I’m a guy and I love male hair products.
Thankfully, we now live in a time where, as a man, it is acceptable to care about your hair. That being said, it can be difficult to determine just which product is right for your desired style. This article is going to break down the basics of a few different types of hair products to help you find your style. There will also be great recommendations of some hair healthy styling products not found at drug stores.
First, there are a few different types of products for guys:
Water Based (Water Soluble)
If a product is water based, this means that it can usually be washed out with just water. This is the general property and appeal of water based products. To tell if a product is water based, look at the ingredients list and if the first ingredient is water or “aqua,” then it is water-based.
Unorthodox Water Based
These products behave similarly to water based, but generally contain more essential oils for the hair. These products behave similarly to oil based products, while still having the wash ability of water based products. Most unorthodox water based products actually need shampoo, in addition to water, to be fully washed out.
Oil based products are generally greasier and harder to wash out than water based products. If a product’s first ingredient is something like “petrolatum” or “hydrogenated castor oil,” then it is oil based. These products usually take 2-3 showers to fully remove, or more depending on the product.
Second, you will want to decide what type of shine and hold you desire. Hold can be broken down into three basic categories: high, medium, and light. Choosing the right hold all depends on the style you want, so that portion is up to you. In terms of shine, there is high shine, medium shine, low shine, natural shine, and matte (no shine). High shine is generally associated with oil based products. Natural shine means that the product does not add or take away the shine from your hair. The product gives a more natural finish and look. A matte finish means that the product basically sucks the moisture from your hair, leaving no shine.
In my personal experience, I find it more beneficial to use hair products that aren’t from drug stores. The reason for this is because most drug store hair products contain harmful ingredients. Instead, I seek out hair healthy product brewer’s websites and purchase products online.
Some great companies include (based on personal experience):
Anchors Aweigh Hair Co.
The Red House
The Mail Room Barber Company
These are all great companies to try out. They all contain hair healthy and essential ingredients as well. The best part is, they generally aren’t more expensive than drug store products. All of the companies listed above sell products in the $16-$22 price range. Aside from the company websites, tons of other products are found at websites like pomadeclub.com and pomade.com. Try doing some research of your own to find that perfect product! Hopefully this helped anyone struggling to find their style out there!