Guys these days have taken on a new-found flare for their hair. Ladies, aren’t we excited? This is what happens when we take away their soap-on-a-rope. Plus, here is us girls potioning and lotioning, why shouldn’t they? Maybe they want to be the candy on our arm. I, personally, am okay with that. So grab your man and make him read this. Here, I will explain what hair products he should be using.
Let us start in the shower.
There are several shampoos, conditioners, and 2-in-1s that a specifically geared towards men. They have a fabulous masculine smell. However, you are not limited to just those. I would steer clear of any overly floral or fruity smells. Stick with a fresh, clean smell.
Short fine hair, use a normal, daily shampoo like Redken Go Clean. There is no need to use a conditioner. This will only make the follicles of your hair fall together and it won’t be easily styled.
Short coarse hair, try a 2-in-1 such as Redken Clean Spice. A 2-in-1 will add the needed hydration to keep it from feeling brittle, dry, or fuzzy.
If you have thin or thinning hair, use a bodifying shampoo. This will add girth to the hair shaft to give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. Purchase a product like Redken Full Impact Shampoo.
Those of you with beautiful curls, use a shampoo and conditioner designated for those lovely locks. Redken Curvaceous has a unisex smell, won’t weigh your curls down, and will define them. Use both the shampoo and conditioner. It is lightweight enough for all hair types. Curls need extra moisture to keep them tame and frizz free.
Medium length and long hair should use both a shampoo and conditioner separately. You may not need to condition everyday if you have an oily texture, once to twice a week may suffice. Use a conditioner like Redken Finish Up in conjunction with the proper shampoo.
Do you have dandruff? Try a shampoo and/ or conditioner that is cooling to the scalp. Tea tree and mint will help calm the scalp and it smells amazing. Give Redken Invigorating Mint Clean Shampoo and Redken Invigorating Mint Conditioner.
Those of you who are product lovers and have build up, use an extra cleansing shampoo. Redken Clean Brew is a strong cleansing shampoo that can still be used daily. And guess what? It is hops base. Who doesn’t like anything that has to do with beer?
Next, lets style.
For those of you with medium to longer length, you will have to use a product before drying. A smoothing milk will be lightweight enough to not way it down but still tame the strays. Redken Align has a unisex smell that can be used on gentlemen as well as women. My curly head men, use a light weight curl defining lotion. Redken Curvaceous Ringlet will leave a product-less feel while springing your curls to life.
After hair is dry. Use the correct finishing product to define your style. There are countless products on the market, even just solely in the Redken world. Let me break them down for you.
Cream/Lotion- Flexible to moderate hold. Light weight, controls frizz. Great for all hair types (Redken Dishevel, Redken Get Groomed)
Gel- Stiff hold. Gives wet, shiny look. Do not use on thin or thinning hair. (Redken Grip Tight, Redken Stand Tough)
Pomade- Semi-solid product. Can define the messy look or hold more set styles. Varies in stiffness and shine. Thin to thinning hair should avoid. (Redken Polish Up)
Wax- Fairly solid. Controls and holds. Great for spiking. Can come in different formats such as a cream or spray as well as solid. Not for medium to long hair. (Redken High Up, Redken Maneuver)
Paste/ Putty- Soft variation of a gel or wax. Too heavy for fine, thin hair. Create a light gloss or shine. (Redken Work Hard)
Mud/Clay- Soft, fiber base. Can be used on all hair tips. Matte Finish. (Redken Outplay, Redken Firm Grasp)
Remember a little goes a long way. Apply product to finger tips and rub together before applying to the hair. Define your strands with your fingers to create spikes or a tousled look. Use a fine tooth comb to achieve a more sleek look. My curly hair dudes, keep your fingers out of your hair. The more you touch it, the more undefined and frizzy your curls can become.
Talk to your stylist about what product would be the best fit for you. And remember to support your salon.
Note: Products are not guaranteed unless purchased from professional salons.