Styling depends entirely on the texture and cut of your hair. Since it would be impossible to list the different techniques for styling every single kind of hair, it’s best to start by finding the right product for your hair type.
But where to begin? Today you can find pastes, crèmes, gels, waxes, pomades and even mousses. We define the different styling solutions available to the modern man:
Wax: perfect for the ubiquitous ‘short, back and sides’ as it adds shine, texture and gives moderate hold. Avoid if you’ve got fine or long tresses as wax can weigh hair down. Remember to warm the product up in the palms of your hands before application.
Gel: ideal for sculpting hair into ‘extreme’ shapes. Many gels come in a ‘wet look’ formula and can provide long-lasting hold and shine. Avoid if you’ve got thin hair, as it will make your scalp more noticeable.
Paste: great for texture. Pastes are pliable and often ‘reworkable’, allowing you to restyle your hair throughout the day without the need for more product.
Hairspray: like liquid elastic, hairspray is great for volume and hold. Beware that overloading your hair with the stuff can leave you with residue that might be mistaken for dandruff!
Crème: ideal for frizzy or coarse hair that’s been damaged by blow drying, a crème will make hair appear glossier and slicker.
Clay: a super-thick product, best used for adding texture. Much like sculpture clay, you can use this product to ‘mould’ your hair into the desired shape.
Pomade: very similar to a wax except that it contains oils for added shine. When applied to wet hair it can leave a long-lasting gloss.