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Is it time to step up your hair care game? Whether you’re a guy with long tresses or you sport a buzz cut, keeping up a well-groomed appearance requires the use of the right products. Without too much daily effort, you can achieve the style you want to keep your hair looking smart. From pomades to gels to sprays, here are the best products to help keep men’s hair in tip-top shape.
Oribe Superfine Hairspray
Keep tresses at bay with this superfine hairspray from Oribe. Great for all hair types, this spray has a light to medium hold. It is lightly scented and will give hair body and shine. Created with mango and kiwi extracts, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, nettle leaf and Pro-vitamin B5, these ingredients offer restorative benefits and repairs damaged hair.
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream
For those with longer hair, use a styling cream, which will provide a light hold and keep strays in place. This shaping cream from Paul Mitchell gives hair texture and shape without weighing it down. It’s not too greasy, and it doesn’t dry out and turn into a crusted helmet as the day wears on. Just apply a small amount to your hands and add to dry or damp hair. It also washes out in a snap.
Hanz de Fuko Claymation
Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation offers the best of two worlds in hair care. This product is a mix of clay and wax so it fuses the clay’s feel of solidity with the flexible hold of the wax. Its key ingredients include jojoba seed oil, castor seed oil, lemon peel extract and mallow flower extract. This is great for all hair types, especially thick or wavy hair. It gives texture and hold without sticky residue—and it’s as easy to apply as it is to wash off.
Aveda Mens Pure-Performance Grooming Clay
When you style your hair with this grooming clay from Aveda, it will give a strong hold but does not make hair stiff. The clay has a light texture and volume and it’s not sticky at all. It will calm down frizzy hair and also produce a matte finish. It is formulated with kunzea, citrus and organic essential oils such as spearmint, lavender and vetiver. Use a small amount and apply evenly to dry or wet hair.
V76 by Vaughn V Rated Natural Wax
Get your hair into shape with this natural wax by V76 by Vaughn. Applying wax to your hair will give you a medium hold and a low shine. Place a little wax on fingers and run them through your dry hair.
Tigi Bedhead For Men Paste
Want to walk around looking like you have bedhead all day long—on purpose? Then try this paste from Tigi, which gives hair definition as well as texture and hold. It is also great for thin hair as it will add more volume. Tigi Bedhead is made from natural emollients to help prevent flaking and fight off frizz in humidity. Apply to damp hair for a firm hold or, for a medium hold, work it into dry hair.
American Crew Pomade
From the 1920s to the 1950s, pomade was the product most men used in their hair to give it a slick, hard hold. Depending on how much you used, you could look like a greaser or Don Draper. A little American Crew pomade goes a long way—unless you like an ’80s helmet-head look. This will give you medium to high hold as well as shine. Just apply it to damp hair and style accordingly.
Kiehl’s Grooming Solutions Clean Styling Gel
Gel will give those with long hair a strong hold. Sometimes adding too much can make hair look overdone—Gordon Gekko-style—so once again, less is more when applying it. This gel from Kiehl’s is lightweight and nongreasy. It is packed with a woodsy mix of cedarwood, sandalwood and eucalyptus essential oils so it has a nice hold without leaving flakes.