Best Hairstyling Products for Men Just like your shoes and clothes, your hair says a lot about your sense of fashion and personality so it’s worth finding out what different products can do for you.

[11/06/13] 

Mousse

Mousse’s value is its versatility. Used on wet hair, it delivers a sleek, wet and shiny finish. Used on dry hair, however, it helps shape, mould and hold with a much more natural appearance. Mousse can also provide volume for men with thinner hair, and it can be used on a daily basis for easy hair maintenance.

How to use it
Shake the bottle. Dispense a small amount and apply to your hair with both hands. Style your hair to your liking and blow dry for maximum hold.

Main benefit
Mousse allows you to re-style your hair throughout the day without getting sticky.

Main drawback
Quality hair mousse doesn't come cheap and it might lack holding strength for those who need more grip.

Celebrities who love mousse: Chris Hemsworth, James Franco (below) and Lapo Elkann.

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Gel

Hair gel is the most efficient product for keeping your hair in its place. Gel works well on waved, curled, relaxed, textured, and virgin (uncolored or untreated) hair over extended periods of time. It can also be used for styling techniques such as freezing, sculpting, molding, and scrunching.

Good quality gels also moisturize and condition your hair for many days. Make sure to avoid any gels or other hair products that contain alcohol because they will dry out and damage your locks. Cheap gels have a tendency to dry the scalp and generate flaking.

How to use it
Dispense a nickel-size amount of gel in one hand and use both hands to rub it into your towel-dried hair. Style the hair to your liking. Blow-dry if you want maximum hold, or dry naturally for a shiny look.

Main benefit
It will cement your hairstyle for many hours, even in the face of heavy winds.

Main drawback
A large quantity of gel can be required and you will get your hands sticky if re-styling is needed throughout the day.

Celebrities who love gel: Ed Westwick, Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Brad Pitt (top).

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Pomade

Most pomade products provide a combination of conditioning, styling, shining and texture-enhancing ingredients. Pomade works best for short to medium length hair and can be used for holding, shaping and defining your hairstyle.

Pomade delivers a natural, textured finish and is also great for more stylish haircuts as well as that messy look.

How to use it
Skim a small quantity onto your fingers, then rub your fingers together and apply to your hair. Distribute evenly where needed.

Main benefit
Only small quantities are needed and it gives great texture.

Main drawback
When too much is applied, it makes your hair look greasy. In some cases, it may also require multiple shampooings in order to remove pomade.

Celebrities who love pomade: Alex Pettyfer, Mark Ronson and Bradley Cooper (above).

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Hairspray

Hairspray can be used as a styling or finishing product. It makes your hair look thicker and can add shine. Most quality hairsprays include effective UV sunscreen protection which is great if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

If you use hair spray on wet locks, you can style and mould your tresses to your liking. It’s also great for finishing already-styled, dry hair for maximum hold. Be careful to avoid any hairspray that smells too pungent otherwise it will drown out your cologne.

How to use it
Hairspray is the easiest hairstyling product to use: simply spray evenly across your hair. Blow dry or let it dry naturally to create different styles - just make sure you stay away from open flames.

Main benefits
Very easy to apply (three to four sprays), and you don't have to get your hands dirty.

Main drawbacks
Many hairsprays have a strong smell, and when too much is applied it can give your hair a dry and crunchy texture.

Celebrities who love hairspray: George Clooney (above), Leonardo Dicaprio and Javier Bardem.

N.B. Whatever product you choose, make sure it contains no alcohol and try to find products with UV sunscreen protection as well as moisturizing characteristics to keep your hair healthy.

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