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9 hair products that will keep your hair in place

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The only thing more annoying than washing, blow-drying and styling your hair is that it goes limp an hour later. So many products lose their effectiveness with a simple step on the outside, resulting in frizzy, flat, disheveled mops that look like you’re rolling out of bed and making no effort to look good.

While messy styles are all the rage and flexible hold products are ideal for many cuts, there’s still some work to be done to get your hair looking perfect (or at least perfect for you). That said, you don’t want the opposite effect either, of course, with gels, pomades, fibers, and hairsprays that leave locks looking stiff, greasy, and straight out of the 90s.

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But don’t be afraid. We’ve rounded up nine hair products that will keep your hair intact for all-day use, without any scalp-clogging residue. These have been extensively tested among the beauty communities, earning rave reviews from editors and consumers alike.

Check out the best of the best below.

Aurora Borealis Shear Revival

Northern Lights

Northern Lights has developed a cult following with its line of hair care products using 98% plant-derived ingredients. Shear Revival’s Kaolin Clay promotes elasticity while Calendula Extract prevents dandruff, making it a matte paste you can feel good applying to your scalp. The best part of all is that it maintains style and texture without gunkifying (and yes, that’s a made-up word) your roots, making it ideal for everyday wear.

$21.99 at

Got2b Glued Freezing Aerosol

Got2b Glued Freezing Aerosolgot2b stuck

There’s a reason drag queens use it to tame, tease and fix their wigs: it works. And it works well. A little goes a long otherwise you will end up with a cement-like texture with dandruff-like flakes. Use it as a final spritz to lock your hard work in place. And then do a kick, parting, and deadly fall to test how well it holds your hair shape. We promise you it’s not going anywhere.

$9.20 at

American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel

American Crew Firm Hold Styling GelAmerican crew

You can’t go wrong with a classic and American Crew has one of the best non-flaking gels on the market. It’s also alcohol-free so you can ensure your hair doesn’t dry out when you part it, straighten it, or even mohawk it in your desired style. Still not a fan of gels? Not serious. The company’s Heavy Hold Pomade is also a home run and deserves a spot in your medicine cabinet.

$23.51 at

Bumble and Bumble Sumo Paste

Bumble and Bumble Sumo PasteBumble and Bumble

It takes sumo clay to do a sumo job of keeping your hair straight and tight and Bumble has managed to concoct a formula that does just that. Sure, it’s a little pricey, but a small amount will be enough to protect your hair from all the elements (including girlfriends who can’t help but run their hands through your luscious mane).

$35.98 at

Sauvecito ointment

Sauvecito ointmentSauvecito

The brand may not be widely known, but Sauvecito is an Amazon bestseller and deservedly so with its ultra-strength pomade that holds hair in place and makes it look thicker. It’s also water soluble with a medium sheen and can easily be combed and washed off after your long day at the office is over.

$14.99 at

Paul Mitchell reformer

Paul Mitchell reformerPaul Mitchell

We can’t get enough of this Paul Mitchell Reformer texturizing hair putty that barbers swear by. Besides its refreshing pine and lavender scent, the ingredients are vegan and paraben-free so your head won’t feel weighed down by preservatives and other hard-to-pronounce ingredients. It’s also fantastic for hiding thinning hair by not clumping strands together like most putties, clays, pomades and fibers.

$22 at

Baxter of California Clay Pomade

Baxter of California Clay PomadeCalifornia Baxter

Baxter of California is synonymous with good quality and their clay pomade is no exception. Using ethically sourced beeswax for hold and fennel oil for scalp health, this texturizing, hair-defining dream delivers firm hold with a matte finish. It’s especially great for those with short, thick hair to retain some body without impersonating a human porcupine.

$16.39 at

Dashu Ultra Holding Power Wax

Dashu Ultra Holding Power Waxdashu

The royal blue box alone will grab your attention, but you’ll be a loyal customer once you see what the blend of coconut flavored black beans and argan oil can do, especially with straight hair. Leaving virtually no shine but ultra-powerful hold, simply apply a small amount to damp or dry hair and style accordingly. So there ! Soak up the wonders of 24-hour (!) style. You can even fall asleep with it and wake up to an edgy headboard look.

$12.63 at

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