Best Products for Men’s Hairstyles and Hair Types

As part of my Men’s Grooming Essentials Series, I want to show you the best products for men’s hairstyles and hair types because it really does matter if you’re trying to have the best hair and style possible.

Today’s article is part of a set, where I talk about the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth articles/videos for your specific hair type.

Just like I mentioned in my Shampoo and Conditioner article/video, if you’re not using the right products for your hair type, then you won’t be realizing the full benefits of them for your hair type, so pay special attention here.

Thinning or Fine Hair

If you’ve got thinning or fine hair, then lighter, matte styling products are made just for you. Products with shine will accentuate the thinness of your hair, so please avoid them at all costs.

Aside from a good thickening shampoo and conditioner, you should avoid most creams and gels. Stick exclusively to lighter products like mousses and texturizing sprays for your styling needs since they won’t clump your hair together or make your hair look wet – which, again, will accentuates the thinness. You can also use a thickening cream and blow dry it to add volume.

If you’ve got curly and thin hair, then you’ve got a unique problem of trying to keep your hair nourished without weighing it down with heavy products, so definitely stick to a thickening cream.

Thickening creams

$40 – Kevin Murphy’s Thick.Again Leave-In Thickening Treatment

You’ll spray the thickening treatment in your hair while it’s damp. What is so good about this treatment is that it creates a denser, more voluminous appearance by strengthening the hair at the root.

$27 – Living Proof Full Thickening Cream

Another fantastic paraben/sulfate-free product that you can purchase online. It also makes your hair look and feel thicker.

Mousse

$31 – Bumble and bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

Super lightweight and will add a denser look to your hair.

Texturizing spray

 

$46 – Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

The groomers I spoke with all swore by this product. It’s part hairspray, part dry shampoo that creates fantastic volume and texture in your hair and absorbs any oil in your hair, which you don’t want. It’s not cheap, but it’s incredible and will last you a long time.

Hair Filler

If you’re thinning, you should also consider using fillers to give the appearance of fuller hair.

$57 – Topikk Hair Building Fibers

Toppik is the only hair filler that’s used by the hair professionals I spoke to. It’s absolutely mind blowing how well it fills in thinning areas and covers up any exposed scalp. Make sure to wash your hair before going to bed. Otherwise, you’ll leave dark spots on your pillowcases.

Curly / Kinky / Coarse

These hair types tend to have a lot of volume, so you don’t necessary need products to enhance the thickness, like your fine or thinning hair brethren.

You definitely want to stick to using creams, pomades, or oils to give your hair a little more weight to keep it in place and control frizz better.

Make sure to add product while your hair’s still damp and then let it air dry with whatever style you’re going after. You don’t need a lot of product, otherwise it’ll look very shiny and get weighed down too much

Combed Style

If you’ve got curly hair and want to go for a combed hairstyle, then definitely use a good amount of pomade, cream or oil to really weigh it down and make it more style-able. Then, hit it with a ton of hairspray.

Pomades

$24 – Saturdays Surf NYC Clay Pomade

It’s a medium hold, matte finish, and smells really good. It’s also water based, so it’ll rinse out easily. On top of that, if you’ve watched my more in-depth hairstyles for your specific hair type, Kyle Krieger, the groomer who joined me, recommends this.

$20 – Baxter of California Cream Pomade

For a good cream pomade, I recommend Baxter of California. It’s lightweight in terms of hold and will add a touch of shine to your curls.

Oils

Curly hair is always in need of moisture and adding oil to your hair after you take a shower and/or whenever your hair is frizzing or feeling dry will help smooth each hair strand and keep it nourished.

$10 – Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
$8 – NOW Organic Jojoba Oil

Creams

$39 – Oribe Curl Control Silkening Crème

Oribe’s creme does the 3 things you need for your curly or coiled hair: 1) It has avocado and coconut oil to hydrate your hair, 2) it defines your curls, and 3) provides enough weight to control frizzing.

$20 – V76 by Vaughn Grooming Creme

This product is both a leave-in conditioner and grooming cream so it’ll moisturize your curls while providing enough weight to control frizzing.

Leave-In Conditioners

Check out my Shampoo and Condition article/video. You can also use regular old hand and body lotion.

Straight / Wavy

For straight or wavy hair, you want a product with some hold, depending on the exact style you’re going for.

If you want a more loose, finger combed style, then a cream or light pomade is best.

If you want a more structured, combed style, then definitely a paste, clay or wax will work and give you much more hold.

The one thing to be very careful about is the different levels of shine these products will have:

  • If you want more shine, than a pomade is great, as well as some waxes.
  • For a matte (no shine) look, then it’s all about pastes.

And as for keeping your hair in place. Some men will use product and think that’s enough hold. Others will want more, in which case, you need to use a hairspray to finish it off.

If you have really thick, straight or wavy hair and want a sharp, combed style then:

  1. Get your barber to thin your hair out as much as possible during your next cut.
  2. Get the right haircut and length, as I discussed in my best hairstyle for your hair type article.
  3. Use a blow dryer to get your hair going in the general direction of the style.
  4. Use a little more product than recommended and really work it in and style it according to your tastes.
  5. Hit it with some hairspray to hold it.

Pastes

$21 – V76 Tex Texture Paste
$39 – Kevin Murphy Night.Rider Paste

My hands down, 2 favorite pastes are by V76 and Kevin Murphy. They both give you maximum hold and a matte finish. V76 contains both clay and beeswax, while Kevin Murphy contains just beeswax.

Hairspray

$16 – N.4 High Performance Hair Care Jour d’automne Mighty Hair Spray

This is a really good finishing hair spray that’ll hold your hair in place and doesn’t have that horrible hairspray smell that plagues most brands. In our testing, it didn’t clog your pores around your hairline in case you miss your hair and get some on your skin.

$3 – Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray

 

Best Men’s Shampoos & Conditioners For Your Hair Type

In this article, I want to go over the best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners for your hair type.

Before we get into it, though, (this is important, I swear) – If you haven’t seen my companion article about how to wash & dry your hair properly, I highly suggest you check it out first, because all the groomers I mentioned in my Series Introduction Video said that men are totally crapping the bed in this department and it makes way more of a difference than you think. I promise you’ll learn something new in that article.

Dandruff

Before we dive into the best products for your hair type, I want to address the d-word… No, not that D-word! Dandruff!

Dandruff is almost always the result of 3 things:

  1. Using harsh shampoos, with sulfates and parabens that strip the hair and scalp of the natural oils and vitamins, leaving your scalp and hair dry and flaky.
  2. Not washing your hair and massaging your scalp properly.
  3. Not staying hydrated enough and having a proper diet.

I highly suggest you first try washing your hair properly with quality products as well as upping your water and healthy food intake and see if that doesn’t cure your dandruff issue once and for all.

Hair Loss Shampoo & Conditioner For Thinning or Balding Men

The main goal for choosing a hair loss shampoo and conditioner is you want them to:

  • Slow down or prevent hair loss; and
  • Thicken hair so it appears fuller

The best way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to have a healthy and clean scalp that’s free of DHT which is found in the sebum that’s produced from your scalp. DHT is the cause of male baldness and is like a leech that slowly kills your hair follicles. To combat this, you should use the best hairloss shampoo on the market by Nizoral every 3 days because it contains the only ingredient on the market that’s proven to prevent hair loss by killing DHT on your scalp. The downside, though, is that it also makes your hair appear limp and lifeless, so you definitely want to combine it with the Nioxin conditioner below to minimize this effect.

On the days you’re not using Nizoral shampoo, switch to Nioxin’s shampoo and conditioner system because it promotes a healthy scalp and gives your hair more density so it looks fuller.

For a hair growth shampoo, you can use Rogaine, but the second you stop using it, the new hair will fall out, so it’s not really recommended. I would add Propecia to your routine, instead, because the medication will definitely halt further hair loss from below the surface, so it’s more effective, but it has some side effects, so that’s up to you to determine if it’s worth it or not.

$14 – Nizoral Shampoo

$20-44 – Determine which Nioxin system is best for you:

System 1: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair
System 2: Noticeably thinning, fine hair
System 3: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 4: Noticeably thinning, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 5: Normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse hair
System 6: Noticeably thinning, medium to coarse hair

$40 – Rogaine

Best Shampoos & Conditioners for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, then the goal is to make your hair appear thicker and fuller.

Oily and greasy hair is your enemy because it will make your hair look even finer than it is.

The best fine hair shampoo for men is the Plumping Wash and Rinse by Kevin Murphy because it helps strengthen your hair follicles while adding volume by plumping each hair strand for a thicker look. For a more budget-friendly option, V76 by Vaughn’s Energizing shampoo and conditioner are lightweight and won’t strip away the essential oils and vitamins that you need for healthy hair growth but will still get rid of any excess oil on your scalp. All the professionals I spoke with, though, said no question, Kevin Murphy is the absolute best.

$49 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash – Note: Although I found the product available online, Kevin Murphy only allows their products to be sold at salons, which you can locate on their website here.

$54 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Rinse

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

Coarse / Curly / Kinky Hair

Unlike your thin hair brethren, you can never have enough moisture. You want to choose products with extra moisture, especially when it comes to your conditioner – this will help cut down on the frizz and make your hair more manageable.

Once you apply conditioner you can skip the rinse and have it function as a leave-in conditioner or if you think that’s too weird, you can also get a separate leave-in conditioner to apply after you dry your hair for maximum moisture and smoothness. Apply the product while your hair is still damp.

Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again Wash and Rinse is definitely the best of the bunch below and came unanimously recommended by the professionals I spoke with.

$80 – Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Wash and Rinse Combo Set

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioners

$30 – Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

It might sound crazy, but coconut oil works incredibly well as a leave-in conditioner (and skin moisturizer). Take a small amount, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave and finger comb it into your damp hair after a shower.

$20 – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Conditioner Leave-In

$6 – Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 Miracle Worker

Wavy / Straight Hair

For wavy or straight hair, you don’t need anything too crazy. I love the Jack Black All Over Wash because not only is it light and nourishing, but you are able to use it as a face and body wash, as well. Trust me, it sounds weird, and my fiance, Dorian, and some of my other test subjects were very skeptical when trying it, too, but they all said it was great and that it lived up the hype.

If you don’t want the all-in-one solution, then give Kevin Murphy’s shampoo and conditioner a try – their entire line, for all hair types, was highly recommended by all the professionals I spoke with. My test subjects all loved it, as well.

$21 – Jack Black All Over Wash

$49 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash

$38 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse (Conditioner)

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

 

That’s it! Hope you found this article about the best men’s shampoos and conditioners helpful!

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair Properly

Before you head over to my companion article/video about the best Shampoos and Conditioners for your specific hair type, I want to go over the other side of the coin – how to wash and dry your hair based on your hair type. It’s one thing to have the best products for your hair type, it’s another to use them properly.

I’m sure you’re rolling your eyes and saying, “This b*tch be crazy! How hard is it to wash and dry your hair?” Well, apparently very hard, since the groomers I mentioned in my series intro video all said that their clients weren’t washing and drying their hair correctly.

If you don’t have the frequency and technique down, then you won’t realize the full benefits of the shampoos and conditioners I’m recommending in the accompanying article/video. Don’t believe me? Try the products and techniques for a week and I’m positive you’ll see why this matters.

Let’s get into how often you should washing your hair as well as how to properly wash and then dry it – all based on your hair type.

How often should you wash your hair?

A lot of men think that the more they wash their hair, the better – but that’s not true. In order to keep your hair and scalp healthy, the frequency depends on your hair type and the styling products you’re using. Let’s get into the details for each hair type.

Curly or Coarse, Kinky Hair

Limit shampooing to once a week so it doesn’t dry out your hair too much and turn your head into a fuzzball. You can still use conditioner every time you shower and you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner and not wash it out. This helps keep your hair nourished, easier to manage, and less frizzy.

Fine or Thinning Hair

You want to wash and condition your hair everyday because it’ll help promote hair growth and keep your hair less oily, which makes it look fuller and thicker. It’s very important that you use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners because sulfates will strip your hair and scalp of all of the good oils and vitamins causing it to look dull, dry, and prone to breakage.

Straight or Wavy Hair

Shampoo and condition your hair 2-3 times a week, but if you’re using product daily, then it may be more often. I’ll get into that shortly.

All hair types

The days you’re not washing your hair, you should still give your hair and scalp a good massage with water while showering.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re using clay, gel, or pomade styling products, then you’ll want to wash your hair every time you use them. Otherwise, you’ll start getting zits around your hairline and other parts of your face as the product creeps down onto your skin and clogs your pores while you sleep. Other products, like conditioners or hair sprays can easily be washed out with water and a good head scrub, so go easy on the washing unless you’re using heavier styling products.

Now that we’ve gone over how often you should wash your hair, let’s talk about the proper way to do it.

The proper way to wash your hair

Shampoo

Take anywhere from 1 to 2 minutes and really scrub your hair and massage your scalp with your shampoo. Make sure to get the top, sideburns, and back of your head. Really work in the shampoo so it reaches your scalp. This is important because your scalp needs to be stimulated and massaged to get the blood flowing into the area and keep the best version of your hair growing. This will also help your hair be more manageable and easier to style.

Conditioner

Run it through your hair and leave it on while you wash your face and body and then rinse everything off at once. If you’ve got curly or coarse,kinky hair, you might not even rinse the conditioner out. More details about that are in my Shampoo & Conditioner companion video.

How should you dry your hair?

Before you start applying styling or conditioning products, your hair should be towel dried – duh.

The jury is still out on if it REALLY matters how you dry your hair, but I say why tempt fate if you don’t need to. Pat your hair as gently as possible to soak up most of the moisture. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel, as this may cause unnecessary breakage or frizz, especially if you’ve got thinning or curly/kinky hair.

Next, you can either blow dry or air dry your hair depending on the hairstyle you’re going for. Styling will be covered in another video.

Check out my companion article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type so you can get the best version of your hair and hairstyle possible.