The Ultimate Guide to Men's Hair Products (Every Type Explained) (2022)

The right hair products can be an absolute game-changer.

The problem is, finding the best product or combination of products for your hair can be a search that lasts a lifetime—or at least until your hair falls out. This becomes even more true when you consider the sheer volume and variety of hair styling products available today.

It’s dizzying.

With so many options, it’s understandable why you might just latch on to one type of haircut and one type of product and call it a day.

But with so many advances in men’s grooming, there’s never been a better time to step out of your comfort zone and expand your hairstyling arsenal. It is the roaring 20s, after all—have a little fun; get a little adventurous.

That said, not every product is going to work for every hair type or every style. Some are better suited for thin straight hair, while others work best on thick hair.

With this guide, we aim to make it a little more manageable to figure out what type of products might be good for you. We’ll break down every kind of hair product, what each does, and who each one is best for.

TYPES OF HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS

From pomade to wax to hair spray, these are the products that will add varying degrees of hold, texture, volume, and shine to your hair.

POMADE

Hold: medium to high hold
Shine: high shine

Pomade is the classic men’s hairstyling product—so much so that the word pomade has become a de facto umbrella term for many men’s styling products. But when we talk about pomade, we’re talking pure unadulterated pomade, which comes in two forms—oil-based and water-based.

OIL-BASED POMADE
Oil-based pomades are old-school and have been around since the 18th century. They’re made from grease or petroleum products and give you that high-shine, slick look that can be combed back into place throughout the day—think George Clooney in O Brother Where Art Thou or Jon Hamm in MadMen.

If your hair tends to be overly dry, an oil-based pomade might be the right move for your quaff since it adds oil into the mix. Oil-based pomades also don’t dry as hard or crunchy as many of their contemporary water-based peers.

The downside is that oil-based pomades can be incredibly difficult to wash out of your hair. Oil and water don’t mix, and therefore, you’re going to be using a lot more shampoo to get it out.

It might not be a product you’ll want to use every day. But if you’re going for a retro-inspired combover or pompadour, oil-based pomade will give you an authentic look and feel.

WATER-BASED POMADE
Most pomades today are water-based, making them easier to rinse out than oil-based pomades. Today’s water-based pomades offer a variety of hold strengths and can be matte or high shine. No matter what style your after, there’s likely a pomade for you.

Water-based pomades tend to leave your hair feeling stiff and crunchy as they dry, especially if you use them on damp hair. Many pomades will soften up once you run your fingers through your hair a few times.

WHO SHOULD USE POMADE?
Pomade is a great option for all hair types and can be used by men with thin and thick hair. We’d recommend using pomade on short to medium classic styles such as side parts, combovers, pompadours, and quiffs. Regardless if you opt for oil-based or water-based, pomade will give you a highly manicured look.

WAX

Hold: Low to medium hold
Shine: Medium to high shine

Hair wax is made from ingredients such as beeswax, carnauba wax, and lanolin.

Wax is designed to give you medium to high shine and a lighter hold than pomade. Technically you can use wax on any hairstyle, but it’s an ideal product for creating the messy, textured, bed-head looks that became popular around 2010.

Ruffians Creative Director Denis Robinson recommends applying wax to dry hair, focusing on the areas that need the most shaping and control. Wax does give you the flexibility to re-shape your hair throughout the day. Still, again, it typically won’t give you as much hold and control as other products.

WHO SHOULD USE WAX?
Hair wax is a great option for men with thicker hair that has a natural lift and hold on its own. Use wax on dry hair to add more texture and create a more careless look. If you need more hold or are going for a style that requires your hair to have a little more structural integrity, another product will likely be a better fit.

CLAY

Hold: medium to high hold
Shine: Low to medium shine

Hair clay and hair wax have many similarities, and many hair clays are made with beeswax.

Is your head spinning yet?

Let’s keep it simple. Wax has more shine and less hold. Hair clay is the exact opposite—matte finish and higher hold.

Like wax, hair clay is ideal for creating textured bed-head styles. However, it’s a better option for men with thinner, straight hair that tends to fall flat when left to its own devices because it has more hold than wax. To get more lift, focus on just the roots when applying the clay. Applying clay to the entire hair shaft would weigh your hair down.

If your hair is already naturally oily and shiny, clay is an excellent option to help tone down some of that sheen you’ve got going on.

Like pomade, clay works well on damp and dry hair.

WHO SHOULD USE CLAY?
Anyone with short to medium length hair who needs a lot of hold but doesn't want any shine. It’s great for creating messy looks that will stay in place throughout the day.

STYLING BALM

Hold: low to medium hold
Shine: Low shine to medium shine

Styling balms are relatively new and cover a lot of ground regarding what they offer for hair.

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Some balms are more creamy and conditioning with low hold, while other balms tone down the conditioning power and focus more on hold.

Beardbrand Styling Balm is made with lanolin, beeswax, and PVP to provide a medium-strength hold and satin-like finish. It’s a lightweight product with a marshmallow-like consistency that works well for all hair types. It can boost volume when applied solely to hair roots but can also be used to create more classic combed-through styles.

Balms will generally give you a very flexible finish that doesn’t try too hard or too crunchy. Beardbrand Styling Balm is no exception.

WHO SHOULD USE STYLING BALM?
Men with short to medium length hair and of all hair types can use Styling Balm.

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HAIR PUTTY/MUD

Hold: medium to high hold
Shine: no to low shine

Hair putty and mud are one and the same—it just depends on what each brand calls it. It’s often confused with hair paste because it has a similar consistency and hold.

Putty is ideal for men going for a casual, easy-going style. And unlike pomade, it adds texture and some movement. The more putty you add, the more of a messy, disheveled look you can create.

You can also use putty as a finishing product to lock in slicked-back styles.

WHO SHOULD USE PUTTY?
Putty is good for various hair lengths and types of hair, but it performs best on shorter hairstyles to add texture without as much shine as wax.

FIBER

Hold: high hold
Shine: no to low shine

Fiber is strong and pliable. It’s thick and kind of resembles a dried-out wax and has a tackiness that adds volume to your hair.

Fiber generally provides no shine whatsoever, so it’s a fantastic product for a natural, messy look.

The best time to apply fiber is when your hair is dry. It’s excellent for use on thick hair, but if you’re looking for a product that’s more combable, you may want to try styling clay instead.

Know this about fiber—it’s a no-nonsense styling product for men who don’t want their hair to budge even slightly during the day. With fiber, your hold remains locked in until you wash the fiber out.

Pure fiber can be hard to work with, so it often comes in other forms such as fiber foam, fiber wax, and fiber cream.

WHO SHOULD USE FIBER?
Men with short to medium length hairstyles who want to add natural-looking texture with no shine. Fiber works great on thick hair since less product is needed to shape and hold the style.

PASTE

Hold: medium to high hold
Shine: low to medium shine

Paste is a great tool to have in your grooming kit. It’s a versatile, all-around styling product that can be used on its own or combined with other products.

Paste is good for almost every hairstyle, and you only need a small amount of paste to get the style and hold you desire. It gives your hair separation and flexibility, but it also adds volume and texture—especially if you apply it before blowdrying.

Most pastes are water-based, which makes washing them easy to rinse out, and they won't clump (which makes it easier to restyle your hair during the day). Add a splash of water, and you’re ready to restyle your flow. If you choose a paste that’s thicker than others, rubbing it between your palms will soften it and make it easier to distribute it evenly through your hair.

WHO SHOULD USE PASTE?
Anyone can use paste, but men with thinner hair that doesn’t hold styles well will benefit from the high hold and flexibility that paste provides. It can be used on its own or with other texturizing products like Sea Salt Spray to add even more volume.

CREAM

Hold: low hold
Shine: low to medium shine

Hair creams come with a variety of benefits. They give your hair flexibility and strength while providing a low hold that doesn’t have the stiffness or greasiness of wax and pomade.

Creams generally consist of oils and amino acids that provide a strong but flexible, natural appearance. Some also act as a conditioner by helping add moisture to the hair.

Texture-wise, creams range between lightweight lotions and those that have wax-like consistency. And some have a stronger hold as compared to others, so it’s essential to define what you want to accomplish by using creams, as well as your preferred hairstyle.

WHO SHOULD USE CREAM?
One of the main benefits of styling cream is to give medium to long hair a healthier look and natural-looking shine. It can be especially beneficial for frizzy hair that’s hard to manage. You can use it to guide your hair in a specific style/direction while taming stubborn stray hairs.

Hair cream is an excellent option for men with thinning or fine hair who don’t like to use pomade or wax. The cream is lightweight enough to make you feel as if you aren’t wearing any product at all and is easily among the best men’s products for thin hair.

STYLING POWDER

Hold: low hold
Shine: low shine

Styling powders are still relatively new but have gained popularity due to their ease of use and ability to use on dry hair.

Texture powders contain a silicone-like material called silica silylate that sticks to hair fibers. In turn, it creates volume by causing friction between the fibers. Texture powders also absorb excess oil from hair, which also helps boost volume.

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Some powders may leave your hair feeling a little crunchy and stiff, and if you have coarse hair that tends to be on the drier side, a styling powder may not be the best product for you.

WHO SHOULD USE POWDER?
Men with fine, straight hair that want to add texture and volume. Powder works best on short to medium hairstyles, but we’ve seen men with thin long hair have some success with it as well.

SEA SALT SPRAY

Hold: very low hold
Shine: low shine

Few hairstyling products have garnered as much attention over the past year as sea salt spray—and for good reason.

The biggest style trend to emerge in 2020 is that everything is loose and flowing, and this has continued into 2021. Shirts have gotten bigger and boxier, denim has gone back to more relaxed cuts, and pleated trousers are no longer reserved for film noir and your Grandpa Joe.

The same applies to your hair—long, flowing, and natural looks are where it’s at.

Sea salt spray gives your hair just a touch of hold. It’s enough to set your style, but unlike pomades or clays, sea salt spray leaves your hair soft and free to move.

Beardbrand Sea Salt Spray does three things exceptionally well—it adds texture and volume, enhances natural curl patterns, and helps remove oil and toxins from the hair.

As oil and product accumulate on the hair and scalp, hair shafts become heavy and weighed down. Additionally, the oilier hair gets, the more the hair shafts clump together and become matted and lifeless. Sea Salt Spray helps to remove that excess oil buildup, allowing the hair strands to be lighter and more independent of each other. Naturally, this allows for greater volume because the hair shafts aren’t weighed down by the oil.

The salt, which naturally has a slight amount of grit, helps texturize the hair.

Each of the key ingredients in Beardbrand Sea Salt Spray—magnesium sulfate, magnesium chloride, aloe, and kaolinite—help to remove toxins, dirt, and debris from the scalp and hair. This can allow you to go longer between washing with shampoo, which can actually help your hair retain more natural moisture.

Aloe, in particular, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and many Beardbrand Sea Salt Spray users report that it has helped them prevent and control dandruff.

Like all hair styling products, Sea Salt Spray isn’t going to be right for everyone. Salt does have a drying effect on hair, and it is possible to use too much of it.

If your hair tends to be extraordinarily dry, Sea Salt Spray isn’t going to be the product for you.

On the other hand, if you have an overly oily scalp, Sea Salt Spray will be perfect for you because it will help remove some of that excess oil.

Not sure if Sea Salt Spray is right for you? We put together a deep dive in our article Sea Salt Spray: The Pros and Cons.

WHO SHOULD USE SEA SALT SPRAY?
Men with short, medium, and long hairstyles can use Sea Salt Spray. For short hairstyles, it’s best used in combination with another product, like Styling Balm. For longer hairstyles, it really helps add a little control and natural flow while helping to enhance your hair’s waves.

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SUGAR SPRAY

Hold: very low hold
Shine: low shine

Take a salt spray and swap the salt for sugar cane extract, and you’ve got what is known as sugar spray or sugar mist.

Sugar spray works similar to salt spray but without as much of a drying effect on the hair. It won’t give you quite as much texture as a salt spray, but sugar spray is a great option for anyone whose hair is too dry and brittle for salt.

WHO SHOULD USE SUGAR SPRAY?
Anyone who wants similar benefits to a salt spray but whose hair is naturally dry and coarse.

GEL

Hold: medium to super high hold
Shine: medium to super high shine

You've likely used gel at some point in your life—especially if you grew up in the 80s and 90s when hard, spiky hair was king and hoards of frosted-tip adolescent boys roamed your local shopping mall on Friday nights.

Unfortunately, hair gel is still trying to recover from its crunchy, cringy past when most hair gels were made with alcohol. Those hair gels strip needed moisture from the hair and scalp and leave hair dry, brittle, and harder than a football helmet.

But then again, as GQ points out, everything else about turn-of-the-century style is back in, so why shouldn’t hair gel get a little love again?

Fortunately, it’s easy to find alcohol-free hair gel in various hold strengths and formulated for a variety of all types.

Today’s gels perform more like a gooey cousin of pomade, giving you a slick, wet look that can be as greasy as you want it to be. Don’t want the wet look? Well, there’s plenty of matte finish gels available as well. The point is—gels have evolved, so don’t discount them.

If you’re one of those 90s kids we mentioned above and are feeling a little unsure about getting back into the gel game, we recommend trying a flexible hold gel that will keep your hair in check but also allow you to rework it throughout the day.

WHO SHOULD USE GEL?
Men with short to medium hair lengths who want some extra oomph and shine. Even men with longer hair can find a gel that suits them in today’s market. Men with really thick and dense hair will get the most out of gel, whereas men with thinner hair will likely want to leave it on the shelf.

MOUSSE

Hold: medium to high hold
Shine: medium to high shine

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Mousse doesn’t have the street cred or popularity it once had in the 1980s when you’d find it on a wide variety of crunchy, “big hair” styles. But that’s not to say that it doesn’t have merits for today’s style-conscious man. In fact, like gel, mousses have continued to evolve, and they are a bit of a “secret ingredient” among celebrity stylists.

One thing to keep in mind about mousse—a little of it goes a long way. All you need is a golf ball-sized amount to spread evenly over your hair. You can always adjust the amount from there.

Chemical compounds called polymers contained in mousse surround the hair strands to provide an overall fuller appearance. You’ll also find some mousses with ingredients such as rosemary to help treat hair loss. Indeed, giving hair more body is a requisite for men dealing with hair loss.

One of hair mousse’s positives is that it provides both volume and control. It definitely helps to hold your style in place without an oily and stringy look. It also allows you to maintain most hairstyles daily without a lot of buildup, and you can do mid-day styling touches that aren’t difficult.

To maximize the volume you get from your mousse, add it primarily to the roots of your hair. Spread the product upward as you tilt your head over.

To apply mousse, start with clean, damp hair. Rub the foam between your palms, and then run your hands and fingers over your hair until you distribute all of it. Concentrating on the roots while you spread your mousse helps ensure that you won’t have any greasiness.

After evenly distributing the mousse, you can blowdry your hair for a polished look with more volume, or you can let it air dry for more of a wet look.

Note: of all the styling products discussed in this article, mousse is probably the most difficult to use correctly. If your hair becomes stiff and crunchy with mousse, you’re likely using way too much of it.

WHO SHOULD USE MOUSSE?
Men with medium and long hair can benefit from the right mousse—keyword, right. Like gels, finding the right mousse for your hair type is half the battle. The other half of the battle is figuring out how to use it correctly.

HAIR SPRAY

Hold: low to high hold
Shine: low to high shine

At one time, hair spray was perhaps the most popular hair styling product in existence.

Hair spray gets a bad rap, but it’s a versatile product that works on various hairstyles. It’s not a bad idea to keep some around.

Among hair spray's many attributes is that you can use it alone or in conjunction with other hair styling products, such as paste or pomade. But where hair spray really shines is as a finishing product to look your style in place.

Hair spray provides volume to your hair and helps sustain volume if you have thinning hair. You can apply hair spray on the outer layer of your hair to lock your style in place or spray it deep into your hair’s roots to help lift them up.

Hair spray is a lifesaver in times of high humidity, which can turn your hairstyle limp in a hurry.

Another thing to know about hair spray is that it comes in three types of hold:

Flexible hold
Flexible hold sprays provide the least amount of staying power and hold. They’re excellent for longer hairstyles in which you want to retain your hair’s natural bounce while still preventing frizziness.

Medium hold
This type of hair spray is suitable for hairstyles that need volume but not too much stiffness.

Maximum hold
If you want to keep your hair in place throughout the day, give it a few shots of maximum-hold spray. You’ll maintain your style’s definition and texture while keeping it locked in place.

Hair spray is also versatile in that it ranges from low to high shine, which allows you to choose accordingly.

WHO SHOULD USE HAIR SPRAY?
Men with thinner, medium-length hair who want to add a little more staying power to their style. If you’ve used other products to create a lifted pompadour, finishing it with hair spray will help keep it from falling flat throughout the day.

THE NOT-QUITE STYLING, STYLING PRODUCTS

Generally speaking, styling products alone won’t get you the hairstyle you’re going for. This becomes increasingly true as your hair gets longer.

Properly caring for your hair will go a long way in helping your hair look and feel its best. Remember, styling products can only do so much on dry, damaged, and brittle hair.

This section will cover a few additional products that aren’t exactly styling products but are good to have in your arsenal.

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LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Leave-in conditioner is just that—a conditioner that you leave in your hair until it’s time to rewash it. It is excellent for people who need a little extra kick of moisture and hydration. If you have dry hair, frizzy hair, or hard-to-managed hair, a leave-in conditioner is a must.

You will want to use a leave-in conditioner on damp hair after washing and conditioning with a regular rinse-out conditioner.

Leave in conditioner tends to be less thick than its wash out counterpart and has a multitude of benefits:

Moisturizing: Leave-in conditioner has the time to really penetrate the hair follicle and load it up with moisture. This extra moisture will also help combat dry, frizzy hair by making it smooth, shiny, and healthier.

Detangles hair: By providing extra ‘slip’ between hair strands, leave-in conditioner aids in detangling the hair post-shower.

It makes hair easier to style: When your hair is moisturized and healthy, it is more manageable during the styling process. So, whether you are doing a quick blowdry or using other products to achieve a specific look, a leave-in conditioner will help you achieve your style goals.

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Protection from environmental and heat damage: Leave-in conditioner provides an extra layer of protection for the hair. This extra layer helps protect against environmental factors like UV rays that can make the hair appear dull or chlorine from swimming that will dry your hair out. It also protects against heat damage from your blow dryer and other hot styling tools, like a hair straightener.

DETANGLER

Detanglers are sprays or creams that are made to help detangle the hair of knots. Most leave-in conditioners can work double duty as a detangler, as well. Still, there are specifically formulated detanglers out there that are made for those pesky knots.

It is essential to properly and gently detangle the hair. Knotted hair is susceptible to damage and breakage, which leads to split ends, frizzy hair, and, if severe enough, even hair loss.

You want to start detangling hair from the bottom, slowly working towards the top of your head. Trying to yank out the tangle from the top down will just make the knot tighter, more challenging to get out, and damage your hair.

Detanglers contain ingredients that help lubricate the hairs in the knot or ingredients that temporarily shrink the hair shaft. When the follicles are lubricated, they can slip past each other more easily, making it easier to slip out of the knot. If the hair shrinks down a little, a similar effect occurs, and the hairs have more room to untangle.

HEAT PROTECTANT

We now know that heat can play a significant role in hair damage. It strips the hair of moisture and can cause cracking to the outer layer of hair, making it that much more susceptible to damage. So, when using heating elements in your style routine, it is essential to use a heat protectant product to reduce the harm done to your hair.

Heat protectants often come in the form of a spray, cream, or serum that is applied to dry or damp hair before styling. They coat the hairs and provide an extra layer to help protect the hair against the heat of whatever tool you’re using. They help protect against heat damage, but only up to a point. Never blast your hair too long with the highest heat setting, and keep the blowdryer 3–6 inches away from your hair (unless you’re using a diffuser).

DRY SHAMPOO

Dry shampoo comes in powder form or as an aerosol spray. It is a lifesaver for men with long hair that gets oily quickly.

As your hair gets longer, you typically don’t want to wash it with regular shampoo more than a couple of times per week. Some men go six or seven days between washes. Shampooing too frequently can dry the scalp and hair out, leaving hair extra frizzy and dull.

Dry shampoo becomes the go-to product for giving a light cleansing to hair without having to wet wash it.

Dry shampoo shouldn’t be used as your only washing product but to provide light cleansing and remove excess oil between regular washes.

HAIR SERUM

Hair serums help provide softness and shine and can even protect your hair against sun exposure and pollutants such as dust and grime.

Many people also choose hair serum because it helps treat dry and damaged hair and helps make hair smooth and silky. For men with longer hair, a serum is excellent for controlling frizziness and stubborn stray hairs that seem to always fly out of place randomly.

You can use hair serum at any time, but especially when you notice your hair becoming overly dry, dull, or tangled. But it’s always effective as a protectant against environmental stressors such as heat, the sun’s rays, and pollutants that can damage hair.

It’s best to apply hair serum on wet hair. In most cases, you’ll only need to use a few drops. Once you’ve applied it, comb or brush your hair in a downward motion to get rid of any tangles. Finally, blowdry your hair to set it into your preferred style.

HAIR OIL

Products like argan oil and Moroccan oil have been a go-to for people with long hair for decades. But the use of hair oil dates back to ancient Egyptians. While they’re not technically a styling tool, hair oils have several benefits.

Hair oils are all about nourishing and improving the overall strength and condition of your hair. They contain tons of fatty acids, which replace lipids in your hair when it starts to become really fine and prone to breakage. Your hair splits when lipids become depleted.

THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR EACH HAIR TYPE

BEST PRODUCTS FOR STRAIGHT HAIR

One of the advantages of having straight hair is that almost any styling product will work for you. Which one you choose depends on your hairstyle. However, straight hair may look a bit thin and flat, so it doesn’t hurt to choose a product that adds some volume. Pomades and gels give you a wet-look finish, while hair putty, clay, and wax provide a natural-looking matte finish with more volume. You can also use hairspray to hold your style in place.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR WAVY HAIR

Pomade and creams work well for men with wavy hair because they’re high in moisture and provide a slightly wet finish. You can also use a high-moisture hair spray that holds your style in place. On the flip side, you’ll want to avoid products that can dry your hair out, such as gels, clays, and waxes.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR CURLY HAIR

Curly hair tends to dry out quickly, so you want to go with products that add moisture. Curls are best when left free and bouncy, so opt for products with low hold that help mitigate frizz and let your curls do their thing. Pomades, styling cream, and balms can work well.

Note: Kinky hair is like curly hair, except that the curls are smaller and tighter. It can quickly dry out, so use products that add moisture. It’s wise to use a cream for styling and oils to keep hair nourished and healthy.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR THIN HAIR

Thinning hair can cause plenty of anxiety for men because it may be a sign of balding. While it might not be time to panic—because the rate of balding varies from person to person–you should focus on volume and texture. Water-based products work best because they’re not too heavy and won’t weigh hair down. Therefore hair gels, mousse, and creams are typically a solid choice. Sea Salt Spray is another great option here, especially if your hair is oily. Wax, pomade, and clay are often too heavy for thin hair.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR THICK HAIR

In many ways, men with thick hair have won the hair lottery. But, if you’re so blessed, you’ll need a product with a stronger hold to keep those luscious locks in place. Pomades, clays, and waxes provide the kind of hold you need, while a few spritzes of salt spray provide additional hold and maintains texture.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR SHORT HAIR

Most styling products work for men with shorter haircuts, but you should focus on products that provide texture.

BEST PRODUCTS FOR LONG HAIR

As your hair gets longer, you want to gradually move away from products that offer much hold and instead focus on products that are more conditioning in nature. Lightweight, low hold products like Sea Salt Spray and sugar sprays are great. Leave-in conditioners, serums, and oils can also be beneficial in keeping your hair hydrated and looking awesome.

THE WRAP UP

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FAQs

What is the ideal hair type for men? ›

Wavy hair is often considered the sweet spot of men's hair types. It's got the perfect amount of volume without the high maintenance of curly hair.

Is pomade better than clay? ›

Clay will give a slight less hold and texture, and no shine whatsoever. Gives a really solid natural look with just the right amount of hold and shine. Pomade will give more shine and hold and really gives a bit more of a slick hair look. If you're looking to do a side part it could definitely be the way to go.

How many types of hair are there for men? ›

As you can see, there are 4 main hair types: straight, wavy, curly, and coily. Each one is broken down into sub-categories based on how tight or loose the curls are. Straight hair only has one category: it's either straight or it's not.

Is clay good for thick hair? ›

Clays are suitable for all hair types. They will boost fine and limp hair; and add definition to thick hair.

What is the strongest hair type? ›

Thick (Coarse)

Thick or coarse hair texture is the strongest hair texture and typically feels coarse or thick to the touch. Coarse hair contains all three hair layers – the cortex, cuticle and medulla.

What are the 4 types of hair? ›

Type 1 hair is straight. Type 2 is best described as wavy. Type 3 hair is curly, and type 4 is coily.

What happens if you use pomade everyday? ›

Is it bad to use pomade every day? As long as you use a pomade without harmful chemicals and wash your hair at the end of the day, it's safe to use every day. A water-based pomade will also wash out easier than an oil-based one.

Which hair styling product is best for thin hair? ›

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What hair paste should I use? ›

AIIR Styling Paste is the best hair styling paste. It makes hair more pliable and malleable for effortless styling with medium hold. This versatile styling paste works on all hair lengths and types to create separated texture, natural definition and subtle shine.

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The Four Basic Fundamental Haircuts
  • The 0 degree haircut is also known as the "Blunt" or "Bob" haircut. ...
  • The 45 degree is a haircut, which is also known as the "wedge," or a “bob”. ...
  • The 90 degree haircut is also known as the "Layered” haircut. ...
  • The 180 degree haircut is also known as the "Shag,” or the reverse elevation.
4 Dec 2017

Do you add clay to wet or dry hair? ›

Clay is typically best applied to dry hair. Prep the hair beforehand with a hair dryer, pre styling product or whatever you use for your desired style. For a lot of the best styles for a clay hair product, a hair dryer is best used to get your hair into shape and help add volume or texture to the hair.

Whats better hair gel or clay? ›

Clays are better for a cleaner more professional look, where you need a stronger hold, but aren't interested in the glossy, high-shine finish of hair gel. Hair clays are perfect for any hair style where you need volume & texture without the soppy/wet feeling of a styling product weighing your hair down.

What is most damaging to hair? ›

Harsh shampoo, hair treatments, styling products, and excessive brushing contribute the most to poor hair health. However, other culprits include: overconsumption of alcohol. low-calorie and crash diets.

What race had the thickest hair? ›

Caucasian hair usually appears thicker since it is more difficult to see through the scalp than other ethnic hair types. However, Asian hair is the thickest and coarsest hair of any ethnic group.

What is the fastest growing hair type? ›

While not as dense as its counterparts, the hair is less likely to experience hair loss or breakage. Asian hair is also the fastest growing, at over half an inch per month.

How do I identify my hair type? ›

Hair Texture

If it dries straight without a bend or curl, then you have straight hair (or type 1 hair as it is commonly referred to). If it dries with a slight curve or “S” shape, then it's considered wavy hair (type 2). If your hair dries with a defined curl or loop pattern, you have one of two curl types.

How do I figure out my hair type? ›

Take a piece of hair in between your fingers and rub it back and forth. If you don't feel anything, your hair type is considered fine. If you can feel the hair in between your fingers your hair type is medium. If your hair feels thick in between your fingers , then your hair type is coarse.

Why is African hair so different? ›

There are two reasons why we believe African hair texture is genetic. Firstly, the texture is universal in Africans, while nearly absent from other ethnic groups. Secondly, it is consistently passed down to the children in each new generation.

Do you brush after pomade? ›

Styling Your Hair

Once your pomade is applied, start shifting hair in the direction you want it to go. For a clean-cut, formal look, use a higher-shine pomade and comb or brush your hair in the desired direction.

Is it better to use pomade or gel? ›

For a product that offers maximum hold and support and leaves a shiny finish, go with gel. For a product that's gentler on hair but still provides an adequate hold, pomade is a better option.

Which is better wax or pomade? ›

It would be great if you're outdoors on a windy day. Pomade, on the other hand, gives off a more natural finish. It's flexible yet it does the job of keeping the style in place. Wax does the same job but it's especially useful for the oily-haired set since it absorbs some of the grease.

What is the number one product for thinning hair? ›

Overall, Women's Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam for Hair Thinning and Loss is the top choice given the FDA-approved hair growth-boosting ingredient in its formula.

What is the best thing to put on thinning hair? ›

6 Treatments for Hair Thinning That May Actually Work
  • Minoxidil (Rogaine). This medication is a foam or a liquid that you put on your scalp. ...
  • Finasteride (Propecia). This prescription medication is a pill you take by mouth. ...
  • Microneedling. ...
  • Hair transplant. ...
  • Low-level laser therapy. ...
  • Platelet-rich plasma.

What should you not do with thin hair? ›

7 Mistakes To Stop Making If You Have Fine Hair
  • Using Too Much Product.
  • Getting the Wrong Haircut.
  • Using Too Much Conditioner.
  • Keeping Hair Very Long.
  • Forgetting About Your Scalp.
  • Using the Wrong Blow-Drying Technique.
  • Bringing on the Breakage.
6 Aug 2022

Should you wet your hair before applying paste? ›

Applying your hair products into wet hair will cause you to lose a good chunk of it during the drying process. Due to this, it's best to towel dry or air dry your hair prior to applying products. Let your get about 80% of the way dry in order to get the best results from your pomades or mousses!

Is paste or wax better for hair? ›

Waxes tend to be more lightweight, creating airy, buildable texture. Pastes can be thicker and creamier in consistency. While each paste and wax formula varies with both being versatile for all hair lengths and textures, wax is often times better for fine hair in need of extra volume.

What does sea salt spray do? ›

Salt Spray imitates the appearance of the hair after a carefree day at the beach, creating tousled texture. They add texture and body to thick hair by opening the cuticle and plumping the hair strands, providing fine hair types with volume and light, flexible hold.

What haircuts can make you look younger? ›

Flattering Hairstyles That Will Make You Feel Years Younger
  • 01 of 14. Lightly Layered Bob. Vera Anderson/Getty Images. ...
  • 02 of 14. Layered Cut with Fringe. @salsalhair. ...
  • 03 of 14. Shaggy Curly Cut. ...
  • 04 of 14. Side-Swept Bangs. ...
  • 05 of 14. Relaxed Chin Bob. ...
  • 06 of 14. Super Pixie. ...
  • 07 of 14. Stylish Pixie Cut. ...
  • 08 of 14. Straight Chin-Length Bob.
10 Jun 2022

What is a ghost haircut? ›

“It's a technique that adds movement and texture while giving the illusion of a one length haircut,” explains Ramon on ghosting, which allows him to remove bulk from the hair without compromising on length. “It works for all types of hair, so it really is the best of both worlds,” he continues.

What is a Zoomer haircut? ›

zoomer perm (plural zoomer perms) (slang) A type of perm haircut popular among teens and young adults of Generation Z. It has shaded or faded sides, and a lot of volume and length on the top.

What lack of vitamin causes hair loss? ›

Only riboflavin, biotin, folate, and vitamin B12 deficiencies have been associated with hair loss.

Can thinning hair become thick again? ›

Can thin hair become thicker again? A person cannot change the texture of their hair. However, the hair may grow back after chemotherapy or pregnancy, for example.

Are guys more attracted to long or short hair? ›

CNN recently shared research that men are most likely to prefer women with long hair past the shoulders. Guys were asked to rate the same women's faces based upon short, medium-length, plus super long locks. Males rated ladies with longer hair as more attractive.

What length of hair is most attractive? ›

One of the most popular hair chart length options is definitely the shoulder length (12 inch). The main reason why so many women prefer the type is that it borrows the best features from the medium and long mane. Thus, any look you opt for will turn out to be trendy and chic.

What is the manliest haircut? ›

10 Most Attractive Men's Hairstyles
  • Undercut.
  • Classic Quiff.
  • Classic Pompadour.
  • The Crew Cut.
  • The Buzz Cut (Military Cut)
  • The Side Part.
  • Tousled – The Bad Boy Cut.
  • Long Round Layered.
8 Sept 2022

Is paste or clay better for hair? ›

For a lighter hold and more natural look and feel, or if you have thin or curly hair, Paste is a good go-to. If you're looking for more hold and volume, Clay is great to take things up a notch. A lot of people like to keep both on hand for different styling needs or to change things up as their hair grows out a bit.

How do men apply clay to their hair? ›

Hair clay is easy to use if you follow these steps:
  1. Scoop a small amount out the pot. Try going for a very thin spread - the equivalent of a nickel's worth of product.
  2. Dampen and warm between your palms. ...
  3. Start by applying to the ends of damp hair. ...
  4. Evenly distribute the product. ...
  5. Repeat.

Do you need to wash hair after using clay? ›

You won't need to shampoo when you do your clay treatment because the clay is so cleansing. However, the great thing about bentonite clay is that it can give you a clean slate to apply your products. You'll find that your products work a lot better after using the clay because they can effectively reach the shaft.

What is healthier than hair gel? ›

Each has its pros and cons but overall, pomade is the healthier choice and offers more options compared to gel.

What is better than hair gel? ›

With hair wax, the hold and shine are less extreme than you would get with a gel. Professional stylists and men alike often choose hair wax for a specific range of hairstyles. Wax is often the perfect choice for the messy bedhead look, to more structured and professional-looking styles.

Which clay is best for men's hair? ›

Best Hair Clay Products For Men
  • Layrite Deluxe Cement Clay.
  • Smooth Viking Styling Clay.
  • Reuzel Extreme Hold Matte Pomade.
  • 18.21 Man Made Hair Clay.
  • Victory Barber & Brand Claymore Men's Hair Clay.
  • Moroccanoil Texture Clay.
  • Pete & Pedro Clay.
  • Head & Shoulders Anti-Dandruff Molding Hair Clay.
21 Oct 2022

What does clay do to your hair? ›

Clay's fine powder-like texture can help gently exfoliate the scalp. Bentonite clay's drawing properties can also cleanse follicles. Clay may be able to pull hair product buildup from dull strands, acting as a natural and more gentle alternative to clarifying shampoos.

What is the most desired hair type? ›

A general observation across experiments was that straight hair was perceived as younger, healthier, and more attractive than wavy hair and darker shades (medium copper and brown) were perceived more positively than blonde hair.

Which hairs are attractive? ›

Experts believe that the reason long hair is more attractive is the evolutionary one. In short, it is believed that the length of a woman's hair represents her body's ability to have children. In turn, this makes female fertility one of the markers of human beauty.

Do I have 1A or 1B hair? ›

1A - Your hair is completely straight and can be quite fine in texture, it can also fall out or drop easily. 1B - Your hair is still very straight, but it has a very subtle wave and a slight bend at the end. It tends to be thicker than your friends with straight hair.

Which hair type makes you look younger? ›

Loose waves are more younger-looking, while straight hair can be aging. Play around with face-framing layers to give your hair some softness and movement. Layers can also make your hair appear to be more luscious and healthy. Parra recommends asking your stylist for perimeter layers that are cut in a straight line.

What is the rarest hair type in the world? ›

Hair type 1A is super-straight. It doesn't even hold a curl! 1A is the rarest hair type. It is usually found on people of Asian descent.

What is the least popular hair type? ›

The least common hair type, 1A hair is extremely fine and perfectly straight. Consequently, it can look a bit flat and limp and might prove difficult to style. Dry shampoo can be your ally in the fight against excessive oil and thick hair products that might weigh your hair down are best avoided.

Do girls like men with GREY hair? ›

According to a survey conducted by the online dating site Match.com, 72 per cent of women who participated in the study stated that they find men with grey hair more attractive than men who did not have a salt and pepper hairline.

Do girls like big hairs? ›

the answer is YES! Maybe it's the confidence, maybe it reminds you of your sexiest sports/music/celebrity crush, maybe it's just knowing this one is different from the rest. I'd love to know what other women think, but here are my top five reasons why girls like guys with long hair.

What does long hair say about a man? ›

Long hair on a man was attached to a cultural as well as a ceremonial significance. For many cultures, long hair was a sign of courage, and nobility. Cutting hair in some cultures meant cowardice, or mourning. Other cultures simply valued the way a man looked with a handsome complexion, and long, dark hair.

What's the rarest hair color? ›

Red is the rarest hair color, according to Dr. Kaplan, and that's because so few MC1R variants are associated with the shade. “Only three variants are associated with red hair,” she says. “If a person has two of these three variants, they almost certainly have red hair.

Is there a type 5 hair? ›

If your hair is undeniably curly with defined s-shapes forming into coils, you have type 5 hair. If you're unsure whether or not your hair is very curly, Brown says curls should stretch with immediate spring back.

Is my hair 2A or 2B? ›

Type 2A hair is fine and thin with individual strands forming an “S” shape when dry. It is easy to use styling products to curl or straighten Type 2A hair. Type 2B hair is wavy and slightly frizzier than Type 2A hair. When dry, individual strands create an “S” shape with some frizz.

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