Unless you shave your head or let your hair flow fancy-free, you are using a hair product to get the desired hair style result. The problem is selecting the right one out of the zillion available. Aaron Marino of alpha m. helps you find the right product for your hair style.
Sometimes it comes down to trial by style. It either performs like a rock star or you toss it and try another. Sometimes you become overwhelmed. But don’t be because there are only two variables to consider!
Hair Product Variables | Technical Aspects
- Hold – high, medium, and low. So if you need to lock your hair (set and forget), go for high hold. But if you want your hair to bounce, go with a medium to low hold.
- Shine – high (wet) or natural (matte).
Hair Styling Product Options with Corresponding Hair Styles
- Gel – super high hold and shine. It’s the ‘lock locking’ option with shine which is great for spiky and slick styles that are stiff. It’s water-soluble but has a high alcohol content. It dries out your hair.
- Putty / fiber – high hold and low shine. They are stiff but not as stiff as gel. It’s not quite as ‘crunchy as gel’. It’s a more natural look with a matte finish.
- Wax – high hold with low shine. It’s an oil based product, which is a downside. Alpha hates waxes; they hold the style but you can’t get it out of your hair and it builds up. It sticks because it’s oil based.
- Pomade – medium to low hold (depending on brand) with high shine. They are great for short to medium length hair styles and great for slicking 50s and 60s styles.
- Paste – medium hold and medium shine for guys with medium to long hair.
- Mud / clay – hold is all over the board (gritty texture to lighter control) with low shine. It’s great for adding thickness, texture, and dimension to your hair.
- Cream / leave in conditioners – great for long, flyaway, and frizzy hair for more polished and professional hair.
- Hair spray – it’s the wild card. It has as many variables as hair styling products as a whole. When you spray, cover your forehead so you can avoid break-outs.
Still not sure what to use? Shoot an email to email@example.com for a bueno hair recommendation. Send a picture of your current hair style as well as mention what hair product you’re currently using.
But remember that regardless of the product you use, you have to play around with it and learn how to use the product. You gotta work it. There is finesse and a learning curve. Play with it and try it in different hair styling situations: dry, damp, hit it with a hair dryer… sometimes it comes down to trial by style.