Hair wax for men: How to know which one’s for you

Arianna | 19 May 2016

Brush up on your hair wax knowledge.

Hair wax for men is especially versatile: with it, you can style your hair into a formal, textured, or completely natural look, depending on which hair wax you use, and how you use it. And while we know you’re familiar with the product, figuring out which hair wax is right for you is a whole other matter.

So, let us help you out. To save you the time and hassle of testing hundreds of hair waxes, we’ve compiled a handy guide, which will tell you which hair wax is right for you. Keep reading below to brush up on your product knowledge – you can thank us later!

Hair wax for men: Finding the right one for you

styling hair wax for men
Hair wax for men: VO5 Styling Wax

For a long-lasting hold

Try: VO5 Extreme Style Groomed Styling Wax (£2.99*)

If you need a wax that will help hold your hairstyle in place all day, look no further than this one from VO5. It helps to shape and mould your hair for a long-lasting hold, but it washes out really easily, too. So, don’t worry about that pesky product build-up.

matte hair wax for men
Hair wax for men: TIGI Bed Head Matte Wax

For a matte finish or for styling defined looks

Try: TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax (13.96*)

Guys who want a matte finish, meet your new mate: the TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Workable Wax. Use this versatile product on dry hair to finish, or on damp hair for a more natural look. After you’ve worked it through your hair, use a dryer to melt the wax into your desired shape (using a hair dryer to help lift the roots will create movement at the top of your hair). Once your hair is dry, run your fingers through, raking as you go to help create great texture and add natural volume.

A bonus of this product: the formula, containing beeswax, will help to give structure and fullness to your hair fibres, meaning this hair wax is perfect for styling defined, fuller-looking hairstyles, like quiffs or pompadours.

gel wax for men
Hair wax for men: VO5 Gel Wax

For soft-feeling hair

Try: VO5 Extreme Style Groomed Gel Wax £3.99*)

When trying to style short hair, a strong-hold product can yield perfect results. The VO5 Gel Wax combines the holding power of a gel (but without the crispiness), and the cool shaping of a wax (but without the greasiness). This means it’s a great styling product for those who still want their hair to look and feel soft, but have pliable hold.

But as with all hair waxes, by modifying the amount of product you use, you can create harder or softer hair styles (like a quiff, or a mohawk hair). So bear that in mind when applying your product: a little really does go a long way!

wax stick for mens hair
Hair wax for men: Toni & Guy Wax Stick

For subtle texture

Try: Toni&Guy Men Styling Wax Stick (£7.49*)

If your hairstyle only requires a medium hold, and you don’t want too much texture (e.g. for a subtle comb over), then opt for the Toni&Guy Wax Stick. This wax will help you create a classic polished hairstyle with subtle detail and definition. To use it, apply the stick directly onto your hair, or alternatively, rub the wax between your palms to warm it up before spreading it through dry hair.

So now you know the versatility of hair wax for men, all you need to do is choose your perfect weapon.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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