Using hair gel is one of the many ways guys can style their hair. Unlike other hair products for men like pomade and clay, however, hair gel works best when applied to damp hair—great for active guys living an on-the-go lifestyle who don’t have time to wait for their hair to dry—and will create a put-together look that will stay in place all day. But, not all gels are the same. Some brands leave you with white flakes, residue, and a crunchy style that often won’t hold its shape. That’s why we carefully combed through a slew of hair gels for men, and narrowed it down to 15 of the best ones.
To help you narrow them down to the one that’s best for you, we also included the hair type (straight, wavy, curly, or coily) and hair texture (thin/fine, medium, coarse/thick) that’s best for each one. Not only will these gels provide maximum hold for hours, they’ll also hydrate, nourish, and strengthen your hair follicles. Just be sure to squeeze a nickel-sized amount when applying, and try to refrain from touching your hair the rest of the day.