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.
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.
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.
Another fantastic paraben/sulfate-free product that you can purchase online. It also makes your hair look and feel thicker.
Super lightweight and will add a denser look to your hair.
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.
If you’re thinning, you should also consider using fillers to give the appearance of fuller hair.
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
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
This product is both a leave-in conditioner and grooming cream so it’ll moisturize your curls while providing enough weight to control frizzing.
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 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:
- Get your barber to thin your hair out as much as possible during your next cut.
- Get the right haircut and length, as I discussed in my best hairstyle for your hair type article.
- Use a blow dryer to get your hair going in the general direction of the style.
- Use a little more product than recommended and really work it in and style it according to your tastes.
- Hit it with some hairspray to hold it.
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.
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.