Hair wax for men: 4 ways to style men’s hair with this product

Aussy | 28 January 2018
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Hair wax for men is an essential hair product that is on the opposite end of hair gel, but doesn’t quite do the same thing as pomade.

Hair wax for men is a versatile hair product. It’s the go-to for stylishly groomed men’s hairstyles — what with the fact that it doesn’t stiffen the hair, which allows for all-day styling.

Hair wax for men can also be referred to as hair clay or hair putty. It’s on the opposite end of the men’s hair product spectrum as hair gel, which dries hard. But, it’s not quite in the same spot as pomade, especially in terms of its hold and shine. The difference between these men’s styling products can impact the look you choose to go with, so pick wisely.

In the case of hair wax for men, it’s best used for intentionally messy, tousled hairstyles. The resulting looks are actually well-groomed, giving you that effortless and casual vibe. Two of the main features of hair wax are that it is pliable and it provides medium hold, enabling you to switch looks throughout the day. It has low shine, which can keep the ruggedness of men’s styling. Here — we’ll give you some examples!

4 ways to style using hair wax for men

patrick franksson using men's hair wax

1. Classic Side Part

The easiest hairstyle to use hair clay on, simply put a small amount of product on your hair, part it one side, and comb in the opposite direction. The side part can be worn for both casual and formal occasions, hence its classic status.

slicked back side part professional hairstyles men's hair wax
A slicked back side part look will never go out of style. Credit: IMAXtree

Editor’s Tip: You only need to get a small amount of hair wax to style your hair. Make sure to melt the product with the heat of the palms of your hands by rubbing them together gently, until it seems the hair product is no longer there. We’ll throw in another piece of advice — pick up some TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men for your hair waxing needs.

TONI&GUY Mattifying Putty for Men


2. Waves

Highlight the texture of your hair with this product. If you already have wavy or curly hair, hair wax for men can keep it in place and maintain its volume. If you have straight hair and you want to give the appearance of movement, remember not to slick on a whole bunch of product all at once. It’s better to do it at intervals, still at a centavo-sized amount at a time.

loose and long hairstyles for men with curly hair hair wax
Grow your curly hair out. Credit: Raquel Brust

3. Tousled and Textured

Brush up some of your hair and let it stick out in all the right places. Wear it like you just rolled out of bed, in a good way! When styling with the hair clay, start from the back, near your nape, then work your way up to the front. When you reach the tips of your hair, use both your hands or close in on them with your hands to coat the strands with the product.

Male with undercut hair use men's hair wax
Brushed-up textured undercut. Credit: Dvora.

Editor’s Tip: Men’s hair wax is one of those hair products that can stay on your hair even after you wash, which can cause product build-up and eventually, dandruff. Be sure to use a strong shampoo that’s made especially for men. The CLEAR Deep Cleanse Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men is an ideal companion to everyday hair care post styling.

4. Polished Fade

The fade is a popular men’s haircut that starts out long at the front and top, then fades into shorter cuts towards the sides and back. While edgier styles will interchange this look with the undercut, or even the mohawk, a fade keeps the lengths and volumes at bay in order to produce a more gentlemanly look.

model on the runway with textured quiff hairstyle men's hair wax
Textured and messy quiff with slight fade. Credit: Shutterstock.

Editor’s Tip: Once you’ve gotten the hang of using a hair product everyday, you’ll have to pay attention to your hair care routine, too! Use Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo to keep your hair growing naturally, without breakage.

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