Great for dry, damaged and lion-like hair, John Allan's Smoothe Conditioning Styling Cream ($15) helps control your mane with a long list of natural ingredients like aloe and carrot root extracts, avocado, and honey and milk proteins. Use it to hydrate and style your hair. Reapply it as necessary to keep your 'do styled all day.
For combating fine/thinning hair on a budget, nothing beats L'Oreal Vive Pro for Men Daily Thickening 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner ($5). With Regenium XY technology, it fortifies hair from root to end for thicker hair, adding body and a more couple years until you'll need to order that head rug.
If you're looking for a higher-end shampoo for everyday use, check out John Allan's Ocean Daily Nourishing Shampoo ($15). The cleanser works with any hair type, has an excellent clean scent, and enriches your hair and scalp with Sea Kelp and Aloe Vera. If you're running a little thin these days, take a look at John Allan's Thick Deep Cleansing Shampoo ($18), which makes your hair appear fuller and thicker, and might just help regrow your sprouts a little.
According to a Gallup Study, 16% of men use hairspray. If you're one of those guys (we're not ashamed to say that we occasionally partake), ditch the Aqua Net for good and get yourself a can of the Redken For Men Hold Still styling spray ($11; Salons only in Sept.). We've been testing it for a week or so and can tell you that it's a fast-drying spray that provides super firm hold all day long. In addition to keeping your hair in place, it also protects and keeps its healthy with pro vitamin B5 and vitamin E.
Sure, back when we were all in high school there was never any worry about lost or thinning hair. Now many of us can't see a single hair in the sink or shower without freaking out. Well, Redken For Men has just the stuff. Bulk Up Thickening Spray ($TBA) is a non-aerosol spray that lifts roots and adds body, fullness and texture to fine or thinning hair. You may not be able to bring back hair that's already gone, but you can make sure you make the most of the hair you have left.
If you're starting to hit that point with your hair that you're starting to see more than you'd like left on the pillow, inside of your hat or the shower floor, maybe it's time to rethink your hair care products — starting with your shampoo. Billy Jealousy Fuzzy Logic Strengthening Shampoo ($22) features an advanced peppermint formula containing DHT blocking agents, which help to fight hair loss right at the root. Hey, we like hats, but would you want to wear one all the time?
You can use a small amount of this handy hair paste for a neat look or a lot for a more positioned style. Sharps Mission Control Guck-in-a-Puck ($14) works on all hair types — damp or dry — and won't leave it greasy. Plus, who doesn't like being greeted by a smiling astronaut every morning before fixing your hair?
Whether you've had fine hair your whole life or you're just now reaching that time in your life when natural thinning occurs, Redken's Body Up Volumizing Shampoo ($9) is here to help. It cleans and makes your hair fuller without weighing it down. The smell overwhelmed us at first, but then we realized that's because we've been using whatever our mom and girlfriends bought for us over the years — this is a real man's shampoo and smells more like musk than melons.
There’s nothing worse than waking up in a strange bed and then realizing you're already locked into spending today with this woman, but your hair looks like a disgruntled bird’s nest. For those times, Aveda Control Tape Style Strips ($20) are a savior in little orange form. Take a strip out, wet it or your hair, and style to your heart’s content — just try to avoid any style involved with Twisted Sister or Wham!.
It’s hard to find a good, reliable hair product that will give you control over what your fro will look like the entire day yet not repel women with porcupine-ish spikes. We here at Uncrate have been using #12 Rough Paste from Redken ($14-15) for almost two years now, and we have yet to find anything better — despite the fact that we’ve experimented with quite a few different styles over that time period. We even almost agree with Redken’s description that it offers “rough, ragged texture and moveable, non-stop separation,” so unless you’re bald, check this stuff out.