You’ve got to love beards. Even those who are averse to or simply incapable of growing their own have admiration for men that stick it out and achieve fulsome facial hair. And while beard oils and beard trimmers are vital to keeping your beard in shape, perhaps the most crucial element to a truly great beard is the beard shampoo. Softening the hair and ensuring cleanliness, beard shampoos not only ease the process of growth, but help to guarantee your facial hair looks its best, is comfortable to wear, and that the skin underneath is healthy. But what is the best beard shampoo? Whether you’re a bearded man yourself, or simply investigating on behalf of the hirsute man in your life, in this post, we attempt to find out.
Recommended for: the speedy showerer
One of the most impressive beard shampoos on the market, the Recipe for Men Beard Shampoo & Conditioner is a 2-in-1 product which uses anti-oxidant rich Acai Berry extract to gently cleanse the facial hair without irritating skin.
Recommended for: the fragrance-lover
The Murdock London Beard Shampoo has been a favourite among the beardier men in the Mankind office for some time now. Lacking harsh cleansing agents, and enriched with conditioning and nourishing Glycerin and Coconut Oil, its refreshing masculine scent and gentleness on the skin make it a fantastic choice.
Recommended for: the man with classic tastes
The Proraso Beard Wash is a gentle yet effective facial hair cleanser which produces a light, refreshing foam. Its masculine ‘Wood and Spice’ scent makes it a truly standout product, which smells fantastic as well as performing extremely effectively.
Recommended for: the beard-druff sufferer
The House 99 Get Groomed Purifying Beard Scrub is an exfoliating scrub, made with Black Charcoal and Volcanic Stone. Removing dead skin, dandruff, dirt and grease, as well as softening and conditioning beard hair, it’s an incredible product from the new Grooming Range from David Beckham.
Recommended for: sensitive skin
Hawkins & Brimble excel at making products that refresh and revitalise men’s skin, without causing irritation or dryness. Their Natural Beard Shampoo uses Ginger Root Extract and Pro Vitamin B5 to stimulate and moisturise, as well as Aloe Vera to soothe and condition the beard and skin, all while cleansing away impurities.
Recommended for: the flatlay addict
The Anthony Conditioning Beard Wash is an antioxidant rich formulation which makes use of the emollient properties of coconut oil to condition hair and nourish the skin. Detangling and moisturising, it’s a fantastic addition to any man’s beard care routine.
Recommended for: the gym bag
The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert Barber Club Wash is an all in one beard, hair, and body wash, which is specially formulated to meet the demands of all.
Recommended for: the animal lover
The Bulldog Original 2-in-1 Beard Shampoo And Conditioner strips away dirt and grease while locking moisture into the facial hair, softening it to maximise comfort. Most beard shampoos are free of animal ingredients, but the entire Bulldog range is vegan and cruelty free.
Recommended for: anyone – it’s a perfect all rounder
With a refreshing, spicy scent and cleansing and protective elements of Tea Tree, Jojoba, and Hemp Oils, the ManCave Blackspice Beard Wash revitalises the skin while eliminating dirt and sebum from the beard. Like the rest of ManCave’s range, the product is vegan friendly.
Recommended for: the Scandi-style lover
The No. 154 Beard Wash from L:A BRUKET is a mild beard shampoo which makes use of Witch Hazel to treat blemishes, Chestnut Extracts to soothe, and Laurel Leaf Essential Oil to ensure a thoroughly refreshing clean.
Beard lover? Read more of our beard related content. Check out our favourite beard oils, our top beard conditioners, our rundown of the best beard trimmers, and our Groom 101: Guide to Beard Care.
Alternatively, shop beards on Mankind. Check out our very handy beard centre for everything you need.