1. Using The Wrong product for your hair
They’re are tons of hair products out there but which ones should you buy? The worst thing is getting a product that does not work for your hair and money that is wasted to basically try out a product.
So what types are there?
These are the most popular categories of products. Once you invest time into researching, you will notice there are different types of pomades, waxes and clays. But what are the big differences between each product?
Gel – Mans first styling product (at least for some)
And I mean first styling product because most of us who were introduced to anything hairstyling related has come across Gel. This product took mens hairstyling to another level. If you wanted a product that held your hair, this was it. It’s easy, wet application and strong hold attracted people going for a spiked or slicked back look.
The problem with gel was that once it hardened, it was as tough as a rock. If you tried to run your hands through your hair you risked pulling strands out and hurting your hair. It gave a crispy texture to your hair while also giving it a wet greasy look.
Gel was accessible everywhere for a relatively cheap price. So who could blame us when we picked up a bottle of gel. In this modern day however, we see a push away from gel because of all the great products out there.
Wax – The most versatile and reproduced.
Wax was not too far behind gel. Wax provided structure that did not harden up like gel. Instead when applied it gave a strong hold but with pliability, meaning you could run your hands through naturally to reshape your style.
Wax came in a creamy or pasty form and finished the hair with a matte look. If you were searching for some that made your hair look natural instead of greasy, this was your product. But there are some wax products that provide a medium shine as well.
Companies soon started making wax their staple as they saw how popular it was getting.
Wax is more suitable for straight or slightly wavy hair. However, with curly or thick hair it is considerably lighter in terms of hold.
Original Styling Meraki – Light, firm hold. Great for pre-styling and for some, a great post-styler as well.
Pomades – Shiny finish, oil and petroleum based. Greasers.
Pomades started off being oil based. Meaning they could hold any style but be the most difficult to wash out. Pomades were for those greasers looking to slick their hair back or for the pompadour style.
Combs were highly associated with pomades as people could create really sharp and clean hairstyles with them.
Today, we see tons of variation from pomades. For example, Unorthodox water based pomades were basically the characteristics of a oil based, but the main ingredient is water. Meaning it was easier to wash out.
Orthodox water based pomades were essentially the mix of hair gel and oil based pomades. This meant they were water soluble and since they had a bit of gel properties built in, it would harden up the hair.
While oil based can really last in your hair all day, it is very difficult to wash out. Compared to water based, which is quite similar to the oil based partner but is easier to wash out and that may mean the hold of the product might be sacrificed.
That’s not to say that water based pomades are not strong, but for some who are loyal fans of the oil based may not believe that water based pomades can hold their hair.
So which should you choose, water based or oil based? That’s entirely up to you and your lifestyle. Thin or thick, there are different holds to pomade that can work for a variety of hair types.
Clay – Strong Matte finish
While some wanted a shiny greasy finish, others wanted a natural matte finish. Comparing clay to pomade, we find that clay products tend to have a strong hold just like pomades. However, the biggest difference tends to be the application and what it does to your hair as an end result.
Clays worked great at achieving volume while not weighing down your hair. Unlike pomades, clay had properties that allowed it to be a product that could be applied to your hair without the feeling of heaviness that pomades tend to do.
Clay also came in different textures, some were more creamy than others. And it was built that way for application and possibly for different hair types. Generally a cream type product would be more suitable for thinner hair. Whereas, a thicker type clay would benefit someone who had thicker hair.
Cavalier Heavy Hold – Thicker clay, great for thick hair. More tug, harder to wash out than Hybrid.
Hybrid Cream Clay – Amazing light weight but firm hold. Giving great texture to any hairstyle.
2. Styling hair with a hair type you don’t have
When we see a hairstyle we want, we tend to show pictures to our barbers of the people who can rock it. However, it’s quite common for us to think we can pull it off when in reality, it depends on our hair type and even face shape.
Thin / Normal / Thick
Straight / Wavy / Curly
One could have a combination of thick and wavy hair or thin and curly. If you don’t know your hair type, don’t just assume. Go to your barber or stylist and ask an expert.
You will save yourself time as well as money once you find out what products and styles work for your hair type.
3. Hair tools
When using a blow dryer, use it the right way. Yes, they are meant to dry our hair but they are an essential tool for creating volume.
Along with a vented brush, you can bring volume to any hair type. Joe’s got a great video explaining how to use a blow dryer and how a vented brush is a must have hair tool.
Combs are used for a cleaner and sharper look. If you’re looking to achieve a pompadour or a cleaned up side part, a comb is a great tool for that. It’s not common for people to use combs with a clay product, simply because the clay produces a different texture on our hair. Combing through your hair with clay would create tug and pull. Instead the most common use for combs are with pomade products.
Use your hands! Hand combing costs nothing at all and works well if you’re looking for a no effort messy style.