A Complete Guide to Hair Products for Men

From pomades to gels —
everything you need to know when picking a hair product

Written by Jacob Sigala

Unless you’re rocking a buzz
cut, your hair probably requires a little more attention than just a towel dry.
When you’re dealing with length, using some product will give your style shape
and help the look last all day. Different textures and haircuts require
different formulas — some need just a touch of products while others will
benefit from something heavier.
Not sure what product is best
for your follicles? We put together this guide to hair products to help you
find the right one.

A classic styling product a
pomade is a mix of oil and wax. This unique combination is ideal for ideal for
a slick and still-wet look that can be restyled throughout the day. If you’re a
guy whose hands are always in his hair, this product is great for you.
Pomade is ideal for those with
thicker hair who are looking for a little more control over their locks. The
best way to use it is by starting with a little and building with more,
depending on how the product feels on your hair. This is a product that should
be applied all over — make sure you don’t forget the back of your head.
Classic pomades like Murray’s
Original and Royal Crown will provide a better hold than newer water-based
pomades. However, keep in mind that the less water a product contains, the
harder it will be to wash out.

If you want to look like you
haven’t used any product at all, go with a cream. Cream allows your hair to
keep its more natural look — but that means you’ll give up some styling power.
Since it’s a lightweight product you’re trading more volume for less
If you have hair that’s thinner or doesn’t need too much attention,
this product is for you.
In terms of being good for
your hair, cream will be the healthiest option. Cream will usually contain some
type of conditioning element that moisturizes your hair and it won’t cause
build-up like other products.

A little different from your
average product, fiber is made from keratin, the same protein found in your
actual hair. Fiber is another product that’s going to give you a whole lot of
hold without the shine. Since it binds to the hair, it’ll give your hair the
appearance of being fuller and thicker.
This product has a high level
of pliability and a little will go a long way. If you have shorter hair
(between 1” – 3” inches), you’ll find this product works particularly well for
you. This product is also popular with guys who find their hair is getting a
little thinner.

Clay’s characteristics are
very similar to wax, with the added benefit of no residue. Clay also nourishes
the hair. It contains healing properties that stimulate growth and repairs
damaged hair.
If you have sensitive skin, we
recommend using clay since it won’t cause breakouts at the hairline like some
heavier products might.
Formulas range from creamy and malleable to thick and
solid. All textures will make your locks feel and look voluminous. The thicker
your hair, the thicker formula you should be using.
There is a light, nice earthy
smell to this product and it washes out easily. Though it’s not the cheapest
compared to the other products, it delivers a lot of benefits.

Using a gel is going to give
you an intense hold and an intense shine. With its strong styling power, we’d
recommend you save this product for either the most formal of occasions or if a
stiffer style is what you’re going for.
While it’s pliable and easy to
control when wet, once gel dries your hair will be locked in place.
going to lose some touchability with this product as well since it hardens
around your locks.
When used correctly, gel can
be great for a classic slicked back style or a pompadour look. You’ll need a
pretty liberal amount for both these looks.
Styled Hair, Don’t Care

Styling your hair doesn’t have
to be intimidating or time-consuming. Once you know which product looks best
with your locks, you’ll find it becomes almost second nature. As long as you
follow the cardinal rule of less is more, you’re sure to look great.
Jacob Sigala

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.