Let’s talk hair.

Whether you have a buzz-cut or long locks, it’s important to watch what you put on your head. Typically, what kind of products you use should be recommended by your barber based on your hairstyle, length, and texture. A fella with short, thin, straight hair shouldn’t be using the same product as a fella with long, thick, curly locks. The good news is there are plenty of options of hair products for you to choose from:

Gel: The overall purpose of gel is to keep every strand of hair in order, think of hair gel as the sergeant of men’s hair care products. Gel can have different strengths of hold ranging from soft to a-hurricane-couldn’t-mess-this-up. Not only does gel keep your hair in place, it leaves it shiny and can give you that ‘fresh out of the shower’ look. The number one rule of gel is to not touch it once it hardens – doing so can leave a dandruff look since the gel can flake into pieces.

Wax: Our favorite option for many reasons, first, it’s basically an all-purpose hair product. While it’s typically used for mildly wavy hair types or straight hair types, it can be used for any hairstyle. Wax works best when warmed up in your palm then spread in wet hair, however, you can use wax in dry hair as well. Wax can also leave a matted look or a shiny look, depending on the type of wax you purchase.

Pomade: Pomade is creamier than wax, it’s actually a mix of wax and oil, so it may be the way to go if you have extremely curly or thick hair. Pomade doesn’t have a greasy texture to it, so while it does still leave shine, it won’t provide as much texture as wax. Pomade can also be a great alternative to gel, it creates the same ‘fresh out of the shower’ look without the flakes that gel produces.

Mousse: Mousse isn’t the most popular crayon in the box. However, it can still be a viable option for men with thinning hair. The foam is actually chalk full of things called polymers. It’s a chemical compound that makes your hair look fuller and thicker, hence why it was all the rage in the 80’s.

Paste/Clay: Matte products such as paste and clay will typically give you the styling look you’re going for, without the shine. If you have the tousled, straight-out-of-bed look, then matted products such as paste or clay would be a good choice for you. Best part? It gives you plenty of texture without looking like you have any product in your hair.

So, there you have it. That’s just about all you need to know about what kind of product to purchase to keep your mane looking well-pampered, or.. ya know, not. What ever look you’re going for, remember to try out the all-natural versions since they will provide the most benefits. Also, make sure to keep you hair and scalp hydrated. How you handle all the attention you’re going to get from a great head of hair is up to you.