30 Best Hair Products for Men 2021

Like cream, wax is also a good finishing coat on longer, frizzy hair, done by lightly running your wax-covered palms over top the finished style. Or, you can tuck strays into place by warming wax on your fingertips and gently grazing it over anything that pops out from the rest of the carefully put-together style.

The best hair wax for men:

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Church California hair wax


What traditional pomade is for: Medium to high hold, high shine; apply to damp hair.

The original slicked-back hair styler—think The Outsiders, Mad Men, and Grease. Hair pomade is more often more relaxed than a gel, which makes you look more relaxed, too. Some of them can deliver a high hold, however, so make sure to check the label.

If you’re going to use it as your daily styler, be conservative with the application. Anything too generous will make your hair look and feel greasy; if you’re not careful, then by day’s end it might seem like you’re wearing half the pomade on your brow.

It’s important to note that many brands use the word “pomade” to simply mean “product” these days. So if you see a “clay pomade” or a “wax pomade,” it’s going to carry far more qualities of the first word—if it carries any pomade qualities at all.

All that being said, we do love true pomades, but suggest considering saving them for special occasions or buttoned-up looks.

The best pomade for men:

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Blind Barber premium pomade


What gel is for: High hold, high shine; apply to damp hair.

They don’t make gels like they used to, and that’s a good thing. Gels aren’t liquid cement anymore, even if they are still giving you high hold and high shine. Still, styling gels are best kept as a reserve product—something for a really big look, or as a touch-up product for troublesome, poofy sections of the hair.

One good place is on the sides of your hair with a longer style, since sometimes the sides grow in with a more unruly texture than the rest. Lock those pesky hairs into place with gel, then stick with a lighter paste or pomade for the top.

The best hair gel for men:

Kiehl’s grooming solutions clean hold styling gel

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Baxter of California thickening hair gel


What putty is for: Medium to high hold, little-to-no shine; both increase when added to damp hair vs. dry hair.

Sometimes called mud, putty is a midpoint between clay and fiber; apply it to towel-dried hair for sturdy hold and texture with a slight polish. (Clay also has high hold applied to damp hair, but has higher shine.) Putty is best as a choppy and light-catching styler in short hair, as an alternative to fiber (which gives no shine) and wax (which gives medium or high shine). Once the hair gets long enough to comb, we suggest switching to paste or clay.

The best hair putty for men:

Fatboy Hair perfect putty

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Texturizing Spray

What texturizing spray is for: Volume, texture, and definition.

Whenever you visit the ocean, your hair dries into a perfectly effortless, photo-ready state, right? That’s the salt water absorbing excess grease and texturizing everything: Texturizing spray (often called salt spray) replicates this. It is one of the best products for men with wavy hair—that is, if they want to make those waves (or curls) as surfer-like as possible. It adds texture and definition to any style, and is also a great alternative to paste for fine hair; a simple spritz volumizes and maximizes whatever you’re working with.

The best hair texturizing spray for men:

Ouai texturizing hair spray

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Odele hair texturizing spray

Hair Oil

What hair oil is for: Low hold, medium shine; smoothes hair, tames frizz.