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Grooming 101: Pomade, Hair Wax and Hair Gel for Men's Hair Styling | Sephora New Zealand

Good grooming is an important player in presenting your best self to the world—whether at the office, on the green or kicking back with the family. For a lot of gents that means locking in on the perfect hair styling product that will deliver the right hold, style and flexibility day in, day out with ease. Not sure which hair product is right for you? There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but here’s what you need to know about the top three products out there: pomade, gel and wax.

Types of Hair Styling Products for Men

  • Pomade: If you’re trying to be Don Draper, this is a good place to start. Pomades deliver unparalleled shine and luster (but you can find them in matte finishes, too), and allow for flexible, buildable styling with light-to-medium hold. Great for hair that’s naturally on the drier side, use pomade for slicked-back looks, quiffs and pompadours. Depending on how much shine and hold you want, you can apply pomade to dry or wet hair. Simply warm up a small amount of products between your palms, and work through hair—adding more if greater hold is needed.

  • Hair Wax: With more hold than a typical pomade and less of a ‘greasy’ feel, hair wax is ideal for more oily hair types. Wax products dry out after applied, locking your style and texture in place with medium-to-high hold, making them ideal for more expressive, highly textured styles like spiky hair. To apply, do the same as above with the pomade, but always apply to dry hair, not wet, and try not to overload your hair with product.

  • Hair Gel: The absolute strongest hold comes from hair gel—we’re talking rock solid here. Where pomade and wax just won’t hold up, gel is your best option. Try lighter gels if you have finer hair, firmer holds for an iron grip on thick, unruly locks. To apply, rub a small (and we mean small) amount between fingers and run through damp hair. Remember, a little bit goes a long way. Despite it’s maximum holding powers, gel does wash out easily so you never have to go to bed with that crunchy feel.

Whatever you’re looking for—high-shine and flexible hold or hair that won’t budge an inch, rain or shine— Sephora New Zealand has the best men’s hair styling products for all hair types. Shop online for you best groomed self yet!

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