The 11 Best Waxes for Keeping Your Hair in Place

Why use a wax on your hair? Maybe you have hard-to-control or medium-weight hair that doesn’t seem to want to hold a shape. Maybe you want to ensure that your style stays in place all day, but you don’t want to shellac your head with hairspray. Or maybe you’re just more of a set-it-and-forget-it type and don’t want to have to sneak away to the bathroom to reapply hair product. Hell, maybe you just live in a high-wind area and want to protect your ‘do from gusts (kidding…kind of). For all those scenarios and more, hair wax is your friend.

Like all hair products, wax comes in a variety of styles—from water-based to actual-wax-based, from shiny to matte, from heavy to lightweight—but what they all have in common is hold. Wax is strong, no matter what kind you choose, and is best for people who want to style their hair once and have confidence it’s not going to move. All the other variables depend on your hair type and style. The best way to choose which one works for you is to start with this list of our favorites.

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Hair Wax

Blind Barber


Medium hold wax will stay malleable even after you style it. 

Spray Wax



Spray wax helps avoid globs and patchiness by ensuring a more even application—which makes this one a good gateway to wax world.

Dry Wax

Paul Mitchell


Some waxes leave your hair shiny, which is okay if you want that sort of look. If you don’t, this dry wax has a more natural, matte finish.

Creative Cream Wax



If you’re not sold on hard wax, a cream wax is a lighter hold. 

Natural Wax

V76 by Vaughn


V76 is a great everyday wax to have on hand. Plus, it smells great. 

Wax Pomade

Jack Black


It’s like a hard pomade, for those who like a lighter texture when applying but a more permanent finish. 

Flexible Hold Wax Pomade



This one is great for calming cowlicks and unruly hairs.

Sponge Wax

Hanz de Fuko


If you’re looking for a product that adds volume while it styles, this is for you. 

Continental Glossing Wax



This wax dials up the shine (they call it “glossing” for a reason) and is water-based, so it’s reworkable and washes out more easily than straight-up wax products.


This Shine Wax


This one is great as a buildable product. Use a swipe for keeping ends in check, or go all over for a full style.

Spray Wax



Spray this all over for full-coverage, budge-proof hairs.

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Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming.

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Source : Esquire