Finding the best men's hair products can be challenging and overwhelming.
The words "smooth finish" and "original hold" saturate men's hairstyling market.
It's challenging to know what means what.
If you're like me, you want to know which product makes your hair look good when you style it.
In this blog, I keep it simple.
I explain how to find the product which looks good on your hair.
Let's start from the top.
Hold vs. shine
They are the two most important factors you need to consider before choosing a men's styling product.
The hold is the measurement of how well the hair product keeps your hair in place after application.
It measures as:
- Light Hold
- Medium Hold
- Max Hold
Low or Medium holds leave your hair more pliable, whereas Max holds to keep your hair stiffer.
Shine is how glossy (or "wet") your hair looks after application.
It measures as:
- Matte (no shine)
- Medium Shine
- Gloss / High Shine
Creme, pomade, gel, or mud?
Now you've got the basics, what men's hairstyling product is best for you?
Men's Hair Gel
- Hair type: Fine, Medium, Thick (any)
- Hold: Medium / Max
- Shine: Gloss / High Shine
We've all used hair gel at some point in our lives.
It's cheap, convenient and it gives your hair a glossy 'wet look' finish while providing maximum hold - meaning your hair won't budge all day long.
Cheaper hair gels contain alcohol because it makes the gel more comfortable to apply and helps it dry more quickly. It can also strip your hair of its natural oils - leaving you with dry, brittle hair and an itchy, dry scalp.
Unlike cheaper hair gels, a good hair gel - made from natural ingredients - won't flake off during the day.
Men's Hair Creme
- Hair type: Fine/Medium
- Hold: Light
- Shine: Medium Shine
Men's Hair Creme (also known as Hair Creme) is perfect for fine or thinning hair that doesn't need a max hold hair product's strength.
A quality natural men's hairstyling creme provides a light hold (it feels like you're not wearing any product at all). It gives your hair the flexibility you wouldn't get with gel. It also gives your hair a subtle, natural shine.
- Hair type: Thick
- Hold: Medium
- Shine: High Shine
The best pomades for men give your hair a high shine while providing a medium hold.
It won't make your hair stiff or crunchy like a gel can and is great for men with thick or curly hair.
Men's pomades can be oil-based or water-based. Be careful with oil-based products - they're often difficult to wash out of hair and can strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils.
Water-based options - such as those found in natural men's hair styling products - are a safer option.
Men's Hair Styling Clay / Mud
- Hair type: Medium / Thick
- Hold: Max
- Shine: Matte
As you may have guessed, men's Styling Clay (or Men's Hair Mud) is made from natural clay or mud and gives maximum hold.
Clay or mud has several benefits over the other products mentioned in this blog.
The clay or mud naturally draws out dirt and impurities in the hair without stripping the hair of its natural oils. It's also great for repairing damaged hair, so it is ideal if your hair is on the dry side.
Clay isn't as easy to restyle as other products, but it adds more texture to the hair, but you also get more for your money - you don't need a lot of it to get the style you want.
Now that you know more about men's hair products, you can make the best decision for yourself.
Whichever you go for, always seek a natural men's hairstyling product.
It would be best if you always avoided hair gels containing artificial ingredients and fragrances like grease and petroleum (often found at the cheaper end of the spectrum). These can strip your hair of its natural oils and dry your scalp, leading to flakiness and itchiness.
You also always look for a natural men's water-soluble hair product, so it washes out quickly at the end of the day.
A final tip to leave you with - never slap the product straight onto your hair. Rub a small amount between your palms and then apply from the back of the head forward.