The Best Men's Hair Gels
We try countless men's hair products in our barbershop. We have become go to guys for our clients to recommend them a product that's going to work for them consistently. When I started 10 years ago the most common question was what is the best men's hair gel. These days, not so much. It seems like guys aren't using much hair gel.
I started asking some guys that used to use hair gel why they don't anymore. The answers ranged from the hair gel flaking or it's too crusty, to guys thinking that it was causing them to lose hair. Lately the question has gone from what is the best hair gel for men to should I use hair gel at all.
Gels have gotten a bad rap lately since the cheap ones can really damage your hair. Dried, irritated scalp. Weak and damaged hair. Hair loss. These are all things that can happen if you use cheap gels. It's important to use a good hair gel.
As with many men's hair products, there are so many choices that it is easy to choose a bad one and think that all products are the same. There are some great men's hair gels out there that won't flake or become crusty or make your hair look too sculpted.
|American Crew Firm |
Hold Styling Gel
|Rating: 4.5 Stars||$||13.1 Fl Ounces|
|Assuage Mild Styling |
|Rating: 3.7 Stars||$||4.0 Ounces|
|Alterna Bamboo |
Men Power Hold
Max Strength Gel for
|Rating: 3.3 Stars||$||4.2 Ounces|
|Shu Uemura Art of |
Hair Fiber Lift -
|Rating: 3 Stars||$$$||5 Ounces|
|Philip B - Styling Gel||Rating: 5 Stars||$$||6.0 Ounces|
|Clubman Styling Gel |
Hair Groom For Men
|Rating: 5 Stars||$||3.75 Ounces|
|Amplixin Volumizing Styling Hair Gel||Rating: 4.6 Stars||$$||8.0 Ounces|
|Goldwell Dual Senses |
Men's Styling Power
|Rating: 4 Stars||$$||5.0 Ounces|
|Woody's Grooming: Mega Firm Gel||Rating: 4.3 Stars||$||12.0 Ounces|
|Woody's Grooming Gel||Rating: 4.5 Stars||$||12.0 Ounces|
|Herbal Choice Mari |
Organic Hair Gel
|Rating: 4 Stars||$$||8.0 Ounces|
Here's a list of the best men's hair gels to help you out!
1-American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel
Always alcohol-free, this will not dry out your hair. The high hold works well in windy and even humid conditions. American Crew has a great reputation and it is for a reason. They do the job at the right price. If you want a proven winner then check out these gels for light or firm hold. They won't flake if you run your fingers through your hair once it dries. It also doesn't have that intense wet look unless you apply it to wet hair.
2-Assuage Mild Styling Hair Gel
Not only do I love how this men's hair gel works, especially for the price, but the scent of sage and bergamot is so fantastic! An all-natural styling gel, you can feel good about using this gel. It won't damage your hair or scalp. In fact, the sage extract and ginseng extract actually help improve the health of your hair. Great for all hair types.
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3-Alterna Bamboo Men Power Hold Max Strength Gel for Men
Alterna makes some great men's hair products by using ingredients that actually help your hair and scalp. Making use of bamboo and hemp seed oil, you're nourishing your scalp by using this hair gel. It gives a great firm hold with a nice natural shine.
4-Shu Uemura Art of Hair Fiber Lift - Volumizing Protective Gel
The Cadillac of men's hair styling gel, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Fiber Lift is not cheap. You get what you pay for, however. This men's gel is perfect if your hair is thin or light and you want some volume. Leaving your hair with a nice shine, it also protects your hair from heat if you use a hair dryer to style your hair, as well as from the sun if you are outdoors a lot. It won't leave your hair sticky or dry your hair out. If you are serious about styling your hair, then you need to try this product.
5-Philip B - Styling Gel
This is a light hold gel, so if you have very thick hair or have a complicated style, then this gel might not be the best one for your needs. If you have normal hair, you will love this. It's made with seaweed extract and Irish Moss, which keeps your hair moisturized as opposed to drying out your hair the way most cheap gels do.
6-Clubman Styling Gel Hair Groom For Men
This is an old school men's hair gel, but unlike most of the old school products, this one contains no alcohol. Alcohol is a big no-no in hair products as it leaves your hair dried out and damaged. If you love that classic barbershop smell, then look no further than this gel. Smelling like your grandpa is totally in style right now!
7-Amplixin Volumizing Styling Hair Gel
This new men's hair gel is pretty amazing. It works great giving your hair a medium hold along with a natural shine. But, it is also an organic hair gel that has no sulfates or parabens that damage the hair. Not only that, but it contains caffeine which is has recently been found to stimulate hair growth and strengthens weakened hair. It is actually beneficial to your hair to use this gel. If you have been using a cheap gel and are seeing the negative effects on your hair, use this gel to repair it while looking great.
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8-Goldwell Dual Senses Men's Styling Power Gel
This is another styling gel containing caffeine to stimulate your hair. I've heard from my clients that it does leave the hair feeling much healthier after using it. It's a high hold gel with a medium shine and lasts all day. Made in Germany, so you know it is well engineered!
9-Woody's Grooming: Mega Firm Gel
If you have thick hair or have a complicated style that most gels can't handle, then you need this Woody's Power Gel. It is extremely high hold. It smells pretty good, too.
10-Woody's Grooming Gel: Light Hold
Since this is a light hold gel it is perfect if you don't want your hair too stiff. It still gives great hold, but it feels softer and gives you some control over your style if you want to switch it up during the day. It has a nice citrusy scent, too.
11-Herbal Choice Mari Organic Hair Gel
Over the past few years I have seen a vast improvement in organic men's hair products. In the past they just weren't as effective as the other products. Now is another story altogether. Herbal Choice gel is a great medium hold gel and without any chemicals at all. Some organic gels can leave the hair feeling a bit greasy, but this one feels great. It will leave your hair styled the way you want while leaving your hair looking and feeling natural.
READ: Check out this list of the best all natural men's hair products.
Final Thoughts on the Best Men's Hair Gel
Do any of you use any of these gels? What is your favorite? Let me know and if I can get a hold of a sample for the shop I will add it to the list of it makes the cut.
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Mary Ware says
Hello Admin! You have missed my all time favorite GKhair gel. I am using it for the past couple of years to create sleek, smooth style and long lasting strong hold. Generates optimal results when applied prior to blow drying and provides shape and hold to your style. I love it & would highly recommend it. 🙂 <3