With tons of hair products to choose from, it can get a bit confusing when deciding which one to use to keep your mane in check. It can be a tiresome task, and more often than not, you end up leaving the store more clueless than when you first entered.
So how does a man who doesn’t think (or know) all that much about grooming his hair find the best products to use? The answer: just go to the women’s section (or your girl's medicine cabinet). We’ve checked out some of the best hair products normally used by women, only to find that some of them actually work wonders on men’s hair as well. From mousse to oils to sprays, here's everything you need to know about keeping good care of your manly tresses. Warning: use of the girfriend's or wifey's products without proper permission could be dangerous to your health.
1) Hair Mousse
Best for: For fine, thin hair
What it is: Mousse is perfect if you want to add volume on thinning or fine hair. Its foamy texture encloses the hair to give your locks a fuller appearance. Another plus factor: You can restyle moussed hair throughout the day without making your hair overly sticky. All you need to do is reapply a small amount, and you’re set to style away!
How to use it: A single pump of hair mousse is best for short hair!
2) Styling Oil
Best for: For medium to thick strands that lack luster
What it is: Styling oil is the best hair product to seal the hair’s cuticle and create sheen, while taming the thickness of your locks. Just finish any style with a dollop of this, and voila, you’ll now have shiny, healthy-looking hair in just a snap.
How to use it: Squeeze out a pea-sized drop, rub it between your hands, and apply it to wet or dry hair from mid-length all the way to the tips.
3) Leave-in conditioner
Best for: For frizzy hair with a dry scalp
What it is: Aside from giving you more control over shaping and styling your hair, a leave-in conditioner also helps balance out the moisture levels in your hair and scalp. It also tames the unwanted frizz and significantly improves texture, preventing dryness in the process.
How to use it: Post-shower, immediately comb leave-in conditioner through your hair. Reapply later in the day if needed.
4) Sea salt spray
Best for: For wavy, medium, and long hair
What it is: The salt in the spray acts like a dry shampoo that absorbs grease, leaving enough shine for the mane to appear healthy. The result is a messy, textured look that you usuallyy get from a day at the beach.
How to use it: Pump a small amount on damp or dry hair, aiming for the roots. Spread it throughout the hair and then style as usual.
5) Hair Spray
Best for: All hair types
What it is: Hairspray is the best product to freeze your style in place. If you want your hairstyle to last longer, this is your best bet.
How to use: Spray onto your hair, holding the container 10 inches from your scalp. Style as desired and try not to look like a forgotten '80s popstar.