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The Best Men’s Styling Aid for Every ‘Do

Photo by Conor LaRocque

With autumn digging its heels in, you can expect the wind to do battle with your hair. Rather than keep your ‘do hidden beneath a cap, prepare it for the elements by teaming up with your ideal styling aid. This list touches on a handful of styling options available through Grooming Lounge. For a thorough rundown of the plethora of hair helpers out there, check out this guide crafted by our team of experts and if you’re looking to simplify your styling aid decision even further, check out our hair product recommender. Whatever your hair type, you’ll be sure to find the shine and hold you’ll need to withstand even the most taunting gusts.



Pomades are a good choice for guys who want to stick out in large crowds. They provide the hair with a lot of volume and shine, making it look slick. It’s especially good for those with thick hair and the quality solutions allow for restyling throughout the day. The Malin + Goetz hair pomade works for all hair styles and key ingredients like Yucca Extract and Aloe prevent sun damage, while Meadow Foam Seed and Cannabis Sativa add moisture to the hair. This natural pomade will style and hold without the artificial stickiness.


Wax to the Max

Those with shorter and straighter hair looking for a little styling help should consider wax. Providing medium hold and medium shine, it’s a solid bet for those with moderate styling ambitions. V76 by Vaughn’s Natural Wax can give you the shine and hold you’re looking for without the clingy, over-saturated mess. It’s Rated V – for Vegan, or Vivacious-looking hair.


Mud Slinging

Forget what Momma told you, it’s okay to play with this mud. Also referred to as “putty,” this consistency allows for a significant amount of hair movement. It works for a variety of hair styles and is especially good for those who want a messy or disheveled look. Putty’s are a nice, versatile product since applying them to wet hair will provide added hold and shine. Slush Fund Styling Mud by Billy Jealousy gets the job done with an inviting herbal scent.


Nice Cream

Grooming Lounge’s own light hold, no shine, matte finish styling aid is especially useful for men with long or thin hair. This low-maintenance cream easily works into hair to prevent frizz, keeping stray hairs and fly-aways locked down (get it?). The light formula gives hair the hold it needs without feeling heavy or greasy. Hair cream is often considered to project a “natural-looking” shine, so it’s a great option for those who want a little structure but don’t necessarily want to look or feel like they’re using any product.


Gel’o Hold

Hair gel can be used to create a variety of hairstyles and packs a punch in the Hold and Shine departments. But it also demands you commit to the style; as gels are often alcohol-based, this can lead to hair drying out, which in turn leads to dandruff and scalp itchiness. Since gels give hair such a strong hold, you’ll also forfeit the possibility for future restyling. Lucky for you, there’s Jack Black Body Building Hair Gel, which will add volume to your hair without bothering your scalp.


This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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