Guys, you're in luck. A few years ago men used to hide their hair gel
Now you boys have no excuses. No more bad hair days, cowlicks, bedhead, or unruly 'dos. By getting the right products for your hair type and avoiding products that claim to work miracles, you can spend your cash on what counts to maximize the potential of your hair every day. Want to know the secrets to getting the hair you've always wanted? Follow these tips and you'll never have to worry about a bad hair day again. Or get the low down on the products you want to learn more about with these guides: Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Products.
You should know: hair products are not a substitute for hair care. Well cared for hair will ALWAYS look better than neglected hair, regardless of products. Keep your locks clean. This is not a hard task but it is sometimes overlooked because it is such a basic part of people's hair regimen. Again, picking the right type of shampoo
Hair products are meant to enhance the hair you've got, not change it. In order to do that, you need to know what kind of hair you're working with. Choosing a shampoo is easy once you know what to look for. Start with a mirror. Check out your hair and determine what you've got there.
Styling products are not necessary for everyone, and depending on your budget, you may not want to even bother since the really cheap products tend to give poor results (flakes, crustiness, and stickiness are just a few of the side effects). Remember to go light above all and try to enhance your hair's best features instead of fighting against it. Here are the options, what they are best for, and how to use them. The recommendations given here are taken from AskMen.com, Allure Men, and consumer reviews.
Cream: Great for long, dry, coarse, or thick hair. However, it should be used sparingly on limp or fine hair. Greasiness is the major downside of using styling creams so remember that a little goes a long way. Try Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom
Gel: This is when you want to get serious. We're talking about curly and dry hair specifically. For the rest, use it when you really need to look polished or if you are going to be subjected to high winds and you need your hair to stay put. Gel can also be good for making spiky, stand-up styles. It's best to apply it while your hair is still damp. Avoid reapplication later in the day as it develops buildup and stickiness. Final words of advice: go easy on the gel so that you don't look like you have slick, wet hair all day. Try one of these:
Hair Spray: It's lightweight, easy-to-use, great for most hair types, and clean as long as you don't use too much (then it gets crunchy or sticky). Spray it on while your hair is still damp and brush your hair into the style you want. Think 80s rock star, the rebel look from Priestly and Perry on 90210 or even Trump's wave. The best of the bunch are:
Mousse: It's light and fluffy. Perfect if you have any grease or if your hair is limp or fine. It's also good for giving minimum hold. Say you have medium to long hair, a la Tom Cruise or Ashton Kutcher. It will keep the hair from getting fly-aways but still keep it natural and loose. Apply it liberally on dry or damp hair. Don't go overboard though mousse has a tendency to cause flakes.
Pomade: This can be used to make fine or limp hair look fuller. Beware though if you have oily hair as it might make the shine factor skyrocket. It can work well on most hair lengths, and it's especially great if you have really dry, frizzy, or thick hair since it helps moisturize the hair shaft. Pomade is also works especially what you want to use for creating textured (i.e. just got out of bed or came back from the beach look), layered, or molded looks.
Wax: Wax is the heaviest, driest, and most solid of the bunch, and it can be hard to use. On coarse hair it will help to smooth the hair shaft and keep frizzy hair from poofing. It can also be used to make extreme styles.