Hair products! It’s a black hole…….

The world of hair styling and hair products is a minefield. We can easily be confused and stuck for choice with the amount of different products out there. I have always toyed with my hair, and changed the style quite regularly . Over the years I have used quite a few products in one form or another. But what really is the right one? What is the best one for your type of hair? I am by far not an expert on this subject, but I can share with you what I use and what I think is the best that I have used.

Here comes the competition 

Hair gel: I have used this many times, more so when I was a lot younger. Quite possibly when I had a bit more hair too! For me now, this is not the best type of thing to put on my hair. It clogs the hair, can sometimes give the hair a greasy look and doesn’t make the style manageable through out the day due to the setting and hardness of the hair.

 Now for most of my life I have gone with the spikey hairstyle. But as I have got older I have calmed down a bit, and spend more time doing other things rather than spend time constructing a perfectly positioned hair strand hairstyle. And this brings me to…….

Matte Clay: I tend now to go for the messy/chop style hairstyle. I don’t have to ‘style’ it as such, if I run my fingers through it and it still looks less then tailored….I’m good to go. Clay (for me) is difficult to work with, it’s bitty and feels dry, making it harder to spread. The few times I have used it I have found it leaves small amounts of residue clumped behind and sitting on the end of the strands.


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This is the one i tried VO5 are in the know, a recognised brand… does what it says on the tin!
Matte paste: This was actually my first choice before the clay. I tried the clay after several weeks of using the paste, only to come to the conclusion I have done above. I have now come back to the paste, and highly recommend it. Paste seems to give the hair and the style a more natural feel and look over the clay, and certainly a great deal more than the gel. Paste infused hairstyles can be reworked to, the pot that I have is actually small enough to fit in my pocket. It can be restyled and touched up at the drop of a hat.


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This is the brand i use, for me this is the best one. soft consistancy making it mire managable to apply

The price you see above is probebrly the average that you will pay anywhere. It does last a while, and you will be surprised how much is in this little tin.


The how and why

Scoop a small amount on your finger for the first run through, rub between hands for about 30 seconds. You hair will appear white at first but this will dry in, get a bit more for a second application then again run through. Almost massage it into your hair then style to desired shape. I have my hair messy but running through in one direction with a few hair tips in the same way. Once the hair is set and the paste is dryed in, it will look natural and won’t have the usual shine that gel tends to give.
On many sites I have found, researching what the best hair product to use for my style was there was some good news. One piece of advice that kept coming up was that Matter paste was a good product for men slightly thinning on top. Matte paste gives definition and texture to the hair making it appear thicker than what it actually is. Win, win. It easily washes out, and leaves no residue whatsoever.


Now your turn

So that’s my view and that’s what I use. What do you use? And what style do you have? Mine tends to look like i literally just got out of bed, for me that is the idea. Is yours the same? Let me know below your choices and what you recommend, I’m keen to know.

Luv ya xxxxxx

Tony Martin brainfood


I’m not telling you to blow the bloody bath up! 

Guys we are at that point again! Yes chill out, relax and take a pew, or in this case take a bath. We all know of a blogger somewhere in the vastness if cyberspace that is vlogging, typing and trying a  Lush haul

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Bright side bath bomb


I’m here to tell you yet again! We can do it as well guys. I don’t mind smelling of the great ‘comforter’, or even looking on ‘the bright side’ of bath water (see what I did there, Eric idle eat your heart out). Why can’t we guys have a bit of a bath bomb as well, I almost find myself repeating what I said in ‘my morning routine’ post. All to often men would rather bath with a bag of spanners, than let themselves delve into a softer and relaxed side of themselves.

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Comforter bath bar from lush


Me and my daughter love Hobbycraft, and she is getting me into baths. Why not combine the two, I bought her a  Make your own bath bomb kit for Christmas. She loves it and she did exactly that, she made her own and yes I helped her. There is no greater satisfaction than when you make something yourself, and they work they really do.

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Home made strawberry scented bath bomb

You get everything you need in the kit and they are part of the make it range. They smell nice, look nice and they make the bath fizz.

Guys take my advice, need a bit of peace and quiet? Get a bath bomb run a bath, and have some me time. Trust me you won’t regret it.

Comment below of how you did and to the ladies amoungst you, recommend some bombs or bars below.

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Morning pampering Routine

This is the first post of 2016 and the first post of my revamped and final look blog, now I have decided where I want it to go and defined the brand of what BRAIN FOOD is about. I have been busy over the last few weeks what with Christmas and the new year with work and family, and i have started a few good habits and this is one of them.

I do feel that guys should look after themselves, just because we are guys it doesn’t mean we can not  have a good pamper now and again. Everyday stresses and the environment its good to take time out and allow ourselves to look and feel good. This is something I do every morning and night and have done for the last few weeks, and I have to say my face feels a lot better. Every morning I get up at 5:00 am and the first thing I do is go for a run, anything between 3 and 6 miles. Then when I come back and I start my morning routine with a shower and routine face wash separate to the shower.




The products i use everyday
The products I use everyday

1.  Nivea for men 48 hr antiperspirant

2.David Beckham body spray       

3.Nivea for men crème

4.Lynx hair gel                               

5. Superdrugs Vitamin E facial Scrub

6. Gillette shave gel for sensitive skin

                                                          1. This does actually work for 48hrs, although I wouldn’t do this as a rule a shower everyday can only be a good thing’

2.       I simply love the smell of this, it’s a clean crisp smell and leaves the  fragrance lasting almost all day

                                  3.        This is a fairly new product from Nivea and for me it is he best moisturizer I have ever used, it does face, body and hand. the fact that it does the hands as well as the face for me is a winner. I use after I shave and makes my skin feel extremely soft and doesn’t feel tight after a shave at all.

                          4.      I have just started using this, I used to leave my hair flat but wanted a new look with spikes. This is a winner for me and lasts all day, i have even had this on in  the rain and it stayed. It combs right out and does not leave the hair feeling sticky (hair does need to be washed after though and re applied)

                                           5.    Vitamin E Exfoliating Facial Scrub uses oatmeal to provide gentle but effective ex-foliation, unlike other scrubs this isn’t as brutal and a bit more delicate  on the face. I use this 3 times a week and have used this on and off for the last 25 YEARS.

                                        6.    Now I have fair delicate skin so for me this works, foam to me does seem to be a bit messy and just to thick so this seems to go on just right and the  application is more manageable.


Quite often men are a bit embarrassed to say that they have a daily cleanse routine but there is nothing wrong with it, especially with such a harsh environment. There are so many different products out there for men it has opened the gate and made this seem more acceptable. We all want to look the best we can and that should not just stop at women, hell I have even worn minor make up (it was on a film set mind you). I never wear it as a norm but what I’m trying to say is given the right environment things can become acceptable, and that environment is fast becoming the norm. You could go as far to say who cares what people think (that’s me) and go ahead and do what makes you happy, with people now living older than before its time to take care of ourselves more than just internally. Find out more about moisturiser and find your skin type with MEN’S HEALTH


It would be interesting to know what other guys out there are using, and if you are the girlfriend, wife or partner do you shop for your loved one? Comment below and let me know what is your favourite product

Tony Martin