If clothes truly do make the man, his hairstyle should readily be recognised as the single most important accessory to completing this transformation. Whether long and unruly, shiny and slick, short and rigid – one’s hairdo of choice often says more about a man than what he wears, says or does.
Having said that, one can hardly be blamed for getting lost in the overwhelming shuffle of products that easily inundate our favourite salon shelves. With a plethora of styling products to choose from, we break down our Top 10 Hair Styling Products for men to help you in your quest to individualise your spiffy coif.
1. Hanz de Fuko Claymation
Hanz de Fuko, rumoured to be used by Mr David Beckham – is the finest hair styling brand we have come across. A real breath of creative fresh air, and different. Claymation (56g) is our pick of the bunch; a hybrid clay-wax providing a super high-hold with maximum pliability, for semi-matte hairstyles. Importantly, despite its superior hold, it is easily distributed and washed off hands. Superb.
£16 from MANKIND
2. Mr Natty Paste
Developed by celebrity Hairstylist Matt Raine, the artistry of his brilliance is on full display in his recent collaboration with Mr Natty. Subtly fragrant, the paste masterfully achieves that natural groomed aesthetic with a clean, silk-like finish- 100ml.
£16.50 from MR NATTY
3. Malin+Goetz Hair Pomade
Industry acknowledged for the their clever blend of “nature and science” Malin+Goetz deliver a firm holding styling putty that styles hair with out the hassle of residue, irritable scalp and heavy feeling hair. Meadowfoam seed, cannabis sativa seed and soybean extracts hydrate the hair and give it a healthy looking definition- 57g.
£19 from SPACE NK
4. label.m Soufflé
label.m Souffle is crafted with a nourishing protective mix of Avocado, Barbados Cherry and Olive to create loose, glossy waves or instant volume. Diving deeper you’ll benefit from the innovative Enviroshield Complex, exclusive to label.m, which shields against heat styling and UV rays, boosting shine. Just apply with fingertips to damp or dry hair and blow dry. Reapply for added definition.
£14.95 from MANKIND
5. Baxter of California Clay Pomade
Conceived in 1965, Baxter of California has consistently strived for greatness as the west coast based brand continues to churn out products admired and consumed by some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. Ideal for all hair types, the natural clay based pomade offers a firm hold with a clean matte finish.
£20 from MR PORTER
6. Bumble and bumble Texture Creme
Beauty and grooming giant Bumble and Bumble more than live up to the hype with the creation of this innovative styling crème. Suitable for all hair types, this cutting edge product allows for a firm and tousled, shine-free finish- 150ml.
£23 from SPACE NK
7. American Crew Fiber
Optimal for gents with shorter hair, this fiber-like resinous wax adds welcome volume and texture helping to create a firm, pliable hold- 85g.
£13.50 from MANKIND
8. Blind Barber 90 Proof Hair Pomade
Infused with hops, this protein-rich styling pomade will leave hair with a workable matte finish. Emulsify a ten pence size portion of hair pomade in hands and work through towel-dried hair for optimal texture and control. The result is a strong hold with a matte finish- maximum control- 50ml.
£15 from MR PORTER
9. Sebastian Molding Mud
Firmly grounded in its LA roots, Sebastian has taken great strides to help re-invent and shape the ever-changing landscape of the grooming industry. Through the creation of their molding mud, this fiber infused sculptor takes aim at men looking to add volume whilst maintaining manageability to their coifs- 75g.
£18 from SEBASTIAN
10. Aesop Violet Leaf Hair Balm
Delivers volume and conditioning to soften and shape hard-to-manage hair; a welcome alternative to all-too-common greasy, sticky, silicone-based shaping products- 60ml.
£23 from MR PORTER