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