Glue-like hold. Transparent with no white residue. Just a bit needed to secure and style hair for hours. Works well for vertical styles.
Requires lots of water to wash out.
Features an alcohol-free, solid hold formula. Offers control and luster. Flake-free formula. Medium hold for more natural grooming. Wet-look gel that smells fresh.
Fragrance is strong.
Effective styling with just a small amount. Fragrant scent is refreshing but not overpowering. Works great for medium to thick hair. Offers flexible styling. Alcohol-free, so it doesn't dry out hair. Easy to rinse out.
Not ideal for thinner hair.
One application lasts all day. Barber and hairdresser recommended for covering up graying hair. Washes off easily in the shower. Doesn't stain clothes or leave residue. Suitable for all hair types and lengths.
Not a general use styling gel.
Prevents flaking. Does not dry the hair and scalp. Allows for easier distribution through hair. Great for a variety of styles, from slicked back wet look to spikes. Adds texture and volume. Works well on wet or dry hair.
Hold may be a bit too firm.
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Men’s hair is different from women’s, and most men prefer scents that are far different than the abundance of fruity, floral, sweet smells in women’s styling gels. Most hair styling gels made specifically for men have a musk, clean scent – or no scent at all. They also tend to be heavily formulas for a firm, long-lasting style, to build body and hold flyaways in place. Men’s styling gel is a great product for unique hairstyles, like mohawks, highly textured waves, curls, and to give fine, thin hair a thicker and fuller appearance (with the right formula and application). A little tends to go a long way, so even a small tube or bottle should last months, and most cost less than $15.