Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
+1, seriously. Apply very sparingly until you've reached the desired level of greasyness. Forget the couture hair products, none of them compare to the old school stuff. Get the special degreasing shampoo next to it on the shelf too.
Sorry, I've got to strongly disagree with the Brylcreem rec. I don't believe the OP is going for a shiny, wet look to his hair. That's what Brylcreem will give him. If you want a matte finish with no gloss, go with Fiber.
Brylcreem is too oily. Dirt is too weak. And gel products will leave the hair too brittle and spiky. I think Fiber is the best compromise between the hold of a gel and the softness of something like Dirt.
I definitely agree with the "apply sparingly" advice, however, and I extend that advice to any hair product. Less is more. The goal is to look good but retain some appreciable degree of naturalness and movement to your hair. Your hair needs to pass the women's hand test: i.e., if a woman runs her hands through your hair, she shouldn't be grossed out by the results.