Have you ever asked yourself if you’re using too much hair product? How about knowing how much product to use on your hair length?
Sure there are reviews out there showing how much to scoop out and how much hair product they use, but their hair is different from your hair. The texture, type and length of hair is really what makes the difference between using too much or too little product.
I’m not going to sit here and type out the exact scoops you need in order to achieve a great hairstyle. I’m going to tell you what you should look out for when applying the product to your hair.
Hair texture and type
Generally with thinner hair, you probably wont be using the same amount of hair product compared to someone who has thicker hair.
This is key to understanding how much product to use. Many of you out there try and copy a hairstyle from someone on Youtube or even Joe. But the thing that’s different is the hair texture and type. If you tend to find your hair feeling greasy, messy and just heavy, that’s a clear indication that you’ve applied one too many scoops of hair product.
For example, Joe usually has about a 5 inch length that works really well for him. If you pay attention at how much product he uses to style your hair, you will notice that he applies 1 sometimes 1.5 scoops of Original Styling Meraki. Joe then does his pre-styling routine and finishes off with about a smaller scoop of Cavalier Heavy Clay. In total, that’s about 1.5 – 2 scoops of hair product.
Let’s not forget that Joe has thick hair so that could play a factor as to why he’s using 2 scoops. But the biggest advice I can give to you readers out there is the idea of starting with less and applying more if needed. Don’t go for a huge first scoop, instead start with a small scoop and build up from there. Chances are you will start to figure out how much hair product you start to use to achieve a looser look compared to a heavy holding style.
A discovery that I learned about myself is that I tend to have thick hair similar to Joe. So i’m using about 2 – 3 scoops depending on how long I grow my hair out.
We should also consider our hair length when applying hair product. The longer hair you have, you’re more likely to add in more product. Compared to shorter hair, you can assume you will be using less product. Simple right?
However, one important thing to remember is that if you do stick with long hair make sure you’re not adding too much product. As I said above, with longer hair you’re more likely to use more product so don’t go overboard!
Figuring out what product to use for your hair type is also important when figuring out how much to use on your hair. We’ve got a great article about common mistakes underlining the use of wrong products for your hair.
So what should you use for your hair and how does that affect how much product to use? Well it’s simple to understand but goes easily unnoticed. You probably wont use the same amount of scoops across all your hair products because they all behave differently and contain different ingredients.
Generally, pomades tend to be in the heavy category as they are mainly made with oils. However, it’s interesting that when you apply pomade to your hair it’s got a greasy feeling but it wont start showing its strength until the 2nd or 3rd scoop.
Compared to clay, I personally tend to use less clay than pomade. Clay is one of those hair products that has a different application to pomade but is still considered a heavy hold. With thin hair, you probably wont need 2 scoops just because of the application and strength of the product. Because clay has a stronger application tug, I feel the need to use less in order to achieve the same amount of hold as a pomade.
For example, Wax tends to be a lighter product for my thicker hair. Even with its fairly strong tug application, It has a light hold for my thick hair. Whereas If I have thinner hair, wax would be an option I would use as a post-styler.