Showers should be invigorating. So should your shampoo sessions! And the best way to get refreshed is to use menthol shampoo on your hair.
These shampoos usually contain chemical menthol or some form of peppermint in their ingredients list. And boy do I love the cool, refreshing sensation they leave behind on the scalp.
But that’s not it! A menthol shampoo can also increase hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles on your scalp.
And all forms of peppermint are great for reducing dandruff, controlling excess oil production on hair, and removing scalp buildup.
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What is Menthol?
A lot of people get confused between mint and menthol. The primary difference between the two is that mint is a flavor. It can be added naturally by using mint leaves or peppermint oil.
Menthol on the other hand is a chemical compound that is found in the leaves and oils of corn mint, peppermint, and other species of mint plants.
It can also be created in a lab and usually appears in the form of crystals.
Now menthol is present naturally in peppermint oils. So if you’re looking for a menthol shampoo, just check the ingredient list for either menthol, peppermint oil, or the mentha or mint plant.
|Best Menthol Shampoos||Best For||Chief Ingredients|
|OGX Hydrating + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo||Oily Scalp||Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Milk Protein|
|Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo||Dandruff||Zinc Pyrithione – 1%|
|Dove Men+Care 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner||Inflammation||Menthol and Caffeine|
|CP-1 Cool Mint Shampoo||Sensitive Scalp||Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Extracts|
|Honeydew Invigorating Mint Tea Tree Shampoo||Colored Hair||Tea Tree, Peppermint, Rosemary Oils|
|Beast Menthol Shampoo||Hair Loss||Menthol, Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Caffeine, Green Tea, Ginseng, Vitamin C|
|Rocky Mountain Barber Company Forest Mint Shampoo||Dry, Itchy Scalp||Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus Oils|
How I selected and rated the best menthol shampoos?
The shampoos I’ve listed here are chosen with care and rated after use based on several parameters. After consulting the hair care experts on my team, I proceeded to give them scores from 1-5. These were the parameters I used:
- Sulfate-free: Menthol can be clarifying, but it also has a tendency to leave hair dry. So I looked if the shampoos are sulfate-free, and gave the ones that were a higher rating.
- Nourishing power: I rated the shampoos with nourishing ingredients that moisturized and protected hair higher.
- Multipurpose: The job of a menthol shampoo shouldn’t just be to give you a cool scalp. Hence, the ones with dandruff or hair fall control abilities were rated higher.
Top Menthol Shampoos 2021
OGX Hydrating + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo
The OGX Tea Tree mint shampoo is quite popular. So I had to try it. And the best part is that this drugstore shampoo was so easy on my wallet!
But the shampoo didn’t impress me much. I liked how cleansing it was, yes. But unfortunately, it only suits people with really oily hair.
If you have dry tresses please keep away from this shampoo as it will leave your hair a tangled mess.
However, if you have really oily scalp and dandruff, this shampoo will help clean it up in a jiffy.
It contains peppermint oil and tea tree oil, which are fantastic antibacterial and antifungal agents!
I was rather disappointed to see perfume and artificial colorants in here. It can irritate your scalp if you have psoriasis or other scalp conditions.
And despite being sulfate-free there are several (milder) surfactants like Cocamide DEA and Cocamidopropyl Betaine that can strip hair color. So give it a pass if you have color-treated hair.
- Cleans scalp buildup
- Controls dandruff and flaking
- Helps with fungal infections on the scalp
- Lovely mint fragrance
- Contains silicones and milder surfactants
- Added perfume and dyes make it unsuitable for sensitive scalp types
- Very drying for hair
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Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
Now, who hasn’t heard of Head and Shoulders? It’s perhaps the first product to come to mind when we talk about menthol shampoos!
And this classic brand isn’t a letdown, at least where it matters. It’s advertised as an anti-dandruff shampoo and that’s exactly what it does.
This product contains 1 percent zinc pyrithione that helps get rid of stubborn dandruff flakes. And there’s also sulfates that help clean scalp buildup and crust formation.
So remember this shampoo isn’t made for daily use, no matter what the packaging says.
You might want to try milder, sulfate-free versions of an anti-dandruff shampoo if you have very dry scalps or color-treated hair.
But if not, this classic shampoo is a great choice!
- Very effective at removing dandruff
- Helps remove excess oil from hair
- Cool, refreshing feeling
- Contains sulfates
- Not for color-treated hair
- Can be drying
Dove Men+Care 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner
If you’ve got oily hair and a mild dandruff problem, then this Dove Men+ Shampoo is a better option than the powerful Head and Shoulders one.
First, let’s get to what I liked about the shampoo – it contains caffeine. Now caffeine is an excellent hair growth tonic as it stimulates the hair follicles to enter their growth stage.
And what I didn’t like? It comes formulated with sulfates (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and so I wouldn’t recommend it for people with dry or sensitive scalps.
Also, the strong mint smell is not everyone’s cup of tea!
The scent is due to an added perfume not from natural essential oils. So people with psoriasis and scalp acne should steer clear from this shampoo.
- Good for oily scalps
- Helps with hair growth
- Controls milder forms of dandruff
- Can dry hair
- Contains artificial colorants and perfume
- Fragrance is too strong
CP-1 Cool Mint Shampoo
You have no idea how ecstatic I was to finally find a mild, sulfate-free shampoo!
Folks with sensitive scalps and colored hair – here’s your holy grail!
The CP-1 shampoo contains peppermint oil and spearmint extract that cool down your scalp and help control excess oil production.
If you’ve got a lot of product buildup on your scalp and clogged follicles, this shampoo promises to give your scalp a deep clean.
So what’s the catch? I did pay a bit more for this CP-1 shampoo than I did for OGX and Head and Shoulders, but I thought it was worth it.
- No sulfates, parabens or silicones
- Helps balance the pH of scalp
- Balances oil production
- Deep cleans clogged hair follicles
- A bit pricey
- The pump was faulty
Honeydew Invigorating Mint Tea Tree Shampoo
Now here’s another fantastic sulfate-free menthol shampoo. I simply love Honeydew Shampoos as they’re totally natural.
And this product’s chief ingredients are peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree essential oils. So you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals stripping your hair of moisture and dye.
Actually, out of all the clarifying shampoos I’ve used, this one is the mildest. And yes, it does contain mild surfactants but it doesn’t dry your hair as much.
I also give it bonus points for being vegan and cruelty-free!
- Clarifying yet mild
- Helps reduce dandruff, redness, and inflammation
- Mild, natural fragrance
- Leaves hair thick and bouncy
- Doesn’t suit coily African American hair
Beast Menthol Shampoo
If you’re looking for a menthol shampoo with that suits irritated, sensitive scalps then this is it!
The Beast shampoo is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals including sulfates, parabens, DEA, petrolatum, silicones and more.
So your scalp and hair are protected from dryness, itchiness, and more.
But my favorite part about this shampoo is the presence of DHT blockers like ginseng, caffeine, etc.
They really help in stimulating new hair growth and prevent hair loss.
My only issue is the size of the bottle. I felt the price is way to high for the product quantity given.
I liked the menthol scent but I feel it might be too overpowering for some users.
- All-natural ingredients
- No sulfates or silicones
- Helps stimulate hair growth
- Contains DHT blockers
- Strong menthol scent
Rocky Mountain Barber Company Forest Mint Shampoo
I had already reviewed a lot of beard oils and such from Rocky Mountain Barber company so I was pleasantly surprised to find a menthol shampoo from the same brand.
The first thing I noticed about this shampoo was its scent. There are no added fragrances here, yet it has a very refreshing scent – a mix of mint and pine needles!
It’s got the trifecta of Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Eucalyptus Oil that helps control dandruff, reduce itching and inflammation, and reduce excess oil production on your scalp.
This Rocky Mountain shampoo is technically sulfate-free. But it still has quite a bit of surfactants like Ammonium Laureth Sulfate and Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate.
Now, these are mild and not as harmful as SLS or SLES. But they can still strip hair color, so be careful.
Also, due to the lack of SLS and SLES, the shampoo will not produce as much lather. So don’t worry about that.
- Free from SLS/SLES
- Helps control dandruff and oily scalp
- Pleasant mint and pine fragrance
- Doesn’t rather well
- The formula has a thin consistency
- Can dry your hair
A lot of people think menthol shampoos are great for the summer due to their cooling effect.
But they can be used all year round. Most peppermint oil-based menthol shampoos help in reducing dandruff, which can be a great problem during winters.
Also, menthol-based shampoos are fantastic for clearing up hairstyling products and grease buildup from your scalp.
So you can use it just once a week for this purpose instead of using it as a daily shampoo.
No matter what menthol shampoo you pick, make sure to tailor your shampoo sessions to your hair needs to get the best results!
CP-1 Cool Mint Shampoo
The best menthol shampoos give your scalp a cool feeling and reduce dandruff, ithcing and oiliness. The CP-1 Cool Mint Shampoo is sulfate-free and safe for all hair types.
Product SKU: CP2BBJKWR7884UV
Product Brand: CP-1
Product Currency: USD
Product Price: $21.20
Price Valid Until: 2022-10-08
Product In-Stock: InStock