Guys, listen up! Ever wonder what products you should be using on the reg? Haven’t had the time to figure out just what you should be using in your haircare routine? Whether you decide to skip a rinse, or need to add more texture to your style, celebrity men’s groomer Christine Nelli is breaking down the products you need in your man-arsenal. Trust us, you’re going to be vying for more top-shelf space in the bathroom after checking out Christine’s list of the best hair products for men. Get your credit card ready.
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We consider shampoo paste the holy grail of men’s hair products. Shampoo paste is similar to dry shampoo in that it helps soak up oil. Instead of being in an aerosol, the creamy consistency turns to powder the second it hits your strands. Christine tells us, “A lot of guys don’t wash their hair every day, so adding a little R + Co Dry Shampoo Paste before you style makes it easier for men to do what they want style-wise and adds a little texture to give you the best second-day bed head.”
Oribe Texturizing Spray is the ultimate product for bed head—just ask your girlfriend, your mom, or your roommate. Oribe has gained a cult following thanks to this insanely good texturizing spray. Believe it or not, it’s not just for the ladies. “It’s very easy to use just spray it in your hairstyle and go. It works on any hair type and gives a matte texture finish for any kind of hairstyle.”
Let’s talk pomades. Pomades are a crucial step in the men’s grooming process—but, which one should you choose? There are so many pomades on the market that even a styling veteran could get them confused. Christine lets us in on a few of her faves.
“Baxter of California Clay Pomade is a matte pomade that I use for final touches when wanting the hair to stay in place without looking like it has too much product in it.“
(via Baxter of California)
“Kevin Murphy Night Rider has a little bit of shine and just the right about of texture for people that want a pomade with medium hold.“
“Bumble and bumble. Creme Contour is very easy to use. It acts like a pomade, but actually is a cream that gives volume and texture to thinning hair. I use it when the hair is damp. Then, I blow dry loosely with my fingers while working the product into the roots and then styling as desired.“
(via Bumble and bumble.)
“Layrite Original Pomade” is the perfect pomade when you want a slick look without all the mess. It’s water-soluble so it’s easy to wash out. I love using it with a comb and a part to give you the dapper look.
Sea salt spray, like texturizing spray, doesn’t get enough love from the gents. But in reality, you’re just a sea salt spray away from your most perfect, lived-in bed head ever. And it couldn’t be easier to use.”Ouai Wave Spray is a staple product in my kit. I use it on any hair type for any kind of hairstyle that requires a natural look,” Christine tells us. “Spray it in the hair as a prep before blow drying or letting it air dry naturally. I use it on my clients that are looking for more of a tousled easy look.”
Filling in Bald Spots
Got bald spots? No problem! Toppik will quickly become your new BFF. Christine explains, “Toppik products have little fibers that adhere to your hair. This helps sparse areas look naturally thicker. It also comes in different shades for any hair color. Use it after you have styled your hair and finish with some hairspray to set.”
If you’re got wildly curly hair that you want to tame straight, you need to get your hands on a good straightening cream. “Kiehl’s Straightening Cream is one of my favorite go-to’s for anyone who has curly hair that wants it straight. I love it because it’s effortless and doesn’t look like there is a ton of product in the hair.” This product is best used when your hair is wet; then blow dry it into the hair with a brush back and forth until the curls loosen.
Got curls that need a little help taming the frizz? It’s all about the curl cream. Christine suggests picking up Kerastase Curl Fever for those moments when you want your curls to look their best. This product is for people that have curly hair that want to combat frizz. Just jump out of the shower, towel dry the hair, and run a little product through the hair while scrunching. Then, let it air dry.
Gorilla Snot Gel is great for someone who has really short hair that’s trying to grow it out. It holds everything in place.