Gels are the easiest way to stiffen your hair and mold it into your desired shape. To avoid a greasy look, pick a formula that’s right for your hair type. If you have fine hair, a light-hold gel will do the trick, while a strong-hold formula will keep a thicker head of hair where it’s supposed to be.
Paste and Pomade
These products can help you achieve a sleek hairstyle that still moves, though they're tougher to wash out than gel. And be gentle with them, gents: Apply too much and you risk an oily-looking ‘do. Start with a penny-size amount, adding more only as needed. Like gel, pomade and paste is available in a variety of holds, and when summer gets rough, you may need to reach for a more powerful product to keep hair in place.
Cream helps you achieve a less fussy look: It doesn’t have a whole lot of holding power, but will keep hair from looking dry and frizzy. Start with a quarter-size amount, adding more only as needed. For all purposes, it’s basically invisible, but it will definitely help you stand out.
Hair spray is the finisher that locks a look into place. It’s an especially powerful product if your hair is on the thinner side and you want to maintain volume throughout the day.
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