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STYLE ADVICE

5 ESSENTIAL HAIR PRODUCTS

By Libby Banks, 10 May 2017

Once upon a time, all a man had in his tonsorial arsenal was a comb and a tub of Brylcreem. Thankfully there's now a cavalcade of products and tools tailored to all hair types, so that you can look your best with minimum fuss. However you wear your hair, consider this the ultimate grooming hit list.

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Wavy

Who? Robert Pattinson

What? Hanz De Fuko Gravity Hair Paste

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Why? There’s no denying that wavy hair can look awesome – everyone from Jim Morrison to Harry Styles has made it work for them. But as those with curls know, taming the beast can be a tricky business. We’re big fans of Hanz De Fuko's Gravity Paste because it’s perfect for standing up to the curl’s biggest fear: humidity. While it’s all well and good that your hair can act as a barometer, Leo Sayer just isn’t a sexy look. You can apply this stuff to dry or wet hair, and it gives a pleasing matte finish and good wave definition.

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The quiff

Who? David Beckham

What? Uppercut Deluxe Quiff Roller Brush

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Why? A brilliant quiff doesn’t just happen, you know. Uppercut’s vented roller brush has a barrel design that’s brilliant for adding a bit more volume to hair. Now all you need to do is work some styling product into towel-dried hair and comb it through. Then it’s simply a matter of setting your hairdryer to a high temperature and low speed, using the Uppercut to sweep the hair back and pull it up. Finish with a slick of wax and you’re golden.

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The afro

Who? Donald Glover

What? Toni & Guy Conditioner for Dry Hair

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Why? Donald Glover wears many figurative hats – screenwriter, rapper, actor, director – but one thing he's kept consistent over the years (and happily un-hat covered) is his signature 'fro. A chilled-out, natural-looking curl with a decent amount of body and some low-key twists at the ends, the guy also known as Childish Gambino knows good hair and his style and texture always hits the right note. Afro hair has a habit of drying out, so if you want Glover's award-worthy hair texture, this revitalising conditioner will sort you out. 

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Long

Who? Kit Harington

What? Kent Large Bristle Paddle Hairbrush

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Why? If you’re in search of decent hairbrush, it’s hard to overlook Kent’s range of UK-manufactured designs. The company was established in 1777 and has notched up a few royal warrants along the way, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that they know what they’re doing. The oval shape is great for longer styles because it’s designed to stimulate growth and condition your hair. In fact, if you’re planning to dip your toe in man-bun territory, this is the piece of kit for you.

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Classic side-partings and slick backs

Who: Ryan Gosling

What: Blind Barber 90 Proof Hair Pomade

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Pictures: Getty, ASOS

Why: Perfect for adding a bit of suave to these quintessential men’s styles, Blind Barber's pomade is excellent for giving iron-clad hold without stiffness. The finish is matt rather than high-shine, so the final look is modern rather than ultra retro. Remember to dry your hair before applying and only use a little bit of product at a time, adding more if you need it. The line between Don Draper and a sleazy second-hand car salesman is surprisingly easy to cross.

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