I know it's not very manly to ask for hair product advice but I need help. After years of having a buzzcut, I let my hair grow back but I cannot get it to stayed styled. I've attached a couple photos of what I am going for (nicely combed to the side, maybe with little pop in the front and dry). I can get it looking nice in the morning but wind and just general movement throughout the day causes it to quickly look messy. Or I overdo it with the gel or paste (which are the products I've tried so far) and it looks wet and kind of clumped together. I go to Walgreens or CVS and I have no idea what to buy. I see guys everyday who achieve this look and I want to ask them how but that would be weird so I figured I would ask it here. Any product/how to style is advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Thanks Jon, the description sounds like what I am looking for. 

It would be helpful to see a photo of you, too...see what we're dealing with.

 

Generally speaking, I always recommend that the haircut accentuate what your hair already does, naturally, instead of just picking it out of a book.  Some people's hair goes in that direction naturally, but others would need a LOT of help in the form of heat styling and even gels/pomades.

 

So, how did you choose this style?  And, did you go to a barber?  You might consider consulting a barber...their job, their specialty in fact, is in making men look good.

 

As for the unmanly comment...nothing could be further from the truth.  We're here to help.

Thanks Chuck, I appreciate the help. I don't have any photos of me with hair. Only with the buzzcut. I haven't had hair long. I chose this style because I recently started working in an office and I figure it's important to look sharp, as oppose to having shaggy, messy hair. I don't want anything too over the top, as it doesn't really fit my personality. I like this look because it looks sharp but simple.

I think it is possible to accomplish it with what my hair does naturally. I can get it styled but it comes undone throughout the day. It mostly gets messy along the part.

Also, I most recently got it cut cheap by a Chinese hairdresser. She did a good job but wasn't going to give me an advice on how to maintain it. I had grown it out to a point where it was really messy and needed to get it cleaned up quickly for my interview. Next time I am going to go to a quality barber but I figured in the meantime I would ask here.

Phone, webcam, etc.  We're never more than a few steps away from a camera, these days.

 

If your hair is basically going into this style on its own, then you need only minimal hold to keep it in place.  Almost anything from hair spray to gel to a pomade would be good choices, depending on the look you want to achieve.  Be aware that the heavier products weigh down the hair, and pomade makes it look shiny/greasy, which can actually be good with certain styles.  But, first and foremost, your hair should just "lay down" in the right position, with no product.  Product is used to *lock* it into place, after it's already styled.

 

If the part is the issue, then try this.  (And it could be an issue with the cut...do try to find a good barber)  Do you have a hair dryer?  Try using the heat to "set" your hair into the right position, before using product to lock it into place.

 

If you've always had a buzz cut, I presume that you don't know how to do basic styling...you've never had to do it before.  Youtube has a huge number of videos dealing with hair styling.  Let me see if I can find something that would be helpful.

And, congratulations on the new job!

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