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The 15 Best Hair Muds for Men, According to Celebrity Groomers

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  • Used is an era when men choose their hairstyles – and accompanying hair care products – and never stray far from this formula. For many of us, it still feels a lot like that. If it’s not broken, why fix it, right? But in today’s world, being a modern person, sometimes you just want to change it. There’s no shame in wanting to try, and one of the easiest ways to do it is to switch up your styling products.

    It’s shocking how much difference just styling your hair can make with something else. For example, if you’re used to the classic pomade, which keeps your hair shiny, simply switching to clay can create a completely different look. “Hair mud will have a more matte appearance, which means the hair will have little or no shine,” says celebrity men’s groomer Melissa de Zarate. Depending on the brand and formula, a hair clay can last longer than a typical pomade.

    • Best Overall

      Matte Clay Spray

      American Crew

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    • The strongest hold

      Night Rider Matte Kevin Murphy

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    • Best for thinning hair

      Artificial clay 18.21

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      • Longest

      Men’s Styling Mud

    • Old Spice

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    • Best Luxury Clay

      Matte Lip Balm

    • Leonor Greyl

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      Whenever one of her clients wants a messy bedside look, De Zarate reaches for clay, which requires maintaining and Volume, but would look weird with shiny products. They’re also great for people with oily scalps, as the clay tends to neutralize oil, and those with fine or thin hair. “Because the product is matte, it makes hair look thicker while still being in control,” she says.

      Like pomade, clay is best for damp or dry hair, and It’s great for shorter hairstyles, but you can also use a hair clay on curly hair, says de Zarate, as long as “you get your hair completely wet and then blow dry with a diffuser.” So no matter what kind of hair you have, When you want to look a little more natural, a hair clay might be just what your styling arsenal needs. Check out our list of the best hair muds for men to try right now.

    • BEST OVERALL

      American Crew

      Matte Clay Spray

      raw material Kaolin, Silica, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

      size
      5.1 oz

      strongest hold

      Kevin Murphy

      Night Ride Matte

      3.4 oz

      raw material Lanolin Wax, Beeswax, Limonene

      size

      Best for thinning hair

      Artificial Clay

      Longest

      Men’s Styling Mud

    • Raw Materials Beeswax, Mineral Oil

      size 2.2 oz

      Best Luxury Clay

      Leonor Greer

      Matte Cream

      raw material

      Carnauba Oil, Cupuacu Butter, Sumac Patent Wax

      )

      R+Co

      Sand Castle Dry Texture Creme

  • Claymation Hair Styling Clay

      Eye-popping

      Hematoxylin Clay

  • Men Anti-Dandruff Styling Clay

    For the past two years, we’ve asked Men’s Health beauty editors and writers about the top hair muds for men. Experts, including our beauty editor Garrett Munce and our business associate editor Christian Gollayan, tried a variety of hair muds and evaluated their ingredients, scent and effectiveness. We also considered top hair muds with at least 100 five-star customer ratings on our trusted e-commerce sites.

    Unlike waxes, which give hair high shine and hold, hair clays have a more matte (less glossy) look and are more natural. We found that some of the clays we tried had stronger hold than most pomades in our testing.

  • The best time to use clay is when you want that messy, Desperate hairstyles need hold and volume, but don’t want to look like grease additional. Also ideal: For oily scalps, as the clay has a great ability to neutralize hair oil. Apply it to damp hair for extra volume.

  • Garrett Mons Garrett Munce writes about men’s style and grooming.

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