This affair of the hair

A question I really shouldn’t try to answer, inasmuch as I buy so little of the stuff:

Why are there male-branded body wash+shampoo, when the equivalent female products require one to separately buy body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Is male conditioner even made? Multi-purpose lotions are either male or neutral (i.e. Head and Shoulders).

Having seen combination shampoo/conditioner products for men, I suspect that this is basically the market’s attempt to address our inherent laziness: we have time to apply two products in the shower, but not three.

Of course, I could be whitewashing the whole situation:

Is there a tangible difference in male and female hair that I should know about? Or is this just assuming that men are practical but women can be price-gouged on beauty products…?



  1. Tom »

    20 February 2013 · 4:39 pm

    When given a choice, men will buy fewer products than women in order to accomplish a goal. That rule applies to the bathroom, but not necessarily the garage.

  2. Tatyana »

    20 February 2013 · 5:48 pm

    You forgot to mention – probably obvious, but not less important consequence: shampoo+conditioner (2in1) cost the same as either shampoo OR conditioner.

    See? they charge us double!

  3. Dan B »

    20 February 2013 · 7:19 pm

    Real men are bald, no shampoo or conditioner needed.

    (I’m getting there.)

  4. McGehee »

    20 February 2013 · 9:32 pm

    My shampoo, conditioner and body wash are Dial soap.

  5. fillyjonk »

    21 February 2013 · 9:54 am

    I dunno, I’ve encountered men who spent more money/time on their hair “product” than I did. There are some “salon” products, I think , that cater to men.

    (Currently, I use the “for dry hair” Herbal Essences formula. So it’s, what, $5 for a big bottle of shampoo and the same for conditioner. Oh, and cider vinegar: I use that as a final rinse. But cider vinegar is cheap. I’ve used pricier shampoos in the past and not gotten noticeably better results.)

  6. Lynn »

    21 February 2013 · 11:04 am

    Women are vain and gullible and we like stuff. Why buy one when you can get two to do the same job? ;-)

  7. Charles Pergiel »

    21 February 2013 · 12:59 pm

    I bought a bar of Dial once. I have never seen a bar of soap disappear so fast.

    Men are hunters. The way to for a woman to attract a man is to make herself an attractive target, hence the whole beauty/fashion industry.

    As facial expression is as important as anything else, perhaps more, and attitude drives expression, the internal dialog is important, hence fashion magazines, etc.

  8. Lynn »

    21 February 2013 · 9:23 pm

    It’s not always about attracting a man. We simply want to like what we see in the mirror and we like stuff that smells good.

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