clear with a silky texture! Those with soft textures tended to bubble up faster and more effectively when mixed with water. 


Those shampoos with good foam-ability could clean every nook and cranny of one's scalp and rinses easily giving you that clean, refreshing feeling. 


For those of you hoping for a quick shampooing routine every day, we recommend a shampoo with good foam-ability. 

Test ④ Smoothness

Test ④ Smoothness

We then tested each shampoo for smoothness and feel. In order to do this, we prepared 28 individual tufts of human hair. 

Test ④ Smoothness

We then washed and dried each tuft of hair 10 times with each shampoo. Then we combed each tuft to simulate the friction one's hair would go through during a normal everyday routine of shampooing and hair treatment. We then dried each tuft using the same temperature and speed setting. 

Test ④ Smoothness

After washing and drying each tuft ten times, we rated each one based on how wet they remained. 


We also used a machine that measures the stress put on a comb when running it through hair. After running it through 10 times, we took the average and gave each a rating of 1.0 - 5.0. 

Almost all of Our Test Shampoos Passed the Test!

Almost all of Our Test Shampoos Passed the Test!

Contrary to the predictions of our editorial department, almost every shampoo received a score of between 4.0 and 5.0 on the smoothness test!


Since men's hair tends to lose volume after the use of conditioner or treatment, it would be ideal for them to use a shampoo with good smoothness that doesn't coat the hair too much. Because of that, many shampoos with silicon compounds exist on the market


Shampoos with silicon surely increase the smoothness of one's hair but it is also true that they tend to leave a residue after rinsing. When using a men's shampoo, wash for about 3-5 minutes and be sure to rinse thoroughly. 

Test ⑤ Cleansing Power

Test ⑤ Cleansing Power

Lastly, we tested each shampoo for their cleansing power. We focused on how well each shampoo removed dirt, etc. from the hair and scalp


We started by diluting each shampoo to the same degree. 

Test ⑤ Cleansing Power

Next, we took stearic and oleic acids to mimic natural sebum and mixed them with an artificially-colored sebum. We then spread the formula over a glass plate. 

Test ⑤ Cleansing Power

Then, we dipped each glass plate into our diluted shampoos and gave the shampoos that removed the most sebum a rating of 5.0. Those shampoos that failed to remove a decent amount of sebum from the plate received a rating of 1.0. 

Shampoos That Remove Hair Styling Products Don't Require Double Washing

Shampoos That Remove Hair Styling Products Don't Require Double Washing

Each shampoo that was able to effectively remove the artificial sebum turned out to be the ones that boasted also being able to remove hair styling products


Men's hair styling products like wax and gel are especially strong and difficult to wash out so we recommend using shampoos that scored well in this category since they're effective in removing such products with only a single wash


However, if a shampoo's cleaning power is too strong, it could deprive your hair and scalp of essential oils so we don't recommend using such shampoos on an everyday basis

How to Choose a Shampoo for Men - Buying Guide

Here we have 3 points we would like everyone to consider when choosing their men's shampoo.

① Choose the Cleaning Ingredient (Surfactant) That Best Suits Your Hair and Scalp

It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that all shampoos consist mainly of water and a cleansing agent. That is why you should put importance on which cleansing agent is used in each shampoo before purchasing it. 


It's important to determine what kind of hair and scalp you have and make your decision based on the following points. 

Shampoos Rich in Amino Acids are Perfect Sensitive Skin

Shampoos Rich in Amino Acids are Perfect Sensitive Skin

For those of you with an itchy scalp or think that regular men's shampoos just don't do the trick, we recommend using a shampoo rich in amino acids. Although they have low foam-ability and weak cleaning power, you'll find them easy on the scalp


To get better results, try lathering up well and rinsing for at least 3 minutes.


There are a lot of different kinds of amino acids present in shampoos so use the list below as a reference. Spoiler: they often contain the words cocoyl- and lauroyl:


ーLow foam-ability and weak cleaning powerー

  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • TEA-Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate

ーComparatively better foam-abilityー

  • Sodium Lauroyl Alaninate
  • Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate
  • TEA-Cocoyl Alaninate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate

Shampoos Rich in High Grade Alcohol Have More Demerits Than Merits

Shampoos Rich in High Grade Alcohol Have More Demerits Than Merits

High grade alcohol shampoos come with plenty of cleaning power and foam-ability at a low price. However, you'll find that they're not as comfortable to use as other composite shampoos on the market. Actually, these shampoos tend to permeate and irritate the scalp, possibly causing damage


You'll be fine using it every day during the summer when you sweat more often, but we recommend only once in a while during winter and other dry months. Sodium laureth sulfate is the ingredient you should watch out for.

Avoid Soap-based Shampoos to Prevent Damage to Your Hair

Avoid Soap-based Shampoos to Prevent Damage to Your Hair

When most people think of soap, they think of it being gentle to the skin; but that is not the case when it comes to shampoos. 


Soap-based shampoos are known to cling to hair and be difficult to rinse out. After using it, you'll notice that your hair is in fact smooth, but only due residue left on the hair that acts like a coating. The more you use it, the more damage you'll do to your hair and scalp so we recommend avoiding it at all costs. 

② Check for Ingredients That Might Cause Irritation

Don't damage your scalp just to get a clean, refreshing wash! Choose something gentle to the hair and scalp by checking your shampoo for these harmful ingredients. 

Steer Clear of Salicylic Acid!

Steer Clear of Salicylic Acid!

Salicylic acid just one ingredient that prevents the growth of bacteria. You can find antibacterials in some medicinal shampoos to relieve dandruff or itchiness, but salicylic acid in particular is highly irritating to your scalp.


If you continue to irritate a healthy scalp every day with a germicide, not only will dandruff and itchiness persist; if you happen to get some in your eyes while showering, it'll cause inflammation and discomfort. 


We recommend those of you with healthy scalps to avoid any shampoo that contains salicylic acid. If for some reason you insist on using one, try to only use it on days you feel you have the most dirt and grease on your scalp. 

Menthol, Though Refreshing, Can Leave Your Scalp Sticky

Menthol, Though Refreshing, Can Leave Your Scalp Sticky

Next, we have menthol shampoos, which leave your scalp feeling refreshed right after you use it. But did you know that this feeling is caused by oil? This oil coats the scalp causing a cool, refreshing feeling but leaves behind a residue that, when mixed with sweat, can leave your scalp all gross and sticky


An excess of menthol can clog pores causing harm to your scalp, which is why we recommend avoiding shampoos that contain it. If you do find yourself using one, make sure to rinse it out thoroughly. 

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It's more or less okay to feel a slight cooling sensation but if you find that your shampoo is causing you pain, this would undoubtedly cause harm to your scalp and should be avoided.

Avoid Any Ingredients with Colors and Numbers, Since They Represent Impure Tar Dyes

Avoid Any Ingredients with Colors and Numbers, Since They Represent Impure Tar Dyes

Naturally, there are no problems with shampoos that don't contain additives but sometimes you find one that has artificial coloring. 


To tell whether a product contains harmful pigments, just look on the list of ingredients for colors followed by a number. These impure substances are known as tar dyes which can accumulate on the scalp causing damage so you should avoid using shampoos that contain them. 

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There are shampoos out there that only contain a faint amount of artificial coloring but you should keep an eye out for shampoos that contain caramel, since this coloring agent is made from browned sugar, a natural ingredient.

③ Choose Something with Extra Benefits

Shampoo can give you so many more benefits with extra effects! Find one that suits your concerns.

For Those Of You Worried About Odor

For Those Of You Worried About Odor

For those of you out there concerned with odor, choose a shampoo specific for getting rid of such odors. If you can find a shampoo that contains Isopropyl Methyl-phenol, you can expect it to have a positive effect on scalp odor. 

Get a Clean, Refreshing Finish with a Non-Silicon Shampoo

Get a Clean, Refreshing Finish with a Non-Silicon Shampoo

Non-silicon shampoo is recommended for those concerned with having sticky hair. These shampoos don't contain silicon, which is known for sticking to and coating hair, so you'll be able to avoid having flat hair, even if it's long! It's also good for those who color or perm their hair. 


For those of you wishing to try a non-silicon shampoo, make sure it is written on the package. Also, watch out for ingredients such as silica, silyl, silane or siloxane.


Also check for these ingredients:

  • Dimethicone
  • Dimethiconol
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Parts that aren't coated can cause friction between hairs so I recommend using leave-in treatment on your hair after getting out of the shower. 


However, don't apply treatment all the way down to your roots as this will cause your hair to go flat. Just apply it to the tips. 

If You Use Hair Styling Products, Choose a Shampoo That Specializes in Removing Them

If You Use Hair Styling Products, Choose a Shampoo That Specializes in Removing Them

A lot of men's hair waxes have strong holding power and are difficult to wash out with just a single wash. Therefore, we recommend a shampoo especially for getting rid of excess hair product, like hard wax and the like. 


Of course, these shampoos have high cleansing power in order to remove wax, so it is not recommended for everyday use - just days when you lather on the product.

Preventing Hair Loss as Well? Here's How to Wash Your Hair Correctly

Even with the right shampoo, you might not get the results you're looking for if you don't know how to shampoo properly. So we had our hair specialist, Professor Inoue, teach us the proper way to shampoo our hair! 


Having a clean scalp is also vital to preventing hair loss so go ahead and try this yourself at home!

① First, Wash the Scalp Thoroughly

① First, Wash the Scalp Thoroughly

Before even applying shampoo, take about 2-3 minutes to wash the scalp with warm water. Just wetting your head does nothing. Massage the scalp while letting the water get in between every hair. By doing so, you'll be able to get rid of all the dirt and grease from the day as well as any styling product you may have used. 


A lot of men's hair products are difficult to remove so make sure you wash thoroughly before shampooing. 


Next, lather up your shampoo and apply it to your hair and scalp, massaging your pores for about 1-2 minutes to get rid of dirt and grease. 


Be sure not to imitate the motion seen in the picture above marked with an X. By rubbing your scalp in such a manner, you could not only cause damage to your scalp but also to newly grown hair follicles. 


Keep about a 2-3 centimeter gap between the fingers from both hands. Make sure to wash thoroughly from front to back. This kind of massage stimulates blood flow on the scalp and doing so every day aids in helping to prevent hair loss as well!

② Under No Circumstances Should You Be Scraping Your Hair! And Make Sure to Rinse for 3-5 Minutes!

② Under No Circumstances Should You Be Scraping Your Hair! And Make Sure to Rinse for 3-5 Minutes!

After thoroughly washing your scalp, it's time to start washing your hair. Most men have short hair but it's very important for even those men to make sure they get rid of all the dirt and grease. Take note of the photos above and wash in the sequence lined out for you below!


(※Photos are shown without the use of shampoo for simplicity purposes.)


  1. First, insert your fingers into your hair until you reach the root.
  2. Use your fingers to apply your shampoo working outward. 
  3. When you reach the ends of your hair, remove your fingers. 
  4. Turn your hands over and apply the remaining shampoo on your hands to your roots once again.

This counts for 1 set! 3 sets of the above sequence is enough for any one spot. Work from front to back getting every inch and then rinse. 


The simple disappearance of bubbles does not mean you have finished. In order to get all the shampoo residue that may have permeated into your hair and scalp, it is recommended to rinse for 3-5 minutes. Rinsing should take you longer than it did to shampoo your hair to begin with. 

Pair Your Shampoos with These Other Hair Care Products!

Shampooing is only the first step in what should be the best hair treatment of your life. Here are some products that will keep your locks luscious for days.

Author: Mai Okutomi/Translation: Andrew Tinkler/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki, Saaya Iwakami

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