Not sure which wax, gel or texturising spray to buy? Just read this…
What you’ll need
TONI&GUY Messy Salt Spray
TONI&GUY Curl Lock Oil
VO5 Styling Wax
TRESemmé Get Sleek Protect and Polish Duo Mist
VO5 Casual Control Extreme Style Dry Texture Spray
TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte Cream
VO5 Texture Extreme Style Texturising Gum
VO5 Sculpted Hold Extreme Style Freezegel
TONI&GUY Root Lift Sculpting Powder
With so many hair styling products on the market, it can be hard to know which ones really work. But don’t worry: we’ve teamed up with Unilever Creative Director and Head Stylist Dan Lynes to do a round-up of the best hair styling products for men to help you create some of the most popular hairstyles out there.
From pompadours and afros, to mohawks and long, wavy locks, we’ve covered them all! Plus, we’ve taken the opportunity to gather up some enviable looks from Instagram for an extra bit of inspiration, just in case you were looking. And good news is, you don’t just have to limit yourself to using products specifically designed for men; there are lots of others for women that can work on your hair, too! Want to know which ones we recommend? Just keep reading below to get clued-up.
The best hair styling products for men: Our top picks
For styling a quiff
“The best way to create a strong quiff is to use a little sea salt spray through towel-dried hair. Then use a comb to build the quiff shape as you blow-dry. The heat from the hairdryer will help to set it in place,” says Dan Lynes.
Try: Toni&Guy Men’s Messy Salt Spray (£7.49*) to help add texture and body.
Want more quiff inspiration? Here are 4 ways to style your quiff now!
For styling afro hair
“Oils and creams work best on afro hair, as that hair type needs products that will soften and can easily be distributed through the hair,” says Dan.
Try: Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*). Although this is a women’s product, there’s no reason why you can’t use it! Not only is it great for defining your natural coils, but the bottle will look good on your bathroom shelf, too, thanks to its unisex appearance.
For styling a French crop/Caesar cut
To give a polished edge to a strong Caesar cut or French crop, use some hair wax to help hold your style in place all day. Remember: with hair wax, a little goes a long way, so be sure to use it sparingly.
Try: VO5 Groomed Styling Wax (£2.99*), which will help to shape, hold and mould your hair – all without making it look crispy!
For straight and sleek, long hair
“If straightening to get the sleek effect, use a heat protect spray and blow-dry balm. This will help you achieve sleekness, and leave you with a slightly polished finish,” says Dan.
Try: TRESemmé Runway Collection Get Sleek Protect & Polish Duo Mist (£5.50*), which is a heat protectant and shine mist.
For wavy, long hair
To achieve a wavy, long ‘do like Harry Styles (back in the day), you’ll need to use a texturising spray to help create movement and body.
Try: VO5 Casual Control DryTexture Spray (£3.99*), which not only helps to add texture to your strands, but will also help to refresh greasy-looking hair, thanks to its matte finish.
For a pompadour
A pompadour needs a waxy formula to help add lift and grip, so that it can withstand everyday British weather.
Try: TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte (£17.50*), which has a waxy formula that will max out your style and form a fine, firm film on the hair to help you hold and mould your look. Work it through damp or dry hair to amp up your attitude.
For a mohawk
To style a mohawk, you need to use a product with a thicker consistency, like a strong-holding wax or gum.
Try: VO5 Extreme Style Texture TexturisingGum (£3.99*), which is a versatile sculpting product. With it, you can separate or smooth your hair into almost any desired shape.
For a fauxhawk
“A fauxhawk (or ‘fohawk’) needs a little more work than a classic mohawk, so use either a mousse or gel, dried into the hair to help sculpt the shape. Follow by applying a sculpting powder to give your hair hold without leaving a ‘producty’ look,” says Dan.
Try: VO5 Extreme Style Sculpted Hold Freeze Gel (£3.99*), which, when dried into the hair, will help to build and sculpt the fauxhawk shape. Then use some Toni&Guy Casual Sculpting Powder (£7.49*) to add texture and movement.
*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.