Taking care of your hair is easy enough. All you need is shampoo and conditioner and bam! However, the hairstyle of your hair is a completely different matter. From sticky pastes over stiff & # 39; n & # 39; Slick waxes through to velvety creams (not to mention hair sprays and gels that are experiencing a renaissance), there's an overwhelming array of manic-made utensils, enough to numb you in the gash of your local walgreens.
All of this as we live through a golden age of men's hairstyles: an era where waves and monkeys next to idiot-proof coifs are like the undercut ̵
"Most men have bad hair," says celebrity stylist Christine Nelli, who oversees the mops of men like Justin Timberlake, Weeknd, and Lakeith Stanfield. When it comes to products, "they either do nothing or do too much. So many men go with gel hardcore. Or they think they have no time "and bypass the product altogether. The result? The 80s wet look (too much product) or unkempt, blurred hair (no product at all).
Hair is a gift, so what you put in should not do something with what you've been given. "Embrace the texture of your hair," says Mike Sposito, hairdresser and owner of the Brooklyn store Sposito. If you have curly hair, do not try to wrap it in a smooth and shiny pompadour. If you have fine hair, do not burden it with heavy product.
The longer the more natural look, the more popular it will be when you stop using the product. "It has longer hair for a purpose," says Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salons. "It's not just a messy bedhead. There is still a care element, a finish. "
So what should you finish with?
"Think about what you want as your desired result," says Cutler. "It's about evenly distributing the product through your hair." There is no one-fit solution – the key is finding out what complements your hair type and hairstyle.
The New Standards
YOU HAVE: Longer Wavy Hair
"I consider wax as a shiny, polished product," says Cutler. "Like beeswax, it is very greasy and has a thick viscosity with a lot of hold." Nelli agrees: "It's for someone looking for a slimmer or wet look." Wax is not for the faint of heart, but for a guy who wants to make a big, bold statement.
USE IT FOR: Visual impact and an incredibly strong grip
THE LOOK: High gloss (shining like in mirrors), strong hold (like in your hand, when you try to run it through your hair).
YOU HAVE: Thick, rough hair that needs to be tamed
"Pomade has a rather matte finish," says Cutler. "It's more clay-based and will give you a drier, more lived texture."
USE IT FOR: Short to medium styles with a "done" look (think crispy as opposed to natural)
THE LOOK: Low to High Gloss (though our experts recommend going with Matt and avoiding the Danny-Zuko look of high gloss products), high hold  Cream with Silk Groom ™