Should I Use Wax, Po­made, or Gel?

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - The Essential -

Nev­er­mind any­one who says gel is for the Jer­sey Shore or wax is only good on surf­boards. Choos­ing the right hair prod­uct de­pends on the look you’re try­ing to achieve, whether it’s shiny or matte—flex­i­ble or firm hold. Gel is a clas­sic prod­uct, of­ten shunned for por­tray­ing an old school “wet” look, but it’s good for guys who want an all-day hold—and don’t have time to wait for their hair to dry first. Gel is best ap­plied on damp hair af­ter you shower, as long as you aren’t palm­ing your mane. To avoid the dreaded white flakes that of­ten ac­com­pany gel, thor­oughly wash your hair first and use only as much prod­uct as you need. A dime size will do. Re­mem­ber, you can al­ways add more later. Wax gives your strands a matte fin­ish, and it’s thicker than gel, but doesn’t harden or feel sticky. Most waxes are oil-based and have a mod­er­ate hold, which makes them more dif­fi­cult to wash out. To ap­ply, shape your hair in the di­rec­tion you style it while it’s dry­ing. Take a small amount of wax and spread it evenly across your hands. Ap­ply it once your hair is com­pletely dry start­ing at the back to avoid clump­ing near the front. For ex­tra hold, add hair­spray to your waxed fin­ish. If you have dry hair or want a flex­i­ble hold, po­made is your ideal prod­uct. Many po­mades are wa­ter-based, so they’re light­weight and wash out eas­ily. For a slicked back look, ap­ply to wet hair and style as de­sired. Look for po­mades with a matte fin­ish for ev­ery­day wear, and ap­ply it to dry hair as you would a wax. Once you know what look you want and what prod­ucts work best for your hair type, you’ll only need to keep one or two prod­ucts on hand to get the right style ev­ery time. hairs.

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