Lee Stafford's 'As Ruff As You Like'clay Why we like it: This unisex clay works best on shorter rather than longer crops – it has a firm hold (if you don’t mess around with it too much), and also smells great. 4/5 Dhs42 at Spinneys, various locations including Jumeirah (04 367 4810).
L'Oreal Studio Fibre CreamGel Why we like it: It adds volume and control, especially on longer hair, without feeling sticky or static. 3/5 Dhs21.95 at Carrefour, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (800 7 32 32).
Fishfingers Shape-Defining Wax Why we like it: It’s cheap, it’s available in Carrefour, and it holds unruly, curly barnets in shape whatever the weather – humidity can play havoc with men’s hair too, you know. 3.5/5 (it would be higher if it didn’t make our hair so sticky). Dhs17.45 at Carrefour, various locations including Mall of the Emirates (800 7 32 32).
L'oreal Professional clay strong hold matt Why we like it: It’s easy to apply, gives an intense matt texture and strong, lasting hold. 5/5 Dhs55 at Urban Male Lounge, Mall of the Emirates (04 395 1103).
Label.M Power Paste Why we like it: It’s not too heavy, so gives good lift and leaves the hair looking shiny and healthy without the wet-look effect. 4/5 Dhs78 for 50ml at Toni & Guy, DIFC (04 330 3345).