You have: Thick hair
You need: Pomade or gel. These products work best on hair that requires superior hold. Although gel gets a bad rap for flaking and stiffness, if your hair goes crazy on its own accord, you need the extra reinforcement gel provides. Plus, spend a little money and your gels won't flake like the stuff you used in high school.
Try this: Murray's La-Em Straight Firm Hold Gel Pomade ($9 murrayspomade.com) will give big, bushy hair a sleeker look. Label.M Gel ($17.50, labelm-usa.com) is specially formulated for humidity control. Apply it to towel-dried hair, work through with fingers, and smooth hair back from your face. The hold should last all day.
Top tip: Men in this category should always use a conditioner after washing because it softens the hair, making it easier to style.