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To help you determine the best hair gel for men’s hair, we have tried dozens of top products, preferring items with formulations that create strong holds and those that are water soluble, easily washing out with a shower. We also liked products that allow for easy combing and brushing of hair and those that contain natural and non-toxic ingredients. Consider adding this product to your list of bathroom essentials.
The best item we tried was easily the Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold Pomade, which boasts a uniquely strong formulation that can easily be combed and shaped to suit a variety of different aesthetics. It is also completely water soluble, easily washing out with just water and without the need for shampoo or other cleaning agents, and contains no toxic chemicals of any kind. Keep reading to learn more about Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold Pomade and the other products on this list.
Award: Top Pick
WHY WE LIKE IT: Ultra-strong formulation that can easily shape hair and washes out with just water, without the use of additional cleaning agents, and is manufactured without the use of toxic ingredients.
This Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold Pomade is an extremely powerful product that is ideally suited for shaping even the most stubborn of hair follicles. The ingredients are safe and non-toxic and the solution is completely water soluble, meaning it can be washed out with just water and without the need for additional cleaning agents, such as shampoo. We also liked how easy it was to apply and to use.
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This is an extremely strong formulation and may not be the best fit for some consumers who are looking for a mild gel. Additionally, it does leave a scent in its wake, though this was by no means a deal breaker, as we found that we actually liked the odor. This hair gel combined with a sexy shave from your electric shaver is going to have you looking very good indeed.
Award: Honorable Mention
WHY WE LIKE IT: Strong formulation with a high viscosity that is ideally suited for those with medium or thick hair and is available in a wide variety of size options, all the way up to 96 ounces of product.
This Johnny B Mode Styling Gel is a fantastic product for those with medium or thick hair, thanks to a high viscosity rating that excels at shaping and creating a lush and thick end result. It is water soluble, like our top pick, and washes out without the need for additional cleaning agents, such as soap or shampoo. We also liked that it is available in a wide variety of size options, all the way up to 56 ounces of product.
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Though this product excels with medium and thick hair, it may not be ideally suited for those with thinning hair. Also, it does leave behind a scent in its wake, which we found to be on the strong side. You can use all kinds of gadgets for men to groom, but if your hair doesn’t look good, the rest doesn’t really fall into place. This gel does the job.
Award: Best Budget
WHY WE LIKE IT: Budget-conscious formulation that is free of alcohol and filled with natural extracts, which help to create a thicker end result, making it the best hair gel for men’s thinning hair on this list.
This American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel features a formulation that is completely free of alcohol, which is nice, and boasts the addition of a suite of natural extracts, which help to create a thick and lush end result, even with thin hair. The holding power is firm and nearly in line with our top picks and the product comes in a large 33.8 ounce container, while still remaining budget-friendly.
Though we loved that the item comes in such a large container, it does not arrive with a pump, so it may need an additional purchase for easy application. Also, this product does not excel with creating the kind of “wet look” some consumers are looking for, creating something far more natural. I would recommend using the best lighted makeup mirror so that you can see exactly how good your hair looks.
Award: Longest Lasting
WHY WE LIKE IT: Extremely strong formulation that lasts all day, allowing ultra-firm holds that do not fade over time, with an easy application process and a formula that does not flake.
This Sexyhair Style Hard Up Hard Holding Gel features an ultra-strong non-flake formulation that lasts throughout the day (all day), helping to maintain firm holds while at work or during social events. The application process is extremely easy, with the product arriving in a squeeze tube, and it can be applied to both wet and dry hair, which we found to be useful during busy mornings. We also liked that the gel does not have much of an odor, with only a mild aroma present after use.
Though this product excels with creating a natural look, it doesn’t do quite as well for spikes and other unique aesthetic options. Additionally, this does a great job with medium to thick hair, but does not excel with thinning hair. This gel will help your hair to look as good as your teeth do after you use the best toothbrush.
Award: Easiest to Apply
WHY WE LIKE IT: Extremely easy to apply hair gel that arrives in a pack of three containers, totaling 18 ounces of product, and absolutely excels with vertical hair styles, such as spikes and the like.
This Got2b Ultra Glued Invincible Styling Hair Gel boasts a uniquely strong formulation that excels with vertical hair styles, such as spikes and mohawks, creating an extremely firm hold in a matter of moments. It is also extremely easy to apply, thanks to a squeeze bottle design, and can be used on wet or dry hair. We also liked that it came in a multipack of three containers, totaling 18 ounces of product, which can help it to remain fresh.
Though this gel is easy to apply, it does require cleaning agents in order to wash out, such as shampoo, whereas our top picks just need water. Also, this item excels with medium to thick hair but does not do as well with thin hair, though it is still serviceable.
Award: Best for Shine
WHY WE LIKE IT: Unique formulation that creates an extremely shiny end result, when applied to damp hair, that is water soluble, so it can be washed out without the need of additional cleaning agents, such as shampoo.
This Smooth Viking Hair Care Pomade boasts a unique formulation that excels with creating a shiny end result when applied to damp hair, in addition to doing a decent job with creating a natural look when applied to dry hair. The product is water soluble and can be washed out without the need for shampoo and the ingredients on offer are natural and completely free of toxins. We also liked that the product is certified to be cruelty free, having not been tested on animals.
The container that the product arrives in is on the smaller side, at just two ounces, but we found that a little does go a long way with this item. Additionally, it does leave an odor in its wake, though that scent can be mitigated by simply using less product.
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Award: Best Moderate Hold
WHY WE LIKE IT: Formulation that creates a moderate hold that is suitable for nearly all hair styles and thicknesses and is particularly effective at creating a natural look that is free of too much shine.
This Old Spice Sculpting Pomade for Men boasts a unique formulation that excels with creating a moderate to medium hold that is suitable for nearly all hair styles and is effective with an array of hair thickness options, including thinning hair. The product is easy to apply, which is in line with our top pick, and is free of toxic ingredients, with an ingredient list filled with a variety of essential oils and the like.
Though the ingredient list is free of toxic ingredients, it does contain alcohol, which may not suit the needs of all consumers. Additionally, the odor left in its wake on the stronger side, though it can be lessened by simply using a smaller amount of product.
To help narrow down to the above list of the best hair gels for men, we first tested products for hold capabilities, preferring items that easily produced a firm and long-lasting, high hold that can easily adapt to a wide variety of hair styles. We made sure to populate the list of hair gels for men with an array of styling products that are suited to different hair thickness options, from thinning hair to the thickest possible amount of follicles.
We were also interested with the application process, favoring hair products that were easy to apply, usually by just squeezing or rubbing a small amount onto the hand and spreading throughout the hair. For wash out, we liked items that were water soluble and could be removed without the use of additional cleaning agents, such as shampoo, though if a product needed shampoo in order to be removed we made sure the process was as efficient as possible.
We populated the list with a nice mix of standard hair gels for men and pomade products, to suit a variety of tastes, being sure to choose items that allowed consumers to create natural looks, wet looks, with plenty of shine, and even unique styles, such as spikes and mohawks. Finally, we preferred products that were budget-conscious and those that did not leave too much of a pronounced odor in their wake, though pomades usually come with some type of scent.
To have a look at other popular brands and to compare pricing, specs, and customer reviews, search for our Top Picks on Amazon.com. Other great gels that just missed our list was the Jack Black Body-Building Hair Gel – a lightweight hair gel with a clean feel and no build-up or flaking, and Mitch by Paul Mitchell Steady Grip.