If you read our fairly thorough guide to the hair products available to men at the moment, or our Groom 101: fundamentals of haircare, you’ll be familiar with the kinds of styling products on the market. Amongst these, hair waxes are an important category, albeit one that’s a little difficult to pin down. Hair waxes are something of a catch-all product, sitting somewhere in between clays, creams, and pomades, and often possessing properties which span these boundaries. In this article, we’ve put together some handy information on what waxes are, how best to use them, and we’ve included a list of products that we believe to be the best hair wax for men.
Hair waxes typically act a little like hair clays or pastes, but typically speaking, are lighter, slightly more fluid, and easier to apply. Either due to a higher oil or higher water content, they’re usually softer than clays, offering a lower level of hold, but with a greater degree of remouldability.
Waxes often have a low to medium shine, which means that in most cases they normally avoid the ‘wet look’ that can come about with pomades and gels. Instead, non matte-waxes usually impart a shine that enhances the natural colour of your hair, and when used in small amounts, creates contrast and texture which can work really well in relaxed as well as formal hairstyles.
The American Crew Fiber is a typical matte wax. Easy to apply, with a fantastic hold that is re-workable when needed, we can see why it’s a favourite among so many hair stylists.
For a soft, re-workable wax, this product has a remarkable hold, which is why Hawkins & Brimble Hair Moulding Wax makes the list. Its Jojoba and Almond oils enhance the natural colour of your hair without feeling greasy.
The Hybridized Wax from Hanz De Fuko is a wax with a medium hold and a medium-high shine which imparts a satin finish. Great for creating shape and texture while enhancing the natural colour of your hair and adding contrast.
Fudge Matte Hed stands out from the rest of these waxes for its finish. It applies like a wax, but sets somewhat like a gel with a totally matte finish. This is great for those with hard to tame hair who want to create volume, or for those looking to set their hair firmly in place for the day.
The Bionic Sheen Wax from Recipe for Men makes use of silver pigment to create its shine without looking greasy. It freshens and revitalises hair while offering an impressively strong hold.
This lightweight, water soluble Sponge Wax from Hanz De Fuko is is versatile and easy to use. Perfect for creating messy, relaxed styles, as well as more subtle, neat, or sophisticated looks, this wax has a matte finish and a medium hold.
This Art of Hair Shape Paste from Shu Uemura is a combination between hair paste and wax, offering a soft, re-workable hold with a light, naturalistic shine. Ideal for creating shape and texture, this product stands out for its ease of application.
Another hybrid product, this Men’s Wax Pomade from Redken Brews combines the shine of a pomade with the hold and ease of application of a wax. This means you can create classic looks like side partings and slicked back hair without worrying about your look losing its shape, requiring you to reapply throughout the day.
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