Wax gives your strands a matte finish, and it’s thicker than gel, but doesn’t harden or feel sticky. Most waxes are oil-based and have a moderate hold, which makes them more difficult to wash out. To apply, shape your hair in the direction you style it while it’s drying. Take a small amount of wax and spread it evenly across your hands. Apply it once your hair is completely dry starting at the back to avoid clumping near the front. For extra hold, add hairspray to your waxed finish.