Updated: Feb 23, 2018 3:39 pm
Just because some of you are fortunate enough to still have your flowing locks, guys, doesn’t mean you know which are the best men's hair products for long thick hair — although you’ve probably tried a bunch of different options. It’s all well and good getting a great cut but if you don’t have the right hair products at home, you’re pretty much doomed.
Rather than get upset, though, we’re here to tell you exactly what kind of hair products you should use for your long thick hair, helping you get ready faster and making sure you leave your apartment looking as dashing as can be.
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See the best men’s hair products for long thick hair below!
Best Shampoo For Men's Thick Hair
As much as you may think it doesn’t matter what shampoo you opt for, you’re wrong. These shampoos will give you a great clean without stripping or drying out the hair (and leave it smelling awesome, too).
Honeydew Natural Daily Shampoo (Best Value For Money)
This super rich, creamy, moisturizing and 100% natural daily shampoo is specially made for thick and curly hair. Made with therapeutic-grade pure avocado oil, it nourishes the hair and since it contains no harsh ingredients, harmful chemicals or unnecessary additives, it’s great for everyday use. Made in the USA, this shampoo is paraben and sulfate free, and not tested on animals so it’s suitable for vegans/vegetarians.
T’zikal Deep Hydrating All Natural Organic Shampoo Essential Oils (Best For Fighting Frizz)
We might not be able to pronounce it but this shampoo has a blend of 30 key active 100% natural ingredients and powerful essential oils including ojon oil, bergamot oil, orange oil, and other natural plant-based ingredients which have deeply reparative and protective properties to help hydrate the hair and keep it healthy and free from damage and dandruff. It restores hair’s natural radiance by delivering moisture to the scalp and sealing the cuticle, leaving hair soft, manageable and free of frizz or flyaways. It’s also not tested on animals and has no artificial fragrances, colors, dyes or harmful chemicals.
Best Conditioner For Men's Thick Hair
There are a lot of conditioners on the market, but softening thick hair is quite the task so you want to make sure you’ve got a product that is up to it. Try one of these top conditioners to soften the hair and make it brushable.
Maple Hollistics Argan Oil Shampoo (Best Value For Money)
Although technically for all hair types, this conditioner is great at nourishing hair and repairing and regenerating hair shafts for smoother, healthier-looking hair. It restores hydration to the hair deep inside the follicles while improving manageability, promoting natural hair growth and shine, and improving hair softness and texture. Ingredients include pure argan oil, almond oil, pro-vitamin B5 and hydrolyzed silk. It is an easy-to-use treatment that is sodium, paraben, sulfate and cruelty-free. It also smells amazing.
Pureology Hydrate Conditioner (Best For Fighting Frizz)
A sulfate free conditioner that deeply hydrates and moisturizes medium to thick hair types, without weighing the hair down. It moisturizes normal to thick dry hair, is 100% vegan and is made with an aromatherapy blend of ylang ylang, bergamot, patchouli, peppermint, corn mint, jojoba, green tea, and sage to condition the hair, while soy, oat, and wheat proteins strengthen and rebuild it. Users report that the conditioner is light, doesn't leave a heavy, waxy residue, and leaves hair frizz-free.
Puracy Natural Conditioner (Our Top Pick)
This plant-based hair conditioner detangles hair without toxic silicone buildup, sulfates and parabens. It gets rid of static, friction and tangles naturally without any heavy residue weighing it down. Made with soap-bark, black walnut, ginseng, matricaria, and plant-based pro vitamin B5, it penetrates each follicle to deliver deep hydration and hair growth nutrients for healthier hair. Puracy’s hypoallergenic formula which is not tested on animals has a light fresh mint, citrus, and eucalyptus scent and is great if you want a natural product that will do the job just as well as a chemical-based one.
Styling Hair Products for Men's Thick Hair
For long thick hair, you’ll definitely need a good serum, pomade, and wax for those slicked-back days. Here are three great must-have products for your bathroom.
Anchors Aweigh Teddy Boy Matte (Best Value For Money)
This handmade water-based matte wax is made with non-greasy organic oils to give you a great matte hold without any shine. It’s soft and works through hair easily, and if you make a mistake you can always rectify it as it’s easy to remould and restyle. It’s infused with bamboo extract & vitamin E for stronger, fuller hair and is awesome for providing texture and encouraging hair growth. One of the best things about it is that it's water soluble so washing it out of your hands and hair is a breeze. The container is pretty cool too.
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum (Best For Fighting Frizz)
Paul Mitchell knows what he’s doing when it comes to hair. The lightweight silicone in this smoothing hair serum instantly smoothes, conditions and seals hair with added shine. It reduces dry time, penetrates deep into the hair shaft, and leaves hair silky, shiny and frizz-free in any weather. One reviewer says, “I have naturally curly hair. When Minnesota winter hits, it dries out and takes on a life of its own. The serum helps keep the flyaway manageable without all the goop of gels and other heavy products.”
Men’s Styling Gel For Thick Hair
For those of you who like to do crazy, more demanding things with your hair, i.e. mohawk, spiked-up, or slicked back (think: Jeremy Lin [link]), here are three gels that’ll help you in your endeavours.
1Got2b Spiked Up Schwarzkopf (Best Value For Money)
This gel by hair experts Schwarzkopf is great for the spiky, stiff, or sleek look. Whatever you decide to do to your hair, it'll be staying that way. It’s a great product for extremely demanding hairstyles because it’s hard-wired for hard-hold. Stubborn and inflexible, its firm grip makes styling easy. Just work a liberal amount through damp or dry hair and style however you choose.
Paul Mitchell Super Clean Sculpting Gel (Our Top Pick)
The Super Clean Sculpting Gel from Paul Mitchell provides firm hold and maximum control to shape your desired hair style. It’s made with glossy resins and shine enhancing conditioners which have extracts of algae, aloe, jojoba, henna, and rosemary and works great for thick straight, wavy, or curly hair. It dries quickly and works through hair easily. To use just apply a small amount close to the scalp and sculpt the hair as desired.
Best Styling Product For Men's Thick Wavy Hair
If you have thick wavy or curly hair then you’ll already know that you need specialized products for your locks. Here are some of the best products for your particular hair type.
Kenra Curl Defining Cream (Best Value For Money)
Kenra Curl Defining Cream refines and separates curls and waves while taming frizz and flyaway hairs. Its humidity-resistant formula adds control and shine with a soft, touchable finish. It promotes curl memory, and helps to fight frizz. This is a great product for anyone who likes and has embraced the natural curly look, like Kit Harrington.
Royal Locks Pro Curl Cream Gel (Best For Fighting Frizz)
This ultra curl definer and enhancer gives your curls and waves a fantastic bouncy hold without the crunchiness of mousse or gel. It moisturizes, holds, repairs, smooths, nourishes, volumizes and conditions while styling without paraben or sulfates. It’s made with Moroccan argan oil which gives it a pleasant light clean scent and consistency. It’s great at fighting frizz and is formulated to work with natural wavy to tight curls. Let dry naturally or, for a curlier look, use a diffuser.