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The 10 Best Men’s Hair Care Products in 2022
From creams to pastes, to waxes and pomades, we have everything a man could ever possibly need to take good care of their hair in 2021. Whether you’re still using the same gel from your high school disco or you’ve got a morning ritual that could rival Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, this list will guide you towards a new and improved you.
Start the day off right with the perfect hair care routine and wow onlookers with the 10 Best Men’s Hair Care Products In 2021, as chosen by Next Luxury.
1. Evo Casual Act Moulding Whip
Some of us like to play it safe and take each day as it comes. For those of us who don’t have to speak up to be heard, you’re looking at the best choice for looking after your hair in 2021. From EVO, the Casual Act Moulding Whip is, as the name would suggest, a highly versatile molding hair paste.
Boasting light hold properties, the Casual Act offers separation, texture, and flexible control to any shape you desire. Whether it’s a lot of hair or just a little, EVO Casual Act Moulding Whip will literally whip your hair into shape.
Improving the manageability of your hair EVO Casual Act Moulding Whip helps to create a touchable texture allowing you the ability to work some magic into your hairstyle without all that nasty frizziness. Simply work the molding whip between your hands and apply it dry or to towel-dried hair. Once you’ve got the look you’re after, let that bad boy air dry, or for even more separation and texture, pull out the blow-dryer.
It’s affordable, effective, vegan, and environmentally friendly too. For the best choice in men’s hair care for 2021, don’t skip over the EVO Casual Act Moulding Whip.
2. Aesop Classic Shampoo
You can’t be a classic, which is why Aesop’s Classic Shampoo is our premium pick on our list. Coming in at number 2, Aesop Classic Shampoo uses a gentle formula to cleanse both your hair and your scalp carefully. Using aromatic and decadent ingredients like rosemary leaf, cedarwood bark, and juniper berries, Aesop will leave your hair feeling soft, refreshed, and extra shiny.
Made in Australia using only the finest ingredients, Aesop Classic Shampoo is a celebration of the daily routine. As premium as it may be, the simple virtues of getting ready in the morning or washing up after a long day are not lost on Aesop. Blending both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy, Aesop is undoubtedly the best. Better than all the rest.
3. Kiehl’s Texturising Clay
Don’t have endless amounts of disposable income but really need to tame your lion’s mane? Then check out Kiehl’s Texturising Clay for our best value pick regarding men’s hair care in 2021. This Grooming Solutions Texturizing Clay is suitable for all hair types, providing a medium hold for men.
Formulated with – and this is epic – Moroccan Lava Clay, this matte hair clay lets you style and profile your hair exactly how you intend to. Sourced from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco with a long history of use in hair and skincare, you’d think it would be more expensive.
Luckily, at this price point, it’s not likely to break the bank. Work it through your hair to shape and define it how you see fit, and watch as everyone’s eyes start looking in your direction, Mr. Looking good.
4. Oribe Creme For Style
Just like the name suggests, this is a creme for styling purposes. Paraben-free, sulfate-free, sodium chloride-free, cruelty-free, and vegan, the Oribe Creme For Style ticks all the boxes when it comes to manufacturing, but what about styling men’s hair? Oribe Creme For Style is a stylist’s staple.
It doesn’t matter whether you have straight or curly hair; Oribe Creme For Styl delivers a firm yet flexible all-day hold that will also provide UV protection. Oribe Creme For Style comes scented with notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine, and sandalwood. It’s got a little bit of everything for your men’s hair care routine.
5. Aesop Shine Hair Oil
We promise this is the last Aesop product on our list. But with such unique products coming from Australia, we can’t help but point them out. Offering an aromatic and lightweight hydrating oil, Aesop Shine Hair Oil softens and adds luster to your hair without any residue or build-up.
Crafted using Aesop’s high-quality botanical and man-made ingredients, this scientifically formulated product will deliver to you a nourishing overnight and pre-shampoo indulgence that will restore your senses to a state of delighted calmness. Who knew men’s hair care could be so rejuvenating?
6. Imperial Classic Pomade
You gotta get behind Imperial’s best-selling, industrial-strength, barber-grade workhorse pomade to experience “America’s Strongest Holding Water-Based Pomade.” A staple across barbershops and salons worldwide for over ten years, thanks to its smooth and even application, Imperial Classic Pomade is the bee’s knees when it comes to men’s hair care.
Easy to use and even easier to wash out at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with 6 ounces of Imperial Classic Pomade for your hair.
7. Baxter of California Deep Clean Shampoo
Get in there nice and deep like with a bottle of Baxter of California Deep Clean Shampoo. This sulfate-free shampoo has been designed to purify and cleanse your noggin from dirt, oil, and whatever nasty stuff has built-up over time.
Coming into save your hair and scalp from all that crap, Baxter of California Deep Clean Shampoo will give you that squeaky-clean feeling Billy Madison has been talking about all these years. You can save the silky-smooth for the Zohan.
8. Sachajuan Ocean Mist
We’re not sure how to pronounce the word Sachajuan, but what we do know is that this lightweight, non-aerosol styling spray is a close as you can get to having that “beachy” look without all that sand. Creating a tousled and textured appearance, Sachajuan Ocean Mists lets you achieve that fresh out of the ocean look thanks to its vitamin-rich formula.
Conjured up by two Swedish stylists, Sachajuan Ocean Mist contains Ocean Silk Technology for nourishing each strand of hair for a sleeker appearance all day long.
9. Vaughn V Rated Natural Wax
Looking like a tub of chocolate ice cream, Vaughn V Rated Natural Wax is all about giving men’s hair a light shine and a soft hold for an even more natural feel. Designed for the well-groomed man, V76 by Vaughn honors the tradition of male grooming while maintaining a modern sensibility.
The entire Vaughn collection covers every step in a man’s grooming routine – from hair to shave to face and body care. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petroleum, gluten, and it’s entirely cruelty-free.
Plus, all Vaughn products are vegan safe. So why not start up top with V76 V Rated Natural Wax? You won’t regret it.
10. American Crew Spray Gel
Kind of similar to hair spray, but also kind of not. American Crew Spray Gel provides a ﬂexible style that gives you control over your image all day long. No matter what hairstyle you want or have, just apply American Crew Spray Gel once for endlessly stylable hair.
Enriched with sage, ginseng, and quillaja (whatever that is), American Crew Medium Hold Spray Gel is a terrific option for any men’s hair care routine.
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Men’s Hair Care FAQs
On average, men should be washing their hair every two to three days. This will ensure you get the most benefits from the natural oils and moisture without making your hair and scalp too oily or dirty.
Don’t fall for the hype. 2-in-1 hair care products are entirely safe. While they will never be as effective as shampoo or conditioner on their own, they will not damage or coat hair with layers of wax or plastic.
Wax, gel, and clay are all popular products for styling and maintaining men’s hair. Each product can be used in different ways to achieve a specific look, each with its own pros and cons.
Wax is one of the most used hair care products for men, thanks to its hold and finish. Highly versatile and easy to manipulate, wax is suitable for a variety of hair types and those with sensitive skin types.
Gel hair care products offer the strongest hold and finish but often not very workable. Gel is best used for more complex hairstyles and those in need of a quick and effortless hair care solution.
Pomade is a greasy, waxy, or water-based substance used to give hair a shiny and slick appearance. Think John Travolta in the musical Grease or Fonzie from Happy Days.
Clay is the new kid on the block. Clearly, the most unique product out of the bunch, molding clay as it’s more commonly known, is similar to wax but with the ability to add volume to your hair. Though they are typically more expensive, clay hair care products are extremely workable and allow you to style your hair all day long.