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Good Hair Gel For Men BY: Brian Cornwell

What’s A Good Men’s Hair Gel?

New Hair Routine Needed

“Lately, I’ve been trying to update my look. One aspect of this is my hair routine. I want to do something different with it, but I don’t really know where to start. Can you give me some pointers on what hair gel products are best since there seem to be about a billion different options? I don’t want to waste too much money buying the wrong thing. Just some general stuff would be awesome!”

It can be difficult to re-craft your image, especially if you aren’t set on what the final image should look like.

Many men stay in a rut because they aren’t sure which way to take their image, and are afraid of looking goofy if their attempts are unsuccessful. The first step beyond knowing that you’d like a change is figuring out the components of that shift, and the tools with which you have to work.

If you’ve already assessed your options, the next step is figuring out which products are best, which is you main question — what are some good men’s hair gel products to use?

Since the answer depends on several factors, we’ll deal with them one at a time, here.

Hopefully, this will give you a firm basis upon which to make the best choices for yourself. As well, we’ll provide some product suggestions that we know are great. Let’s get started.

Assessing the Scope

Your first consideration should be the kind of hair that grows out of your head:

Is it curly, straight, coarse, or fine?
How long do you wear your hair?
What final look are you going for?

This last question is really important, because how much time and effort you will need to spend on your hair each morning depends on how different your original hair type and texture are from the final, desired result. We recommend that you use your hair type and style to guide your choices.

The less work a styling regime requires, the more likely you are to stick with it and be happy with the results. You’ll also receive more compliments on styles that look like you, as if you just hopped from the shower and were suddenly styled and ready to roll. You can also check out some of the past cool hairstyle guides we’ve put together for inspiration and ideas.

Choosing The Right Grooming Gear

It can be a mind-boggling endeavor to select one or two products from the huge array currently offered at the local shops. While you may want to play with several types of product, such as pomade or mousse, we recommend starting with a simple gel. It will provide great hold and doesn’t require you to be a hair styling guru to achieve a great look.

Gel can be applied to wet or dry hair, too. You’ll be able to experiment with your new look a lot by trying out different approaches, here. Plus, it’s inexpensive and washes out easily if you decide you don’t like the results.

Below, we’ve included three good hair gel products we really like. Each will work well with all kinds of hair types and give you a lot of freedom to play with your look. You can also experiment with pomade too; here’s our choices for the top and best pomades for men.

American Crew

American Crew Hold Men's Styling Gel

American Crew Classic Firm Hold Styling Gel

  $9 / Buy It Here

This is an excellent option for those who are seeking to provide hold for their new hair style as well as boost the appearance of hair thickness. Some gels can gunk up the hair shafts, and give a thinner appearance if applied with too much zeal.

Not so with this gel from American Crew. It can be applied to wet or dry hair and is enriched with natural products such as ginseng, sage, and B5 for healthy hair and hair follicles. Just apply a dime-sized amount to your palm and work into your hair. All hair types play well with American Crew, so feel free to play with this great product.

Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell Steady Grip Firm Hold Gel For Men

Paul Mitchell Steady Grip Firm Hold Gel For Men

  $15 / Buy It Here

If you’re worried about keeping your hair healthy against the drying effects of the alcohol in hair gel, check out Paul Mitchell men’s products. This styling gel will provide great hold, a little shine, and is enriched with essential oils to protect your hair shafts and follicles against drying or damage.

This gel is a great, inexpensive starter product for the hair novice as well as a perfect mainstay for the more experienced styling guy. It smells great, is easy to use, and easy to remove, making it a great option for anyone looking to experiment with hairstyles.

Jack Black

Jack Black Body-Building Men's Hair Gel

Jack Black’s Body Building Gel

  $15 / Buy It Here

This is one of the best products for those of us with thinning hair. Often, the appearance of thick hair can be achieved simply by not weighing down what’s there. Many hair products can gunk up your scalp and drag down your hair shafts, making your hair look thinner than it actually is. Not this guy.

It provides men with great style stability without drying alcohol, and won’t gum up your follicles or suffocate your scalp.

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