Cut and Style: The Best Products for Your New Haircut
1. Find Your Hair Type
The first step to selecting the best product for you is to understand your hair type, as using the wrong products can work against you, or worse, damage your hair. For example, if you have thin, fine hair and use a heavy hold product, it could weigh hair down—not a good look.
Most guys fall into one of these hair types:
- Extremely curly/textured
- Wavy, curly
- Thin, fine, or straight
2. What’s Your Look?
Next, you’ll want to find products that create the look you want. Keep an eye out for the following terms and descriptions on product labels to help you choose the one you want:
- Shine/Wet - Creates a shiny finish or wet look.
- Matte/Dry - A more natural look that’s not glossy.
- Texture - Use to layer through hair for a multi-dimensional look.
- Hold - The level of strength a product has to hold a finished style.
3. Pick Your Product
Now we can get into which products work best for specific looks and hair types.
Thicker hair and short to medium hair lengths.
Use on dry or damp hair. Spread evenly on fingertips and run fingers through hair from front to back and back to front. Then style as desired.
Paste, Mud, Clay, Putty, etc.
Thin and thick hair, and wavy hair of all lengths.
Apply a small amount to your fingertips (you can add more later if needed) and rub together so that the product goes on evenly. Run through your hair front to back, back to front and then style as needed. Works best on damp or almost dry hair.
Thin to thicker hair, wavy and curly hair of all lengths.
Put a small amount in your hand and rub between your fingers. Apply as needed. You also can use styling creams as a finishing agent after your wax, pomade, etc. to set your style.
Thin or fine hair.
Shake the bottle and add a little product to one hand, then apply to dry hair with both hands. For maximum hold, blast hair for a couple of seconds with a blow dryer.