My Favorite Mens’ Grooming Products – Care & Styling of Men’s Hair
What’s On My Counter?
As About.com’s’s Hair Guide, I use and try lots of different men’s grooming products — at any given moment, my bathroom countertop will be loaded with dozens of different pastes, creams, soaps, and products. Once I finish testing a product for review, I normally pass it along to a friend or client (or stash below the bathroom sink). There are a few products, however, that I must selfishly keep for myself. What’s on my counter right now? Take a look!
Just For Men Color Gel – My facial hair is very light and getting a bit gray. When I’m sporting some face fuzz, this product helps darken it up and tones down the gray with a fairly natural result in under 10 minutes.
American Crew Fiber – I love Fiber for creating some really aggressive texture in my hair. I’ve used this stuff for years.
Redken for Men Maneuver Working Wax – Similar to American Crew’s Fiber, but a little lighter. This is good stuff to create texture or go for a more formal look with a natural shine. Although the name contains the word wax, there’s nothing really waxy about it.
American Crew Forming Cream – If you’re looking for great hold, and texture with a little shine, this product is one of the best.
Gage for Men Pomade Dressing – One of the best water-based pomades I’ve tested. This gives me a brilliant shine, and it smells great — like a classic barbershop.
Balla Powder – This is a little powder for, uh… look at the name and figure it out on your own!
Bed Head B For Men Matte Separation Workable Wax – Another one of my favorite matte finish products. It’s VERY similar to Redken for Men Maneuver Working Wax.
Woody’s Clay – This stuff gives amazing control with a matte finish, but remains pliable after it dries.
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream – Another of my all-time favorite products. This gives me a strong, flexible hold with great texture and a matte finish and it smells amazing.
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair and Body Moisturizer – One product to use as a leave-in conditioner and skin moisturizer. I love this after shaving to sooth my skin.
Axe Whatever Messy Look Paste – One of the few supermarket products I like. Does just what it says and gives you a messy look. I admit, because of their cheesy advertising, I’d be slightly embarrassed to buy this in a store.
Redken for Men Get Groomed Finishing Cream – This is such a great product for when I need a little control and finishing — it’s also amazing in curly hair to separate the curl and add shine.
Indigo Wild Zum Bar Lavender Mint Goat’s Milk Soap – I love keeping this on the counter because it makes the entire room smell terrific. It’s an all natural soap made with only about seven or eight ingredients, all of which you can pronounce.
What’s Around My Tub?
Bed Head B For Men Clean Up Daily Shampoo – Hands down, my favorite shampoo of all time. The lather is rich, and the stuff smells fantastic.
Bed Head B For Men Charge Up Daily Conditioner – This conditioner gives my hair just a little more thickness and support. Love it.
Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Shampoo – I keep the liter size of this in my shower and use it all over my body. The fragrance relaxes, and the shampoo gives great moisture when I need it in the winter months.
Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Conditioner – This is an excellent companion to the shampoo. One of the best moisturizing conditioners I’ve found.
Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak – This stuff is amazing! It exfoliates my skin and really soothes tired muscles. I use this after a long day at work or after a hard workout.
Axe Downpour Refreshing Mint Shampoo – I know Axe is a little cheesy, but I really like the smell of this one. I actually use this after the gym as a shampoo and body wash — it’s refreshing after a workout.
Menscience Daily Body Wash – This body wash cleans very well when I’m feeling dirty. Glycolic and salicylic acids remove dead skin and deep clean the pores.
Menscience Daily Shampoo – This one is free of any unnecessary colors and fragrances, and deep cleans the scalp.
Headblade HeadShed Exfoliator – They market this product as an exfoliator for the scalp (great if you shave your head), but I use it as a facial scrub. HeadShed contains more scrubbing beads (actually ground walnut shells) than almost every scrub I’ve tried. Just don’t get it in your mouth — smells chocolatey, but it tastes horrible.
Woody’s Daily Conditioner – With its peppermint and menthol, this stuff really feels great, and it conditions without weighing the hair down — perfect for my fine hair.
St. Ives Energizing Citrus Body Wash – Like most guys, I often buy body wash based on smell alone, and I love this one. Very refreshing.
What’s Hanging In My Shower?
Merkur Classic Hefty Safety Razor – This is my favorite old-school double-edge razor. The Merkur blades are super sharp, and the razor is perfectly weighted and balanced.
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor – For those mornings when I don’t have time to shave with the Merkur, the ProGlide is a great alternative — it’s the best drugstore razor on the market.
Edwin Jagger Super Badger Shaving Brush – When using the classic shaving creams, a shaving brush will help you produce a richer lather and will exfoliate the skin for a smoother shave. Jagger makes some great brushes.
Geo F. Trumper Rose Shave Cream – My favorite fragrance in the excellent Trumper line. You might think it’s a bit girly, but the fragrance is out of this world.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender Shave Cream – This is an excellent classic shaving cream. I like this tube because it’s perfect for travel.
Gillette Fusion ProSeries Thermal Facial Scrub – I love the warming action when this stuff hits the skin. It gives a nice, gentle scrub. I use this before applying shave cream to help exfoliate the skin for a smoother shave.
Zum Patchouli-Mint Goat’s Milk Soap – This soap feels amazing on the skin, and the fragrance is earthy and relaxing. I always have a bar of this in the shower.