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Use These Hair Products For Men For Your Best Hair Day

Guide to Hair Products for Men

Don’t let a bad hair day ruin your style – Use the best hair products for men to avoid the disaster.

Remember when the High Top Fade was in and hair styling products used to be just gel, mousse and hairspray? Times have changed for the better…at least when it comes to hairstyles. Now, regardless of whether or not you want to pay homage to Vanilla Ice, there are a plethora of hair products ranging from the ol’ faithful gel to things like pastes, clay to pomade. But if you’re still using the same gel that you used back in high school, you may not be using the best hair product for your hair type or hair style. So if you want to optimize how those precious locks look, you need to choose your hair product wisely. In this post, we’ll break down the overwhelming number of hair products out there so that you can minimize time spent “researching” and maximize the number of “damn my hair looks good today!” days.

Why You Should Care about Your Hair Style

The ensemble of a modern gentleman isn’t complete until he’s turned that mop on his head into something stylish and suave. And besides completing your dapper look, there is another reason – yes, you guessed it…the opposite sex cares. According to a recent survey of young women in their early 20s, 3 out 4 said that a man’s hairstyle can be a strong indicator of dating potential upon first impression. Okay, we know you might not care if a college chick thinks you have dating potential (or you may care a lot if you’re into college chicks), but nevertheless, you want to make sure you’re sending the right signals.

Take for example the two hairstyles below. What assumptions automatically come to mind about these two fellows based on their hair alone? ‘Nuff said.

Know Your Hair - Hair Products For Men

Know Your Hair Type

Hold on just a second there Chief. Don’t leave this page just yet and start Googling “David Beckam’s hair” or “Best Men’s Hair Styling Products” to stock up on the latest designer waxes in order to raise your dating points. To choose the best styling product for you, it’s important to figure out something often overlooked: your hair type.

Do you know your hair type?

Men's Major Hair Types - Hair Products For Men

Choosing your hair products without knowing your hair type is a bit like buying shoes without knowing your foot size. You may get lucky and get close to a decent fit or you may end up looking like Homey the Clown. And we all have that one friend or co-worker whose appearance always seems to bring to mind a single thought, “dude REALLLYY needs a haircut”. Don’t be that dude. What’s worse, choosing the wrong product for your hair can even be damaging to your hair. For example, using an ultra-strong hold product on very fine, thin hair will not only weigh down the hair but may also damage it. While the above graphic isn’t all-encompassing and you might have some sort of combination of the hair types, it’s a good place to start. Have an idea of what’s growing out of your scalp? Good, let’s move on.

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Hair Styling Products

Once you dive deep into the rabbit hole of hair styling products, you’ll realize that the sheer number of products and interchangeable terms will make it seem like the hair industry is playing one big marketing ploy on us. Sometimes a company will use terms such as “pomade” rather liberally – it can be more like a gel product at times and a wax in others. The key to pinning down the nature of the styling product is knowing what key words to look for in the descriptions. So, we’ve done the work for you and laid out some basic hair styling terminology you should know:

Hair Product Lingo Cheat Sheet - Hair Products For Men


Gel Hair Products for Men

Gel has enjoyed some success in the last few decades as a go-to staple (along with hair spray). In fact, it’s featured so much on the Jersey Shore, it should get its own set of credits next to The Situation and Pauly D. Though, we don’t want to stigmatize this super goo because it has both functionality and versatility, ranging from lighter to maximum hold. The gel is the modern day version of hair grease, providing that slicker, wet look with stronger holds.

Use Tip: Use on damp or dry hair. Spread evenly on fingers and top of palm and run your fingers through your hair to style. Avoid touching your hair after drying as it may break the hold and/or cause flaking.

Good for these Hair Styles:

Gel Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types:  Thicker hair and short-to-medium hair lengths.

Product Recommendations: Label.M Gel, Sebastian Professional Gel ForteVitaMan Gel


Pomade - Hair Products For Men

No, it’s not pomegranate flavored Kool-Aid (though we wish that flavor was available when we were young ‘uns). And if you thought it was, listen up because it doesn’t get more granddaddy than pomade. So what is it? Pomade is a greasy or waxy substance used to style hair with a wet, shiny and slick look.

Let’s take a 20 and learn some history (we’re geeks like that): the name “pomade” is derived from the French word pommade, meaning “ointment” and the Latin word for apple, pomum, because the original recipe was made with mashed apples. In the early 19th century, bear fat became the common pomade ingredient, while petroleum jelly, beeswax and even lard were later used in the early 20th century. Legendary classics such as Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade were staples in Don Draper’s era. Recently, it’s been making a comeback but under different guises—brands may label waxes or even creams, a pomade. True pomade is a blend of wax and oil (while true hair waxes will be just wax or almost all wax). Pomade can range from a light shine to a high shine, but its biggest advantage is that it’ll create a more natural, wet look. So why pomade over gel? Pomade can achieve that same strong, wet and neat look without drying out or flaking like gel.

Use Tip: Rub a little bit on your palm and style on damp or close-to-dry hair.

Good for these Hair Styles:

Pomade Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types: Thinner hair and wavy-to-extremely curly hair. Good for all hair lengths. If you have oily hair, avoid pomade as it will make your hair greasier.

Product Recommendations: Baxter Slick Pomade, American Crew PomadeImperial Barber Classic Pomade



Wax - Hair Products For Men

Waxes will sometimes be considered a “matte” hair product, but the legacy of a waxes rivals pomade, and thus, warrants its own category. How does it differ from the pomade? If you’re looking for hold, wax is the way to go. Since true waxes don’t contain the oils found in pomade, they usually won’t provide that “wet” look that’s characteristic of pomade, but will generally have a stronger hold instead. If you have oily hair, wax is usually a better option as oil-based products like pomade will result in even greasier hair. To avoid clumping, be sure to warm up and evenly distribute wax on your palms before using. The last thing you want is your date staring at a clump of wax stuck in your hair – if she’s seen There’s Something About Mary, she might think it’s something else and that would be disastrous for you.

Use Tip: Wax can be used on wet or dry hair but is easier on wet hair. Warm up a small amount on the palm of your hand and distribute as needed.

Good for these Hair Styles: 

Wax Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types: Thicker hair and medium hair lengths.

Product Recommendations: Bumble & Bumble Styling Wax, Redken for Men Working Wax, Gatsby Moving Rubber Wax,

MATTE PRODUCTS (Clay, Putty, Paste, Mud, Fiber, etc.)

Matte Hair Products For Men

Looking for that yeah-I-just-got-of-bed-and-yeah-I-look-this-damn-good-when-I-did look? Look no further than matte products. Matte products come in many varieties such as clay, putty, paste or fiber, but all have one defining characteristic: a dry or “matte” finish as the name suggests. Matte products provide a pliable hold while adding texture to your hair without that wet shine. This makes it the perfect candidate for those messy, tousled hairstyles.

Use Tip: Rub a small amount on your palm and apply to damp-to-close-to-dry hair.

Good for these Hair Styles:

Matte Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types : Thin-to-thicker hair, wavy hair and all hair lengths.

Recommended Products: Shu Uemura Art of Hair PasteSebastian Craft Clay, Lock Stock & Barrell Putty


Styling Creams - Hair Products For Men

Styling creams are probably the least recognized hair product, therefore, probably aren’t starters in most morning lineups. It can make some clutch appearances though, especially when you need to really tame that out-of-control “bed-head” look after a boozy night. Styling creams will usually come in the form of a soft, opaque wax, and as a result, be less “clumpy” and generally be much lighter (relative to wax) when it comes to hold. So it’s a great option for those looking for that subtle control while looking like you have nothing in your hair.

Use Tip: Rub a small amount on your hands and apply as needed. If you want to get fancy, you can use it as a finishing product after your main product (wax, pomade, etc.).

Good for these Hair Styles: 

Styling Cream Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types:  Thin-to-thicker hair, wavy/curly hair and all hair lengths

Recommended Products: Redken for Men Get Groomed, Men-u Create & ShapePaul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream


Mousse Hair Products For Men

Looking to add some volume to your thinner hair? Or maybe some 80’s nostalgia? Hair mousse, while waning in the popularity among other men’s hair products, is still an effective option for those looking to add that fuller appearance to their hair. It’s foamy and will coat the hair strand with polymers that’ll give it that extra volume.

Use Tip: Shake the bottle and dispense a small amount in one hand and apply with both hands to dry hair. Blow dry after application for max hold.

Good for these Hair Styles: 

Mousse Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types: Thin or fine hair.

Recommended Products: Royal Spa Awapuhi MousseKeratin Complex Styling Foam, Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Styling Foam, KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam

Finishing Products:

Finishing Products - Hair Products For Men

Finishing products are supplementary hair products you apply after you’ve already styled your hair. If you want full control over how every strand of hair looks, finishing products are good for holding those minor details in place.


While hair spray has lost some of its “cool” over the last few decades, it is by no means extinct. In fact, many stylists and grooming experts tout hair spray as one of the best ways to finish any style, as long as it’s used in moderation. Applying a quick mist of hair spray after you’re done styling can lock in your look nicely for the day. Remember, you want to avoid turning your head of hair into a hockey helmet-shaped fire hazard, so go easy on the application.

Use Tip: Use sparingly. Spray from about 8 – 12 inches from hair until your hair is covered in a fine mist.

Good for these Hair Styles:

Finishing Products Hair Styles - Hair Products For Men

Good for these Hair Types: All types, especially thinner hair that’s likely to be weighed down by heavier products.

Recommended Products: TRESemme Extra Hold Hair Spray, Vidal Sassoon Extra Firm Hold Hair SprayKMS California Hairplay Paste Up SprayFixx Volumizing Boost Spray


Hair Clippers - Hair Products For Men

Has reading this far got you thinking, “F*CK ALL THAT NOISE!”? Yeah, well here’s your solution. Get yourself an electronic hair clipper, set it on 0 and go straight to town. No more bad hair cuts, bad hair days, or spending coin for hair products. Freedom baby, freedom.

Your new-found knowledge of hair products got you feeling you a bit “metro”? We figured it may…but you can fix that – just grab a bottle of Jame-O and take a big swig to remind yourself how manly you are. More importantly, you can’t control how much hair you have, how that hair grows or what type of hair it is, but you do have full control over what you do with it. Given how often people will look at your noggin, take the time to do your hair some justice.  Turned off by the cost of the products? Skip a couple rounds of espresso at Starbucks and upgrade your hair styling getup to something a little more appropriate for your hair type. Add a little more texture to your style, a little more pliability, a little more of that wet or matte look and give the ladies that well-groomed, well-dressed gent that they want a firm hold on.

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1,301 thoughts on “Use These Hair Products For Men For Your Best Hair Day”

  1. John says:

    Hi, I’ve got fairly curly/wavy hair that gets a bit chaotic if not “handled”, and am going for a well-groomed look (think Cooper in Limitless). Have been using Wella Rugged Mix recently, but it feels too much like applying glue to my hair (both in how the hair feels and how I feel a need to thoroughly wash my hands). It “tames” the waves, but too well in that it looks stiff.

    What do you recommend I change to?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey John, if you’re looking for something softer, we recommend a water-based pomade like Soft Water Pomade from Baxter.

  2. Jonas says:

    Hi. I have thin straight hair and it’s very hard for me to find any hair product that can let me set my hair properly before hair spraying it. I’m trying to spike it up a little but the amount of hairspray I use makes it gunky. Is there something I could use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jonas, an alternative styling solution is using a strong hold (but light) wax like Spice Freeze Wax and going lighter on the hair spray.

  3. Lucas says:

    I’ve got really thick straight (Asian) hair that I’m trying to grow long and sweep back. So far I’ve been using thick gel but it doesn’t really hold. Would appreciate your advice on what I could get for this?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Lucas, check out Layrite’s Super Hold Pomade!

  4. Jon says:

    I have fairly long (8-10 inches) dark frizzy hair, which sometimes sticks together making nice long curls but it’s mostly just frizz, do you have any product suggestions with a weak to medium hold so that I can prevent the frizz whilst also keeping my hair soft and not tough like many previous putty’s and fibre-creams have 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jon, we recommend a strong pomade like Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade, coupled with a proper combing to help tame the frizz. Hope that helps!

  5. VGEJ says:

    I have long thick wavy hair on top and short on back and sides. It’s got plenty of volume. Looking for a product to hold it but I want it so that I can run my hands through it as well and I don’t want something that makes it tough. What would you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Sebastian’s Craft Clay–solid hold, but flexible enough for re-molding throughout the day.

  6. Jonas says:

    Hi. Learned a lot from this article. I have thin and straight hair and am looking for products that are easy to apply and will keep my hair the same throughout the day even when I’m doing sports. Any recommendations? I’m sort of trying to spike up my hair at the top.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you got a lot out of this piece, Jonas. If you’re looking for that extra level of hold to keep that style intact through sweat or humidity, we recommend adding a few layers of a strong hold hair spray after applying your usual styling product.

  7. Mr. Brown says:

    I have fine, thin, dry and curly hair, what do I need?:’D(male, mid-length)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Mr Brown, depends on the look you’re going for. For starters, are you looking for a matte or shiny finish?

  8. Kit Kapell says:

    Hey what can you recommend me. I am male and i have thin, fine, dry and curly hair. The length is medium to short. The best product that does not make the hair more broken in order not to get more hair loss. : D
    Best regards 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Blinder Barber’s Proof Pomade. Their pomade is enriched with with proteins to help fortify your hair upon application.

  9. Matt says:

    I have very thick, coarse, slightly wavy dark brown hair that often looks good when i comb it back but then a few strands curl forwards and it looks rubbish. I want more hold but to keep a relatively large amount of pliability without my hair looking glossy + wet.
    I also want to know whether this sort of look would work or if the thick and stubbornness of my hair prevents it?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Matt, seems like Sebastian’s Craft Clay is the right play here–matte, reworkable with a fair amount of hold!

  10. Danish H. R Shaun says:

    Hey whats up. First, thanks for the article. Secondly, i want to try a pompadour, but make it look like im not using anything. Preferably matte finish. Recs?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Danish, we recommend Imperial Barber’s Matte Pomade for those matte pomps.

  11. James says:

    I want a messy look like Zac Efron in the recent movie he was in ‘We Are Your Friends’. I was wondering what you suggest to use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey James, check out KMS California Hairplay Paste Up Spray.

  12. Calum says:

    Hey I forgot to tell you that my hair is medium length on the top and around an inch on the sides

  13. Michael Tesauro says:

    I have short to medium length, wavy hair and I like the “wet” look so I tend to use gels that have a superfirm hold, however, they always seem to leave an oily shine on my forehead as well. PLEASE help me find a product that will give me a firm, wet look, without the problem of having to wash the shiny sheen off my forehead 20 times a day. Thanks so much!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Michael, we recommend Layrite’s Super Hold Pomade here. It’ll give you that wet look with a “super” firm hold that’ll do a pretty solid job of styling on your locks and not on your forehead!

  14. John says:

    Help me out! I have extremely thick hair that is medium length on top and short on the sides. I want a matte look, but all the clays and waxes I have tried sim
    0ply don’t have the hold to keep my stubborn hair the way I want it. Any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey John, give Blind Barber’s Proof Pomade a try!

  15. Calum says:

    I have thick straight hair and I want a kind of messy wavy quiff look, I have tried lots of products but just can’t seem to find one that lasts throughout the day while keeping that natural look

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Calum, check out Baxter’s Clay Pomade, a matte finish pomade with a rather impressive hold longevity.

  16. Matt Hadden says:

    I have short to medium length fairly tight curled hair on top with short sides.
    It gets really dry and frizzed
    Was wondering if there is anything that will moisturise my hair and give a messy look without a shine, and perhaps loosen my tight curls a bit and create a more wavy look

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Matt, we recommend: Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Styling Foam.

  17. Kuldeep says:

    I have thick and straight hairs and big forehead,my hairs are medium at top and short at side which style and hair creame should i use?i dont want that after styling my hair start looking even thicker…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you want less volume, we recommend using a heavier pomade (e.g. Layrite, Imperial Barber) to weigh down the hair a bit.

  18. Atul says:

    Hey I am straight Dry hairs. I like to keep it messy.
    Could you please suggest me any product which you also keep my hairs look little shinny, as they sometimes look really dry.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Atul, we recommend: Baxter’s Soft Water Pomade.

  19. Kyle says:

    I have very thick straight hair and am growing it out, I have been using uppercut deluxe pomade but the hard shiny style isn’t working with my length anymore. I was thinking about trying a cream but am unsure of where to start. My hair is pretty dry but I still don’t want it to be too greasy and am not a fan of the rock hard hair either. It would be awesome to be able to wear a beanie for about 10 minutes without ruining my look either. So if there is something that would allow me to fix it relatively quickly that would be awesome. I am going for longer hair but right now it it around 5-6 inches on top and 2-3 inches on the sides.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Kyle, sounds like you’re looking for a relatively matte product with a bit of pliability. We recommend: Sebastian’s Craft Clay or TiGi’s Matte Separation.

  20. Kevin says:

    Hi. I hope you can help me. I have thin curly/wavy hair. It’s about 4 to 6 inches long and I am growing it out long. I like to just run my hands through my hair having it pushed back. Not grease but not dry either. What would you suggest I use? Soft water polmaide from Baxter?

    1. Kevin says:

      Sorry. I also forgot to add in about whether to use the product with wet hair and just finger it back, use product and then blow dry, or dry first and then use the product.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Kevin, Soft Water Pomade will be on the wetter/shinier side. If you’re looking for something a bit more matte, Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade might be a better option.

  21. jason says:

    hi nice write up!!

    I am looking for a product that is matte/zero to no shine. A drier look. I have medium (i guess 2.5) textured cut hair. It’s sorta thinning but not very noticeable (back, so not that big of a deal), but because of this i do the whole rogaine thing before hand. I am pretty sure it’s making my hair, which is normally pretty cowlicky, to a very curly texture. I like my hair messy, not in the ‘i made this look intentional’, but like this http://www.menshairstyletrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Messy-Short-Hair-for-Men-Clement-Chabernaud.jpg. messy, matte, dirty, some hold, not any crunch. For reference i used to use AG welding paste, but they changed their formula (flakes), and the same goes for Kevin Murphy’s Dirty Business (took out the grit). I use Wella Sea salt when it’s shorter and sometimes as a base. I generally like the pastes and creams, as long as there is some medium-ish hold. Clays tend to drag it down or separate, but i am a go if you have any new recs. I am going to try Kevin’s Free Hold, but would LOVE some other suggestions. thank!!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jason, glad you enjoyed the article! Check out KMS California’s Hair Play Paste–“messy, matte, dirty, some hold, not any crunch”. 😉

  22. Tyler says:

    I have very thick dark brown hair. It gets oily after a few days of no wash. But once washed it’s dry and has a lot of frizz hairs standing up. Currently it’s a 2 on the sides and a little longer on the top. I need a product that has a small amount of shine but isn’t hard to the touch like gel. I also need it to be stiff enough to hold down frizzy’s and keep the front styled up like a Caesars style hair cut. Please help.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Tyler, if you’re having issues with frizz, a few minutes of blow drying with a comb will straighten out most of your hair at which you can apply your desired styling product to freeze your desired look.

  23. Trent says:

    I have thin/fine to medium thick hair. I’m growing it out and want a semi-wet look that doesn’t have a “crispy/hard” look or feel. Something that I can move throughout the day but won’t have my hair flying in loose strands all over the place. Right now I use an AXE product but it always loses most of its hold by the end of the day and I have those loose hair everywhere. What are your best suggestions? Thanks in advance!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Trent, we recommend: Soft Water Pomade from Baxter.

  24. Sean says:

    Help me out? I have very thick hair that is medium length on the top and buzzed on the sides. I am looking for a matte product that will hold it in place but won’t clump together and make my hair even thicker by the end of the day. Any suggestions? Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Sean, we recommend Clay Pomade from Baxter!

  25. Jayden says:

    I’m an African American male with short curly hair and I have tried so many products to maintain my curls. I’ve been using shea moisture products but they have so many products I’m not sure which ones to use. They have creams, sprays and lotions but I still haven’t found the right combination. My main issue is that I need something to use daily because when I wake up the sides of my hair are flat from laying on them so I need something to fluff those curls out.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Moisture is the key for African-American men’s hair, so you’re on the right track. Frederick Benjamin makes products specifically with African-American men in mind. If you keep your hair cropped short, try their water-based Sleek Water Pomade. If your wear your hear a little longer, try their Daily Hydrator Styling Creme.

      As long as you use conditioner regularly but don’t shampoo too often you hair will retain moisture and you’ll have an easy time styling in the morning.

  26. Chirag says:

    I have been using Hanz de Fuko Claymation for last few months and it suits my hair perfectly. I have long thin hair and this gives me matte look with volume and decent hold. But recently for some unknown reason they stopped shipping to my country and if I buy from a third party its coming out to be really expensive so I tried to look for other alternatives. Right now the decent alternative I could find in my budget is Sebastian Clay Craft. Just want to know if it works the same as claymation or not from some one who has tried both. Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Chirag, it’s very rare that two hair products work exactly the same, but from our experience Sebastian Craft Clay is pretty close to Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation in terms of results.

      1. Chirag says:


  27. Ben says:

    Hey there, first off great and super detailed article!
    I’ve been using “Unite Wicked Wax Defining Brilliante” for years and they’ve recently stopped producing it so I’m looking for a new product.
    I’ve got light brown/dirty blonde thick dry hair that I keep medium/long on top and short on the sides.
    I am looking for a product that adds some shine and picks up blonde highlights but also has a lasting hold that I can mold and play with the whole day without feeling like I need to wash my hands afterwards.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Sebastian’s Craft Clay. It’s a highly re-moldable clay product meaning you could rework your hair throughout the day.

  28. Nick says:

    Hello, I have Straight Medium Length Thin Hairs with bilateral temporal thinning. What Style would you recommend me? Also I like in a hot zone which leads to a lot of sweating.What products should I buy?
    Sorry if I am repeating the Question.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Nick, try a anti-humidity hair spray such as KMS California’s Hair Stay Anti-humidity Seal.

  29. ross says:

    Hi, i have tried many hair products but cannot find one that works with my hair type. My hair is fine but thick and is straight. I have it short on the sides and want it standing up on top, kinda like the classic undercut look if possible. its medium length on top i guess, maybe 3 inches. Can you help me with a good hair product please?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Ross, give Gatsby’s Moving Rubber wax a shot. It’s strong on hold, even for thicker hair types.

  30. Tomi says:

    Hi! I really liked the site, though i’m a little bit still confused about how to choose a good product. I have medium/short lenght hair, that’s quite thick and wavy. Its short on both sides, longer on top. Ive already tried gel, wax and creams but the last two made it greasy. I’m looking for something thats drier and can pick up the fight against my hair. Any suggestions?:)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Tomi, Give Hard Clay Pomade from Baxter a shot. It works well with thick/wavy/medium length hair and has a matte finish that won’t leave your hair looking greasy.

  31. zerin wolfgramm says:

    does anyone have an idea on what makes a good hair product? if its strong ,light ,greasey ,heat proof etc. Any type of form from pomade to gel.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Zerin, it really depends on your hair type and the result you’re going for. For example, if you’re going for a natural look, you may opt for a product with a matte finish, while a classic pomade might be a better fit for a wet look like a pomp.

  32. Naeem says:

    I have medium thickish black hair which is all over the place. I’m trying to grow the top part out and was wondering whats something that keeps hair together looking natural and wavy.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Styling Foam or KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam.

  33. Arnav says:

    Hi my hair are dry and medium size hair I want a hair product which will help me to give my hair a good look l am confused about it

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Arnav, try a water-based pomade such as Classic Pomade from Imperial Barbers.

  34. kunal says:

    Hey, could you help me with my hair?
    I have light hair, medium hair density and wavy. They already have a lot of volume and curles/waves don’t soothe or relax. I need a product with strong hold ( restyling capability, if possible) for 5 inches( or a bit more longer) lenth, something similar to wax.
    The wax doesn’t work that well but was easy to wash out( and not unhealthy for long time use) . can i get any suggestions?

    1. kunal says:

      Also, the hold should be as strong as it gets, if possible and also lasting.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Layrite’s Pomades. Their pomades are strong on hold (even on wavy hair), re-workable and relatively easy to wash out.

  35. kieron says:

    help me out man.
    I’ve just checked, I have thin and fine hair.
    I’ve just got a haircut of a side undercut and a tapered back.
    I have a fringe touching my nose. I’ve tried gatsby moving rubber, styling pastes and lay rite cement clay which everyone claims is the strongest hold. and I style my hair upwards, everytime after I’ve styled and sprayed a fair amount of hairspray, after sweating a little bit my hair goes flat and when I try combing it back up it looks ridiculous.
    any advices on styling and also hair products ?
    thanks guys appreciate it a lot 🙂
    I’m asian and my hair is naturally straight

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Have you tried a Matte Separation from TiGi? While no product is completely immune to effects of sweat, matte products tend to fare better than water-based ones.

  36. Gary Hamilton says:

    I have used TIGI Bed Head Mega Whipped Marshmallow Hair Texturizer Unisex Styler for years and now they do not manufacture it any longer. Directions: Whip into dry hair for light texture with a flexible hold. Rub between fingertips and run throughout longer layers for piecey style definition. Any ideas of a replacement for this product?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Gary, unfortunately we’re not familiar with that specific product. That said, if you’re going for texture, TIGI’s Matte Separation is a fine option!

  37. brent says:

    Hi,nice website. I have soft,fine, short-medium length hair and am trying to achieve comb over look that holds all day.What product do you suggest?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’d suggest a strong-hold pomade (see post/previous comments for specific examples).

    2. Leo says:

      What you want is to use some kind of pomade because its easy to comb through and gives you some shine. Some good products would be like Imperials classic if you want to be able to wash the product out in the shower, or some Layrite. For a more traditional look you might use Murray’s super light(I have really fine hair too and this stuff isn’t very hard on soft hair) but you can’t wash it out with only one rinse, it takes a while.

  38. John says:

    Hey guys I just started growing my hair big, I actually don’t want to keep going to the Barber every time it grows, so I need a product that is going to keep my hair soften so I can comb it with ease.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Bumble & Bumble’s Invisible Oil.

  39. Zachary Whitehouse says:

    I have fairly thick hair and a bad cowlick on the front right side of my forehead that grows out like a palm tree when it gets longer. I just got a buzzed 2 on the sides and scissor cut the top kind of short and am styling it in the front to be spiked and waved leaning towards one side sort of. I don’t want a sticky look to the styled front part of my hair. Do you have any other styling ideas for my hair? And for what I currently have, what type of product do you recommend and what brand?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Zachary, guys ask this question all the time, and as much as we’d like to give an easy answer, your local barber or stylist will do a much better job at suggesting new styles for your hair type and desired look than we can within the confines of these comments.

  40. Iliyan says:

    Hey, I’m currently using got2b hair wax but the hold is not that strong. I’ve got very oily, thin and short hair. I have a similar to the right hair style: https://blacklapel.com/thecompass/ (top – sideways, fading sides) but not as much volume. I just ordered the TGIF Matte seperation wax so my question is – is it going to get the job done (also is it a good choice, since I read that you don’t usually use hair wax on thin hair, but this is more of a cream) and how can I increase the volume of my hair? Cheers.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Matte Separation works well with everything from thin to thick hair types and will naturally add some volume due to its hold and texturing effect.

  41. Brad says:

    I have thin, very straight hair, and I have short-medium hair length. I like to style my hair very normally(just flatten out the sides and raise up the top), but I might want to use something other than my control cream. So far, it has worked fine but I just want to see if there is anything better out there. I also do NOT want my hair to look wet or look like any product is in it. What should I use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Brad, give Baxter’s Clay Pomade or TIGI’s Matte Separation a shot!

  42. Doug says:

    I have poker straight, longish hair and style it in a manner similar to Robert Downey Jr. (i.e, wavy). I like a matte finish.

    I have been using Gatsby and Architex matte products but they are too gunky. I need a matte product strong enough to create waves in my very straight hair but still natural/light enough to not be so gunky.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Hard Clay Pomade from Baxter, or if you’re looking for something a bit lighter, Matte Separation from TIGI.

  43. Monty Towns says:

    Love the article!
    I have medium to long hair and I like to keep it up at the front pushing back and quite short on the sides what would you recommend for me to use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you enjoyed the article, Monty! Depending on your hair type and desired finish a lot of products may work, but if you’re going for a bit of height up front, we’d suggest something with a stronger hold like Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax!

  44. L says:


    Which product should I use?

    I have a black, straight hair and in the stage of hair loss/thinning due to oily scalp. Which product should I use if I want to do a back-comb style (Not the flat, wet ones but something similar to David Beckman’s matte hairstyle, something with volume) ?

    Thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade!

  45. Evan says:

    Ok So I have fairly long hair, very wavy and comes out at the sides. My hair is a very light brown with a lot of blonde mixed in. It looks a little bushy or “winged” on both sides and comes over the front of my head. I have a pretty deep hairline and whenever i go outside the wind practically takes my hair with it and then suddenly I go from 17 year old boy to a 47 year old man. I honestly love my hair but it is so damn light that whenever I go outside I find myself matting it down constantly. What should I use to thicken and and make my hair not as light? I don’t use any product in my hair and I honestly don’t like the idea of it but I am curious to try it. I want something that wont give my hair any shine or anything that would “gunk” up my hair. Any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Sebastian’s Craft Clay. It’s a matte product that has a bit of weight, but also won’t gunk up your hair at the same time.

  46. Anthony says:

    Hey Black Lapel,

    I have thick hair with sort of a cowlick or curly hair in the front only. I keep my hair long on the top and very short on the sides and I like to part it to one side. Do you recommend a very strong hold product that will straighten out my curly hair in the front straight so that I can comb it over without any curls in the front? Thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Anthony, if you’re looking for something with enough hold to straighten out curlier hair types, we recommend a ultra strong hold pomade like Layrite.

  47. Spike says:

    I want a really strong hold as I want my hair straight and spike. I have used Dax red, but it has changed recently and doesn’t hold the same anymore. My hair is thick and naturally curly but to get it straight I need something strong. What can you recommend? Thanks.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Spike, try Layrite’s Pomade.

  48. Joe says:

    I’ve got thinner blond curly hair. I wear it pretty short with a fade on the sides. Any advice on a good product?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Joe, we recommend one of the styling creams that we recommend in the post.

  49. Joe says:

    Hi, great article.

    I have very thin hair. I wear it short on the sides and a little longer on top. Usually just comb it to the side and back. I like my hair to dry after I shower so it looks fuller. I sometimes blow dry it but that tends to make my hair course/frizzy…especially in the colder months. I’ve tried A TON of hair products. Most recently Tea Tree Shaping Cream, American Crew Forming Creme and Mitch Reform. The forming cream was too goopy and when I used it (even on dry hair) it made my hair look wet and therefore thinner. The Tea Tree Shaping Cream was difficult to style on dry hair. I couldn’t get it to do what I wanted.

    I’m looking for something that is light that I can use after my hair dries. Something that allows me to style it. It also needs to have a decent hold cause the front falls down if it doesn’t.

    Any ideas?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Joe, try Hard Water Pomade from Baxter–light, flexible with a decent hold.

  50. Jonathon says:

    I’ve got thicker wavy hair, but not extremely safely, cut short and I usually try to style it into the more recent clean cut/undercut look that’s popped up over the past few years. I use cream sometimes, but the gold isn’t great and pomade makes my hair greasy. Can you recommend a brand of wax or putty/clay that you think would help me out?

    1. Jonathon says:

      Wanted to add I have light brown hair in case that made a difference.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jonathan, check out Hard Clay Pomade from Baxter. It’s got enough hold oomph to tame thick, wavy hair, and it won’t leave your hair looking greasy. Let us know how it works out for you!

  51. Julien says:

    Hey there,

    I have longer hair (like the thin fine in your major men hair examples) and kind of the same form. In addition my hair is a little bit more oily I would say. So I won’t be able to use Pomade right? I’m using a creme paste in the morning right now but I’m not so happy with it to be honest. What would you suggest me to use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Julien, if you’re concerned with the shine of your hair, I’d lean towards matte products like Sebastian’s Craft Clay or TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax .

  52. Matt says:

    Hi. I have very wavy hair and it has been growing for about two months now and is starting to bush out at the sides. It also looks unruly and unkempt when I’ve used my Redken grip tight holding gel. That is only medium control and I think I need to try out something that will hold my hair better. I want to be able to slick my hair back to the right at the part and have a wet look when I brush it back. Also something to keep my sides down would be good. When I want to have a dry look I use my Garnier paste. Just looking for suggestions that will help me get the look I want.


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Matt, if you’re looking for a wet look with a strong hold, we recommend Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade.

  53. Alex says:

    Hey,i have stg that need to ask for opinions. My hair is like thin n straight like. idk which hair wax is the best for my hair to do those hairsyle like pompadour or messy bed hairstyle. May i know which product is suitable for me?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Alex – if you’re going for a pomp with a shine, we recommend a pomade like Layrite or Sauvecito’s.

  54. Hussein says:

    I have very thick hair that grows very fast and after washing turn out looking really dry and sort of like a straw hat. I’d like to keep in in control, but not wet-looking. Thinking of using the styling creams, but not sure especially as I’ve never used any hair products. Thanks for the guide! 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      A styling cream could work, but given your thick, longer hair, it may not deliver on the hold, depending on how much hold you’re looking for. In addition, if you’re looking for something a bit more matte, you may want to opt for a more matte product like TiGi’s Matte Separation or Baxter’s Clay Pomade. Both will help control your hair with a fair amount of hold while keeping your hair looking too oily. Hope this helps!

    2. Torin says:

      I have the same type of hair, pretty much the exact same but american crew fiber worked great for me

  55. Ram says:

    I am an african american male with short hair(2-3in). Hair is nappy curly. Would like to have that will smith style, shine and curly, faded on the sides but longer on the top. Whats the best product for that?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ram, check out Bumble and Bumble styling wax. Even though it’s a wax, it’ll give you a nice sheen.

  56. Andy Carr says:

    Hi, I’ve got fine/thin, but medium thickness straight blonde hair. I wear it short to medium length, anywhere from half an inch to 1.5 inches on the sides and back, and 2-3.5 inches on the top, always slightly longer in the front than on the top. I’ve used American Crew Forming Cream, AC Fiber, and Redken Get Groomed. I like the forming cream for a more formal, refined parted combover look, but what would you recommend for a less shiny, more casual parted hairstyle? I’d like it to hold its general shape and not sink down in front or get out of whack, but still have a little pliability or natural movement. What do you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hi Andy – Check out Hard Clay Pomade from Baxter.

  57. Uzzy says:

    Re this look https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155376611920652&set=a.10154709287495652.1073741825.528015651&type=1&theater

    I have mastered how to do a pompadour but I can’t get it looking anything like in the pic? I use suavecito pomade and a comb (no blowdryer cause it damages hair) however I get very little volume and the quiff is really tough to shape.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For volume, blow dry (on low heat if you’re concerned about damaging your hair).

  58. david says:

    Hello, I have short to medium black thicker dry course hair .I currently have groom and clean but smells awful. Looking for something that would just keep my frizzies down because I have a lot . Don’t care too much about hold but just want my frizzies to go down. Anything you would recommend? Maybe A little bit of a wet look and one for a matte look and something that smells good please. Thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out any of the pomades by Baxter we’ve recommended throughout the comments. They have both wet and matte pomades that won’t have you smelling like gasoline or perfume.

  59. David says:

    Hi, I have short curly/nappy hair. I HATE IT because I can’t tame it & it gets so frizzy & nappy when it continues to grow. I want a comb over look but I’d rather have my curls straitened out & held onto place with it getting frizzy. It’s tough because the curls start coming when my hair dries after a shower. Is this possible? I’m Brazilian but have African American nappy hair. Can I please have tips of what products to purchase? I’m thinking a water based pompade? Also, can I purchase these products at Walmart for example?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey David, check out Layrite’s Pomades.

  60. Rayne says:

    Hey, this is a great article. I just started doing my fiance’s hair everyday and I am very new to styling men’s hair and this really helped.
    But I was wondering if you could help me find the right product exactly. He has medium thick hair, but it’s really fluffy and light and kinda sticks out everywhere and he wants a dry look that’ll keep is hair nicely styled up (think 1920’s military hair) that won’t move an inch all day while he’s constantly moving for work.
    Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Rayne, check out Baxter’s Hard Clay Pomade.

  61. Snopmarc says:


    I have fine hair. Please see unstyled pic below

    My hair style is a kind of undercut(9mm sides, 7-9cm topfront,3-4 cm topback).
    At the Moment i am using syoss extreme Paste and syoss max hold spray for finish. It is working fine, however syoss will discontinue producing extreme Paste.
    See below my finish styled haircut


    Please advice me a similiar or better hair product (prefering mate look, less shine no, no wetlook) good boost/ volume. (Leightweight), or my hair will be Flat, after short time, as I experienced with wax by vilain golddiger or ID Titanium.

    Thanks in advance!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Marc, appreciate the extra effort with the photos. Check out Matte Separation by TiGi if you’re looking for a no wet look w/ a strong hold.

    2. SNOPMARC says:

      and what its about http://www.aveda.com/products/spp/index.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT5216&PRODUCT_ID=PROD16733 or


      Just gimme me the advice for the best Product for my fine hair, with best hold.

      Marc 🙂

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Baxter’s Clay Pomade is a one of our favorites–works well with fine hair and is strong on hold.

  62. SI says:

    Good article man!

    I have very thick coarse hair and it’s really difficult to deal with. I’ve never really bothered with hair product but you can only pretend not to care for too long haha, I’ve decided I want to fix it.

    I generally keep my fringe in a quiff with the hair behind it cut to a lower, medium length. My hair looks its best when it’s really wet but once it dries out it gets extremely frizzy, the shorter hairs stand up and the quiff majorly loses its definition.

    Could you suggest any combination of products to a) remove the frizz and maintain a level of moisture, b) bring out the waviness in my stupidly thick hair. 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you found the post helpful! From the sounds of it, a strong wet pomade seems to fit the bill here–try Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade with a fine toothed comb to smoothen out the frizz!

  63. Marcsn says:


    I have fine hair. Please see unstyled pic below

    My hair style is a kind of undercut(9mm sides, 7-9cm topfront,3-4 cm topback).
    At the Moment i am using syoss extreme Paste and syoss max hold spray for finish. It is working fine, however syoss will discontinue producing extreme Paste.
    See below my finish styled haircut


    Please advice me a similiar or better hair product (prefering mate look, less shine no, wet) good boost/ volume. (Leightweight), or my hair will be Flat, after short timer, as I experienced with wax by vilain golddiger or ID Titanium.

    Thanks in advance!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Marc, Check out TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax!

  64. Noah says:

    I have thick blonde hair that usually forms a whiff when I use products, but I want it to have a mcontrolled but also messy beach hair style look- but I don’t know what to use.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Sebastian Craft Clay.

  65. Snoopymarc says:


    I got thin / fine blond hair. My hair style is at the moment a kind of undercut(9 mm sides, 7-8 cm topfront, 3-4 cm back of top) I usally used syoss extreme Paste and syoss hairspray max hold for finish. Extreme paste will not produced Anemone. Please gimme some advices for a similiar Or better product, which gives strong hold for my thin hair.

    I.E. I once tested by vilain goldigger wax, my hair falls down and look oily with this wax.
    Please See below a a picture of my hair (styled and without extreme paste syoss)



    Thank you very much in advance!
    BR Marc

  66. Samuel says:

    I’m having trouble choosing a hair product (and, to a further extent, hair style) for my hair. I have healthy black hair reaching all the way to my chin, and I’m wondering what sort of hair product is best for me. I’ve tried pomade, and whist it gives me the hold I require, I’m not a fan at all of the grease. I’ve considered clay pomade (Baxter clay pomade vs hanz de fuko claymation) but I’m not sure if it’s right for my hair length. I’m not looking for tips to cut my hair, just style it. Any tips?

    PS. Whilst I’ve tried loose hairstyles and succeeded to an extent, I’m returning to education soon and so preferably one that keeps my hair out of my face would be optimal. Thanks.

    1. Samuel says:

      Best also to mention that I do not have an undercut. It’s long all over.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Have you considered pulling your hair back? A slicked-back look might be a solid option if you’re going for a more put-together look. As for product, either of those products you’ve mentioned would work for this style.

  67. JE says:

    Please help me out. My hair is pretty long to the point my bangs is lower than my eyes. How i style is i use Pomade (axe pomade) use a comb and put it slick back while using a blow dryer and i put hair spray after. My problem i can’t seem to keep it up eventually it keeps going down, should i use wax? also i need something that will keep my hair up with the style i want even while playing basketball or anything i’m doing. I’ve been having this problem hope you can help me out thanks.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey JE, first off, you’re expecting too much from these hair products. There is a reason why you won’t see many NBA players rocking perfectly styled Pompadours on the court. Once you start sweating, most hair products will undoubtedly start to lose their hold, whether it be wax or gel or pomade. If you’re looking for a stronger pomade, we recommend Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade or Layrite’s pomades. They’re going to hold a lot better than your average pomade on the market.

  68. sanoob says:

    i need spike up my thick spring type haire. what can i do?? plz help me.. which type/company gell is good??

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Spikey Edge.

  69. David says:

    Black Label,

    Thanks for the feedback but had a follow-up question. Since my hair is sort of receding from the front toward the back, I had heard pomades typically block pores and can even cause MORE hair loss….Pomades tend to wear hair down and unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with hair that falls perfectly into place. I have to work at it. I sometimes blow my hair down close to completely dry before I add a product but wanted to get your thoughts on pomades for people again like myself that need a good hold but also something that weight your hair down…The light pomades don’t hold worth a hoot, unfortunately and come across more greasy. I need a medium to high hold product. I’ve used Crew Forming Paste and High Life Medium Pomade but this one is a wax/oil based product and I think you said water-based are much better for me…

    Thanks again for all that you do !

    1. Black Lapel says:

      It sounds like pomades are not working out for you. Have you explored waxes at all? If you’re going for a non-greasy, high-hold product, TiGi’s Matte Separation is a fine option. Just a small dollop can go a long way in terms of hold, especially if you have delicate hair.

  70. Jemar says:

    What kind of hair product is best for a comb over fade?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jemar, check out Layrite Pomade.

  71. David G says:

    Hey….Read a bunch of comments below but I feel like I’m the only one with a receding hair line on the planet…Im receding from the front back and Im 47 years old…I have a VERY short buzz cut on the sides and back and longer on top and I want to use a Pomade because I like the clean slick look…There is nothing on Google that I could find that suggests pomades are good or bad for guys with a receding hairline so I really have not idea…I have a water based pomade and an oil base with medium hold…I part my hair down the side now but use to have a reverse Caesar cut for MANY years (hair combed forward with fingers and bangs flipped up)but liked the classic part down the side look….So, my questions are a.) can I use a pomade or do you suggest a paste or something more with a matte finish and b.) would you suggest I blow it almost completely dry BEFORE I put the product in as some pomades can weigh your hair down…and c.) which pomade or hair product would you recommend for someone like me?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey David, don’t worry you’re not alone! We definitely have our share of gents at BL who share your struggle, if you can even call it that. A water based pomade is going to be ideal here if you want that clean, slicked back look. Apply on damp hair. Check out Soft Water Pomade for something lighter, or Layrite’s Pomades if you’re looking for something with more hold strength. Hope that helps!

  72. anthony says:

    Hey i have short color treated (blue) fairly thick hair and i was wondering if it’s good to change how i part it? I just tried it in the mirror and i kind of like it. my hair looks much longer and bang-y when i part it to the left. I have always parted to the right but i think parting it left makes it alot easier to control my thick slightly wavy hair:P

    1. Black Lapel says:

      No reason why you can’t! Do what looks good!

  73. bib says:

    I have thin receding hairthat most products simply fall out of and provide no hold. What could you recommend ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      What level of shine are you looking for?

  74. Girish says:

    Hi, i have thick, wavy ( bit curly kind ) hair. I find it hard to set. But i would like Mainstream Hipster hairstyle. Should i go for wax or pomade, and also apply it wet or dry.
    Will the Undercut hairstyle suit me??

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Mainstream Hipster? – that calls for a Oxymoron branded high shine matte hair wax gel. 😉 All jokes aside, we’d probably go with Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade here, applied to slightly damp hair. Thick and wavy hair styles can work with undercut styles, but you just have to make sure the product is strong enough in the hold department to keep it in place.

  75. jey says:

    Hi i have wavy/curly hair and it is really thick. I’d like to style it back but not slick back, I wish to keep my waves and curls in place as my hair goes back and i am growing just the top out so it falls back with the sides a .5 cut. I currently use baxter cream pomade for the top and it does the job but it doesnt give me the hold that i want to bring the back corners in. That part just seems to fall or stick out all the time. I’m looking for a wet sorta look also; so if you can recommend me a styling product also a leave in conditioner i could use for right when i get out of the shower it would be much appreciated!

    Thanks so much for the help!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Layrite’s Ultra Hold. It’s stronger on the hold, but still soft enough to be malleable.

  76. Marcus says:

    Hi, whatever product I use makes my hair just stick together in little areas . I am looking to make my quick go up together. I have short ish hair and very thick

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Marcus, check out Matte Separation by TiGi – works well for short/thick hair styles while being malleable enough for a quick fix-up!

  77. Jey says:

    Hi i was wondering if you can help me choose a product i currently use baxter pomade and i have curly/wavy not too oily hair and i would like to have my hair go back and keep its wave/curl so it curls back. I want a really good hold and i’m looking for a a shiny look. Thanks for the help!

    1. Jey says:

      I should also add that I’ve been using baxters pomade for a a couple years and i love it but it doesnt give me that hold that i want… If there was a product just like the baxters pomade + a good hold that will help so much more!

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jey, check out Layrite’s Pomades–strong on hold with a nice shiny finish.

  78. Luke says:

    I have very thick coarse, dry, curly, wavy, black hair that can appear frizzy at times. Every hair product i use doesnt work for my hair. Help?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try styling your hair with a fine-toothed comb and a water based pomade to give you a more even look, while taming the frizz.

  79. Alex says:

    Hello. Have you tried the new breed of unorthodox water based pomades(they act like an oil based pomade but wash out easily. Stuff like: Teddy Boy Original Water Based Styling Pomade http://www.amazon.com/Anchors-Hair-Company-Original-Styling/dp/B00LZ5UTDW, O’Douds All Natural Water Based Pomade http://www.amazon.com/ODouds-Natural-Water-Based-Pomade/dp/B00QQ1012O/ref=pd_sbs_194_5?ie=UTF8&refRID=1W78RYCQVZ0ZQJMKZ98M, Shear Revival Crystal Lake Water Based Pomade http://www.amazon.com/Shear-Revival-Americas-Strongest-Water-based/dp/B00XIIQBTU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436952307&sr=8-1&keywords=shear+revival. This article is very useful on the new breed of pomades http://www.the-pomp-official.com/home/2015/1/29/on-the-current-status-and-future-projections-of-the-pomade-market.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’ll definitely check them out! Thanks for the recommendations, Alex!

  80. Dan says:

    I have the undercut hairstyle and im trying to add volume with no shine and also maintain the natural look while brushing my hair back

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Baxter’s Clay Pomade.

  81. Hassan says:

    Hey I have really thick hair and I wash my hair everyday but with shampoo once every week, shampoo makes my hair dull and lifeless and I find post 3rd/4th day after wash it looks best and is much easier to manage because the natural oils have set in, I want to know which product is best at replicating what those oils do so i can get that 3rd day look right after i shampoo??

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hassan, are you using a conditioner? Try using a moisturizing shampoo, coupled with a conditioner. This should revitalize your hair and keep those locks looking lively while not having to sacrifice hygiene to do so.

  82. Israel says:

    Hey I have thick wavy black hair. I’m wondering which type of hair products work best for a slicked back look with height at the front? And another thing, I currently use a high hold gel, a problem I have is when I comb my hair it stays in place but slowly begins to wave up all over the place. Not sure if I just need to leave my hair less damp or need something with more hold.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you want to go with a more damp look, go with a stronger hold pomade like Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade or Layrite. If you’re going for something a little more matte, try Baxter’s Clay Pomade.

  83. Steven says:

    Ive used wax, gel, pomade, matt, glue, mostly everything and its still no giving me the dry wavey look.. Basically trying to get the quiff look thats strong but not noticeable to see the product.. Atm a go between gel to pomade hold from sallys hair salon..its no bad but to tuff in the hair..need asap help

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Steven, check out Baxter’s Clay Pomade. It works great for that Quiff look you’re going for, while the matte finish makes the product almost unnoticeable.

  84. Tarik Singe says:

    Hey, I have oily, thick hair and have been doing alot of research for hair products and hairstyles to suit me.
    I’m trying to achieve a quiff as such, I’ve watched his hair tutorial and he says to shower, blow-dry, straighten and then use WOODYS BLUE CLAY. Then insta-freeze hair with hairspray.

    My only questions are will this work for my hair? Whats the best product to achieve this hairstyle and whats the best method? Thank you, love this thread! Helped out alot!

    1. Tarik Singe says:

      I also wanted to add that I want strong hold with a matte finish that goes up. I have thick hair and isnt straight but I do use a Straightener, is there anything else I can use or do to achieve this? Heat protector a straightening hair treatment.

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Check out Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax or TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax. Both are matte, work well with thick hair types and pack a punch in terms of hold.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Tarik, great question – if you have oily thick hair, it can get difficult to manage, but just follow those steps you listed–make sure to shower, blow-dry your hair on high heat with a comb then apply your desired product. Making sure your hair is dry of oil is an important step to ensure that the style is captured when you apply the product as oily hair and products don’t normally mix well.

  85. Pennstucky says:

    Hi, I have thick hair and am looking for something with a good hold and no shine to give a textured voluminous natural look. Should I go for Tigi Bed Head for men matte seperation wax or Lock Stock and Barrel mentioned above. THank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Matte Separation is a fine options for your hair type and the style you’re going after.

  86. Alex says:

    I noticed that products like TIGI Matte Separation Wax .Hanz de Fuko Claymation have a hard time washing only with water. If I use these products every day, should I use shampoo also every day(that seems like the oily way to get the products really well out of my hair). I’m asking because I’ve read that washing hair daily with shampoo isn’t healthy.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re going to opt for the stronger waxes or clays, a light shampoo to fully remove the product isn’t going to damage your hair. However, if you’re really worried about stripping the oils from your hair, you can opt for a much lighter product like a water based pomade.

  87. Alex says:

    How do I know what hair type I have(if it’s normal, oily or dry)?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Great questions, Alex. If you’re uncertain, ask your barber/stylist during your next visit. He/she should be to tell you by just look at it.

  88. David says:

    Hello there, I have tried so many products and really need your help. I have thin Asian hair that always falls flat on my face. I purchased many products including hanz de fuko quick sand, which did not hold my hair at all. The only product that really works is got2be gel but it gives that crunchy look I do not like. Is there anything that will actually hold my hair and look good because my hair isn’t held easily by product? Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey David, check out Gatsby’s Moving Rubber. It’s made by a Japanese company so it’s specifically designed for Asian hair types. It’s a malleable wax so it’s won’t stiffen up or result in that “crunchy look” that gels tend to create.

  89. Erik says:

    Tried searching through the comments but couldn’t find my situation –

    I have dry texture, medium thickness, blonde hair that’s starting to have very light grey coming in. My style is roughly parted on the site with the longer portion combed over to the other side used my hands.

    I’ve tried numerous products from numerous brands with varying success, but the main issue is that most are too greasy and darken my lighter colored hair.

    It seems like the best products have a lose hold with a matte texture to tame the dryness, but I need something that doesn’t give my hair that wet or greasy appearance. Halp?

    1. Erik says:

      Oh, and my hair is pretty straight not counting the awful colic right where I part it on the longer side so that does take a small amount of hold to keep pushed over 🙂

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Erik, Have you tried Matte Separation from TiGi or Hard Clay Pomade from Baxter? Both are fine choices that don’t leave your hair looking either wet or greasy.

  90. Bryan says:

    I have thick hair. I have recently tried the comb over look. What product should I use if I do not want the wet look?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax. Matte finish and works great with thicker hair types.

  91. Abhishek says:

    Hey. I have moderately wavy hairs which tend to get very dry after a while. After it gets dry, the volume increases by about the right amount but few ends of the hair tend to go haywire ie, out of the mould. I’m wish to get a undercut hairstyle with a matte finish and my main concern is the wavy nature of the hair. Which kind of hair product would you recommend to get a straight and matte finsh?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Wavy hair gets tricky, but a strong hold product should keep it in place and straightened for the most part. Layrite Cement Matte Clay is a fine option for this. With semi-wavy hair types, the best option for straighter styles is to cut it shorter as the waviness becomes more pronounced as your hair grows out.

  92. Talor says:

    I have decently thick hair and plenty of length, I generally go for a hard comb over / slick back kind of style, I’ve been using a shaping cream after my hair dries from the shower, finished with hairspray on top. without the hairspray it doesn’t hold long at all and with it sometimes it weighs it down and the slick back fails. To where it’s just a plain combover. Would a wax work better for my hair? as it seems too thick for just cream but not thick enough for hairspray. What would you suggest?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade.

  93. Nick says:

    Hi, my hair is thin and quite oily. My goal is to have the style called “slicked back undercut”. My hair has the length but I have tried a number of brands and different types of gels, pommades, and waxes but nothing seems to hold it in place, it always falls to the side and looks bad. What do you suggest? Thank you

    1. Nick says:

      Thin straight hair**

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Nick, give Layrite’s Ultra Hold Poamde or Imperial Barber’s Blacktop Pomade. They’re both recognized as some of the strongest pomades in the market.

  94. Kunal says:

    Hi. I have thin, light and fluffy hair. I have an amazing hair line on left but not much on right. My hair style is spikes bent little bit towards right. I have short to medium black hair. Please suggest me some product. I don’t have too much hair volume and not too less either. Gel make my hair stick, dry and just bad when I apply it to dry hair. Apply get to slightly wet hair make my hair stick and lose volume and after sometime, outta shape. I have tried loreal professionals homme 3 sculpe sculpting fiber paste….. Thing. It’s too week for my hair and cannot hold my hair for more than an hour. I really like wella professionas rugged fix dry matte modeling creme. It holds my hair pretty well. I don’t lose volume . It’s the best among what I have tried so far. The downside of it Is, it lasts for a few hours and gives a matte finish. I’m looking for something like wella but with stronger hold, obviously something that won’t cause loss of volume and more wet look. Help is highly appreciated.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Kunal, check out Imperial Barber or Layrite, they have some high-shine pomades that deliver on the hold factor as well.

  95. Rick says:

    I loved this article and looking for some advice. I have medium (around 4 inches long) thick wavy hair. I typically keep my hair pushed back but don’t want it flat on my head. I frequently run my hands through my hair so need to keep it flexible to put back into place. By the end of the day I frequently end up with stray hairs all over the place. What type of product should I be looking towards?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Sebastian’s Craft Clay. It’s remoldability will allow you to rework it throughout the day while the moderate hold will keep the strays at bay.

  96. Sam says:

    Dear Black lapel.

    I have Brown Medium thick hair just wondering what product i should use to achieve this kind of look


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Sebastian’s Craft Clay.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      You’re on your own…

      All Kpop star jokes aside, it looks like Mr. Sehun over there is rocking a matte look with plenty of hair spray. We’d recommend a strong hold matte product like TiGi’s Matte Separation finished with a strong hold hair spray to lock in the style.

  97. Uzzy says:

    Hey, I have really thick hair and currently I’m trying to grow it out to achieve a similar style to the one in this picture


    I’ve really don’t know where to start, what product would you recommend and how would i go about achieving that style?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For styling guidance, we recommend you l up some “pompadour” styling videos on Youtube, it should give you a more visual, step-by-step instructions on achieving that look. Let us know how it goes!

  98. Ray says:

    Hey, so I’ve got really thin, naturally greasy hair. Cow-licks make it hard to style, and anything that actually works makes it look too greasy.
    I like to keep it pushed to the side/back. Suggestions?? thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      A strong wax such as Matte Separation by TiGi should help you hold your hair back while countering some of that greasy look with a more matte finish.

  99. Raúl says:

    Hello, i’m a 17 years old spanish boy that I have a thin straight hair and i want to get that haircut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pco_7fpfz1I
    What can i use? I tried redken maneuver wax but my hair falls backdown.
    Also, i don’t like a wet style o greasy and i want a non-shiny finish, and if is possible easy to remove with water.
    Could you help me? Thanks!
    PD:I tried my best at writing ahahahah

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Raul, we appreciate the effort in writing! Always humbling to see such a global audience of readers! Give TiGi’s Matte Separation a shot, it’s similar to Redken’s Maneuver Wax, but stronger in terms of hold.

  100. Jay says:

    Hi Black Lapel,
    it’s quite amazing how great you guys are at responding. I have thick and extremely straight hair. I wake up naturally with my hair standing and spiked. However I want to have a comb over or even a slick back to have a more mature clean look. It doesn’t seem like my hair bends much and it just wouldn’t listen when I try to slick it with other products. Are there any recommendations ??

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Jay. We’re grateful for all the comments and questions, especially when it deals with topics we’re passionate about! It sounds like your hair just might not be long enough to comb down. Try growing it out a bit, the weight of the hair will naturally make it easier to bend and fall on itself.

  101. Lucas says:

    Hey Black Lapel. I have very thick curly hair (Black-Mix). I use a EcoStyler Olive oil gel. It works great, but I don’t like how it looks at the end of the day – leaving my hair dry and flaky. Is there any product you recommend that can maintain the fresh out the shower “look” while maintaining a great hold for the rest of the day?. I’ve used Got2B spike gel, which worked great, but I have to use a large amount to maintain my style.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade if you’re going for that that out-of-shower wet look w/ a strong hold.

      1. LUCAS says:

        YOU GUYS ROCK!The Pomade worked great. I purchased the Pomade of Amazon if anyone is curious.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Glad to hear!

  102. shsyed says:

    It’s good to see that you guys are active on comment.
    Okay. I have medium weak, thin and bit silky hairs. I have hair falling and dandruff problem even if I use anti-dandruff shampoo after one day dandruff starts coming back. Please recommend me some product to come over this and to make my hairs look good. I don’t use any kind of hair product currently.
    I take shower everyday but shampoo only twice a week, Is this reason I have little bit of dandruff?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Shah, have you tried using a dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders?

      1. shsyed says:

        Okay thanks. how often should I use it? And do you recommend any hair product beside shampoo to use it with or after head and shoulders.
        Thank you

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Use it as often as you shampoo.

  103. Joshua says:

    Hey, I’m a teen with thick hair, dark hair. It’s pretty straight and I’m looking for something where I can mold the hairstyle easily without it looking greasy or anything. Any thoughts?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Joshua, try TiGi’s Matte Separation. It works well with thick hair while staying relatively malleable with a matte finish.

  104. Peter says:

    I have thin, flat, but a full head of hair. My hair naturally lays forward. I really want this look in the link below. I have tried Imperial Barbe but it gets too crunchy, hairline shaper but it’s too sticky and doesn’t allow me to manipulate my hair back it sort of stands my hair up spiky, and I tried aveda grooming clay which has worked the best allowing me to get the hair back while having a light natural hold. Only problem is the hold is weak. Any product you suggest I try that will give me the workability of aveda grooming clay but with a stronger hold? Thanks on advance, love this website!


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Peter, we recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade. It’s got a strong hold and a bit of heft to weigh your hair back. It’s also re-workable and won’t crunch up.

  105. Alex says:

    What product would you recommend to style short to medium boy hair that is wavy, kinda curly and thick?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Alex, what type of style are you going for? Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax is a great place to start for your hair type.

  106. Steve says:


    I have poker straight hair, clippered at sides and short to medium length on top, tend to wear it messy up or swept back. I’ve used loads of products but never get right one, hairdresser uses 3 products, paul mitchell glaze, then spray wax then paul mitchell reformer, it’s ok for a few days, then as it grows, hair falls, tend to find creams have no holding power, have gone back to paul mitchell dry wax which is ok, trying to just use one product that will do the job, any recommendations? like a matte finish, but hold is important, have used sebastian xtah original in past which is ok but still hair starts to fall.

    Many thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Steve, we recommend TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax–matte finish with a very strong hold.

  107. bruno says:

    my hair is oily, thin and a bit curly.
    what should I use to style it really good?
    thanks 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Bruno, check out Spice Freeze Wax.

  108. Akhil says:

    Hey…I have thick hair and I don’t usually shorten my hair…I leave it medium sized….my hair is dry and rough…so basically I want a cool textured look to my hair…what product do I use ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For a textured look, TiGi’s Matte Separation is a fine option.

    2. Salman says:

      Hi akhil, use Amiri anti hair fall cream. It’s safe and effective. It has become my favourite bcoz it simply adds a touch of shine and lustre to my hair. Try it, it will definetly give u a good look.

  109. Ben Kloepfer says:

    I’ve tried wax (got2b) , fibers (american crew and Got2b), and gels and none of them, even the ones with “high hold” have any hold with my heavy cowlicks.

    My favorite product that has even remotely worked is oil-based pomades, but they have a hold that dies after about an hour. Should I just straighten my hair or should I continue to try different products? It just seems like my hair is so different than everyone else’s on YouTube and stuff, all the good products that work for them fail on me.

    Thanks for the article.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Layrite’s Super Hold Pomade. It’ll straighten out and hold wavy, unruly hair.

  110. Shawn says:

    I’m a teen with thin/fine, straight hair, slightly only. Looking for a product that can add volume and thickness with a good hold without making my hair look greasy.
    I’m going for the textured fringe look. Any recommendations? 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Shawn, we recommend KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam. It’s a fine option for achieving that volume and thickness while packing a punch in the hold department.

  111. David says:

    I’m a guy with fine blonde hair. I hate to admit it but I kind of have that Justin Bieber hair style (the old one that is combed to the side) but because of my fine and dry hair, it doesn’t look that good. Is there anything that would give me that sweet spot of having soft, comfortable hair while being volumized and easy to apply and gentle to my hair?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      David, try Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade. It’ll give you enough hold for volume while being gentle and soft (contrary to the name) at the same time.

  112. Cal says:

    Hello! 🙂

    I have medium-short to long thick, straight asian hair. I want to achieve a natural bed hair matte look, that doesn’t look crusty or give the wet look.

    I was thinking of using the Gatsby Moving Rubber (Grunge Mat Grey) wax (https://www.gatsbyglobal.com/en/product/hair/mr/mr_mat.php) but I’m not so sure.

    What products do you recommend I should use? (Preferably a wax product that holds quite strongly, lasts longer and is ‘safe’ if possible. Otherwise just any product that gives a matte look and holds well is fine)

    Please help, thank you 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Gatsby’s Grunge Wax is a fine option!

      1. Cal says:

        Thank you 🙂

  113. Yusuf says:

    i have this harry styles hair length, but it gets really weak and puffy in the middle of the day. may i ask whats best of mousse, hair spray or wax to keep natural and full of volume like harry’s hair. and btw great post

    1. Yusuf says:

      like, what do you think he uses to keep his hair so natural and shinny

      1. Black Lapel says:

        For natural shine look, we recommend a malleable and soft pomade such as Baxter’s Water Pomade.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Matte Separation by TiGi.

  114. Stephen says:

    Hey, for long hair (8-9 inches), is there a product that is easy enough to apply, but still has decent hold/matte finish?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Stephen, we recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade.

  115. Stephen says:

    For long hair (8-9 inches), is there a product that is easy enough to apply, but will still hold decently?

    1. Stephen says:

      Oh, and I’m looking for low shine/matte finish

  116. psywzrd says:

    Looking for a strong-hold, matte finish hair styling product that also makes the hair look a bit thicker. Any suggestions? Want something that isn’t difficult to shampoo out either. I’ve tried dozens of products thus far but haven’t found the right product for me yet.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Have you tried Baxter’s Clay Pomade?

      1. psywzrd says:

        Sure have – not much hold on that one for me and it’s tough to wash out too.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Try Sebastian’s Craft Cray. It’s matte with a strong hold, but is a bit softer and will wash out easier than most clay products.

  117. Darkscorch says:

    One more thing, im now using by vilain gold digger. Do u think it would be damaging for my hair? My hair is generally straight and decently thick on the fringe.

      1. Black Lapel says:

        TiGi’s Matte Separation for texture.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Unfortunately, we don’t have personal experience with that particular product.

  118. Aman says:

    Guys you are the personal hairstylist for everyone.

    1. Black Lapel says:


  119. Angel says:

    Hello, I’ve got fine-medium, straight, oily hair. I’m growing it to achieve the David Beckham’s short sides long top look (right it is 3.5 inches). What product would you recommend? (I prefer the matte natural look) Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For a matte, natural look, we recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade or TiGi’s Matte Separation.

  120. Mike says:

    Great post, Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Mike!

  121. Rod says:

    Hi, I have thin-medium, straight and oily hair. My hair length is 3.5 inches but I’m growing it to achieve the David Beckham short sides, long top look. I prefer the natural matte look rather than the stiff look from gel. What product would you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Rod, give TiGi’s Matte Separation wax a shot!

  122. luis says:

    I have thick, uncontrollable hair. I an trying to get a simple casual hair style.What can I use and how should I use it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Luis, we recommend Blind Barber’s 90 Proof Pomade. It’s strong enough to tame thick hair, while matte in finish to give off the more casual styling you’re going for. Hope that helps!

  123. Cj says:

    I posted a while back asking what I should use for my hair to have a nicely held comb over style. Short on the sides, long on top.

    My hair is very wavy but using a wax that holds it down completely makes it look off.

    I’m glad I came on here and was suggested pomades. I tried one of the suggestions which was the imperial pomade which worked well but since it’s almost gone, I wanted to try the other suggestion which was the Gatsby Moving Rubber. Looking into it, there are many different options to choose from, which type would be best based on my hair?


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Moving Rubber’s Wild Shake is probably comparable in terms of hold and finish. If you’re going for a more airy/softer hold, I’d recommend Baxter’s Water Pomade.

  124. Gavin says:

    I have.. not super thin hair but not super thick either I’m trying to go for the David Beckham look and I’m using I think styling cream and it looks good but not for long. So I want something that looks about the same but has a better hold without making my hair hard. Any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Gavin – we recommend Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade for hold and cream-like consistency.

  125. Jacob says:

    Hey there! Thanks for taking the time to reply to everyone, it’s really appreciated. I have been going through lots of different pomades and gels and other products for a while now trying to find one that will suit my needs; products such as: Layrite, Suavecito, Slick Devil, Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream etc. I’m wondering if you can help point me in the right direction for what I like to do.

    I have thick hair and I am growing it out pretty long on the top (it is undercut). Essentially, the main look I am going for is modeled by Mitch Grassi: https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xaf1/t51.2885-15/s306x306/e15/11236317_1613754742196454_927787539_n.jpg

    My hair isn’t that long, but the premise is still there. I need something that will hold my hair in place when I sweep it down but I want it to be light and now stiff. You know, somewhat malleable. Do you know of anything that might fit those needs? Any tips for styling it that way?

    I also lift it all up to a usual pomp from time to time so if the product could also be strong enough to support that, that would be nice. With that said, I can usually accomplish that look just fine with the products I have. Thanks in advance for any help you may offer. I really appreciate it!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We like Baxter’s Clay Pomade for matte finish, hold and malleability. Hope that helps!

  126. Nick87 says:

    Hello! A real great article explaining many things about hair styling and making it really simple!
    Although i have a disagreement! In the category styling creams you reffering that is a great option if you like style your hair and looking like you have nothing on your hair.
    Having a little experience with paul mitchel teat tree shaping cream and a other wax that i am using now i can say that shaping cream made my hair looking more shiny and wet – which is good – than wax that i am using right now.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience! Creams will tend towards a more natural look overall, relative to wax, pomade and gel products. That said, depending on how much of the cream product you use, it may still give off a shiny/wet finish, which can be countered by blow drying after application or using less of the product.

  127. Abner says:

    Hey Black Lapel. You guys are amazing for answering all these questions!

    I’m looking for advice on what product to use. I have thick, curly black hair with a half fade cut, and I blow dry it straight. My hair cooperates, but I was wondering what product I should use to achieve the pompadour look. I want more of a matte look that doesn’t allow the strands to curl back up.
    P.S. What would you recommend for a business day, shiny, slick to the side look?

    Thanks a ton!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Abner, it’s our pleasure to engage with our readers on all things style, grooming products included! Layrite’s Super Hold Pomade is a fine choice for holding down thick/wavy hair. It’s got a good deal of shine, if you’re going for shiny, slick to the side look.

  128. Rakin says:

    I want my Hair to be like Toni Mahfud’s I dont know which product is the best one to hold and have a firm grip for your hair can you help me by naming some will be a great help. I’m trying to make it long and exactly like Toni i need to know the proper hair products thank you in advance. Please need help and I live in Dallas which stoee will be the best one?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Rakin, check out Gatsby’s Moving Rubber (Wild Shake) Wax. It’s made by a Japanese company, but you can find it on Amazon.

  129. Jay says:

    I have brown hair that is decently thick but is very fine and straight. It grows straight out as well, so trying to form it and keep it in place has proved difficult. I’ve used American Crew forming cream, but that doesn’t help at all on a windy day; my hair simply flairs out and/or falls flat on my head and face. What product would you recommend to keep a strong hold on windy days and that doesn’t leave a glossy finish? Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jay – We recommend Matte Separation’s wax for its matte holding power.

  130. Ben says:

    My hair is thick and a little wavy. I want to slick my hair back like Jax Teller/Charlie Hunnam on Sons of Anarchy, with the wet look that he has. What products do you recommend for that look?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Ben – check out Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade or Layrite’s Super Hold Pomade.

  131. Lakshay says:

    I Have Normal Silky Smooth Hair.I Have Medium Length Hair.I want a product that Makes My hair More Shiny,Wetty and Holdable.
    Which product Should I Use? Wax,Gel Or Pomade.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Lakshay, we’d go with a strong hold pomade here (e.g. Layrite’s Super Hold Poamde).

  132. Kasey says:

    I know you probably always get asked about David Beckham and his hair, but I was really curious on his new hair style and what product would be best suited for it, it’s more of a natural look. Here’s a couple of pics
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We don’t blame the Beckham-inspired comments, the gent has great hair! We’d go with a matte pomade here–Baxter’s Clay Pomade, for example. In the wax category, we like TiGi’s Matte Separation for this type of look.

  133. Chuck says:

    I have very thin hair and have been using Aramis Maltplexx for years. Apparently they no longer make it and am looking for something comparable. Looking for something with good hold that when it dries, does not leave hair feeling greasy.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Matte Separation Wax.

  134. Jefferson says:

    my hair is generally straight and quite thick, most products i use dont hold too well and require naturally dried hair to be effective. I live in Singapore and its very humid and hot, what products would work well in such an environment? Thanks so much

    1. Jefferson says:

      one more thing to add, im trying to achieve and textured and volume look:)

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber. A lot of our readers have had success with it’s hold longevity, even in humid climates. Of course, no product will be completely unaffected by sweat.

  135. brian says:

    I have short to mid length hair which is thick and wavy, I’m trying to tame it into a swept back-to the side look david beckhamish style using a hair dryer and putty past but having mixed/unpredictable results..
    what would you advise?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Layrite’s Ultra Hold pomade. Its hold is strong enough to work with even thick and wavy hair.

  136. Bill says:

    Hi there, I have thinning dark brown hair and I want to style a pompadour. I’m afraid of loosing anymore hair so what would be the best product that will hold this style up and not weigh down the hair?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Opt for a light product such as Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade–light cream-based product, with a firm hold.

  137. Alex says:

    According to this link you shouldn’t blow dry your hair every day http://www.manlycurls.com/2013/04/hair-dryer-men-blow-dry-tutorial-how-to-use/. What do you think?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If the health of your hair is a concern, you can opt to use the warm air option over hot with plenty of distance. By blow drying too closely to your hair on extremely hot temp settings will run the risk of damaging your hair.

  138. Drew says:

    Just had my wavy ,curly salt & pepper hair cut tight,real tight on the sides & back with the top having the length & the wave & curl. Parted on the left with the part fading as it reaches the crown. It’s course and in order to keep the Mad Man style – currently using a sculpting clay. Air moisture affects the hold. I think I need to move to a Pomade as to clay for firmer hold to avoid hair flare up. Recommendation is appreciative as to the choice of good holding product for the and would really like it have some essence of freshness to it “”if possible “”. Can either product also be purchased in a tube dispensing form for traveling purposes ? Which is the better product for new look which I’m digging ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out either Imperial Barber or Baxter for pomades. They have extremely strong hold pomades in their line that hold up relatively well through humidity. If you’re finding that your hair still unravels throughout the course of the day, Gatsby sells mini travel size wax bottles that can fit in your pocket for those moments you need a mid-day touch-up. Hope that helps Drew!

  139. Dylan says:

    I am caucasian and have shorter wavy to curly hair. As it gets longer it gets quite big and frizzy and just puffs up when it gets dry. I normally slick my hair to the side and keep it short but would like to be able to grow out my hair a bit. What would you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend KMS California Hairplay Paste Up Spray. It’ll weight down your hair a bit to keep it from puffing up while being pliable and matte enough to lean towards a more natural, no-product look.

  140. Liam says:

    I have thick, curly/wavy hair that’s 4-5 inches in length in the front. I really like the high hold matte look but my hair is naturally pretty frizzy and dry. I love doing trendy and highly styled looks, but I’m tired of shine as it makes my hair look tacky and out of place compared to a casual well put together outfit. Is there a way I can care for my hair before I style that’ll help the frizz? Or will a high hold matte product keep it looking natural and well kept?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Gatsby’s Moving Rubber or TiGi’s Matte Separation for a high hold matte product. As for a solution for the frizz, running a comb through your hair while blow drying should detangle and smooth it out before applying the product.

  141. Charlie says:

    Great post! Very helpful. I have thin and fine blonde hair I’m trying to grow it long. I want a natural look with my hair pushed back. When I do t now my hair falls to the sides and it gives me a curtains kind of look which I don’t want! What would you recommend for me? Thanks 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you found it helpful Charlie. Sounds like you need something that’s a bit stronger in the hold department. Try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber or Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade, if you’re going for a more wet look. Finish it with a layer or two of hair spray (especially on the sides) as insurance. Let us know how that works out!

  142. Chris says:

    Dear Black Lapel,

    I’m from UK and find that when I use wax from my local salon, it leaves my hair looking too dry, but when I use gel it seems to make my hair look too greasy with no volume. I also tried a mousse which seems to give a more natural wet look at first, but it drys out easily. I’m trying to achieve the swept back look on short to medium length hair. What will give volume and a wet look but without it being a greasy look, whilst maintaining the hold and look all day?



  143. Chris B says:

    Dear Black Lapel,

    I’m from UK and find that when I use was from my local salon it leaves my hair looking too dry, but when I use gel it seems to make my hair look too greasy with no volume. I also tried a mousse which seems to give a more natural wet look at first, but it drys out easily. I’m trying to achieve the swept back look on short to medium length hair. What will give volume and a wet look but without it being a greasy look?

    Thank you,


  144. Ethan says:

    Hi, its ethan again! I just wanted to clarify that I meant to say a non shiny/NON greasy finish to make it look like it hasnt got loads of product in it to give it that more natural looking way

  145. Ethan says:

    I have fairly thick hair which i normally have blow dried back to create a quiff looking style, but i dont know which kind of product to use on my hair after i use the hairdryer (which i use to get volume). Im looking for a high hold product that’ll keep my hair up throughout the day and wont let it flop down, this is because my hair is thick and at the moment it is quite long (about half way down my nose if i flatten it). But i also want the product to give my hair a matte, non shiny/greasy finish to make it look like it hasnt got loads of product in to make it look more natural! What do i use??

  146. patrick says:

    What product and how should i comb my hair if its thick and long? Please help

  147. Benjamin S says:

    I started growing my hair out with the intention of doing a man bun. I haven’t cut my hair in about 4-5 months, starting with about 3 inches of hair on top, 2 on the sides. I Have rather thin hair, pretty wavy with a lot of volume. I’m in an awkward stage at this point and trying to fight through it. Hair isn’t long enough to tie up yet. I want to have a wet hair, but pliable look. Not hardening gels or hairsprays. I have even toyed with Gareth Bale’s recent look, with hair slicked back with the aid of a headband. Beckham also did a similar look. My hair type is very different from them, and it isn’t my first choice. But I think it may look alright for the time being. Judging by the article, it seems a nice pomade may do the trick?? I have also heard of apply a conditioning protien pack, hair oil products, and even conditioner to achieve a wet look throughout the day. What do you think about those ideas? What would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance.

  148. CODY says:

    I have fairly straight and extremely soft and thick hair. It is about 5 inches on the top at the moment and the longer I grow it out, it begins to get wavier/curlier. I want to do a slickback a la G-eazy or David Beckham (somewhere between the two). What would you recommend for doing so?

  149. Gavin says:

    hey guys. My hair is in the middle of thin and thick, I have been growing it out for a couple of months now and want to style it like David Beckham. Although my hair is not as long as his is on top. I have tried got 2b and axe hair products and don’t like them at all, what would recommend i use? thank you!


    1. Gavin says:

      I have been recommended to use either silver fox by Vilian and Paul Mitchell tree shaping cream, what are you opinions on these products? I like products that give a matte finish so my hair wont be too stiff or wet, thanks

  150. ECED says:

    Hi There, I have thin hair and unfortunately i have a bit of hair loss especially in the vertex area an a bit on the front…i’m asking you which product would help me to style my hair in the best way, in order to hide my hair loss too. (I’m trying to style my hair a bit like a quiff). By now i am trying to avoid greasy products and i am using hair spray.

  151. Howard says:

    What can you recommend for my hair? It is very thick and wavy, the longer it gets the more wavy it gets. What hairstyle could I rock without having to look at those stupid curls, and what type of hairproduct should I use in it. From this article I would say clay or mud would be nice, but I am not sure

  152. p says:

    I have thick, medium length hair. What product would you recommend?

  153. Thomas says:

    Hi there, I have Asian hair with two hair whorls going the opposite direction and as a result my hair spikes up in between. What would be a good hairstyle to have to mange this? Also how do I make my hair not stick horizontal when it grows out ( I have a fade)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Thomas, the best advice we can give you is to visit your local barber / stylist. An experienced barber will be able to assess your hair type and recommend a style that is both in line with the look with your going for and appropriate for your hair type.

  154. George says:

    i have thin but greasy hair. What should i use

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey George – if you’re looking for something that’ll decrease the look of oiliness than we’d recommend avoiding products such as classic pomades and gels and opt for something lighter and matte like Sebastian Craft Clay.

  155. MRINAL says:

    I have thick wavy hair there texture is not good they get dry and frizzy and tangled after hair wash can you recommend me a good shampoo
    and I need an organic styling product that can provide me shine and strong hold .length of hair from top 9-10cm.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try a conditioner combo shampoo with de-frizzing properties. As for an organic styling product, check out John Masters Organics Hair Pomade.

  156. Black Lapel says:

    Ben, what’s the secret behind your dope hair?

  157. Billy says:

    my hair is very very thick and curly/wavy i want something that keeps my hair back but does’t feel hard to touch and doesn’t give a wet look, i tried clay and putty but i have to use so much of it to keep my hair back that it goes hard and sometimes a wet look (i have a lot of hair)i feel like im looking for a product that doesnt exist

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Billy, check out Baxter’s Hard Pomade. It has a clay-like texture that holds even the thickest of hair types without making it look like you emptied half the jar on your head.

  158. mrinal says:

    i have thick wavy hair.my hair get dry and tangled after hair wash probably because of sulphates shampoo can you recommend me good non sulphate shampoo and i am looking for a product which could provide me good hold and natural shine and volume too.is hanz de fuko combo of hair pomade and sponge wax ok ?

    1. mrinal says:

      actually i want product that is organic and easy to wash off

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Try the Natural Molding Cream (beeswax) from Mop.

  159. Maclain says:

    I have thick hair and it gets wavy the longer I grow it. I used to use Suave medium hold plus matte finish because it was very cheap, worked well with my hair, and girls loved the smell, I could match it with my shampoo. I can’t find anything for my hair right now that is suitable and under 18 dollars. I put the Suave in my hair while it was still almost dripping and I end up with a wet look at the start of the day but, I usually run my hands through my hair and it makes it looking less wet. My hair is fairly long as I am younger and like to have “flow”, if you knew anything that would work on my hair that would be great. Thank you.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Give Matte Separation by TiGi a try!

  160. siddhant says:

    My hairs are thin and wavy. I keep them short to avoid the wavy texture. I am from India with oily scalp. I want a product which could simultaneously provide me with a good hold and decent shine. I have tried a couple of gels and styling creams but due to the oily scalp they have failed to provide a proper hold. Also the wet look they provide isn’t decent and and my thin hairs appear to be gelled extravagantly. Which makes me look a little weird as the hairs look overdone. Could you please suggest me a product which shall be perfect for my kind of hairs.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sure, try any of the matte products we recommend in the post or comments.

  161. Xavier says:

    Hi, I’ve used Hanz de Fuko Claymation, Baxters Clay pomade, Hanz de Fuko Quicksand and Sponge Wax but I can’t achieve the hold I want for my hair, even with hairspray. My hair will just start to fall apart 2 hours after applying the products. I have thin, straight, oily hair and I’m styling an undercut at the moment. I don’t know if this has anything to do with it but my hair generally has a lot of volume once it becomes dry but Any advice on a product that will give me the hold I want and give me a matte finish? Will appreciate it a lot, thank you.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For a strong matte hold, try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber line.

  162. Haz says:

    Would American Crew Pomade have strong enough hold for a sort of slick back hair look?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re looking for more hold, we might go with Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade for that slicked back style.

  163. John Quinc says:

    How would you perform the tousled/messy hairstyle if you have moderately thick and curly hair?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      John, try Sebastian’s Craft Clay. It’s light, matte and reworkable texture works well for that messy/got-out-of-bed look.

  164. Ishy says:

    Hi i have very thick,dark & brittle hair. I would like the comb over hair style…i use the water based American Crew Pomade at the moment…i don’t want any products that are too oily but i want a product that will hold my hair in place & add a little shine. Any suggestions for a good product i can use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Baxter’s Hard Cream pomade.

  165. Gag says:

    I have a medium length hair that is sometimes thin and soft and other times thick and hard, what can I do to make my hair always look great but at the same time not look like I use any product. What type of product would u recommend

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try a little bit of any of the matte products we recommend. They’re on the lighter side and will tend to give you that product-less look much more than a wet pomade or gel.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Depends on what you’re trying to achieve with it. This is one of those better seen than read. Check out youtube–there are a ton of great videos by professional stylists on achieving various looks with a round brush.

  166. KJ says:

    I have long wavy and thick brown hair. What products do you recommend I use. Something like this http://www.fashionbeans.com/category/mens-hairstyles-gallery/mens-long-hairstyles-gallery/

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Any of the styling creams we recommend in the post might be a good place to start.

  167. Black Lapel says:

    Blow dry your hair w/ your fingers or comb to smooth out the frizz and get it as close to your desired style without any product. Then apply a clay product like Sebastian Craft Clay. Finish off with one of the hair sprays we recommend in the posts if you need that extra hold.

  168. SKYLER says:

    My hair is medium thickness, not real thick and not real thin. I want a matte finish or very, very limited shine for the front of the top of my head. I was thinking some type of wax or clay. Which should I use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Hard Clay Pomade by Baxter. It’s a matte finish pomade that’s more akin to a clay produce. It works well with medium thickness hair.

  169. jose says:

    I am Latino, and have really curly hair close to . I usually blow dry it, then straight it then style it. Will i be able to style it afterwards that with the American Crew Pomade product, Or should I buy something else to give it a, moist, and soft with a flow kind of look ? faux hawk

    1. Black Lapel says:

      American Crew Pomade should give you the look you’re going for. Another great option is Layrite’s Pomade.

  170. Jack says:

    Excellent post, has taken me many doubts!

    My hair is fine, straight and rebel to keep it in a position (for example up to a side, like this: https://igcdn-photos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t51.2885-15/11055488_423775547778974_761510227_n.jpg)

    So, what wax you recommend me, between Craft Clay of Sebastian and Matte Putty of Sebastian too?
    I want to make it look as natural as possible.

    Thanks you very much!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sebastian’s Craft Clay has a very matte finish great for more natural looks.

  171. Phil says:

    This website’s comments page is amazing.

    I really would like to know what product would get me this look. It seems more natural than gelled.



    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Phil! Whether it’s suits or grooming products, we love interacting with our readers about topics we’re passion about! Try Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation. It’s an excellent matte clay product that does well in hold department while keeping a matte finish. Hope that helps!

  172. FZ says:

    Hi, im an asian guy.. and my hair is thick… I have styling paste and gel.. for now im using gel because paste doesn’t work at all.. i want my hair straight and have a good duration. I’ve never used wax, because they say that your hair falls down in a minute.. It depends on the product.. I want to try clay or wax.. Is it recommended? I have medium hair length. Which product is the best for me?
    Sorry for my bad english.. 🙂
    Thank you.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax. It works well with thicker/shorter Asian hair types while packing a real punch on hold.

  173. Joséfino says:

    Any help with the natural hair look from mariano di vaio, mine is not strained as he and also mine is has an excessive dry look, mine its kinda wavy and strained at the same time ( shampoo problems i guess )

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Blowdrying is key to achieving Mariano’s look. The heat will also straighten out your hair. As for product, try a product like Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation. It’s a matte clay, but it won’t leave your hair looking excessively dry either.

  174. Vinay says:

    I have Thin hair and a liitle long. I want hair up and lessen from sides.All hair should be Up be controllable.Now ,when i do my hair up by applying Water they come down after 5 min.Also,i am not allowed to spend a lot of money in this.Help me with this

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Vinay – longer / thin hair will tend to be much harder to hold up with most water-based products, let alone just water. Try Layrite’s Pomade. The hold is strong and the finish is a wet one that’ll mimic that out-of-the-shower wet hair look. You can it up at Amazon.com for less than $10 so your wallet will thank you as well.

  175. Alex says:

    Also how does MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream compare to the 3 creams that you recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Alex, to be honest we don’t have first-hand experience with that specific styling cream. What characteristics are you looking for in your styling cream?

      1. Alex says:

        I want a cream that is for medium length hair. The finish should be natural and when I run my fingers through my hair it shouldn’t feel greasy or crunchy.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Alex, Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade should be what you’re looking for.

  176. Matthew says:

    My hairs quite thin and soft. I’ve been using clay to kind of quiff it back but the clay is quite heavy on my hair and leaves it looking clumpy (even when I barely use anything). I’m looking for a shinier, softer more natural look. Any thoughts? I think The styling cream looks the best out of those.


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Matthew, give Baxter’s Soft Water pomade a try. It’s a lot lighter than clay, and like the name suggests it’ll give your hair a more softer and wet look.

  177. Black Lapel says:

    Alex, wish we could help you here but we don’t have personal experience with that specific product. From the description, it looks like it’s a high hold matte clay. See the Matte products section of the post to see what type of hairstyles and hair types work best for it.

  178. Alex says:

    I am currently using TIGI B for Men matte separation wax. I don’t like it’s finish on my hair, it’s almost like a gel type. It seems to freeze my hair. The look is anything but natural. My hair it’s almost 3 inches on top and almost an inch on the sides and back. Maybe there is something I am doing wrong. I’ve tried blow drying before and after applying the product.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re looking for a more natural and lighter finish, try Baxter’s Hard Pomade or Sebastian’s Craft Clay. It’ll be a lot more maleable while giving you that natural finish you’re looking for.

      1. Alex says:

        Hard water pomade or Hard cream pomade? Or both?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Depends on what you’re going for and what’s right for your hair type. Sometimes the best approach is to try both and even a combo of them, and see what works for you. Everyone’s hair is different.

  179. baluga says:

    i am of asian decent and i have an undercut. my hair, when washed and dried, is straight, thick, and not malleable[it will drop in front of my eyes]. i am only able to have my hair where i want if there is product in it. i have only used pomades with my hair and i want to messy/disconnected styled undercut like so: http://topmenhairstyles.com/top-mens-hairstyles-undercut-2014/classy-and-unique-medium-top-mens-hairstyles-undercut-2014-with-side-wind-swept-effect/

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try using a curl brush w/ a blow dryer to give your hair more texture and the waviness that is pictured there. As for product a clay product such as Sebastian’s Craft Clay is recommended.

  180. Rick Dallas says:

    Li love how my hair looks when it’s damp, my hair is soft wave curly puffy , not super curly, should I go with wax or hair spray?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re looking for a damp look, you might have been success with a more wet finish product such as a pomade. Baxter’s Water Pomade is a fine choice.

  181. Anmol says:

    So I have fine/dry hair which are thick(high-density) and are a bit wavy (not exactly curls). What should I use ? Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’ve heard great things about Hanz de Fuko’s Claymation, especially for dense hair types. This “clay-wax” hybrid will help tame waviness and allow you to hold down/style even the densest of hair types.

  182. Andy says:

    My hair is super thick, wavy, frizzy and frankly like a dead bush. I use argon oil based shampoo (which has, I think made difference for the better) and a good conditioner. I have wanted to grow it way out for a while now and tried a few months back but cut it because it became a massive, wavy and gross mullet. What can I do to improve my hair, to go for a looser and shinier look, so my eventual long hair doesn’t become a puff-mullet?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Andy, great question. Before adding any product to your hair, try giving your hair a thorough blow drying while combing through your strands. This will untangle frizz and give your hair a healthier, shinier and sleeker look.

  183. Ian says:

    Hey I am growing my hair out long and I have a few questions. I am looking for a product that will keep my bangs from falling in my face because I am trying to push my hair back, but I don’t want my hair to look all crusty and stiff, when people touch my hair I don’t want them to feel a bunch of gel or anything I just want them to feel my hair… But I still need a product that will keep it from coming back into my face. Oh and I have farly thin and straight blonde hair.. Any suggestions ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hardening products such as gels will tend to stiffen up and crust as you’ve described. Try a pomade product with a little more flexibility and re-moldability if this is an issue for you.

  184. Tanishq says:

    I have a oval face cut, having flat and straight hair. I dont know which hairstyle suits me. I have tried some small hairstyles but my barber often says me that if you want a good hairstyle you have to put sebastian craft clay for your hairtype. Now I dont know whether it will be suitable for me or no. I will be spending a few bucks and I dont get results what I need then? I am totally confused what to do. Obviously who doesnt want to look great! PLS HEP

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Your local stylist or barber should be able to give you better insight on this question. Perhaps take a few photos of styles you’ve liked and ask for their honest feedback. If they’re doing their job, they’ll help take all things into consideration, including your hair type, face shape and the general look you’re going for.

  185. kyle says:

    Hi your article definitely helped clear up some information for me but I would like to just get your opinion on what product shdould be used to achieve this hairstyle. http://www.mens-hairstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Trendy-haircuts-for-men.jpg

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Your hair type will definitely play a factor, but try a cream pomade or one of the styling creams we recommend in the post.

  186. Jimmy says:

    I have thin,quite oily dark brown hair.I want your advice in order to achieve a look like mariano di vaio.What products should I choose to achieve it(I do not want a wet look)and if a have to use a dryer and a brush.thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jimmy, give Spice Freeze Wax a go. It’s lightweight works well with thin hair and won’t leave a wet look.

  187. Pratik says:

    Can I have your email to show you what kind of hair I have and what gel I would need to pull of a certain style? Thanks in advanced

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Pratik, please use the hair type guide above. It should be sufficient to guide most in the right direction. If you’re still lost, feel free to describe it as best as you can in a comment and we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction!

  188. Oli says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I have thin, fine and straight hair and I would like to have a dry quiff. I have tried wax’s, pastes and gel and can never find anything that will hold for the day and looks dry! Thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Have you tried Baxter’s cream or hard pomade? Packs quite the hold with a matte look.

  189. Rafael says:

    This was a great article, but I still need some advice please. I have thick straight hair, about 5 inches on the top and short on the sides. I’m sorta going for the David Beckham/G-eazy style. I want something with a strong hold and I don’t mind for a little shine, but I absolutely don’t want medium or high shine. I’ve tried American Crew Fiber, but that wasn’t strong enough and didn’t hold. The best thing I’ve tried so far is d:fi heavy wax firm hold, but unfortunately it’s now discontinued. What would you recommend? Thanks.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Tigi’s Matte Separation jives well with thick straight hair, packs a punch in the hold department and true to the name, leaves a matte finish. Hope that helps Raphael.

  190. Martyn says:

    Great article. I was wondering if you’d be able to help me? I’ve got quite thick, wavey hair and I don’t think I’m using the right products on it. I’m going for a quiff look but the waves just keep breaking out! I use bumble and bumble styling cream, blow dried, followed by layrite to finish but by the end of the day my hair is wavey again. Even after blow drying my hair is already slightly wavey! I found ‘Redken Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer Gel’ kept my hair straight and (I don’t know the right words here) thick and manageable, allowing me to put layrite on and not have it wavey again. Anyway, redken have discontinued wool 08 and I don’t know how to find a new product without spending lots of money trying different things. Can you recommend a product which I can use with a hair dryer which will get rid of the wave and allow me to quiff?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out this very informative video this video for creating a pomp w/ curly/wavy hair type.

  191. AVI says:

    Hey. Great article and very helpful. I guess I’ve a medium, thick, wavy hair; which at times is hard to style the way I want it to; so any recommendation as in what needs to be done, or the right products to be used?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Avi, glad we could shed some light on the topic for you. The “right” product will depend not only on your hair type but the look you’re going for. Please do a quick search of the comments as we’ve addressed your hair type (thick/medium/wavy hair) for a few different styles already.

  192. Alex says:

    Is Hanz de Fuko Scheme Cream and Tigi for Men Multitask Grooming Cream good for creating specific hairstyles for medium length hair? I’ve heard that it has a light hold.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Alex, while we can’t speak on those two specific products, if you’re looking for a styling cream with a strong hold, give Baxter’s Hard Cream a try.

  193. paul says:

    Hi there, great article, wondering whether you can give me some specific advice as well if that’s ok. I have thin, straight & oily hair. There’s not a lot of fullness or body to it. What would you recommend by way of styling product? Thanks heaps…

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Paul, glad you found the post helpful. Try one of the volumizing products we recommend in the post. If you don’t have any of the products on hand, try finishing off your usual styling routine with a final blow dry to give it that natural volume while drying out some of the oil.

  194. Ryan says:

    I guess I have medium length hair, shaved on the sides and goes back. It’s thin, fine hair. I style it straight back but I’d like to get some texture/thickness out of it to stand tall a little bit and don’t know which product to use. I currently use crew fiber and I don’t think its the right product. I also think my stylist should go a little shorter as I feel it goes kinda flat as it goes straight back but that’s another convo. Any help is appreciated!!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Ryan, great question. Have you tried any of the volumizing products we recommend in the post?

  195. Sam says:

    I straightened my hair this month. I was going for the David Beckham look. My hair is medium long now. I don’t know which products to use. I have been using gatsby wax. I have tried both tough and shine, and loose and flow. But they all make my hair look like shit and make me feel bad for straightening my hair. I seem to be only able to create the look when my hair is wet. So i was wondering if you could tell me which products to use to make it look like i haven’t really straightened my hair by giving it a wet look and also being able to restyle it easily.

    Thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade. It’ll give you that wet look while packing just as much hold as Gatsby’s moving rubber.

  196. Shane says:

    Can you do one to find out what tyoe of hair i have. I would greatky apriciate it

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Shane, we’ve included a quick visual hair type guide above. If you’re still stumped, your local barber should be able to quickly assess your hair type during your next cut.

  197. Nathan says:

    I have asian hair; its straight, a little thick, and sticks straight up if I get my haircut too short. I need something with strong hold and no shine. I don’t really want it to look like I have any product in my hair. What type of product should I use? I don’t know much about shampoos either, but is there anything I can use that benefits my type of hair? Thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For your hair type, we recommend Matte Separation Wax or Gatsby’s Moving Rubber. Both are quite strong in the hold department and work well with thick, shorter hair.

  198. Rahul says:

    Hi..great article! I had thick wavy hair, over one year it’s gone way too thin and oily at center kinda lost a lot of hair…I am using hair regeneration products, please suggest which styling product would hold the hair best..preferably matt..thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade.

  199. Alex says:

    What hair length is best for TIGI Bed Head for Men matte separation wax? Also what hairstyles can it create best?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      TiGi’s Matte Separation tends to work best for short-to-medium length hairs. As for hair styles, there would be too many to list, but ones that tend towards a more matte/natural look, but require a fair amount of hold.

  200. Jonathan says:

    Hey, I’m Asian with black thin hair, is it possible for me to have a comb over? I’m really tired of getting a basic regular hair cut and trying to get out of my comfort zone.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Jonathan, glad the post has encouraged you to get out of your comfort zone! The pomades we recommended in this post/comments are a great place to start for comb overs with your type of hair. Most pomades will tend towards a wet finish, but for a more natural look, a product like Baxter’s Clay Pomade will give you that matte look while working fine for comb overs.

    2. Rumple says:

      Go for it, Paolo.

  201. Jeremy says:

    The KMS mousse is great, so great my wife confiscated it for herself and our girls! My hair stylist carries it and that’s what she does when she’s done with me, or rather my hair. I switched over the wet look cause I’m in the military and my hat goes on and off all day long when I have to leave and enter a building so I went with American Crew’s Fiber, high hold & matte finish so whenever my hat comes off when I enter, I toss my hand up real quick to undo the damage the military uniform forces me to do my head everyday! It works great cause it lasts all day for hold and doesn’t flake and is incredibly easy to style. I don’t like a high and tight the military likes to portray, probably another reason why I don’t go to the base barber….it’s a travesty those places! Thanks BL for another great article! Be expecting a suit to be ordered this year when I transition to the civilian lifestyle! Have to get ready for that interview process.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jeremy, it’s great to hear that you’re putting our recommendations to use (while serving at that!). Let us know when you cross over to that civilian life, we’ll be ready to craft you one fine suit to match that sharp ‘do of yours!

  202. Billy says:

    Hey there, I have asian, straight, thickish hair. Medium length I’ve only recently began using more hair products. What type of hair product should I use(wax?). I want something that lasts throughout the day and has reasonable hold. The one I’m using loses effect overtime, which is pointless. I’ve read some comments here, and looks like I should try out TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax. Is that good enough on it’s own for all-day hold or should i try throw in some hairspray, if so what do you recommend to works well with the tigi’s matte separation wax? Do you have any recommendations on shampoo etc for my type of hair for healthy looking etc?? (Many questions sorry lol, it’s time to take better care of myself!)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax has a rather strong hold that still stays pliable throughout the day. Feel free to add a few layers of hair spray (see post) if you still need a bit more hold longevity. As for shampoos, check out Malin + Goetz, as well as American Crew, they both have excellent shampoos that come highly recommended by our team. Hope that helps!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      In terms of product, we’d recommend a cream-based product such as Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade or KMS styling foam to create that I-just-woke-up-like-this look.

  203. Diego says:

    Hi, I have relatively thick, curly nappy hair. It’s not nappy nappy, but it’s nappy. It is medium/long length and I’m going for a comb over with a matte/dry finish. I usually use gel, but I don’t like the way it turns out and also don’t like the wet look.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend a strong-hold pomade such as Baxter’s Hard Cream Pomade or TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax. Both will give you a strong hold with a matte finish, while looking a bit more natural than gel.

  204. Adam says:

    Hi, just following on from my last post; I have been recommended Hanz De Fuko Quicksand as a styling product and sea salt spray to use before styling. Is that combination good and also what’s the best process you would recommend to get that messy-yet-stylish look?

    Thanks, Adam.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hi Adam, we can’t speak Hanz De Fuko Quicksand sepcifically as we’ve never used it. That said, for that messy-yet-stylish look, try a styling foam such as KMS styling foam followed by some blow drying always seems to do the trick.

  205. Adam says:

    Hi, I have fine, straight hair and want to add a bit of volume whilst maintaining the “messy look”. The products I have been using (D:fi – d:struct) tend to make my hair fall flat after styling and I was looking for a product to maintain volume with a dry, messy look.
    Also, what’s the best way to style my hair from the start. Currently I apply TiGi Bed Head – Small Talk throughout my hair and blow dry for volume. I then apply megadust and to finish apply styling product.

    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Adam.

  206. ANTHONY says:

    I have thick hair that sticks straight out as it grows, i usually style my hair into a faux hawk or comb it over using the wax product paul mitchel dry wax and so far has been working. The problem is that it leaves a sticky residue that gets on my hands whenever i reshape it. I like that it allows me to mold it but i want a different product that still gives me that hold with little shine and no sticky residue. I also don’t like that i have to wash my hair daily to get rid of my hair product or else it will leave residue to whatever my hair touches. What product do you recommend for my hair considering my hairstyles?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Baxter’s Hard Clay Pomade. Once you style it into your hair, it’ll give you that no-shine hold and pliability with little-to-no sticky residue. Hope that helps!

  207. Kenneth says:

    Hi, so I have Asian hair that’s long, my bangs go past my nose. Its really thin but there’s a lot of it. I’ve tried suavecito pomade but it holds my hair up for an hour then flattens out. I’m trying to get a pomp look or something like an undercut. So I was wondering how I would add volume to it or which product I could use to achieve the look?

    1. Kenneth says:

      My hair is also straight and relatively oily. I want a matte/natural look or one that isn’t too shiny. Can you tell me the process I should take to get there and the product I should use to get an undercut look? Thank you for your time and a great article.

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Wash, blow dry to your desired style and try a matte finish product such as Baxter’s Clay Pomade. Finish it with an extra blow dry if you want even more natural look.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Try one of the volumizing creams that we recommend in the post and finish it off with a couple layers of a strong-hold hair spray for added hold.

    3. Kabi says:

      Big Sexy Hair Powder works great for thin hair before u style it, afterwards style your hair and later top it off with hairspray.

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Great tip Kabi! Thanks for sharing!

  208. CJ says:

    I have relatively thick wavy hair and am looking for a product that will allow my comb over to stay in place and look good all day. Any suggestions on the type of product I should use and a specific product/s you would recommend?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade for comb-overs. If you’re looking for more hold/matte finish, Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax.

  209. Jonathan says:

    Hi, I have very thick curly/wavy hair. I usually keep my hair fairly short, and i’m looking for a product that keeps hold and also keeps my hair soft, any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Baxter’s Hard Cream pomade will keep the hold while keeping your hair soft and pliable.

  210. Ronnie says:

    Hi, I have relatively short to medium-ish hair length. My hair is very thin and straight, very fine and nice but when using gels and waxes its hard to find the right kind for what i’m looking for, Im looking for a hair product that can give my type of hair that sort of messy surfer kind of look, but at the same time still be able to give my hair the clean and classy look when i want to as well. any suggestions? please and thankyou!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Sebastian Craft Clay–great for that messy, just-got-out-of-bed look, and also when you want to comb it down for a more clean cut look.

  211. Ghazi says:

    Hi, i really enjoyed your artical full of guide line for hair. My hair is a bit wavy and thinner . And i tried different hair products but they are not working the way i want. What you recomende to use for my hair style ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Are you going for strong hold or flexibility? Shine or more of a natural look?

  212. ghazi says:

    hi, my hair is thin and a bit curly but not that much . what you recommend me to use for my hair ? because i knw heavy product to make my head look flat .

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try using a lighter product such as Baxter’s Water Pomade. It’ll give your hair hold and control while not weighing it down.

  213. vincent says:

    What sort of haircut do i need to get to make my hair styled like zain malik/joey essex? And what product should i use ? I have thick hair.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Best bet: show your hair stylist/barber a pic of (insert celebrity) and ask him what product to use to maintain the hairstyle. Hair stylists appreciate it when you can show them a visual example of the cut your going for.

  214. kevin p says:

    I have thick and slightly curly hair and want to style my hair like david beckham, bruno mars or mariano di vaio. Which product would you recommend me to use ? By the way i don’t want to straighten my hair in order to achieve the style.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Blow dry your hair on warm heat with a comb to straighten your hair out as best as you can before applying a strong hold pomade such as Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade.

  215. Hiren says:

    Hi sir this is hiren from india ..i have question …i have thin or fine hair i want volume so i blow dry my hair and give volume which hairstyle product use for holding my hair.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try one of the volumizing products like KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam.

  216. Abhishek says:

    Well, first off, brilliant article! Applaud Black Lapel!And thanks too.

    So, my case is that I have very thin, light hair, more inclined towards straight than wavy. A bit(a good bit) sparse on the top as compared to the sides, No, I am not bald and not going to be anytime soon!(:P). Using gel weighs them down and they lie flat on the scalp which I don’t like, also as my hair are dry, a bit too much, gel fails to give shine and hold that lasts, . A slight case of thinning and hair-fall might also be present.

    I just had a disconnected undercut haircut which is looking great. The guy at the saloon used Osis+ Mess-Up Matt Gum, which added a good hold and texture and my hair looked more fuller which is what i wanted but i could not wave my fingers through them as they got sticky and hard. So, my question is what product shall i use to achieve a more fuller, textured look? shine is not of importance to me, hold, thickness and volume are.
    I am cool with both a small pompadore and slicked back undercut style.

    Also, please tell me the difference between Osis+ Matt Gum and Osis+ Fibre Gum, and if I were to choose one, which one should it be?


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the kind words Abhishek! Glad you found this article helpful!

      Try Baxter’s Clay Pomade. It’s a bit low on shine, but it’ll give you a hefty hold, volume and texture that you’re going for. It’s also rather soft once applied to your hair so you’ll still be able to remold and put your fingers through your hair with the sticky/hard effect of gel. Hope that helps!

  217. Ting says:

    I am Asian.My hair is thin, fine,straight and flat. Whenever i style my hair (spike, or pull back) it always collapes. What can i do? Plus what product should i use when i want a dry look or wet look which can hold my hair?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ting, are you using hair spray? A few layers of a strong hair spray can help add the extra hold you’re looking for, whether it’s a dry or wet look you’re going for.

  218. Andrew says:

    I’m 18 and I have thin straight hair and i’m looking for a product with a matte/dry finish that has also a strong hold because my hair grow to the front and its almost impossible for me to style a quiff or pompadour and if i manage to do it it always “colapses” :/
    do you have any suggestions?
    thanks in advance

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Andrew, try TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax.

  219. Sib says:

    i have thick hair
    Is there any product/cream to get wavy textured hair ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sib, your best bet is visiting your local salon for treatment. There is no product that will effectively turn thick straight hair into wavy hair.

  220. James Richards says:

    I haven’t read all the comments either, so I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but there’s a really straightforward YouTube series with some simple hairstyling tips if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere – you might have seen the commercials, but these are a bit more detailed – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl-FVhhqAjYf5QyXFcsnBCOnC3J_RJ_Ft

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for sharing James!

  221. Kyle says:

    I have hair that is curly but also has a lot of frizz to it. What would you recommend to help me de-frizz my hair? Does de-frizzing start with shampoo and conditioner or is there a product I should be using when styling my hair?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Bumble and bumble’s hairdresser’s invisible oil. It’ll soften, smoothe and reduce frizz, tame flyaways, detangle and strengthen hair against breakage.

  222. Sebastian says:

    I have to admit that I haven’t read all the comments.
    I read one of the mariano di vaio hairstyle. In fact I also want this hairstyle. My hair is quite thick and can be a bit wavy if not blowdried correctly. You recommended Gatsby moving rubber spiky edge, but i do want a product, which is easily rinsed out of the hair. I was actually thinking of the Fudge matte hed extra in combination with the hair spray of big sexy hair called spray and stay.
    I have two questions now:
    1.) Do you have any other suggestions for the product I should use?
    2.) Is there a hair spray which gives also that good of a hold but with a matte finish?
    I also want to thank you for the time and effort you put into this. Lastly I want to add that English is not my native language, so sorry for all the mistakes I’ve made.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      That’s what we’re here for Sebastian! Sounds like you’re going for a more natural, matte look. We recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade for this. It’ll help you achieve the hold without the shine of most pomades. You can then finish with a hair spray followed by another round of blow drying to give it more of that matte finish. Hope that helps!

      1. Sebastian says:

        Thank you for your quick reply. I don’t want to be annoying or something like that, but your recommendation has created another question: Can I wash the product out just with water or do I need shampoo and conditioner as well? If so, is there another option I can use that just washes out with water?
        There is also a third question I want to get answered a long time: If I use a blowdryer, should I use a heat protectant? I don’t use a straightener by the way.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          A lot of products will require a bit of shampooing to remove completely, but if you’re looking for products that wash out better try a water-based pomade such as Baxter’s Soft Water Pomade. As for heat protection while blow drying, try drying on warm setting on your blow dryer rather than applying intense heat to minimize heat damage.

  223. Alex says:

    I am not sure what type of hair I have. I said that I have wavy hair but I’m not 100% sure. Could you tell me my hair type http://alessandro007.imgur.com. If it is wavy could you point me to some hair products and combs or brushes to achieve the Patrick Dempsey look?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      It looks like your hair is naturally wavy. Give KMS California Hairplay Paste Up Spray a shot. It’ll keep that flexibility, waviness, while looking natural at the same time.

      1. Alex says:

        Do I have to still use this brush http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BQLB10U and if yes how do I use it?

  224. Connor says:

    Thanks for the information! The wax I currently use is Fudge Matte Hed Extra. It seems fairly lightweight but I was wondering if you could clarify that at all, if you get Fudge hair products over there! I always rub the product thoroughly between my hands and rub it into all of my hair so that isn’t an issue for me. I do prefer using a product that is more of a paste like consistency than a firm clay because there tends to be less stickiness with a product that is easier to work between the hands. Is there an alternative for Spice Freeze Wax that is available in the UK? I have gotten no where with reasearching for a lightweight matte styling wax/clay/putty/paste that is available in my region.

    Thank you again for all of the time and effort that is still put into the comments on this post!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you’re finding this article/comments helpful! KMS California Hairplay Paste Up Spray is another option if you prefer a paste over a firm clay.

  225. Phil says:

    I have the same hair type as Johannes Huebl does in this picture.


    How can I get my hair like this? Could you recommend the product and if it is a comb.


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Hanz De Fuko’s Claymation. More than the product, the key to achieving this look will be in the blow drying so don’t skip that step.

  226. Mike says:

    What product would you recommend, I have very fine flat hair but not thinning and I style it side parting. What can add volume to it and make it thicker?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For volume, blow dry your hair with a round hair brush.

      1. Mike says:

        What product would you recommend for styling? Just blow drying it with brush is not enough and doesn’t work.. I just tried american crew ultramatte which is not bad. Would you recommend a different one?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          If you’re going for that matte natural look, Baxter’s Clay Pomade is another great option.

  227. Greg says:

    i have asian hair that is thick and straight as a needle, what is best for me to use (wax, pomade, gell, hairspray, etc?) if i want to style it in a combover fade style, also what should i use in order to style my hair? comb or brush?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Go with a pomade like Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade for that slicked combover look. Comb it if you want a slicker, cleaner look, and opt for the brush if you’re going for volume.

  228. Connor says:


    I’m quite confused because your article and most other information online is saying that Waxes won’t work with fine hair because it will weigh it down and that I should use a clay or fiber..

    I used American Crew Fiber on my fine, medium length hair to create a messy look but it is always really clumpy and after 10 minutes or so, my hair would be weighed down despite fibers supposedly being better for my hair type.

    I recently started doing this process: Volumising milk on damp hair and blow dry. Apply volumising/thickening styling dust to roots/mid lengths. Apply matte high hold wax (more the consistency of paste) and instead of it weighing my hair down, it makes it look great and last two days!

    Is this working for me because of the thickening clay dust, which essentially changes my hair type to the required hair type for wax?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      It depends on the wax you use Connor. The term is used rather loosely by companies so the weight and consistency of waxes will vary greatly. Spice Freeze Wax, for example, is extremely lightweight compared to something like Gatsby’s Moving Rubber line. When you apply wax (or any product) try rubbing it evenly on your hands until you see no clumps of product then applying it to evenly from root to tip rather than just the tips (as many men tend to do). This will help evenly distribute it prevent it from weighing your hair down as much. Also apply it to dry hair rather than wet/damp hair as it wet hair tends to lead to uneven clumping of wax.

  229. Alex says:

    What should I use if i have wavy hair? A comb or a brush?

    1. Black Lapel says:


  230. Alex says:

    Could you recommend a high quality blow dryer for men?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Revlon RV544PKF 1875W Tourmaline Ionic Ceramic Dryer

  231. Alex says:

    I used Hanz de Fuko Spong Wax and now I use Redken For Men Work Hard Molding Paste and I have a problem. After an hour the products lose hold(both these 2 products are labeled as strong hold). Maybe it’s the humidity, I don’t know, but my hair seems clumpy and doesn’t stay put after an hour with these products. Also i have wavy hair. I was thinking that maybe I also have oily hair. Especially when I sweat I have these problems with the hair products. How do I know if I have oily hair,dry hair,frizzy hair etc.?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sweat is always going to have some level of impact on your hold. Humidity will do that also. Try spraying a few layers of anti-humidity hair spray after applying your usual product.

  232. Luke says:

    Thank you for the reply, what can be done, if anything, if I prefer to keep my hair shorter?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try a stronger, heavier hold product such as Gatsby’s Technical Clay.

  233. Luke says:

    Hey, just stumbled across this article and it’s great!
    I am half Asian and am pretty sure I got the Asian hair genetics. After a shower or when sweating from playing sports all my hair sticks up to the point where I look like a porcupine. To combat this I generally just wear a baseball cap, however I’d love a solution that would allow my hair to naturally stay down (if that is possible)

    Thank you.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Luke, glad you found this post informative and helpful. Don’t sweat it, discheveled hair post exercise/sweating has less to do with genetics than it being just one of those inevitable hair problems that every active man faces. Don’t expect too much from your hair product when the sweat starts rolling. From the sounds of it, it seems like your hair may simply be short. Grow out it out a bit–the added weight will give your hair some weight to help fight the porcupine effect.

  234. Majid says:

    My hair (or scalp) is oily. In too if that my hair are falling. But now it’s under control. I use gel to hold my hair style. I’ve observed that when I use gel, my hair fall.
    Can you suggest me some product to retain my hair style?
    If styling is not a problem what if we don’t use anything after getting hair washed by a trusted shampoo?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Gel tends to be on the heavier side so it’ll often weigh down hair, especially thin/light hair. If volume is what you’re going for, try giving your hair a solid blow dry then follow it up with a strong hold hair spray for lightweight+strong hold.

  235. Anurag says:

    Hey, so I have thick wavy black hair with a lotta frizz! Once my hair grows after a particular length, it starts to whirl, which simply looks untamed. I’ve tried gels, but they hold hair in a not-so-natural way and cause hair to stick to each other.I would want products that would give me a natural styled up look with texture and movement, not the wet look though. Any suggestions, please?
    P.S- I’m an Indian.So, it would be great if the recommended products were to be available locally. Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Matt Separation by TiGi = Texture and movement w/ a natural matte look. You can find it on Amazon.com.

  236. Joseph says:

    Hello, I having wavy Dry hair but I want hair style as shag. so, how I treat my hair. I want straight hair for make shag style as Japanese. So, please instruct me which brand I want to use ? and which brand is cheap cost and good product ? please inform me.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you have wavy hair, you’d either have to blow dry it straight or get it treated at a salon. Keratin straightener products like the ones we suggest in the article (e.g. Keratin Complex’s Vita Volume Boosting Foam) are an option as well. Hope that straightens things a bit!

  237. nick says:

    I have tried so many products and its so hard to keep my hair in place. I have thick straight hair. Sometimes i will have a semi-messy look, sort of a josh duhamel hair style, I was using the KMS hair stay MAX gel. They dont carry it anymore…darn…help?

    Ive tried gatsby moving rubber, towel dry paste, baxter claymation, and probably 25 others that have been “recommended”

    I dont want to use hair spray if I can avoid it…what do you recommend and any tips for easy styling?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Have you tried TiGi’s Matte Separation? It styles and holds thick straight hair extremely well.

      1. nick says:

        i’ve tried that, but it too doesnt hold well.

  238. Mario says:

    I have very thick hair. It is curly but i usually keep it short so the curliness is not visible until it gets long. I have tried a lot of products but i would like your opinion about the best product that has strong hold (long) and a wet look. To be honest i dislike gels in general and i am more towards wax. I am thinking of getting the Gatsby Moving Rubber Cool Wet Hair Wax. What do you think about that? Do you have any other suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Mario, for a strong hold and a wet look go with Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade.

  239. Sam says:

    I have short straight hair and I want to archive a wet look ,currently I have a hard parting pompedeu style.
    What type of hair product do you recommend.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Sam, try Baxter’s Soft Water Pomade to keep that pomp shinin’!

  240. Ayan Ahmad says:

    Hi, thanks for those valuable tips … By the way I have a question to ask … My hair is in the mid-point of thick & thin … Straight but not that straight types … So my question is that which type of product will be the best for me ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      It really depends on the look you’re going for (e.g. matte finish or shine) and the level of hold you’re looking for. If you can give us a little more info, we can point you to a product rec.

  241. Alex says:

    If I buzz my hair the same number all over (number 1 or number 2) will it grow puffy? I heard that cutting your hair the same length all over doesn’t look as good as say for example number 2 on the sides and back and number 3 on top. Or is 1 number difference(number 2 on the sides and back and number 3 on top) too small and I should go 2 numbers difference(number 2 on back and sides and 4 on top or 1 on back and sides and 3 on top).

    1. Black Lapel says:

      To give you the short answer, yes. By buzzing your hair the same length all around you run the risk of looking like a chia pet when it grows out to that uncomfortable mid-length. As for the exact numbers to buzz, that’s something your barber would be better able to answer.

  242. PHIL says:

    Hi, very interesting tip.
    I have a question,
    is it ok to use hairspray after styling hair with oil based pomade? because I want to have slick back hairstyle and need it to stay in place (just on special occasion). I was thinking maybe I can just apply more pomade, but as I browse the internet I saw some tips to use hairspray after styling, but I’m not sure whether it would works after oil base pomade or not. Oh and my hair type is thin fine straight.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Phil. Great question. You should be fine finishing off your pomade with a layer or two of hair spray when you need that extra hold.

  243. Mike says:

    Just to add to the aforementioned info… I have tried B&b Sumotech, Sumowax, and Semisumo. All unsatisfactory. Too greasy and in addition the Sumotech’s fragrance is pretty strong. I contacted B&b and they couldn’t suggest one of their products to use instead of Styling Wax. Wish they would bring it back but not counting on it. Thanks for answering all these questions for the last year and a half. Loved you article. Really good, clear and concise information.

  244. Mike says:

    Hey, I’ve been using Bumble and bumble Styling Wax for years and it’s perfect for my short, thick, wavy, piecey, hair. Well, it has been discontinued. Any product you can suggest that is similar to B&b Styling Wax?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax works really well with your hair type. Give it a try!

  245. david says:

    Thanks for the information. I need some help with my hair, when I go trough my hair with wax it won’t move, my hair keeps laying flat with an average hold wax. My hair is very thick and about 4cm long. I use now murrays pomade but can you recomend me a wax that gives my hair more volume. I like the sleek look. Sorry for my englisch, i’m dutch

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey David, try blow drying your hair for volume before applying the wax/pomade. If Murray’s isn’t cooperating, give Baxter’s or Imperial Barber’s pomades a try.

  246. Alex says:

    Hello I have a few questions if you don’t mind. What is the difference between Redken for men firm grasp texurizing hair clay and Redken for men maneuver working / texturizing wax? Also what is the difference between Redken for men get groomed finishing cream and Redken for men dishevel fiber hair cream?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Alex, while we can’t give you an exact comparison beyond the product’s descriptions since our experience with their products is limited, we can guide you in the right direction if you tell us what you’re looking for in a hair product.

      1. Alex says:

        I’m looking to get this hairstyle http://www.fansshare.com/gallery/photos/10783318/patrick-dempsey-hair/?loadimage. My hair is thick and wavy.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Sounds like the right job for a styling cream or foam. We recommend Paul mitchell’s Flexible Style Styling Foam.

  247. John says:


    My hair falls under the category of thin, fine, and straight, and I’m trying to achieve that natural messy roguish bed look. I’ve been using the American Crew Molding Clay for a year now (I think), and although it has not help me achieved that look I’m trying to get I was satisfied with it, but now I’ve noticed that whenever I put it on, a few minutes after I style my hair with this product, it kinda loses its hold and just falls. So I was wondering what kind of hair product would you recommend for me to try? I really can’t play the game with the ladies if I don’t look part of it. Hahaha, sorry for the essay, and props for replying to everyone’s questions. Good job, keep it up!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      John, thanks for the kind words and there’s no need to apologize for the in-depth comment (we encourage it!). If there are two things we can attest to boosting a man’s inherent confidence (especially in the “game with the ladies”), it’s a well tailored suit and well groomed hair.

      To answer your question regarding a product that can help you achieve that naturally messy look with some oomph in the hold department you have a few options–we’ve been recommending Matte Separation Wax by TiGi coupled with a couple layers of hair spray for added hold. Play on.

  248. Zo says:

    My hair is about 5 inches long i like to comb it back or sometimes a subtle side part. I like it to look like I have nothing in it and look soft and with volume still. Any help?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try TiGi’s Matte Separation. Apply to dry hair then blow dry to soften your hair up a bit. Softness = Check. Volume = Check. “I woke up like this” look = Check.

  249. Santo cr7 says:

    Bro… My hair is thick.. Few day ago i colour my hair.. After colouring hair i found that my hair is falling very much.. So how can i stop it.. And i am the fan of cr7.. So what should i use for making my hair like cr7

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Hanz de Fuko Claymation.

  250. prashanna says:

    hi! i am 18 and have thin and dry hair. my hair after growing a little bit doesn’t stay the way i want. I’ve been using gel for a while now. what kind of hair product will suit my kind of hair and i am going for a quiff..

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Prashanna, for your hair type and the style you’re going for, we’d recommend either Baxter’s Clay Pomade (for a matte finish) or Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade (for a wet look). Finish it with some strong hold hair spray (apply an extra layer if more hold is needed).

  251. Cesar says:

    Hi! How can I style my Gray-coloured hair into natural textured and defined waves? The bleaching really damaged it, don’t know what to do… Heal, nourish, style, define, hold >.< help! Thanks. Btw, my hair is very thick and it’s damaged stiff texture gets better when I use grape, avodado or flaxseed oil. (Cesar from the latest comment.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Cesar, the best way to get hair damaged from bleaching back to it’s prime state is to let new hair grow out. In the meantime, we recommend continuing your natural oil routine and making sure you use a solid conditioner after shower to help infuse moisture to your stiff hair. As for styling products, try a matte product such as Matte Separation Wax from TiGi, ideal for creating texture with a matte finish for a more natural look. For something lighter, try a product such as Soft Water Pomade which give you texture and flexibility but with a bit more shine.

  252. Nathan says:

    Hi Lapel!

    I have fairly wavey hair that becomes pretty curly as I grow it out.
    I’m keen to style my hair like Richard Madden’s (Rob Stark!). Could you please let me know what the best product would be for this!
    I’m in Australia so preferably something available over here 🙂
    Kudos on replying to everyone by the way!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend a styling foam like KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam to achieve that Winterfell look.

  253. John says:


    i got very thick – straight hair.. Nowdays i use wella’s professionals sculpt force/dry (250ml).. Got this type of hairstyle (https://www.google.gr/search?q=mens+hairstyles&espv=2&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YijqU72eEauo0AWn9YHwAw&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1600&bih=775#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=9kRrb4_r83nguM%253A%3Br334FXUWXoB9_M%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.besthairstyles2013.com%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2014%252F06%252Fmen-hairstyles-2014-6.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.besthairstyles2013.com%252Fmens-hairstyles-2014.html%3B630%3B945).. only difference is that i got short cut sides.. thing is i got blonde/dark hair and i want to look like i got nothing on them but still not having to worry about having my hair messed up in the middle of the night…. Im really looking forward for your reply….!!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Baxter’s Clay Pomade. It’ll give you a matte hold that’ll be the closest thing to that “I woke up like this” look while holding that style in place.

  254. Vivek says:

    That post was SO informative, Thanks a ton.
    I have thick hair and trying for some spiky texture with close to head cut on the sides and back and medium size hair length on top.
    I am using a Gatsby Gel, it does provide some hold but after a while the hair starts loosing the hold and falling over my forehead.
    Please recommend what product can I go for, a gel / pomade or wax.
    (also some thing that has less chances of breaking me out on forehead).
    LONG I know :p

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Gatsby’s Moving Rubber Wax (Spikey Edge). It’s strong in the hold department and is less likely to drip over your scalp/foreheads like gels are known to.

  255. Zyro says:

    Hey! Great article! So, I have finished reading all the comments but fail to understand which products to use for thin/fine hair. Let me try asking again 🙂

    I am 22. I have very thin/fine hair with low hair density (genetically), but I am not balding and there is no significant hair loss.

    I have always feared that hair products will damage hair and will cause hair loss/damage which I am trying to keep at bay.

    1) I am unsure about my hairstyle ?

    – long hair becomes unmanageable: keep covering the forehead if shampooed or fall flat and look greasy when not.
    – short hair: provides no hair style at all and just lie there.
    ——–I have got a small round face :———-

    2) I am unsure if a thickening shampoo will help. If yes, which one?

    3) Wax/ Mousse/ Pomade/ Putty/ Paste ??
    -I would like a natural dry-matte finish with some hold in front.

    PS – Some products you suggest are not available in India.

    Thanks a ton if you have actually read the whole comment 😀

    1. Black Lapel says:

      1) We recommend visiting your local barber or salon for a hair consultation. Google some pics of styles you like and share it with your barber/stylist to see if it will work with your hair type.
      2) L’Oréal Vive Pro for Men 2-in-1 Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner
      3) Try Baxter’s Clay Pomade for a dry matte finish.

      1. Zyro says:

        Thanks a lot! 🙂

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Our pleasure!

  256. John says:

    g’day mate, is der anything dat can gib me a wet look?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      g’day! der is! try dat Imperial Barber Pomade!

  257. Alex says:

    Are Lock, Stock & Barrel ‘Ruck’ Matte Putty and TIGI Bed Head Men Matte Separation Wax water soluble?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Great question, Alex. Both those products aren’t going to mix well with water due to the oil in them.

      1. Alex says:

        So they can’t be washed with just water(like for example Hanz de Fuko products)? What about Redken products? Can they be washed with only water?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          If you’re looking for a product that washes out easily, try a water-based product such as Baxter’s Soft Water Pomade. Hope that helps!

  258. Alex says:

    How do you rate hanz de fuko products?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hanz De Fuko makes some excellent hair products. Highly recommended!

  259. Basil Chatha says:

    Thanks for the advice! I was also wondering if you would recommend American Crew Pomade or Garnier Fructis Power Putty?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For the style you’re going, as well as your hair type, we’d say American Crew’s Pomade.

  260. Basil Chatha says:

    Oh yeah haha I also forgot to mention my hair is very fine and thin, but also wavy at the same time. There, now I’ve given you all the information about my hair.

  261. Basil Chatha says:

    Hey Black Lapel! Thanks for this amazing article! I’m a 15 year old, Pakistani kid in High School in Iowa and have very fine and thin hair. I’m trying to go for a quiff or some sort of spiked look (like every other High School guy) with a wet or matte look (either one) but when I use any type of gel my hair never stays up! It falls back down even before leaving the bathroom. I was wondering what type of product to use to keep it up and style it while adding volume at the same time. Thanks again and hope to get a response soon!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Basil! Glad to see the young gents taking in interest in their grooming. Try a stronger wax product such as Gatsby’s Technical Wax or Moving Rubber (be sure you’re applying to dry hair).

  262. ali khan says:

    Hi,black lapel. I am Indian with very thin and straight limp hair.
    I have tried every gel for volume and hold , but it doesn’t work . Recently
    I was using Gatsby mat & hard wax , this make my hair grease and hold doesn’t last long.in this article you told pomade for thin hair and wax for thick hair , but in comment you are recommending mostly wax for thin hair . This really confuse me
    Please suggest me a product for volume, light hold and wet look ( not so wet ) like we get after bath. Please give name that is easily available in India and not expensive

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Ali, it really depends on what you’re going after. The recommendations we give in the article are merely guidelines, not hard fast rules. If you’re after volume, try blow drying your hair then using a pomade such as Soft Water Pomade from Baxter for light hold and that out-of-shower. You can find it on Amazon.com and will run you around ~$20 which is very comparable to Gatsby’s line. Hope that helps!

  263. Vinod says:

    I have the thick wavy indian hair and it is too the extreme – I am using American Grooming Cream but it does not hold, and at the end of the day – my hair looks like i just got out of bed.
    What do you suggest would work for me
    I would like to keep my hair looking straight and professional rather than messy.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Vinod, if you’re going for more hold, we’d try American Crew’s Fiber. It’ll have a lot less shine than their grooming cream, but will hold your style in place a lot better.

  264. Imran says:

    I have thick and greasy hair, what product should I use? And is there something I can do to keep it from being greasy?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Imran, use a shampoo designed for oily hair and a lighter styling product such as Soft Water Pomade by Baxter (for a light shine) or Sebastian’s Craft Clay (for a more matte look).

      1. Imran says:

        Thanks, I try it out and I’ll let you know how it goes

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Do that!

  265. Felix says:

    Hi, I have Asian straight hair that’s inbetween thin and thick. I currently use erratic clay but it doesn’t really give a very strong hold (maybe I’m using it wrong), was thinking of using wax instead ( TiGi matt separation ) I’m looking for more textured and volume and hold. Btw, I live in a country that’s very humid(does that affect?)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Yes, TiGi’s Matte Separation does a great job in all the categories you mentioned and survives humidity rather well. Give it a try!

      1. FELIX says:

        which is better? american crew fiber or the TiGi one?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Depends on what you’re going for. The fiber is described as “low shine” while Matte Separation from TiGi will have no shine. They’re both big on hold, but we find that Matte Separation is a bit tougher in the hold department.

  266. AADI says:

    Hi! I have thick black hair, and I got it cut short, in the same style as Patrick J Adams in Suits. I got some gel from the salon, and it was not strong enough to keep it fully up. Also, my hair had a very dull look after an hour. Also, my hair gets oily 24 hours after shampooing. Is there any type of product that I could use on it to make it have a more layered look, like the kind that makes it look like it still has volume, not dull? Thank you so much!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax is great for creating texture with a very hefty hold.

  267. Josh says:

    Hi! I am a college student. I’m asian and have thin straight hair that just grows flat but I want to style it up into a quiff with a matte look. It’s really hard to do that with my hair so what kind of product do you recommend I use? And if you have any styling instructions/tips too that’d be awesome. I find many products just weigh my hair down or don’t hold strong/long enough. Thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Blow dry for volume, then use a little bit of TiGi’s Matte Separation. If you’re worried about product weighing your thin hair down, you can try skipping the wax altogether and going with only hair spray.

  268. Allen JAcob says:

    What a wonderful and useful article you wrote! I can see your genuine effort in sharing your knowledge for others. From hair type, its uses and advantages on using a certain hair product. Most of all, you already provided the specific products we could buy to apply it in our hair. Really, I can’t ask for more after reading this article. All is here already. Thanks for sharing this! I will apply your tips and hopefully on my next date, I would be handsome as hell.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Allen! Glad you found it helpful!

  269. Peter says:

    Hi, my hair is quite long on top, (down to my mouth) but short on the sides, it is quite thin, fair and straight. I often wear it in a ponytail at the back of my head but recently I’ve wanted to wear it loose, so I decided to have it slicked back. I say slicked but I don’t want to use anything with a shiny/greasy look, I would prefer matte. I want something that is able to hold it back but still allow me to run my fingers through it and still be soft. I donmt mind if it falls a little but I don’t want it down my face. Any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade. It’ll hold but be flexible enough to let you run your fingers through. It’s also a matte product so you won’t have to worry about it looking shiny/greasy.

  270. Vikram says:

    Amazing piece pf arcticle . I am 19 years old
    My hairtype – thin and wavy hair
    Hairstyle – short hair on the side and back ,medium hair on top !
    Can you tell me which product to use in order to get shine , volume and remoldability ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Vikram! Glad you found it helpful. Depending on the level of hold you’re after, our recommendation will obviously change. However, for a solid hold, volume and remoldability for your hair type, Baxter’s Classic Pomade is recommended.

  271. Jim says:

    Amazing piece! I have been looking for some similar advice for a while and thanks for this article!
    I have thin, slightly curly hair and I use L’Oeal paste and hairspray but the hold is awful. I read above that wax is for thicker hair types and offers the best hold but that’s not an option since I have fine curly hair right?
    I’m trying to find a matte product with strong hold for fine wavy hair. What’s your suggestion?

    Also what’s the difference between clay and paste?

    Thanks a bunch!


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Jim, we recommend TiGi’s Matte Separation. It’s a matte wax with strong hold that work with both straight hair styles as well as wavy types such as yours. As for your question regarding the difference between paste and clay, pastes are generally closer to waxes, except more creamy than waxy. However, brands will often use the two terms rather loosely so the only way to truly find a product right for you is to make sure to read the product description and try it out!

  272. Jordan Miller says:

    I want to do a comb over but I have never really let my hair grow long enough to. I have very fine Caucasian hair, and I have no idea what I am doing with hair styles or hair products. What would be the best product for a comb over with very short sides and medium length on top?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Check out Imperial Barber Products. They have a wide range of pomade produces, ideal for comb-overs.

  273. Rainier says:

    What a wonderful and useful article you just made! I can see your genuine effort in sharing this one. From hair type, its uses and advantage on using a certain hair product, and most of all you already provided the specific products we could buy to apply it in our hair. Really I can’t ask for more after reading this article. All is here already. Thanks for sharing this! I will apply your tips and hopefully on my next date I would be handsome as hell.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Rainier! Glad you found it helpful!

  274. Jason says:

    you seem to very knowledgeable. I appreciate the advice you’ve given. Im looking for the right product for this particular david beckham. What would you recommend. Thank you.


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Jason, glad you’ve found the post helpful. Hanz de Fuko modify pomade is a popular option for achieving that look. If you’re looking for more of a matte finish, TiGi’s Matte Separation Wax is another one.

  275. Fayyadh says:

    Hi Black Lapel, great artical, I’m a urban 24 year old, been getting a simple grade 1 all over all my life and with a naturally built body end up looking like a thug/convict – I now want to smarten up my look, I went to proper hairdressers for the first time and they were shocked to see how thick and healthy my hair was (I’ve never used hair products in my life) I am of African/Asian decent so I have generally very thick but short hair, when I wash it, it becomes quite dry however gets quite oily and greasy after a few days. I am looking to use a type of product that can style my hair (without any chemical damage) similar to that of Mad men haircut, grateful for your advice, many thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We recommend a strong pomade like the classic Murray’s Pomade or Imperial’s Classic Pomade for achieving Draper’s smart side-part. Once you get the hair down, don’t forget the well-tailored suit! (Hint: we specialize in that department.)

  276. Alfie says:

    Hello this was very helpful. I’ve just purchased vo5 wax gel. Will this work for thick hair at short to medium length?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Glad you found it helpful. We’re not too familiar with that particular product, but a wax/gel should deliver on the hold and shine departments for your hair type.

  277. wakki says:

    hi how are you.
    i have medium stright hairs, but looking rough. after making shampooo and conditioner but its look like dirty or un wash. there is no shine in hairs i want shine my hair . so what i do for it. my age is 25. and what i use for shinee hairs. regards.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Baxter’s Soft Water Pomade for that neat, wet look.

  278. Dustin Georgen says:

    This was a great read!
    I have medium length hair ( maybe medium short ) I’m 38 now so it isn’t as thick as it used to be, with some natural wave/ curl. I have tried different things for years. The closest I’ve come to satisfaction so far is Aquage Transforming Paste or Beyond the Zone Demented goo… My hair is stubborn! and Pomades like Crew don’t work, they just make my hair fall flat in certain places. Any idea of a new product to try to keep the control as well as a shine?
    Thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you’re looking for both hold, control and a bit of shine, Gatsby’s Moving Rubber wax line is a great option.

  279. Stewart says:

    I have been using KEvin Murphy Night Rider for my hair and it works like a dream as i have really thick curly hair, so to get it sitting like i want, this product is perfect. what i would like to know though, is there a product similar thats not as pricey for daily use, as £15-£20 a tub isn’t the cheapest? thanks

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Stewart, check out TIGI Bed Head Men Matte Separation Wax which you can get for $10 or ~£6.

  280. Jeff says:

    Nice article black lapel! Definitely a good read! Ive been trying to find a product but nothing ive really been satified with. My hair is thin and straight I have asian hair haha and is about 4 in long on the top but maybe I will let it grow a little bit more. I want to go for a natural soft comb over kind of look. Ive tried american crew fiber which is alright but didnt give me the look i wanted. Sometimes ill just use mousse and hairspray to shape my hair and i like the way it feels, feels like nothing is in my hair to where i can comb my fingers through whenever i want. But wouldnt hold especially around my cow lick. Any products you would recommend? thanks!

    1. Jeff says:

      Oh and another thing is my hair grows forward for the most part which makes working with a bit harder.

    2. Black Lapel says:

      Try Baxter’s clay pomade. It’ll give you that natural soft look that you’re going for while giving a decent amount of hold. If you’re looking for more hold, Gatsby technical wax does a good job of that while maintaining a similar matte finish.

  281. Chris says:

    Great read but have some questions on advice.
    I am currently growing my hair out for a modern undercut/deep side part look. I have used other products in the past and nothing seems to work with my hair it’s as if my hair refuses to take to the product about five minutes after applying and looks like nothing was applied even if it was loaded up with American Crew fiber or the like. The only product that has a good balance of shine and great hold is Glu’d by Got2B but want to use something that isn’t as harsh for this look I am going for but am afraid that no other products will take to my hair or actually last. Any suggestions?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For the undercut, we like Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade, especially if you’re ok with a little shine.

  282. John says:

    I would recommend American Crew Forming Cream to your readers. American Crew says it works on all hair types. I bought a jar after a stylist used it on my hair recently and I can say it works better than any product I’ve ever tried on my fine, thinning on top hair and I’ve tried gazzillions of different products over the yrs. I also have oily hair and the cream doesn’t make it oilier any sooner. It is softer than a water based pomade and for that matter the Tea Tree Shaping Cream you recommend so is easier to apply. And makes hair appear fuller and thicker. It’s the only product I’ve ever used that actually swells my hair when I apply it even to dry hair rather than weighing it down and making it flatter. Gives a little shine not a lot. And holds great but is also quite pliable. Washes out easily with no residue.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the recommendation John!

  283. Sam says:

    Thanks for this article. As a beginner to hair care, I’ve found it incredibly useful.

    I’m looking to keep my bangs up higher, so they are more horizontal and/or to the side (rather than hanging over my forehead). When my hair is wet – after a shower, for example – I can comb it into the orientation I like. However, 15 minutes later as my hair dries, my bangs return to before.

    I think some light hair product would be useful here. However, I don’t want it to look like I have product in my hair. Based on your article, it looks like waxes or creams are the way to go, but I can’t really decide between the two; would creams have enough hold? I have short (1″), straight hair. Do you have any tips?


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Sam. It’s always encouraging when readers find our articles helpful.

      Depending how thick your hair is, you may need a bit more hold given the short length of your hair. Try a clay product such as Sebastian’s Craft clay which will have a little more hold than your average styling cream, but still keep that natural/no-product look you’re going for.

  284. Nathan says:

    I have really thin, straight and medium in length hair, I want to have a kind of swept back hair style but with a little height, after reading the above I was thinking of using some mousse, styling cream them a small amount of hairspray to finish up. Would you agree, I’m looking for a natural look but with a lot of hold.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      We’d recommend Baxter’s Clay Pomade. The hold will allow you to give you a little lift/volume while the clay giving it more of a matte, natural look. If it still looks like there’s a bit too much product, try finishing with a light blow dry.

  285. Mircea says:

    Hey. I have thick and wavy hair and I used wax but not really happy with the fact that my hair is hard to wash after applying wax.
    What other products can I use that have a better hold. Do you think styling cream would be a better option?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Styling cream will tend to wash out better. The pomades, especially from Imperial Barber or Baxter, are known to wash out well.

  286. Edward says:

    Hello,I’m a teenager and I have fine,straight hair that’s about 5-6 inches long and I’m looking for a product that’s sold in the U.S,which costs a maximum of 10$,that can provide a lot of hold to my hair yet doesn’t make it really stiff or too shiny,I’m trying to get a disconnected undercut (keep in mind I MIGHT cut my hair a little bit shorter).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASWDavV0P8 (I don’t want to use the products here since they are kinda pricey)

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Matte Separation from TIGI Bed. It’s around $15 on Amazon.com, but you can find some other sellers selling it for $10 or less. It’ll give you hold, without being too stiff or shiny (hence the name). Good luck!

      1. Edward says:

        thanks, but is there something less pricey, since I searched it but it still costed 15$ or more.

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Try Gatsby’s Technical Design Clay. It’ll help you achieve a similar effect for around ~$10 or less.

  287. Jon says:

    I’ve been using Hanz de Fuko Claymation recently and I really like it. Thinking about switching to Bumble’s Sumowax or SemiSumo. What are the differences between Claymation and the Bumble products? Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Sumowax is a wax product, while semisumo is a softer pomade.

  288. Veer says:

    Hey guys, thanks for the great guide. I have coarse thick straight hair about medium length on the top. I have tried almost all brands and types of hair products and have realized that the closest thing to working for me has been clay, however too little gives no hold and the right amount for hold weighs it down. Any suggestions of a super light/extra high hold clay? Thank you so much!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      While not a clay product, Spice Freeze Wax is one of the best super light / high hold products for your hair type.

  289. Black Lapel says:

    Imperial Barber makes some strong pomades that should provide strong hold, longevity for your hair length. If you visit their website at imperialbarberproducts.com, you’ll even see many of their models rockin’ the disconnected undercut style you’re describing.

    1. isaac says:

      Hi I’m sixteen and I love to put my hair in a pompadour style but through out the day I loose and Idk how to keep it like that

      1. Black Lapel says:

        Isaac – Have you tried Matte Separation by TiGi? It does a great job of holding the pomp all day.

  290. Jerry says:

    Hi I’m a south Asian teenager who is looking for a product to style my hair up since it is thick, wavy, and naturally falls. I would prefer little to none shine, what product do you think would work best? thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Gatsby’s Moving Rubber – Wild Shake or Spiky Edge. Both are especially strong waxes that do well in terms of holding up thick/wavy hair. They’re also matte waxes with little to no shine.

  291. Brian says:

    Hi, currently I have asian hair similar to this:

    And I’m trying to get a hairstyle more like this:

    The products I’ve used so far (American Crew Fibre and Pomade, Shaping Cream) aren’t able to hold my hair in place as the hair at the top of my head tends to flop forward. I’m trying to get a natural look, without too much shine, but holding the hair in place is the main objective! Any recommendations (products and/or styling tips)? Thanks!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      The issue is partly product, but mostly the fact that your hair just isn’t look enough. For hold, go with Gatsby, it’s matte and the hold is one of the best on the market. Add a little hair spray for extra hold if the wax doesn’t cut it.

  292. something says:


    1. Black Lapel says:

      Yes? Can we help you with something? 😉

  293. Real Daddy says:

    Thanks, nice sharing!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Our pleasure!

  294. Brian says:

    thanks black lapel,do you know of any store where Gatbsy’s Moving Rubber can be bought,as in not online ,in the u.s.a,more specifically Miami Florida ?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Brian, we’re located in NYC so we unfortunately can’t help you with that! Amazon.com should carry all of the Gatbsy Moving Rubber waxes.

  295. Robert says:

    Hi I was wondering if you have any recommendations for what type of product I could use that will provide a decent hold and shine without leaving a sticky residue or flaking out at the end of the day? I have short to medium length thick wavy hair and I wear a headset all day at my job so at the end of the day my hair either ends up being a sticky mess or full of flakes. I’ve tried fibers, pomades, gels and waxes. Maybe I just need to find a good brand?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Robert, try a brand like Baxter’s. It’ll hold your hair while keeping your hair from being sticky or flaking no matter what you wear on your head.

  296. Brian says:

    Hi,I’m having the same problem Thomas is having,but is there something a bit less pricey that does the same thing as spice freeze wax? thank you

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Gatbsy’s Moving Rubber. It’s another Japanese brand with similar properties, but is a bit cheaper than Spice Freeze Wax. They also have smaller sample sizes if you’re looking to try their different varieties on the cheap.

  297. Eric says:

    Thought I replied to my comment to add some information but previous comment disappeared. So here it is again.

    Just got my haircut (#3 on the sides and left 2.5 inches or so on top). My hair is probably medium thickness and straight. It also tends to get greasier as the day goes on and I have dandruff which I combat with Head and Shoulders pretty much daily. Have any recommendations for styling products? Great article by the way!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Eric! Greasiness throughout the day is inevitable as everyone’s scalp secretes oil. Obviously adding a greasy styling product on top of that doesn’t help either. We’ve had some good experiences with Spice Freeze Wax which works well with medium thick and straight hair and tends to be light and clean compared to a lot of its greasier counterparts.

      1. Eric says:

        I’ve been looking online and have seen that tigi bed head separation wax is supposed to be a good product also. Is there any major difference between this and the Spice Freeze Wax that you recommended?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          They’re very similar, but the Spice Freeze Wax is going to be a bit lighter in terms of consistency and hold.

  298. Dennis says:

    Hi, great article. I have medium to long hair that is wavy/curly, and I am growing it out. My hair sometimes gets a little dried out and almost poofy looking. I currently use American Crew Defining Paste to contain it and style it a little, but it loses its effect after a while and doesn’t have much hold. I’m starting work in NYC this summer, and I want to keep my wave and curls, but also make my hair neater and more styled/manageable. I want it to have some hold without being stiff. I basically want a moisturized look (not very wet) that I can somewhat put into place without it looking stiff and immovable.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Dennis, try Spice Freeze Wax. It’s more on the matte side, but it delivers a nice flexible hold with that “moisturized” look that you’re going for.

  299. RB says:

    Hi I’m 21 and I’m slightly balding on the sides of my forehead I know this is hereditary but what sort of haircut should I get to even try cover one or both sides of my head? My hair is thick enough just light on the sides of my forehead?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      RB, a lot of men deal with balding, but fortunately there are plenty of ways to ameliorate it. For example, a side part pomp that covers one side will definitely be better than pulling all your hair back on both.

  300. eric says:

    MAK Hair Products Glypto hair paste and Dynato extra hold hair spray are amazing products.. see for yourself

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks for the recommendation, Eric!

  301. Alex says:

    I’m a 19 year old arabic descent but my hair is very thick and rough (most describe it as nappy but not curly or wavy). What would you recommend the most if I don’t like to spike my hair up?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      For your hair type we recommend Sebastian Craft Clay.

  302. Marie says:

    I love this site so now i have a question i am needing something to slick my hair down here is the situation i am now wearing wigs and need my hair slicked down, but not using gel,i need something that will hold all day. So what can i use i’ve tried many products and none have worked. What do you suggest

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you want that slicked-back look with a solid hold we’d recommend going for Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade.

  303. Bdis says:

    What product is best for finer hair for volume and thickness? My cut is longer on the top, tighter on the sides and want to comb it back. My hairline is ok but I’m starting to thin on my crown. While living in California I liked Crew Fiber but I now live in Florida and it tends to melt and look greasy then thins out and starts to wave when its hot out.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Give KMS California Add Volume Styling Foam a shot!

  304. Daniel says:

    hey sorry to bother you again but would american crew fiber do the job for my thick mid lenght hair , im going for a mix between a combover and blowback hairstyle , so brushed back and across

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Yes, American Crew Fiber should do the trick.

  305. Brian says:

    Hey, great job on this article. However I still have a question. I have curly, and I’m planning to do my hair like Sergio Ramos. What product should I use that will take control of my curls and have me turning heads? I have black hair, it’s rather dry and frizzy, not oily.
    Here’s the link to the hairstyle I want. Thank you!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      If you have naturally, extremely curly hair, it will be tough to achieve that straighter look. Depending on the types of curls, it may simply come down to cutting your hair shorter or doing some type of straightening treatment. Your best bet will be to visit your local salon or barber for a professional recommendation.

  306. Robert says:

    Hi , im a teenage boy with thick dark hair , what product/s would best suit a sort of sticking up combover , as in combed over at an angle

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Robert, try Imperial Barber’s Classic Pomade for that wet combover look.

  307. Daniel says:

    Hello , im a 15 year old boy with thick dark brown hair , I was wondering , how would one go about getting a ‘blowback’ and what products would best suit this hairstyle?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Daniel, check out this youtube video tutorial on creating the the quiff (blowback). Hope that helps!

  308. prem says:

    hi great work
    My front hair is wavy and gets more wavy or curled when shampooed. I would like to comb it to one side and while having it combed to one side i would like to it to be straight rather than curl or be wavy. which product is best with a dry look. even shampoo is used or not.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try a matte product such as TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation Wax.

  309. Tyler says:

    Hey Black Lapel,

    I’m awed at how awesome the Compass is! Months later and you guys are still helping every commenter out; that’s amazing. Indochino seems so one-sided when you look at how awesome Black Lapel’s marketing is between the Compass and your awesome deals. Kudos.

    Now to my comment. Let me first start with some background. I have wavy, thicker brown hair. I’m trying to achieve this look (http://www.topnewhairstyles.net/wp-content/uploads/messy_men_hair_style.jpg). The first time I read this article (when it came out) I bought the American Crew pomade for styling and the Redkin styling cream for bed head days. I found both of these products disappointing. I didn’t realize my hair was oily until I started using the pomade and found my hair to be greasier (just as you guys warned!). The styling cream works sometimes, but is way too subtle to achieve what I’m going for. I just find that my hair always clumps up for a lack of a better term and looks like this (http://www.menshairstyletrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/wavy-hairstyles-for-men.jpg) with the curls in the front.

    So now I’m looking at getting the Redken working wax or Shu Uemera Shape Paste Sculpting Putty and topping it off with the KMS California Hairplay Paste Up Spray to make sure everything stays put on those windy days (which occur quite a bit where I live). So would you go with the Redken or Shu Uemera? Is the KMS a good finishing touch. I’d love to hear what you think of this. Feel free to blow my whole plan up and start new if you think it won’t achieve what I’m going for.

    Thanks for reading all of this,

    P.S. – I meant to edit my first post, not submit it.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Thanks Tyler! We sent you an email response to this one!

  310. Victor says:

    Hello and thanks for the article.
    I have long, fine and a mix of wavy and straight hair. Currently, my hair go down to my eyes but I want to let them grow down to the chin. Indeed, I wish to put my hair back but in maintaining a matte effect and having volume.
    According to your article I have to take a texturizer and an hair spray ?
    Can you give me advice. Thanks

    PS : I’m French by the way so, sorry if I made mistakes.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      No worries on the English grammar. We have readers from all different parts of the globe and we’re appreciative of every single one. 🙂 Start with blow drying your hair while running your fingers through to straighten out your wavy hair while giving it a bit of volume. Then add a matte product such as Sebastian Craft Clay for hold.

      1. Victor says:

        I was waiting my hair grow to reply.
        So the product you advice me to use it’s rather good but I have 2 problems and I think that is due to my hair length.

        1. my hair leaves on the sides when I try to put them back.

        2. When I put back my hair with the product. Once I removed my hand, they staighten up and it’s too much volume.

        So my question is : do I have to cut my hair on top but leave the lenght of my hair that is on the front?

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Victor, you’ve got the right idea. Ask your local barber can cut the volume of the hair on top while keeping the length on front. That should help with the volume issue you’re having.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try the Lock Stock and Barrel’s Putty.

      1. Matt says:

        Is there anything that would give me a slight wet look and create that style too

        1. Black Lapel says:

          Soft Water Pomade by Baxter.

  311. Daniel says:

    Can you please tell me how to style your hair like Zac Efron,not the current style but the old one,the one in 17 again
    I have thin and straight hair
    What products should i use to maintain it and how!

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey Daniel, check out this Youtube tutorial by Jairwoo. He does a great job of walking you through recreating a very similar style.

  312. Jack says:

    I want to have the Zac Efron long shaggy hairstyle
    I have straight thin fine hair,after showers it looks awesome but after it dries,like after 2 hrs it sticks together and doesn’t look good
    what should i use?
    I use Aloevera shampoo everyday and Garnier conditioner twice a week

    1. Black Lapel says:

      What products are you currently using? Are you going for a wet look or a matte one?

  313. VJ says:

    This is a follow up to the question above where you had recommended Semisumo?
    A lot of products tend to irritate my skin, just as a backup is there another product with strong hold, lots of texture and a little shine that would work for me to try get to this hairstyle: http://blog.fashionandyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/john_abharam0118_post_1326886914.jpg

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Plan B: Gatsby’s Technical Wax.

  314. Alex says:

    Sorry if I insist with this but is American Crew Forming cream water based(can it be washed just with water)?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Yes, it’s water based.

  315. Alex says:

    Could you please recommend me some quality water based styling creams for men with thick long hair? Basically I would want a cream that can pull of this look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okEeKd5B5OM but the cream should be water based( it’s not healthy to wash your hair every day).

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Classic Pomade by Imperial Barber Products. It’s not a styling “cream”, but it’s a a water based product that’ll hold thick long hair and wash out easily when needed.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Going for that Maverick look! Sure, or you can try any of the water pomade products we recommend for that wet look.

  316. João Serra says:

    hey, i have a thin and straight hair and i would like to style it like justin bieber has right now, what products and styling methods do you recomend me to use?

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Joao, check out this great video tutorial by The Salon Guy. He walks you through achieving that look, step by step. Just do us a favor and don’t do anything that might get you deported. 😉

  317. VJ says:

    Also, would love your perspective on Oribe Rough Luxury, I don’t have it yet but some of my friends swear by it..

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Hey VJ, wish we could give your our perspective but we haven’t used it. We’ll need to give it a try now!

  318. vj says:

    I have a pretty thick coarse oily hair and sensitive scalp which wants to just partition itself and lay unruly and boring..Much like this

    Can you please recommend me a product which will get to something like this (http://blog.fashionandyou.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/john_abharam0118_post_1326886914.jpg), with a tee bit of healthy shine, lots of texture and without irritating my scalpe and face.
    I have tried sumotech, bit it provides too much rise and looks dry, jonathan dirt is too weak and too strong of a scent.

    1. Black Lapel says:

      Try Semi-sumo. It’s a bit softer on the hold but it’ll add that healthy bit of shine that sumotech might lack. If the product isn’t strong enough, you can always mix a bit of both. Make sure you wash and completely blow dry your hair so the product isn’t dampened by water or your hair’s oils as either will kill the longevity of the hold.

      1. VJ says:

        Thanks. A lot of products tend to irritate my skin, just as a backup is there another lightweight compound with strong/medium strong hold and a little shine that would work for me too.

  319. Andrew says:

    Hope you can help. I have thick hair that is pretty curly in some areas. Its long now and trying to get a look similar to Joe Manganiello. My hair is shorter than his but cant find a product that would hold it in place and not look slicked back. Do you have any ideas?