Aside from Guidos who are still caught up in the “overzealous hair gel” fad that we all lived through during the 1990s, most men in the 21st century are choosing to style their hair with little to no product at all. Not to say that dreads, Mohawks, mullets and other bad style choices have completely vanished, but most guys are comfortable enough with a good haircut and a bit of pomade to get them through the day. But if there is a style that has caught your eye that you want to try, like the 1950s Dapper Dan look popularized by Mad Men or the messy just-out-of-bed Joel McHale look, or you are in desperate need of a hair volumizer for your thinning mane, here are our picks for the best hair products on the market today.
Hair Spray: Clinique Hair Care $15
This stuff is so sought after that on the Saks Fifth Avenue site, people are actually limited to only ordering six bottles. Clinique’s hair spray gives you great control without making your hair crunchy and hard or causing any unwanted buildup. It’s also non-aerosol so it’s better for the environment!
Styling Putty:Bed Head Manipulator $13
What’s great about this product is that it’s carried in many pharmacy chains so you don’t have to make a trip to the salon to grab a tub of the stuff. It’s great for any hair length and can be used to spike, hold and texturize your hair. You don’t need much of it; like any hair product, you’ll end up with greasy hair if you use too much.
Extreme Hold Gel: Kiehl’s Strong Hold Styling Gel $15
Not only is this gel jam-packed full of conditioning extracts like soybean, sesame and vitamin E, this no-alcohol gel will control any style that needs a strong hold without drying out, keeping your hair looking as natural as possible.
Pomade: Murray’s Original Pomade $3
Since 1926 this pomade has been a go-to for anyone looking for the best bang for their buck. Murray’s adds texture and shine while holding your hairstyle in place all day. Be sure to wash it out every day since it can get pretty greasy!
Thickening Spray: Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray $26
De-frizz: Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 $35
Anti-frizz products aren’t only for women with long hair; guys have to deal with the perils of humidity as well. Philip B’s Anti-Frizz Formula is enhanced with Vitamin E, lavender, jojoba, rice bran and soybean oils to properly condition and control any strays.