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



Something came across my path this weekend, something that restored my faith in the next generation. It gave me a little view of what the world COULD look like in about 20 years. There is a charity out there called WIGS FOR KIDS and they take donations of real hair that people have cut off and as you would expect make wigs out of them for children that have lost theirs through illness in some way.

It came to my attention after my daughter who is 10 came to me and said “dad, I’m going to cut 10 inches off my hair and donate it so a child can get a wig.” Now I have done my fair share of fundraising, bike rides and runs but, wow how proud am I, she has obviously thought about this herself. Now my daughter is a dancer, she goes to dance school, they do shows she sings a tiny bit, so as you can imagine she can be a bit of a diva sometimes………..and she loves her hair. But with a true sense of compassion she came up with this decision. So with a true sense of fundraising she placed her hair in a pony tail and then proceeded to cut off 10 inches of her hair and send it to Wigs for kids.

When it gets there they sort through the ‘donations’ and separate the good from the not so good, they then blend different colours of hair in pony tails and stitch each hair in a cap ONE BY ONE………..and they never charge for this, they rely on donations of a monetary value as well. There are other people on a video that donate as well, adults and children. The adults that do this I have the greatest respect for but, whilst children are subjected to the stereotypical view that they spend time on tablets, game systems and quite often have an attitude about them, at the core of the heart there is a deep level of compassion. And I have to say considering one of them is my daughter, it warms my entire being to know that I have helped raise a child that has these values instilled in her at such a young age.

There is a page on their site asking for donations because the place where they are, the rent has doubled so they need money for bricks and mortar to build a place they can have as their own.

I’m asking this……………….WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO A CHARITY?

As for my daughter the fact that i respect is this, with all the stuff that children do and all the distractions they are met with. In a moment of her thinking she thought about someone else that has greater needs than she does, whose health may not be as good as hers.

As for me……………I’ll shall be shouting from the rooftops of how proud I am, and the fact that I may have had something to do with the values she now owns.