Listen up, gents. These are the best hair care items to help you achieve your preferred hairstyle.
Hey dapper dudes, we’ve got news for you: Haircare isn’t just for women. These days, well-groomed men have a repertoire of hair styling products to choose from: Pomade, clay, wax and the list goes on. Depending on whether you want to rock the pompadour, the classic comb-over or the side part, there’s something to help you bring your mane to the next level. Now, let’s get stylin’!
Hair styling products all men need in their homes
1. American Crew: Heavy Hold Pomade
Hairstyles tend not to hold all day with Singapore’s humidity, leaving you with a messy “mop” on your head. That’s when this heavy hold bad boy comes in. A little goes a long way, and it also adds extra shine to your look, which is perfect for pompadours. Plus, it’s water-based so it washes off easily.
American Crew, available online
2. Label M: Matte Paste
Told you there’s more to styling products than just gels and pomades! Paste is ideal if you’re looking for separation (perfect for side-partings) and texture. Interestingly, the product isn’t sticky, making the application process hassle-free (and you can also restyle without starting over). On top of giving you a sleek matte finish, this product keeps your hair healthy too, as it contains minerals like malachite, rhodochrosite and ozokerite to help detoxify and protect your hair.
Label M, available at Top Secret Studio
3. Hanz De Fuko: Claymation
Hair clay is relatively new to the market compared to its other styling comrades like gel or wax. A mixture of clay and wax, this hybrid product contains bentonite, which provides much-needed volume to your mane without weighing you down. Work the product through your strands from roots to ends for a velvety, matte finish.
Hanz De Fuko, available at Sephora
4. Tigi: Bed Head For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax
Ever had those days where your bedhead’s actually runway-worthy? Well, now you can recreate the “effortless”, #iwokeuplikethis look with matte-finish wax. Containing moisturising ingredients like glycerin, carnauba wax and beeswax, it gives your hairstyle a soft, natural look. Oh, and you won’t have to worry about your ‘do unravelling in this weather; it’s resistant to humidity.
Tigi, available at SGPomades
5. Boundary: The Clay Hybrid
Here’s a hair styling product that promises a strong hold with a semi-matte finish. Formulated with a mix of polymers, this hair wax locks and lifts your tresses while remaining light to the touch. You won’t even realise you have it in your hair. Gunky locks, begone! The best part? It contains all the good ingredients that keep your mop moisturised and nourished – it also staves away premature hair loss.
The Clay Hybrid, available at Boundary
6. Dear Barber: Fibre
If your hair is on the thicker side and you want to add a bit of texture with a little shine, this does the job. With its mega-elastic fibre technology, it keeps your hair in place, even for extremely messy hairstyles like Harry Styles’ side-swept coif circa 2012.
Dear Barber, available at The Panic Room
7. The Legends London: Maximum Hold Hair Gel
Everyone knows the art of the classic comb-over is ensuring every strand of hair stays in place. As its moniker suggests, this pink goop of a gel holds your hairdo like cement, with a hard and shiny finish. And don’t fret: It’s water-soluble, so washing it off is easy peasy.
The Legends London, available at The Panic Room
8. By Vilain: Blow
You know the saying: Minimum effort, maximum result? This magical styling powder is the embodiment of that. Just apply a few sprays to your roots and style it through with a hair dryer, and within minutes, the cloud-like powder lifts your roots, giving you a voluminous pompadour with a good hold just like that.
By Vilain, available at SGPomades
There you have it, men – all the hair styling products you must have in your arsenal.
[This article was originally published in 2020 and updated in 2023 by Sufyan Saad.]