Hair Products for Men
Hair Styling Products
Walk into any shop these days to buy a simple hair product, and you will instantly find yourself overwhelmed by what is there available on offer.
The range of products is extensive and designer houses from American Crew to Brylcreem have released quite a lot of products specifically designed to be used by men.
Below you will find quite a bit of information about the products that I personally have used and have found in one way or another products worth recommending.
But do bear in mind that hair types vary (both in terms of texture and length) and that a product that is suitable for one hair type might not exactly be as suitable for another.
Forming Cream Review
This was one of the first products of the range that I purchased. Whether you have thick or thin hair this one should do the trick - and what I really mean by that is that it holds the hair in place in a rather malleable fashion and doesn't stiffen it in any way. It gives hair a natural shine too which is a bonus I suppose, though don't expect the shine to stay there for too long; after a while it fades out - not a problem from my perspective. It works well on both short and medium length hair, but I'd recommend it mainly for use on medium length hairstyles.
American Crew Fiber Review
If you have short hair, and are looking for something that can add some texture to it, then this one might be for you. It gives hair a matte effect and the overall hold that it gives the hair is firm, but not like firm that is usually associated with gel. You will still be able to play around with your hair after you have put it on and it doesn't become flaky.
And like I said, it's mostly suitable for shorter types of hair (think an inch and no longer). This specially holds true if your hair is quite thick in texture.
Defining Paste Review
Like the forming cream this is another one that works really well with medium length hairstyles. The product itself has a really soft texture to it and can easily be worked with. It doesn't exactly provide the hair with a lot of hold but provides it with quite a lot of definition by separating the strands. The matte effect that it gives the hair can also be quite pleasant to those who don't particularly like their hair to come across as too shiny or unnatural.
American Crew Pomade Review
A water based pomade which gives hair a reasonable amount of shine but doesn't exactly soak it up in grease. Like I said, it is water based, so you shouldn't have too hard a time washing it off your hair. The hold is not as great as some other pomades around though, so have that in mind (You might not be able to slick back your hair or create a stark pompadour with this one, unless your hair is extremely fair). Due to its low shine effect and the texture that the product had this one used to be a favourite of mine.
Quick video review of the pomade.
Which of the American Products would you recommend to others?
DAX Wave and Groom
This one is not going to be as kind to your hair as the American Crew Pomade. The product itself is tough (you might have to point a hairdryer to soften the product a little bit and then use it), and like I said, it's not exactly kind to the hair. It will hold it in place remorselessly and you are going to have a tough time washing it off your hair (trust me on this one!). But it is quite suitable for slick back hairstyles and pompadours.
Another product that can be used for pompadours and rockabilly hairstyles. You have probably heard of this product. It really is a strong pomade and is quite heavy, but to be honest it is very similar to Dax Wax - the one that I put up earlier. Both in terms of texture, strength and scent, both products are quite similar. So if you had a hard time finding one of the products, don't stress over it: the other one will do the job too.
Redken Finishing Cream
This one gives hair nor shine, nor hold. It does leave the hair very soft though and, you know that feeling that you get after leaving the barber-shop? Associate that freshness with this product. If you have hair that is not quite manageable then this might make it more so, but it won't do the job of holding it in place on its own and you have to use it with another product. Long story short: it makes the hair easier to work with.
Black and White Hairdressing Pomade Review
A classic pomade with a really nice feel and texture to it. Like many other pomades it's perfect to use for slick back hair-styles or even pompadour if your hair is thin and not too heavy, as the product itself is quite light (unless used in extreme amounts). If your hair is thick, then Dax Wax might be a better option.
DAX WAX Review
Not to be confused with DAX WAX - Wave and Groom. This one is much easier on hair, but still offers a hold that can be considered reasonably strong. On Amazon it is written that it's perfect for mohawks and pompadours, I can't really argue against that, but I think it's also well-suited for hairstyles that require less maintenance too. It's quite difficult to wash out, so be warned.
Brylcreem: A Few Words
A rather traditional brand - launched 1928 - which has a vast range of products available. The prices are quite reasonable and their products shouldn't be too hard to find. I really like their old-fashioned essence, but unfortunately haven't had much luck with their products. Their effect usually wears off not long after I put the product on my hair. But then again, I suppose it's the thickness of my hair that is a problem and not their products? In either case, I can't find the two products that I really like by Brylcreem on Amazon. One is the paste, which I recommend you get it no matter what sort of hair it is that you have (Its container is a must have: shaped like a ball and really retro in appearance), and the other one is the gel wax which really works to give your hair some shape and form - but is not particularly suitable for styles that require high-hold.
A few words in conclusion
As I said in the introduction - hair types vary. FACT! It usually takes a long time for you to find a product that you will find well-suited for your hair type (look at the list above and do the maths as to how long it took me, and oh, this is not even a finished list). But before you purchase something it might not be such a bad idea for you to browse through some of the youtube videos and see if it will do what you intend a particular product do for you.