Guys, listen up! Ever wonder what products you should be using on the reg, but haven’t had the time to figure out just what you should be using in the AM? Whether you decide skip a rinse, or need to add more texture to your style–celebrity men’s groomer Christine Nelli, who grooms everyone from The Weeknd to Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake, 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 top eight styling products.
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, however 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 everyday, 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, and believe it or not it’s not just for the ladies. “It’s very easy to use just spray it in your hair – style and go. It works on any hair type and gives a matte texture finish for any kind of hairstyle.”
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Let’s talk pomades. Pomades are a crucial step in the men’s grooming process–but, which one to 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 to much product in it.
Kevin Murphy Night Rider has a little of bit of shine and just the right about of texture for people that want a pomade with medium hold, but still a styled look.
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, and then blow-dry loosely with my fingers while working the product into the roots and then styling as desired.
Layrite Original Pomade is the prefect pomade when you want a slick look without all the mess. Its water soluble so its easy to wash out. I love using it with a comb and a part to give you the dapper look of mad men.
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. “I spray it in the hair as a prep before blowdrying 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, which 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 Straighting Cream is one of my favorite go tos 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.
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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 the frizz. Just jump out of 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 thats trying to grow it out. It holds everything in place.