Hey guys, I'm looking to finish my switch over from a longer, shaggy hair style (not a "Beiber cut", but close) over to something more manly and presentable. My hair's a medium length now, and I'm looking to keep my bangs styled up and over to the side.
Something kind of like this, maybe?:
Anyone have any idea what kind of hair products to use to achieve something like this? Not really greasy, but slick and clean looking. Help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance!
(Haha, just realized that this image came off of AoM, through a google search of combed bangs, what a coincidence.)
Sounds promising, any idea where they sell this stuff offline? Target or Wal-Mart or something?
I believe Target carries it but I always buy it from Amazon because it's always cheaper. Gotta love Prime shipping.
Over the years I have shied away from any preparation that would make my hair stiff. I prefer having my hair cur very short (buzzed, almost) on the sides and back (tapered back - not square or round). I leave more than a little on the top to comb. I like a cream called VO5 for Men (Blue, in my case, since I've got lots of grey) using just a small dab in the palm incorporated into quite damp hair. It dries with a nice subdued shine and allows the natural wave that's always been there to show itself. Only need a quick comb if it gets out of place. Never 'molded'. A fairly classic look. And one that I really don't mind if a gal slides her hands through it.
If that's you in the photo you look pretty sharp. I no longer bother with the part either but that's a matter of personal choice.
If that's you in the photo you look pretty sharp.
Agreed, LOL. I wish that was me.
Dapper Dan , or if you are slumming it use Fob
I don't want Fop goddammit, I'm a Dapper Dan man.
Wait for Chuck Knight to comment, he seems to be the hair expert. My Dad did his hair like that all his life with Dep styling gel, or whatever gel was on sale.
Compared to me he hemorrhaged money, though.
Why not just use gelatin?
No kidding - check it out online. Gel is short for Gelatin. get a box of unflavored gelatin, heat up some water, and stir in the gelatin a bit at a time until it's tube goo thick if that's what you are going for, or yogurt thick if you want the creme kind. Then spritz whatever cologne you wear in it, so you don't have a smell conflict thing going on.
Gotta keep it in the fridge, but it'll keep forever.
Only thing women dig more than a guy with brand name styling gel in his cabinet is a guy with money in the bank - just sayin.
Hair expert? Nah. I've just had enough people tell me wrong information, that I took the time to learn what really works.
So, let's start with this question. What does your hair look like without product? Does it have that healthy shine? If so, then fantastic...you don't need to do anything except, and only if necessary, use something to hold it in place!
If not, then you need to make it shine. And, that involves product. Unfortunately, it also involves a bit of experimentation. But, that can be fun.
Start with one of the classics. Brylcreme or Groom & Clean. Same basic kind of product. You use the *tiniest* little bit, rub it thoroughly into your hair, and then go to town styling it however you want.
Essentially what they do is to put moisture (oil/grease/wax) into your hair, with the result of making it more manageable, so it stays in place. It kinda' "sticks" together, though it's not really sticky unless you use WAY too much.
Those are classic choices and, while they do work well, they also have limitations. And, they put "goop" in your hair. If all you need is the shine, and not the hold, then you need only put in the shine. Hair polish (yes, I'm serious) does exactly that. One of my barbers used to try to push it on me, until she realized that I prefer the dry look...but it was a silk extract, and did give a very nice shine, without the "glued in place" look that many gels and some pomades can give.
Further, the newer products, like hairspray, have way better hold for some, and when used right they also give a finished look. They do it very quickly, too...a few down sides, like how long it lasts, etc...but it's cheap, works very well, and gives a very polished result when used right. Check youtube, or check with your barber, for specific directions for your hair.
Now. John mentioned DEP hair gel. Yes. Absolutely yes. 100% yes. It's wonderful stuff...if you need it. It's great for firm hold, so use it very sparingly unless you want the wet hair-helmet look. It also has the dual benefits of being cheap and easily removed when you wash your hair.
And, John is also right, in that the basic ingredients are pretty consistent across the same types of products. Gels, for example, are usually comparable with one another, which means that the tub from ULTA is pretty much the same as the tub from the local dollar store.
Seems like every time I see you post something, it's very long and informative. Thanks to both of you.
As far as the topic goes, I really only need the hold I think. My hair tends to naturally flop down onto my head, no matter how much I comb it into place. Just comes right back down after a few minutes. I also don't think I need a SUPER firm hold, because I don't want to stab my girlfriend if she decides to run a hand through it. Probably going to try Groom and Clean, or that molding cream Jon mentioned if I don't get many more suggestions. Thanks people!