AskMen Grooming Awards 2018: Best Hair Styling Products
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From looking totally natural to the totally wet look, men have been styling their hair for about as long as they’ve been around. A clean skin fade, a fresh out of bed mess, a slicked up fancy pompadour — there are a lot of hairstyles guys are willing to try, and to do so, there needs to be an arsenal of good products. Creams, pastes, putties, and clays; which one you choose depends on what look you’re hoping to pull off.
Now product developers are wising up and creating products that not only keep your hairstyle looking cool, but keep hair follicles healthy too. Avoid Silicones, since they cover your hair shaft preventing it from breathing and from letting moisture in, sometimes even after washing. Alcohol, Paraben and Petroleumâ’free are great benefits of hair styling products as well and bonus points if it’s also water-based, meaning it’s easy to shampoo out. Natural ingredients like Beeswax, Charcoal and Nettle Extract help condition and strengthen your hair while products hold styles.
We tested thousands of products over the course of the past year and we have come up the absolute best. These are the AskMen Grooming Awards Winners of 2018 for Best Hair Styling Products for Men.
Best Hair Styling Paste
Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Paste
An ultra-pliable, water-soluble soft paste with Keratin, Wheat Amino-Acids and Pro-Vitamin B5 gives hold, definition, texture, and shine.
$39.00 at Oribe.com
Best Hair Styling Clay
This Paraben-free clay pomade uses Clay and Beeswax to separate, define and mold hair in place to deliver a strong, pliable hold all day. Add to wet or dry hair, depending of desired style.
$23.00 at BaxterofCalifornia.com
Best Hair Styling Dry Cream
R+Co Sandcastle Cream Paste
This water-soluble medium-hold dry cream absorbs oil and nourishes while adding density, texture and volume to hair. Hair has a super matte, gritty feel and it leaves behind no residue.
$29.00 at SpaceNK.com
Best Hair Styling Pomade
OUAI Matte Pomade
This is a medium-control natural-matte pomade that gives hair of all types and lengths piecey texture.
$24.00 at Sephora.com
Best Hair Styling Wax
Saturdays NYC Wet Wax
This is a water based, Petroleum-free wax with a light in fragrance that delivers a firm hold and high shine sleek, polished look without greasiness.
$24.00 at SaturdaysNYC.com
Best Hair Styling Gel
Bumble and bumble Sumo Gel
An alcohol-free, clear gel solid that delivers high shine and long-lasting hold. This cruelty-free gel is free from Parabens, Phthalates, Mineral Oils, and Formaldehyde.
$29.00 at Sephora.com
Best Hair Styling Grooming Cream
American Crew Fiber Cream
This Paraben-free cream has a light texture and is great for all hair types and provides long-lasting medium hold and style control with flexibility and shine.
$14.36 at Jet.com
Best Hair Styling Texture Spray
Blind Barber Sea Salt Spray 40 Proof
This protein-rich spray is infused with Sea Salt and Hops which adds the right amount of texture, hold and body. It’s water-based, with a matte finish making it great for guys with long hair.
$18.00 at BlindBarber.com
Best Hair Styling Thickening Spray
Kevin.Murphy Thick Again
This fragrant leave-in thickening treatment is designed for fine or thinning hair. It adds instant thickness, stops DHT buildup and is rich in Nettle Extract and Wheat Protein for lasting benefits.
$39.00 at KevinMurphy.com
Best Hair Styling Dry Shampoo
IGK Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo
This allows you to go longer without washing — even after workouts. Detoxifying charcoal lifts dirt and absorbs oil and sweat while cooling White Tea powder strengthens hair follicles.
$27.00 at Sephora.com
Ssanai Hair Setter Spray
This environmentally safe, cruelty-free, unscented hairspray has a natural hold and Pro-Vitamin B5 ingredients to nourish hair. It’s not sticky and doesn’t flake up by the end of the day
$18.00 at Amazon.com
Best Hair Styling Product For Curls
This a trifecta of powerful polymers is alcohol-free and incredibly lightweight. It gives curly hair combined benefits of gels, serums and heavy creams with a shine.
$24.00 at Amazon.com
Best Hair Styling Product For Dreadlocks
This cream delivers intense moisture to dry dreadlocks while controlling flyaways and increasing hairs resistance to breakage. Helps to define curl patterns while leaving hair with a natural shine.
$8.99 at SheaMoisture.com
Best Value Hair Product
AXE Matte Wax
Great hold, texture, and definition without the shine or hard crunchy feel. This matte wax uses Beeswax and is ideal for short to mid-length hair.
$9.49 at Ulta.com
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