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

 

Choosing Best Men’s Hairstyles for Curly & Kinky Hair

In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with curly or kinky/coiled hair and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle with curly or kinky/coiled hair. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners For Your Hair Type

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair (For Each Hair Type)

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Hair Type

Today, I want to show you the best men’s hair styles for your hair type based on actual the professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.

This article/video is a 3-parter, where I also cover the best hairstyles for your face shape as well as more in-depth videos/articles for each of the hair types. Think of this article as more of a general overview, so definitely don’t miss the specific hair type articles/videos, as well.

Straight or Wavy Hair

You can pretty much go with any hairstyle. I’ll always prefer a shorter, more put-together style, as do the professionals I spoke with. However, as long as your hair looks clean, healthy, and like it’s been cut semi-recently, any length can look good – provided it fits your face shape.

I do want to point out that it was pretty unanimous that the quiff (center picture above) is best because it’s very versatile and allows you to do a messy or more polished hairstyle. As for length, like I mentioned in my best hairstyles for your face shape article/video, on the shorter side looks great and gives you some flexibility in how you style it. The longer you go and it pretty much relegates you to not being able to style it much aside from having some layers cut into it and letting it do it’s thing.

If you go with a longer style and you’ve got straight hair, then just make sure to get some layers in there so it doesn’t lay flat like a dead rug – as someone with straight, asian hair, this is a problem I have too! Remember though, depending on your face shape, a longer hairstyle may not be best for you.

Curly or Coarse/Kinky Hair

For all you curly, coarse or kinky haired guys, you’ve really got two ways to go – either go for sharp and short, or long and kind of tamed. It really depends on your preference. I always lean toward a shorter, sharper hairstyle because my clients with these hair types always look significantly better with shorter hair styles and they’re also easier to style and maintain.

So for curly hair, a quiff that’s 2-3 inches long on top looks amazing (left picture). This gives you the option to use some light product and have the finger combed look, where your curls are more embraced or throw some heavier product in it and go for a sharper, combed look.

For coarse or kinky hair, there’s nothing better than a temple fade (center image) with a little longer hair on top. This is straight fiyah! I like a little bit of volume on top and short on the sides. You can also go with a closely shaved haircut for convenience.

If you do want to go with a longer hairstyle, then you need to consider your face shape. I talked more about this in the best hairstyles for your face shape article/video.

Thinning or Balding Hair

If you’re in the early stages of thinning with a receding hairline, then stick to longer on top with layers and shorter on the sides and do a sort of messy look. How long and short you go depends on your face shape, though.

Like I mentioned in my shampoo and conditioner article/video, use a thickening shampoo and get a layered haircut to help create more volume and hide more of your scalp.

Also, for styling, please, please don’t use gel products because it’ll clump your hair together (as shown in the video at the top) and reveal more of your scalp – this actually shines a spotlight on the issue. The best products for you are mentioned in my article specifically about the best products for your hair type.

Whatever you do, though, don’t do the combed forward style. It looks terrible and doesn’t do a great job of masking the problem – it actually draws attention to it. If that’s all you can do to cover up your pretty significant receding hairline, then it’s time to embrace it and go for the closely shaved look which I’ll get into in a second.

If you’re balding just in the back, go longer on top, shorter on the sides and comb your hair back over the bald spot to hide it better.

If you can easily see your scalp or your bald spot is pretty severe or you just don’t want to bother with the hairstyles I mentioned, then it’s time to embrace it and go for a buzzed look with a 1 or 2 attachment on the clippers all around.

A balding man who is confident enough to own this style and do the best with the hair that he’s got is actually sexy. Jason Statham is the shining example of how to embrace your balding hair. You’ll look much better, regardless of your face shape, I promise.

As for the full-on razored bald look, it heavily depends on your face shape, but I think a super short buzz cut looks better in general and is much easier to maintain without nicks or razor bumps on your head. The full bald look is best on men with square or oblong face shapes, otherwise, just go for the super short hair version.

I hope that helps!

Best Men’s Hairstyle For Your Face Shape and Hair Type

Today, I want to show you the best hair styles for your face shape based on actual professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.

This article/video is a 3-parter, where I’ll also cover the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth videos for your specific hair type. Do yourself a favor and check out those other articles/videos as they’ll be released shortly.

Before we get started, please note the use of the word “best” and not “every hairstyle for your face shape.” These, in my opinion, as well as the professionals I mentioned in the series intro, are the best hairstyles if a man wants to look sharp-as-hell. If you’re hoping for a discussion about every hairstyle possible, this article isn’t for you.

The general goal of your hairstyle should be to:

  • Look damn good – obviously.
  • Just like with your clothing in relation to your body, you want to balance the proportions of your face so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your appearance. Get this wrong and it can make you look weird or goofy.

As for age old question: “What face shape do I have?” for males, I’ve included two of the best resources for finding this out:

  1. How To Find Your Face Shape
  2. Face Shape Guide

Like I mentioned in my video about the best men’s sunglasses for your face shape, there’s really only 4 major face shapes for men:

Any other face shape is basically one of these with a teeny tiny difference that has no bearing on the hairstyle you should choose.

With all that said, let’s go over the best hairstyles for your face shape.

Oval/Oblong

If you have an Oval or Oblong face shape, the best hairstyles tend to be short or medium length because longer hairstyles with bangs or a more poofy or fro-ey hairstyle, depending on your hair type, will make your face look longer than it is – which you want to avoid (check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

Stick to haircuts with shorter sides and a little longer on top. Don’t go super short on the sides and long on top, though, otherwise the drastic difference in length will make your face look longer and thinner than it is.

Depending on your hair type, side parts were made for this face shape, regardless of how sharp the part actually is – whether you use your hands or a comb.

If you’re thinning, definitely go for super short on the sides and slightly longer on top. However, if your hairline is pretty receded or your bald spot is pretty significant, cut the B.S. and buzz or shave your head. I go into finer detail in my article/video about the best hairstyles for your hair type.

For curly or kinky hair, keep it shorter on the sides and a little longer on top to control the frizziness so it doesn’t get out of control. How short you go depends on your preference. I love a good temple fade on a black man and stick to a shorter quiff if you’ve got curly hair so it’s more manageable. But, if you want to embrace the curls a little more, go longer, like a few inches on top. The problem is that it can get pretty frizzy and out of control, unless you’re washing properly and using the best products for your hair type. Be sure to check out my article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type, as it makes a huge difference.

Heart or Triangular

Since a Heart or Triangular face shape has a narrower or pointed chin, you want to stick to layered styles to help offset the sharpness of your chin.

As for length, go for longer-on-top styles with shorter, but not super short, sides. If you went super short on the sides, it’d make you look like you’ve got big ears – which you want to avoid.

For you, hair swept across the forehead, or off the forehead and back, with or without a side part, or a quiff will look great. If you’ve got coarse, kinky hair, you can go with a little bit longer afro all the way around, somewhere around 2 to 3 inches in length, like the picture above.

With this face shape, you can also grow out some facial stubble or a full beard to help add visual width and weight to your bottom half of your face and keep the proportions more in line with the rest of your face. If you go with a stubble or beaded look, you can grow your hair out a little longer on top, too.

Round

You want more square styles to offset your round face. Keep the sides much shorter and go longer on top to add some height to your face which will play with your facial proportions a little better. Whatever you do, don’t have your hair down on your forehead because it’ll make your face look rounder (again, check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

A good, fluffy quiff or pompadour or even a high and tight looks great on this face shape, as does an undercut if you want a little more of a rugged look. For kinky hair, a sharp temple fade is always on point – I’d choose that over a totally shaved look every time.

Square

A square face shape is similar to Oval in that virtually all hairstyles look great. The only thing to do is create the illusion of softer corners to help soften the angles of your face, but not remove them.

Haircuts that are super short all the way around all the way to longer hairstyles look great on this face shape. I have to say, short and mid-length hairstyles that are a little cleaner always look sharp and give you the ability to go messy or more put together easily, so they’re my preference, for sure.

Again, for men with kinky hair, get that temple fade going!

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is 1 of 3 articles/videos that go together, so be sure to check out the other articles/videos about your hair type, because it also influences the hairstyle you should go for.

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.

5 Most Common Hair Styling Mistakes Men Make and How to Fix Them

Over the years, while working with my clients, I’ve learned a lot of great tips from their hair stylists when it comes to getting the perfect hairstyle. So with their help, I put together this list of the 5 most common hair styling mistakes men make and how to fix them. I also thought it would be fun to have my friend, Jordan O’Brien from The Gentleman’s Cove Youtube Channel, give his awesome input about these hair styling mistakes since he’s kind of awesome with hair.

 

Mistake 1: Selecting the wrong hairstyle

Wrong Hairstyle Ashley Weston

1) Won’t work for your hair type

So maybe you really love a certain hairstyle, and you want to replicate it on yourself. Unfortunately, trying to style your hair like someone who has a different hair type than yours will result in something that never looks quite right.

Fix

You really need to be honest with yourself when choosing a haircut based on the type of hair you have and take your barber/hairstylist’s advice.

2) Choosing a hairstyle that doesn’t fit your lifestyle

If you’re opposed to using a blow dryer, you are probably not going to want to choose a pompadour or quiff, as they usually require some time with the blow dryer in order to get the necessary volume.

Fix

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time styling your hair, then don’t choose a high maintenance haircut and get something more in-line with the time you’re willing to put in with your hair. 

Mistake 2: Using the wrong product

Using the wrong product will often result in not getting the look or hold you want.  For example, when men with fine or thinning hair use gel or pomades in their styling routine — big mistake. Gel clumps your hair together and reveals more of scalp, making the hair look even thinner. A lot of men will keep adding more and more product, even when it’s not designed for the style you want to accomplish. Another big mistake.

Wrong Product For Hair Type Ashley Weston

Fix

For thinning hair, use mousses, matte texture pastes and conditioners to provide fluff that is more natural.

If the look or hold isn’t up to your standards, the worst thing you can do is double the quantity of product used. Start with a small amount of product and add a little more, if necessary. If that doesn’t work, then you’ve got to find a better product that’s designed for your hair type and style.

Mistake 3: Going too long between haircuts

The longer you go without a haircut, the longer your hair becomes and the more difficult it is to style your hair properly, which usually results in having to use a lot more product.

Too Long In Btwn a Haircut Ashley Weston

Fix

A fresh cut can instantly give you a put-together look, and the more it becomes part of your regular grooming routine, the fewer styling products you’ll usually need.

Mistake 4: Not using product properly

Start with HALF the amount of product of what you think you need, then apply to your hair. You can always add more, but if you put too much, it all goes downhill from there and you’ll either have to wash your hair and start over or use a lot of dry shampoo to get it back to a semi-normal hairstyle.

Not Using Product Properly Ashley Weston

Fix

To really activate a hair product and apply it effectively you need to:

1) Heat it up in your hands by rubbing them together so it warms up and then distributes easily into your hair.
2) Then, using the the full surface area of both your hands, work in the product starting from the root.

As a general rule of thumb, creams and paste should go into hair when it is damp. Pomades or softer waxes should go in when hair is dry.

Mistake 5: Not washing well

Not washing well and using quality products. Can you get away with using the drugstore 2-in-1 products? Maybe, but all the hairstylists I talked to said this is the one thing that guys overlook that has a big impact on being able to style your hair properly. It’s like putting low-grade gasoline into a rocket ship – it won’t work well.

Not Washing Your Hair Enough 2 Ashley Weston

Fix

Take at least 2 minutes to really scrub your hair and massage your scalp. 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 long into your life, which also means your hair will be more manageable and easier to style.

And as for quality products, it’s really going to make a huge difference after you’re done showering and when it’s time to style your hair. If you don’t believe me, you’ll only know what I’m talking about when you try.

I’ve included some great shampoos and conditioners that are best for your hair type that my hairstylist friends highly recommended. If you’re using products not designed for your hair type then you really won’t see the benefit that I’m talking about.

Thinning Hair

Nioxin System1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set Ashley Weston

$34 – Nioxin System 1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner 
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Shampoo
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Conditioner 

Fine Hair

Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston

$78 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse and Wash Duo Set 
$34 – Lush Veganese Conditioner
$14 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Conditioner 
$12 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Shampoo 

Curly or Coarse Hair

New Wash Hair Story Ashley Weston

$40 – New Wash Hairstory
$21 – Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo
$21 – Kérastase Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner  
$18 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditione
$16 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo 

Normal Hair (Straight or Wavy)

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston 1

$90 – Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rise Duo Set
$30 – Mister Pompadour Peppermint Shower Experience 
$24 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner
$23 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo