Grooming & Style
Be Product-ive With Your Hair
By Jessica Lothstein
Know your mop needs taming but don’t know where to begin? Start here, with our quick guide to men’s hair products -- and how to use them.
Gel, goop, putty, pomade … it’s all scary enough to make a guy’s hair stand up straight. But it doesn’t have to be that way -- unless that’s the look you want, of course. In truth, you only need to stock your arsenal with five different kinds of lotions and potions and know two rules on using them:
First, don’t use too much -- a dime-sized glob does the job for most guys. Second, the drier your hair, the stronger the hold. “The rule of thumb with any product is you’ll get a stronger hold if you apply it to drier hair,” says Chuck Olson, a New York-based hairstylist.
Here’s what to use to get the look you’re after:
What it does: This stuff feels like lotion and works as a light conditioner.
“Cream is good for reducing dryness and taming frizzy hair,” says Olson. “It gives shape without a lot of hold.”
What to do with it: After you get out of the shower, squirt the cream into your hands, run it through your wet hair and comb to distribute evenly.
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What to do with it: Put a dime-sized amount in your palms and rub your hands together vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds (you want to really warm it up). Then use your fingertips to apply it to your hair -- first at the roots, then at the tips.
Goop or Putty
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Jessica Lothstein is a freelance writer and former editor at Best Life magazine. She writes on a range of subjects, including grooming and fashion.
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