A Simple Guide to Men's Hair Products
We all know the feeling gents, the barber did his (or her) magic, and you’re looking good. But you have no idea how to make your hair look that way again.
A Simple Guide to Men’s Hair Products.
Now, Products aren’t the whole equation, so pay attention to what the barber is doing when they’re finishing up, or ASK. They don’t think twice about how they’re styling your hair, it’s likely what you asked for, and something that takes them seconds. Need instruction on how to DIY that same hairstyle? Need em to slow it down? I’ve never met a barber that wouldn’t.
Gone are the days of DEP and Rave Hairspray. We’re on to hair product that works, and is specifically designed to work well with typical mens hairstyles.
Pay close attention to what the can says. Not all pomades are created equal, some border on being a wax with ultra high hold or shine. Perfect if you’re rocking a pompadour, not so perfect if you’re rocking business casual. Water based vs. petroleum based is up to you. Great strides have been made in the water based pomade department over the last few years, and we tend to recommend those for everyone not going to see Reverend Horton Heat this weekend. (Jimbo is my hero) Water based pomades can be re-set with a little water to loosen them up, but can also loosen up on their own if you’re getting super sweaty. (do you care what your hair looks like at that point?)
Hair Creams are for the guy who wants a more natural look, but still needs a little bit of hold help. Think medium to longer length “natural looking” styles. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, etc. Creams are gonna help hold the shape, and also help with flyaways to keep your hair looking good on extra friz filled days.
Clay / Mud / Fiber
Hair Clays are typically the product of choice for shorter “messy” hair styles with a matte to low shine appearance, or to allow longer hair styles to maintain a little separation and control frizz without having a shine.
High Hold Pomade’s and Waxes
Got a really shaped shorter look? You’re gonna want something with a lot of hold, and a bit of shine to draw attention to your efforts. High Hold Pomades and Waxes are two different products based on ingredients, with the same goal in mind. Keeping your hair in place with the added volume. Not quite full on pompadour, (unless you prefer a medium shine pomp) but definitely styles that use a comb to style them, and need to stay that way to not look silly.
How do I make my hair look good with this stuff?
You’ll notice that we talked mostly about LayRite’s products here (partially because we carry them), but also because they’re good. They’re also water based. So you don’t have to worry about getting your hair bone dry before applying them. Slightly damp or towel dry is actually going to help the product disperse better instead of thinning it out. Just don’t let your hair be so wet that you can’t actually work in the style. Outside of super styled cuts, most are hand or finger styled, again, ask the barber if you’re trying out a new look and aren’t sure quite what to do to get that same look. They’ve trained for this, for years.
What about gel or hairspray?
Gents - it’s 2019, unless you’re a politician, don’t use gel or hairspray. Even then, it’s questionable. Get yourself acquainted with the products your barber is using, and use the same stuff. If there’s a can of Aqua Net at his station… Well… Besides most of these products are alcohol based, which will dry out and damage your hair. Not a good look at all.