Updated November, 2019
By Derek Martin
Sculpting the perfect hairstyle requires time, effort, and patience. But if you’re using the wrong hair gel, then you know how quickly all that effort can go to complete waste.
Choosing the right hair gel depends largely on the look you’re trying to achieve. When it comes to sculpted, architectural, or spiked hairstyles, a strong hold hair gel is the way to go.
Below is my list of best strong hold hair gels for men. Each one is designed to provide un-compromising, strong, all-day hold.
5 Best Strong Hold Hair Gels For Men Reviewed
ORIBE – Rock Hard Gel
This list of strong hold hair gels wouldn’t be worth a damn if I didn’t include ORIBE Rock Hard Gel. Super premium, super high quality, super effective, albeit super expensive – ORIBE Rock Hard Gel gets my vote for best strong hold hair gel on the planet. If you’re unfamiliar with ORIBE, they are a best selling, award winning company that produces some of the finest hair care products available today. Part of their men’s hair care line, this Rock Hard Gel is designed to hold whatever style you can throw at it. Whether your hair is spiked, structured, or slicked back, this gel can handle it. If you’re looking for the absolute best strong hold hair gel for men and price isn’t an issue, I highly recommend checking out ORIBE Rock Hard Gel.
What I like about ORIBE Rock Hard Gel:
• It easily lasts all day
That’s one of the reasons why Oribe Rock Hard gel is on this list of best strong hold hair gels for men. This stuff lasts! Apply a small nickel sized amount to clean, dry or wet hair, style as desired, and this stuff will maintain your look until you’re ready to wash it out.
One of the things I really like about Oribe Rock Hard gel is how versatile it is. It’s great for sculpting those clean architectural styles and updos, but it can just as easily be used to create a more natural style, while maintaining hairs soft feel and pliability.
• It strengthens hair
When’s the last time you used a hair gel that was actually good for your hair? Probably never, right? That’s one of the things that makes this ORIBE gel so special. Not only is it an awesome strong hold hair gel, it’s also full of hair strengthening compounds that nourish, hydrate, and moisturize. What’s inside:
- Argan oil – This extremely moisturizing oil hydrates, strengthens, and softens hair.
- Shea oil – Moisturizes while improving hairs natural sheen and manageability.
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein – Improves hair strength and promotes a healthy scalp.
• Flake free
Oribe formulated this Rock Hard gel to be flake free, and it most certainly doesn’t disappoint. While it’s great for structured hairstyles, what’s really impressive is that Oribe Rock Hard gel can be worked through hair and blown out to create a soft, natural look. While this type of styling is high risk for flakes with most other gels, Oribe Rock Hard gel manages it with ease.
Sexyhair – Hard Up
If you’re looking to get real hard and sexy, I’m talking raging hard here, you need to get Hard Up styling gel by Sexyhair. What did you think I was talking about? This strong hold hair gel is designed to hold whatever style you can throw at it, and last all day too. Formulated to give hair that shiny “wet look”, Hard Up is the perfect choice for guys wanting a sleek, sculpted, or spiked hair style that most other hair gels aren’t able to achieve.
What I like about Sexyhair Hard Up gel:
• Doesn’t flake
One of the biggest complaints about most strong hold hair gels is that they tend to dry out and make a flakey mess in the hair. Not only does this ruin the hairstyle, it makes people think you’re in serious need of a good dandruff shampoo. Hard Up on the other hand doesn’t have this problem. It maintains your hairstyle with a strong, shiny finish, without the unsightly flakey mess.
• Great for all hair lengths
Whatever length your hair is and whatever style you’re trying to achieve, Hard Up has got you covered. This extreme hold hair gel is capable of handling even the most bizarre hairstyles, and it will last all day doing it.
Whether you’re going for a sculpted or messy look, Hard Up is pretty versatile. Just apply a small amount to damp hair for a defined hairstyle, or apply a small amount to dry hair for the “I just got out of bed” look. Either way you use it, Sexyhair Hard Up gel does a great job of keeping your desired look in place.
• Glossy finish
Depending on the look you’re going for, shine can either be a good thing or a bad thing. If you prefer a more natural sheen or a matte finish, Sexyhair Hard Up isn’t the hair gel for you. While the shine isn’t as intense as other hair gels I’ve used before, it does offer a nice “wet look” finish that appears sleek and smooth. For maximum shine, apply Hard Up gel to freshly shampooed hair that is still slightly damp.
Johnny B. – Fuddy
Looking for a strong hold hair gel, but don’t want the shine? Then I suggest checking out Fuddy by Johnny B. Fuddy is a thick hair gel that offers super strong hold, but leaves hair with a more natural, matte finish. Perfect for men with medium to thick density hair, Fuddy is capable of handling pretty much any style you throw it’s way, including: spikes, coif, pompadour, or slicked back.
What I like about Johnny B. Fuddy:
• Matte finish
Fuddy kind of breaks the mold of what we have come to expect from hair gel. Unlike your typical gel, Fuddy dries to a cool matte finish. No shine, no gloss. And aside from it’s strong hold, it almost looks like there isn’t anything in your hair at all. If you’re looking for a strong hold hair gel but prefer a more natural, matte finish, Fuddy is certainly worth checking out.
• Flake free
Come on now, it wouldn’t have made this list if it wasn’t flake free. Although Fuddy provides hair with a firm, strong, all day hold, it doesn’t dry out and cause unsightly flakes like most of the crap that you will find in the grocery store aisle.
• A little goes a long way
Mileage will vary depending on hair length and desired look, but I find that you really don’t need a lot of this stuff to get a really strong hold. For most guys with short to medium length hair, only a nickel sized amount of Fuddy will do. And considering Fuddy costs a bit more than your average hair gel, it’s nice to know that a tub of this stuff will last a long time.
• Easy to wash out
Not necessarily a benefit when it comes to styling and holding capabilities, but it’s nice to know that when it’s time wash out, Fuddy isn’t a complete pain in the ass to remove. With the help of a little shampoo and water, Fuddy washes out quickly and easily without leaving any sticky residue behind.
Fonex – Gummy
Although it might not be a brand you’re familiar with, Fonex Gummy hair gel is gaining quite the reputation with professional barbers and consumers. This strong hold hair gel is ideal for pretty much any hair type, and leaves your style with a strong, all-day hold, and a touch of shine. Great for those sculpted hairstyles, or the classic slicked back look, Gummy has no trouble managing even the most unmanageable hair styles with ease. Featuring a fragrance fit for a man, and a very reasonable price tag, Gummy is a worthy, budget-friendly addition to this list.
What I like about Fonex Gummy hair gel:
• Great value
Just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s cheap. Know what I mean? Gummy comes in a huge 33.8 ounce tub that will probably last you an entire year with daily use. For the price, I’d say you can’t beat it.
• Doesn’t flake
Don’t worry about dry, flakey hair with Gummy. The strong, all-day hold keeps your style in place, keeps hair looking healthy, and doesn’t dry out and cause unsightly flakes.
• All hair types
Straight hair, curly hair, thick hair, thin hair, long or short – Gummy has got you covered. This professional styling gel provides lasting, all-day hold for any hair type, and the lightweight formula doesn’t weigh you down.
• Easy to wash out
If you have ever used a hair product that requires 2-3 washes to completely remove from your hair, you know how much it can suck. Gummy’s water based formula on the other hand washes out quickly and easily, and leaves zero residue or buildup.
Redken Brews – Extreme
Known for their premium hair care products, Redken has built a solid reputation for quality and diversity in their haircare line. Redken Brews Extreme hair gel is formulated specifically for guys like us, and you can immediately tell when you crack open the bottle and take a whiff. The fragrance is fresh, clean, and downright masculine as hell. And if you couldn’t already tell by the name, the Redken Brews hair line for men is inspired by craft beer, and is actually malt infused. Hair gel doesn’t get anymore manlier than that.
What I like about Redken Brews Extreme gel:
• Made for men
Redken introduced their first hair care line for men way back in 1967, so I think it’s safe to say that these guys know what they are doing. Redken Brews is one of their most recent hair lines for men, and in my opinion they hit a home run in regards to quality and scent. Like you’d expect from any product designed for men, Redken Brews has a fresh, masculine scent that leaves hair smelling great, without being too strong or overbearing.
• Flake free
In my opinion, no great hair gel is going to cause flakes. It’s one of the qualities that separates great hair gels from the cheap, shitty ones. As you would expect, Redken Brews Extreme gel provides a strong all-day hold, without drying out and causing flakes.
• lasts all day
What is a hair gel that doesn’t last all day? Answer: a shitty hair gel. No guy wants a strong hold hair gel that slowly gives up throughout the day. One of the things that I really like about this Redken Brews gel is that it keeps your hairstyle looking the same from morning until night. Just like a great strong hold hair gel should.
Thanks for checking out my list of best strong hold hair gels for men. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below.