Men’s Grooming 101: The Hair Care Edition

Serena Norr | 23 May 2016

Products will be your B.F.F.

Hair can be so finky and really annoying if you don’t have the right men’s grooming tools to style it just right. We know spending time fussing with your ’do is the last thing you want to deal with, so we’ll keep this simple: Hair care products can really define your style, and once you know what’s what it will make things easier: You’ll have a better understanding of what to look for and what you need during your next trip to the drugstore. Read on as we break down everything from serum to wax to gel and everything in between to get you ready and looking styled in no time.

Men’s Grooming 101

men’s grooming long hair
The right care regimen is everything to your grooming.

Wax
Best for slicked back, controlled styles, straight hair

Whether you favor one side of your hair, or want your locks to have a little edge, you’ll get a lot of use out of a hair wax. This sticky substance contains little to no water that works to hold onto your style as it creates texture and hold. Just remember with wax, a little goes a long way!

Try: Bed Head for Men by TIGI Matte Separation

Pomade
Best for curly hair

Similar to a wax, a pomade is a blend of oil, water and wax that can create shine and texture. A great product for curly hair, it is easy to work into your hair as you create a controlled style that can be easily washed out. Just like wax, be sure to use this product sparingly.

Try: Axe Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade

Paste
Best for tapered haircuts, fade haircuts

This product is great to maintain a style when faced with issues with the weather. Paste really adds definition as it created a controlled look. Business guys who have to have a polished look really dig their signature tub of paste.

Try: Bed Head for Men by TIGI Pure Texture Molding Paste

Hairspray
Best for end styles, all hair

You may get the gist of what hairspray does and have probably used it at some point in your life. After you get your style down, hairspray works to hold your ’do so it keeps looking amazing all day long.

Try: TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray

Gel

Guys that rock big hair like mohawks (or fohawks) and everything in between will definitely benefit from gel. This hair care product holds your style in place.

Try: AXE Spiked-Up Look: Extreme Hold Gel

Cream
Best for wavy hair

A subtle way to get the kinks out of your hair, along with any frizz or flyaways, is to use a light cream. This mild hair care product is similar to a conditioner, except you leave this one in and it imparts light hold as it gives softness and touchability.

Try: AXE Natural Looking Softening Cream

Shampoo and Conditioner
Best for basically everyone

Yes, we know you know what shampoo and conditioner is, but like many guys you may not be using the right formula. We recommend to use shampoo and conditioner (as a system) to achieve their maximum benefits. To make it even easier, many shampoos and conditioners are available as a 2-in-1 system, with popular varieties being for dry and damaged hair, flaky hair, thick hair and more.

Try: Dove Men + Care Complete Care Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner

Which of these hair care products are you a little less scared to try?