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In Focus: Bolin Webb

Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:20:24 Europe/London

Bolin Webb



Inspired design, an eye for detail and access to excellent manufacturing partners in the UK means British grooming brand Bolin Webb makes some of the most exciting and enjoyable razors in the world of shaving – selling through an impressive list of top-end luxury retailers that reach from San Francisco to Tokyo.


Shaving is an everyman routine, like it or not. Some may shave daily. Others put blade to face less regularly. Whatever the pattern, the distinctive and colourful razors made by Bolin Webb remind us that we can enjoy as well as apply a tool that we pick up and use more often than we care to count.


Bolin Webb Union Jack Razor


Originally, sports cars were a main design cue for Bolin Webb. Early stage mood boards, with images emphasised shape, colour, excitement and emotion. These were prompts only: the design process was not about replicating an exact shape, but about ultimately finding a form that worked in terms of the balance, curve and the “energy” it projects.


Colour is important. Bolin Webb took time to select and trial different colours for their razors, choosing paints that were distinctive, striking and that captured a spirit and aspirational appeal. Bolin Webb took colour cues from Aston Martini, Lamborghini and Porsche among others, adapting these to these handles to really narrow down to a product the company is proud of.


The right material choice makes a difference across many dimensions: form, weight, colour, durability, grip, hygiene and cost of production. Bolin Webb uses materials that are fit-for-purpose and tactile, bringing distinct manufacturing processes together in different ways – for example by applying automotive paint to razor handles, or using silicone for their award-winning razor case.


Bolin Webb razors are made in Birmingham. Working locally has benefits in terms of product development, flexibility, lead-time and relationships. Different suppliers make different components, which are brought together to one point for assembly. They make a unique product that cannot be copied by others, employing process that require a high degree of coordination and quality control.


It's no surprise to us that Bolin Webb has received as many design and brand awards as they have.


Bolin Webb razors are available in two different models: the R1 range is fitted with Gillette’s 3-blade Mach3 cartridge, while the X1 range is fitted with Gillette’s 5-blade Fusion ProGlide cartridge. Both blade types are widely available, either online or on the high street. Bolin Webb razors are fitted with one of these blades with purchase, and presented in a rigid gift box.


Comments | Posted in news get groomed grooming guides By Graham

The Ordinary - The Anti Ageing Edit

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 13:34:28 Europe/London

The Ordinary Retinol


The Ordinary, launched in late 2016, is rapidly becoming one of the most popular skincare collections worldwide. Yes, worldwide. The Ordinary is quite literally taking the skincare world by storm and anti ageing is one of it’s strongest categories.


Why has The Ordinary become so popular, so quickly?


'Clinical Formulations with Integrity’ is The Ordinary’s tag line. The range has been developed by Deciem to offer powerful, targeted skincare preparations free-from a hefty price tag. The range is far from ‘ordinary’ with some of the products being the most advanced and most affordable that we’ve ever seen, this is why the range has gained notoriety at a super speedy pace.

As we become more demanding of our products in terms of performance, particularly when it comes to anti-ageing, brands have to remain incredibly innovative to keep up with our appeal for perfection. Anti-ageing is one of the trickiest areas to execute successfully as often the results are more long-term and prevention is better cure. The Ordinary has triumphed in the fight against ageing skin and for this reason, has gained popularity that other collections can only aspire to.

We’ve selected the most popular and most effective anti-ageing products from The Ordinary to help you to navigate this extensive collection, the only thing you need to do is move fast, these products sell incredibly quickly.

The Ordinary Anti Ageing Products

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalene - best used at night time.


All the power of Retinol without the irritation, Granactive Retinoid is a highly refined version of Vitamin A that carries all of the anti-ageing benefits of Retinol without the irritants. Developed by Grant Industries, Granactive Retinoid is an active skincare technology that offers better results than Retinol and prescription retinoids. Lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced with continued use.


Retinol 1% in Squalene  - best used at night time


A derivative of Vitamin A, Retinol is one of the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients available in over-the-counter skincare products. Retinol visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and helps to erase photo damage (sun damage) with continued use. Maintaining the integrity of the Retinol molecule is of paramount importance to ensure that the best results are achieved. Water, oils and silicones can all affect the performance of Retinol so suspending it in plant-derived Squalene is the best option.


Buffet - best used morning and night


Informatively named, Buffet is like a table of offerings that the skin can work with as it absorbs the serum. Packed with Peptides (proteins which trick the skin into regenerating itself), Buffet encourage cell regeneration and makes the skin act younger. Amino acids and numerous Hyaluronic Acid complexes have been blended with a probiotic complex to give an ‘all singing, all dancing’ anti ageing treatment.


Matrixyl 10% + HA - best used morning and evening


A cocktail of peptides in a hyaluronic acid complex, this multi-faceted anti-ageing hero targets line and wrinkles by encouraging the skin to regenerate itself more quickly. Hydration levels of dramatically improved with Hyaluronic Acid charging the skin with moisture whilst Matrixyl 3000 stimulates collagen and elastin production, boosting skin density.


Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - best used morning and night


Also known as the fountain of youth, Hyaluronic Acid holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water so as it’s absorbed in the skin it draws-in hydration. What sets The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid from the others is the low-, medium- and high-weight molecules which travel to various levels of the skin, this ensures that moisture is delivered to upper and lower layers of the dermis. Vitamin B5 has been blended into this serum to improve and enhance surface level hydration.


The Best SPF Creams for Skiing

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:09:09 Europe/London

spf creams for skiing


Skiing is a great reminder that the heat might have gone but the sun certainly hasn’t. We’ve rounded-up our top picks ‘SPF Creams’ for skiing in 2018.

Anthony Day Cream SPF30


1. Anthony Day Cream SPF30


One of our most popular daily moisturisers with built-in SPF, Anthony Day Cream SPF30 carries broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply every couple of hours for best protection.


Pros:
Has slim-line packaging so slips into your ski jacket pocket.
Contains a powerful cocktail of sunscreen ingredients to defend against sun damage.
Easy to apply, sinks in really quickly.


FIND IT HERE


Heliocare Oil Free Dry Touch Gel


2. Heliocare Oil-Free Dry Touch Gel SPF50


If you’re wanting to maintain your matte veneer on the slopes, this is the SPF for you. This Oil-Free Dry Touch Gel sinks instantly into the skin leaving a completely matte, tack-free finish. One of the most powerful sun protectors of its time, Heliocare Oil Free Dry Touch Gel protects from UVA, UVA and Infra-Red Light making it the perfect choice for the slopes.


Pros:
Doesn’t leave a white cast on the skin.
Easy to carry in your ski jacket
Leaves a completely matte finish


FIND IT HERE


Triumph & Disaster No Dice Sunscreen


3. Triumph & Disaster No Dice Sunscreen SPF50


A powerful UVA and UVB blocker, Triumph & Disaster’s SPF50 is fresh from New Zealand where sun protection is all the rage. Apply regular throughout the day to maintain protection and to avoid panda eyes!


Pros:
Easy to apply, sinks-in rapidly.
Powerful protection from sun damage and pigmentation.
Doesn’t leave the skin ‘white'.


FIND IT HERE


The Handpicked 6 - Shave Creams

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 12:42:16 Europe/London

Shave Cream



The Handpicked 6 - Shave Creams


Make shaving less arduous and more pleasurable with our handpicked 6. Six Shave Creams tried, tested and worthy of our seal of approval based purely on their standalone brilliance.

Geo F Trumper Extract of Limes Soft Shaving Cream


Relatively new to our shaving category, Extract of Limes is Geo F Trumper’s knight in shining armour. Formulated using the soft shave cream best Trumper’s are known best for, this protective shave lube carries a scent formed chiefly of freshly squeezed West Indian Limes are their sharp zest.


D R Harris Arlington Shave Cream Bowl


Arlington is D R Harris’ most popular scent. A typically British aroma, this fern and citrus combination gives a refreshing treat to the nose while the Coconut Acid softens both the hair and skin to ensure a clean, close cut.


Carthusia Uomo Shave Cream

Carthusia Uomo Shave Cream


Uomo is an Eau de Parfum for men created by the master perfumers at Carthusia’s headquarters in Capri. The Shave Cream and Aftershave Balm are extensions to the Uomo collection and were launched in 2016. The formula carries Cetearly Alcohol, a ingredient usually found in hair conditioner which is best know for its softening and hydrating qualities. Post shave, your skin is as soft as silk and perfectly prepared for the endeavours that lie ahead.


Ernest Supplies Cooling Shave Cream

Ernest Supplies Cooling Shave Cream


Cooling Shave Cream by Ernest Supplies is the perfect on-the-road wingman. A formula created to not only cool and soothe the skin as you shave, but to also condition and soften the hair and skin to improve comfort and deliver the perfect post-shave canvas. Contained in a food-grade foil pouch, Cooling Shave Cream stays fresh and you can get access to every last drop.


Castle Forbes 1445 Shave Cream


The secret to Castle Forbes success lies in the recipe of their shave creams. Others have tried to re-create it and failed. The recipe and technique used to create the creams remains top secret so you’ll need to try it to believe it. For their latest addition to the Castle Forbes line-up, master perfumer Andrew French has blended the shave cream base with 1445 Eau de Parfum.


Triumph & Disaster Old Fashioned Shave Cream


Charming both in terms of texture and scent, Old Fashioned Shave Cream carries Triumph & Disaster’s natural parentage, fused with conditioning surfactants to create the perfect base upon which to shave. Carries a minty, citrus-y scent.


Comments | Posted in shave problem solver get groomed grooming guides By Grooming Editor

6 Male Grooming Hacks from the Experts

Thursday, 28 September 2017 13:56:05 Europe/London

Up your grooming game with the help our skincare experts. We asked our team of male grooming experts for their insider tips on how to get the best out of your products, your skin and your look, here’s what they said:



male grooming hacks


1. Store your Eye Cream/Gel in the fridge



Fighting cellular fatigue and dark circles comes from the active ingredients, reducing puffiness comes from the fridge. Reducing the temperature of your eye cream, or gel, will help to soothe the under eye area and reduce puffiness. The reduction in temperature stimulates micro-circulation which promotes drainage and thus reduces the amount of fluid under the eyes. Before use, give the cream/gel a shake then apply a grain of rice size amount to each eye. Bingo!




2. Leave your cleansing product on the skin for a minute or two before rinsing them off



All to often we apply our face wash / shampoo / conditioner / body wash and rinse it off right away. Give the formula a chance to work its magic by leaving it on the skin for a minute to two before rinsing it off. This allows the skin and hair to absorb the benefits from the product whilst also allowing the products the time it needs to collect dirt, grease and odour.






3. Change your pillow case at least twice weekly



This is most important for those with oily and combination skin types, but still good practice for those without. Your face stays in contact with your pillow case longer than it does anything else. While your sleeping, your pillow case absorbs grease and dirt from the hair and skin, and as you rest and move during the night, your hair and skin will pick it back up again. Wash it regularly and use both sides of the pillow.


4. Eat Less Sugar



Sugar, whilst tantalising for the taste buds, is detrimental for the skin. Collagen is like the skin’s internal scaffolding, it’s almost like a web that maintains the skin's structure, elasticity and firmness. Sugar breaks Collagen down and thus accelerates ageing through loss of support.


5. Dry Patches of Skin? Use Lip Balm



The elbows, feet, knees and hands are often subject to dryness through pressure and excessive movement. If you notice a patch of dry skin on said areas, before you turn-in for the night, apply a small amount of lip balm to the area to charge it with moisture.




6. Open Up Your Face by Tidying Your Brows



Are your eyebrows getting out of control? Asking the barber to trim them will help, but adding a bit of shape to them will take it to the next level. You can do this very inconspicuously and hardly anybody will know that the change in your appearance is due to your brows having an overhaul. Maintain their masculine shape by plucking or threading rogue strands from the bottom of the brow and take a a few hairs from the outside to subtly shorten them. Your eyes will open up and your whole look will dramatically improve.


Comments | Posted in get groomed grooming guides By Editor

What are the Best Sun Creams for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin Types?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:17:09 Europe/London

What are the best sun creams for oily and acne-prone skin types?

For those with oily and acne prone skin types, summer can be all the things you want and all the things you don’t. The increase in temperature can help to control the amount of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) secreted by the glands, but applying SPF creams to protect against UVA and UVB rays can suffocate the skin and add unnecessary oil.

There are numerous causes of acne and most people who experience the problem regularly struggle to ascertain which factors of their lifestyle are probing the issue. Anti-microbial skincare is a great way to stop the skin’s excess oil feeding the residual bacteria on the skin and thus causing breakouts. Choosing a sun scream with maximum protection from UV rays whilst soothing the skin with acne-preventing anti-microbial properties isn’t easy so we’ve enlisted the help of our resident skincare specialist, Graham, and asked him to steer us in the right direction, here’s what he had to say;

Breakouts and suncream go hand-in-hand for the best of us. The oily nature of many SPF products can clog the pores and cause the skin to break-out, but the goods news is there are a couple of products available which help to both stop shiny skin and also include anti-microbial to neutralise bacteria.

 Heliocare XF Gel

Heliocare XF Gel

Protection level: SPF50
Best for: acne-prone and those who experience blackheads and clogged pores

XF Gel contains Lysate Micrococcus, this is a powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory that skins deep into the skin and helps to stop breakouts from appearing. The consistency of XF Gel also helps in the quest for spot-free skin as it’s absorbed really quickly and allows the skin to breathe.

FIND IT HERE

 

Heliocare Oil Free Dry Touch Gel

Heliocare 360 Oil-Free Dry Touch Gel

Protection level: SPF50 with built-in infra-red defence.
Best for: those who like a completely matte finish on the skin with maximum protection from the sun

Informatively named, Oil-Free Dry Touch Gel gives the finish of an oil-free moisturiser without compromising on protection. Heliocare’s 360 collection comes with the added benefit of infra-red protection (keep your eyes peeled for this level of protection as we’ll be seeing many more products carry it in the future, in my opinion!) so it’s much more powerful at stopping pre-mature ageing and dark spots from appearing.

FIND IT HERE

 

Recipe for Men SPF15 Moisturiser

Recipe for Men SPF15 Moisturiser

Protection level: see above
Best for: an everyday facial moisturiser in cooler climates

This gives only low-level of sun protection so its only really suitable for use in the cooler seasons, that said, the finish on the skin is simply outstanding; matte and tack-free. The consistency of this means it sinks in really quickly leaving little residue and doesn’t clog the pores.

FIND IT HERE

 

Anthony Day Cream SPF30

Anthony Day Cream SPF30

Protection level: see above
Best for: those who like to apply their daily moisturiser and sun cream in one easy step

Anthony’s Day Cream is slightly thicker in consistency when compared to the rest of the creams mentioned above. The big bonus here is high level protection from an everyday face cream. The SPF30 will give a couple of hours of protection which means you won’t need to start applying your sun creams till later in the day.

FIND IT HERE

 

When choosing a sun cream, it’s really important to read the instructions and ensure that it is right for your skin type. It’s also crucial to check that it carries enough protection to stop your skin from becoming damaged by sunlight. Always re-apply your suncream throughout the day, following the manufacturers guidelines.

Experts Tips

If you have oily and acne-prone skin, your face wash is one of the most important elements of your regime. Make sure it is non-drying and always use it morning and night.
Avoid using products which contain raw alcohol. Whilst perfectly fine for some skin types, it will encourage the skin to produce more oil so it’s not good for oily skin.
Change your pillow case regularly. This sounds bizarre but your face spends more time in contact with your pillow than it does everything else- make sure it’s clean.
Don’t be afraid of using facial oils. As the old saying goes, ‘fight fire with fire’ keeping the skin hydrated is the first step to shine-free, less oily skin.

4 Steps To Blackhead-Free Skin

Monday, 5 June 2017 14:21:51 Europe/London

4 Steps To Blackhead-Free Skin

HOW TO GET RID OF BLACKHEADS

 
Blackheads and clogged pores, after acne, are the most common skincare concerns. With the movement now firmly in the direction of completely matte skin, keeping your pores free from blockages has never been so important.
 

What are blackheads?

 
Everybody at some point will experience small black dots - usually on the nose, cheeks and chin - on their face. As the skin secretes sebum (oil) to naturally lubricate and hydrate itself, the pores can become blocked. Those with dilated pores will suffer most as the pores create crevices for the oil to settle within. As the pores fill with oil, the dirt that comes in to contact with the face is caught by the oil and becomes difficult to dis-lodge. As the dirt ages, it turns black forms a blackhead.
 

How to get rid of blackheads

 
There are a few techniques to remove these unsightly black spots, but if you’re prone to them, you’ll need to adopt a skincare regime which helps to keep them at bay. We’ve compiled a 4-step programme to free your skin from blackheads and keep the pores clear of oxidised dirt.
Step 1

Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser

 
Use a face wash which contains Glycolic Acid. Not only does this gently exfoliate the skin, it also sinks into the pores and helps to loosen the bond between the pore and the oil. Whilst it won’t completely remove the blockage, using Gylcolic Acid will soften the blackhead and make it easier for step 2 to remove it. Try Anthony Glycolic Facial Cleanser. It contains 4.9% Glycolic Acid and will prep your pores for perfectly for a dig-out by your face mask.
 
Step 2

NIOD Mastic Must

 
Apply a face mask 2-3 times weekly, but that specifically spades-out blockages from the pores. If you’re looking for an instant remedy, try Avojo Black Peel-off Mask. This black goo form a peel-off mask on the skin which clings to the black heads and as you peel it off, the blackheads are lifted from the pores. If you’re wanting a longer-term solution that’s slightly easier to work with, look no further than Niod’s Mastic Must. Formulated from the gum found in the bark of Greek Mastic Trees, this gum binds to dirt, not water, and when you wash it away, it will peel the dirt from within the pores. It’s also really good for those who experience the occasional breakout.
 
Steps 3 & 4

Hylamide Pore Control

 
Use a pore control treatment to help to help to reduce the size and intensity of the pores. The smaller the pores are, the less likely they are to become blocked and when they do get blocked, the blackheads won’t be as visible. Try Hylamide’s Pore Control. It’s a clear serum that you apply to areas of the face that are prone to blackheads and it helps to visibly reduce the number and size of the pores.
 
Use a sebum controlling serum to help to control the amount of oil produced by the skin. Germaine de Capuccini’s Purexpert Balancing Serum has been developed for those with oily skin, however those who don’t necessarily have excessively oily skin but still experience blackheads will also benefit from it. It contains Oleanolic Acid which breaks the sebum cycle and reduces the amount of shine secreted by the skin. It also contains Salicylic Acid which knocks blackheads quite literally on-the-head.
Comments | Posted in grooming guides By Steven
Summer Essentials
 

Get the beachy look (and feel!) in a jiffy with our summer essentials hand-picked by our resident chap in the know, Steven.

 
 
When it’s hot we dehydrate- simple, right? The skin is the first organ that the body starts to take moisture from and around the eyes is where you’ll notice it most. The Refinery formulated their Eye Gel with Hyaluronic Acid (aka. The Fountain of Youth) which packs in moisture and helps to stop your eyes having that ‘been sizzling on the beach all day’ look.
 
 
This is one of all time favourites. I have quite fine hair, the barber often says it feels like baby’s hair. Sachajuan Salt Spray gives it a bit crunch and adds some texture which then makes it easier to style. I like to sport a totally matte finish so during sunny days my hair goes 'Sachajuan solo’, I quite literally just use this to give it a bit of shape and still allow it to move. During the evenings I team Ocean Mist up with Baxter of California Clay Pomade.
 
 
This is only the second SPF formula I’ve come across that gives a matte finish on the skin (the other being Heliocare Oil-Free Dry Touch Gel) and is waterproof to boot! It gives both UVA and UVB protection and is also sweat resistant., it’s basically everything I look for in a modern men’s SPF preparation.
 
 
As I’m entering my mid-30’s I’m starting to become very aware of how the sun affects my skin, which also means that I try to stay out of the as much as possible. That said, who doesn’t like a healthy glow on their face? 66°30 Radiance Cycle is my go-to self tanning lotion, mainly because it looks completely natural and builds really gradually. The pigment carried in Radiance Cycle is brown, not orange, and gives your face the ‘you look well’ look.
 
 
Keeping my face refreshed is top of my list of priorities in warmer weather. This little hero comes in a bottle which is really easy to carry -50ml- and is super energising. It contains Witch Hazel which helps to neutralise bacteria, Cucumber to soothe and cool, and Gylcerin to hydrate, you could say it’s like a breathe of fresh air in a bottle.
Comments | Posted in grooming guides By Steven

Back in Stock - Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peels

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 16:08:52 Europe/London

Back in Stock - Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peels

 Dr Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel

 
Dr Dennis Gross is best know for his patented 2-step daily face peels, and recently we’ve seen eruption in popularity for these complexion refiners. Extra Strength is the strongest peel in the range (Universal and Ultra Gentle are also available) using a combination of acids to break-down the bond between dead skin cells to reveal a more refined skin tone.
 
Although highly indicative of their shedding action, ‘Peel’ may be a little over-zealous a word to use to describe what they actually do, so we’ve enlisted the help of our resident skincare expert Graham to shine some light on the what, when, how and why of Dr Dennis Gross’ resurfacing, exfoliating wipes. Here’s what he had to say.
 
Exfoliating the skin is the fastest way to install refine your skin tone, but not with a scrub. Scrubs are great before shaving and as a tri-weekly maintenance option, but if you’re looking for something a little more gentle on the skin with powerful performance, Alpha Beta Peels are right up your street. I’ve been using the Peels since we first introduced Dr Dennis Gross to TGC (almost 5 years ago) and now I wouldn’t be without them. I started with the Alpha Beta Universal Peel, formerly Original Daily Peel, and after a couple of months I made the transition to the Extra Strength version. It’s not so much about the peeling action for me, it’s more about preparing my face for the ingredients found in my topical solutions, and giving the technology contained within them the best possible access to the skin. Also, if you’ve got a big event coming up, use the Peels for 7 days before it to make sure you’re looking dandy.
 

How do you use Dr Dennis Gross’ Daily Peels?

 
If your skin is highly sensitive, go with the Ultra Gentle Peel, however if your skin is fairly low maintenance or you have concerns about dull, devitalised skin, opt for Extra Strength.
 
Step 1 is the side of the treatment responsible for removing the dull and dead skin cells. 
 
1.Make sure you wash your face thoroughly before use otherwise the acids will have to dig through the dirt and oil on the skin before they start to work. 
2.Take step 1 out of the packet and smear it across the face until the pads feels almost dry. What’s happening on your face now is Glycolic Acid is releasing dead skin from the face and Salicylic Acid is removing congestion and any blockages within the pores.
 
Step 2 stops the peeling action by rendering the acids neutral
 
1. After a a couple of minutes, take step 2 out of the packet and work it across the face until it feels dry. It's vital that you carry out both steps as the second step stops the peeling action by neutralising the acids, using water alone to rinse the face will not stop the peeling.
2. Post-use avoid applying products which contain alcohol and always use a moisturiser with an SPF.
 
Used daily as part of your skincare regime, you’ll gradually start to notice an improvement in the tone of the skin, the improvement doesn’t appear overnight, you’ll need to use the Alpha Beta Peels daily to gradually buff the skin into a brighter, more radiant condition.
 

Who are the Peels best suited to?

 
If your skin reddens when you use a face scrub, Alpha Beta Peels will make sure your skin is exfoliated without the need for coarse ingredients.
Those with enlarged pores will benefit from the lifting action of Salicylic Acid, noticing a reduction in blackheads.
If your skin looks dull and lacking vitality the Peels will refine it and lift the surface gloom to boost the complexion.
Those with excessively oily/shiny skin will benefit from a mattified complexion whilst adding moisture with glycerin.
 
Shop Dr Dennis Gross’ Peels here: Extra Strength / Universal (medium strength) / Ultra Gentle.

Top 5 Hair Clays for Men

Friday, 5 May 2017 15:57:18 Europe/London

Men's Hair Clay

TOP 5 HAIR CLAYS FOR MEN

 
If you like slick-back styles with a completely matte finish, Hair Clay should be top of your shopping list. Formulated to offer structure and hold whilst leaving the hair shine-free, Hair Clay secures your hair style in situ with the added benefit of maintaining flexibility. When you use a Clay to style your hair, you have the ability to manipulate your style throughout the day, tweaking and perfecting as you go.
 

Hair Clays are:

 
• Suitable for both long and short hair.
• Can be applied to both wet and dry hair.
• Perfect for slick-backs, pompadours and rugged, tussled styles.
 

How To Use Hair Clay

 
• Start by washing your hair and towel-drying it. If you want a completely shine-free finish, dry your hair with a hair dryer on a medium heat setting. As you dry your hair, start to direct it into your desired style, if you want a semi-matte finish, towel-drying will suffice.
• Warm a pea-sized amount of product between your fingertips. TOP TIP AND ESSENTIAL TO NOTE: DO NOT WARM IT BETWEEN YOUR PALMS. Warming the product between your fingertips will make it easier to style, if you warm it between your palms you’ll find it more difficult to style and you’ll flatten your look.
• Stroke the Clay through your hair and start to work your style. Direct the hair in sections and work piece by piece to position your look.
• Add more Clay as desired or until you’ve achieved your preferred look.
 

Top 5 Hair Clays

 
Baxter of California Clay Pomade
 

Baxter of California Clay Pomade

 
This is one of our best-selling products and most popular Hair Clay. The barbers at Baxter of California in Los Angeles have perfected this formula to a tee. Is a blend of Kaolin Clay and Bees wax which is very unusual for a Hair Clay. The Kaolin Clay gives structure and hold whilst maintaining a matte finish, whilst the Bees Wax masks your hair flexible and means you can re-work your look throughout the day.
 
 
 
Mr Natty Clay Hair Preparation
 

Mr Natty Hair Clay

 
Mr Natty, a leading British barber, developed his Clay Hair Preparation to give thickness and density to both wet and dry-look styles. The joy of Mr Natty’s Clay is that is can be matte or shiny depending on whether you apply it to wet or dry hair. Carrying a charming coconut scent, this Clay glides onto the hair with ease giving you style, structure and flexibility.
 
 
 
Triumph & Disaster Coltrane Clay
 

Triumph & Disaster Coltrane Clay

 
Coltrane is a wonderful blend of China Clay, Pracaxi Oil and Brazil Wax. This unique combination give the flexibility of a hair was with the finish of a clay. Coltrane is almost like a hybrid of a hair wax and matte paste; it gives definition and hold with a completely shine-free veneer. What’s more, Triumph & Disaster have scented this with a masculine smoky aroma that is guaranteed to get your nose twitching.
 
 
 
Jack Black Clay Pomade
 

Jack Black Clay Pomade

 
Of all of our Top 5 Clays, Jack Black’s Clay Pomade has the strongest hold. Developed to lock your style in and remove the need for hairspray, Jack Black have nailed the matte-finish / strong-hold styling product category. This products give you structure and density using a matte wax called Candelilla which holds the hair securely, giving slight manoeuvrability.
 
 
 
Fish Soho Matte Clay
 

Fish StoneFish Matt Clay

 
Before we even start to talk about performance, it has to be noted that Fish Soho bags the gong for value for money and scent. The scent is quite simply outstanding and you can smell it all day, when it comes to £, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better product at a similar price.
 
Comments | Posted in problem solver grooming guides By Graham

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