Crèmes / Creams
Hairstyling cream can essentially be called “hair lotion” because that’s exactly what it’s used for. They have a lotion-type consistency (versus the solid, pasty-type consistency of pomades and pastes) and they work great for moisturizing your hair in an effort to control and maintain frizzy hair. Hair creams offer a light, softer hold compared to any other hair styling products, and they are recommended primarily as a pre-styling product as they add substance, shine and separation to the hair. So if you’re looking to tame unruly hair and control the frizz on curly haired guys, then adding a crème to your styling regime would be recommended. Our Sculpting Clay
has features and benefits that fit within this category, but it is slightly thicker and has actual clay in it.
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Hair gel is the most known and most commonly used (and probably most hated) hair styling product for men. It would be a fairly safe bet to say that every guy has tried using hair gel at least once in their life. It’s typically the “starter” hair product for most guys who begin styling their hair in middle school or high school because it’s cheap and readily available at any local store….and unfortunately for a lot of us, we simply didn’t know any better!
Gel is great product if your intention is to have stiff, non-movable hair and if you don’t care if products damage your hair. It does work well with all hair lengths, thicknesses, and textures to mold, sculpt, and hold your hair in place. Gel tends to coat the hair strands and binds them together to lock them in place. Gels are water based styling products that have a concoction of harsh alcohols and holding chemicals. They typically leave your hair shiny and rock hard and don't have the flexibility to style your hair throughout the day.
The “extreme hold” of using gel in your hair does come as a cost:
- Flaking or residue when gelled hair is disturbed by running your fingers through your hair
- Hair damage and excessive drying due to the type of alcohols that are used to help the gel dry
- Corrosive chemicals strip all moisture from the hair and scalp resulting in itchy and flaky scalp and dandruff
- Hair becomes brittle and prone to breakage
- Hair becomes more frizzy, thereby making it unmanageable, dry, rough, limp and lusterless
- Promotes dead skin cell build up and excess sebum (natural hair oil) on the scalp which clogs the hair follicles and eventually causes hair to fall out and hair loss
Sounds great right (insert sarcasm here)? Hair loss, dry hair and scalp, flaking….we don’t think so either! That’s why Mister Pompadour has not and will not introduce a hair gel to our product line. We only want styling products that contain natural oils and proteins to promote healthy hair and scalp while naturally hold hairstyles in place.
So basically, if you’re using gel to style your hair you might as well shout to the world “Hey! I’m new at styling my hair”.
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Mousse is probably the most recognizable hair product type there is based solely on its unique foamy texture. And for most guys, hair mousse is also one of those products they tend to shy away from. Possibly because mousse received a bad rap in the ‘80s for making hair feel crunchy and sticky. Or maybe it is the simple thought of product squirting out of a metal aerosol can that turns guys away. Either way, mousse is a hairstyling product that is designed to add body, light hold and shine to your mane.
One could argue that mousse is probably one of the most underutilized styling products for men, especially for men looking to achieve hairstyles that require volume. Applying mousse at the hair roots and blow drying from the roots outward is key to achieving massive volume. Using mousse with this method works well for all hair types – thick, fine, short, medium, long, curly, wavy and everything in between. Unlike hair gel, if you disturb the crunchy hair you won’t be left with flakes and residue.
So what makes mousse different? Mousse works by surrounding the hair strand with synthetic resins called polymers and assists the hair in holding its shape when it dries. Mousse will give hair a certain amount of lift at the root level, which makes it a perfect candidate at a pre-styler. Use mousse to get the initial volume – then use another product, like the Natural Beeswax Paste, to better define and shape the hairstyle. Some mousses are specifically formulated to thicken fine hair - making it a perfect choice for hair that is beginning to thin out or fine hair types in general.
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For men with longer hair, a serum is used to control frizz and fly-aways by moisturizing the hair and providing a silky smoothness. Most guys will never use a serum due to the application, but can be used to add a quick shiny finish by applying a little bit after your hair is towel dried.
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We wouldn’t necessary classify hair oils as a styling product, but rather a hair repairing product. Its recommended use is overnight or when styling your hair isn’t needed because hair oils will likely leave hair looking extremely greasy/oily and provide no hold whatsoever. Their main purpose it to hydrate the hair when the scalp is insufficiently producing enough sebum (natural hair oil) or when the sebum isn’t traveling from the root to the top to effectively protect the hair. Depending on the needs of your hair, you’ll need to choose the product right for the job:
- Argan Oil – Protects the hair and makes it feel smoother, softer, and less frizzy
- Coconut Oil – Improves overall hair health by penetrating deep in the hair shaft and strengthening weak spots
- Almond Oil – Contains a Vitamin A, B and E which improves hair health and adds shine and body
- Olive Oil – Revives dry hair (*use sparingly for fine hair types)
While Mister Pompadour does not offer a stand-alone hair oil product, we do include oils within our products to help condition, strengthen, and improve overall hair health. Take the Moroccan Texture Paste for example – its ingredients include argan oil and coconut to condition and soften the hair throughout the day.
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The hair product marketplace is filled with all types of hair spray products that can set your hairstyle, enhance shine, reduce frizz, and even promote volume. Hair spray can be used by itself, or used in conjunction with any hair paste or pomade. They can also be sprayed on the outer layer of hair to lock in the hairstyle in place, or sprayed deep into the roots to coat the hair and lift them up.
Typically, hair spray is packaged in an aerosol can or bottle with a pump sprayer, and is primarily geared towards women – this does not mean that men can’t and shouldn’t use them as well. To make life simple, stay focused on the holding power because that’s the main difference between all hair spray products. They can generally be categorized as flexible-, medium-, or maximum-hold.
Flexible-hold hair sprays offer the least amount of staying power and work well for longer hairstyles. They provide just enough control to reduce frizzing, but still allow some natural movement. The medium-hold hair sprays have a slightly stronger hold than the flexible types and should be used sparingly if movement is still desired. Medium-sprays are ideal for hairstyles that require volume, but don’t necessarily need to be stiff.
Maximum-hold sprays are obviously the strongest of the bunch and they work to keep every strand in the same place throughout the day. If you’re styling product isn’t giving you enough hold throughout the day, then blast it with a few shots of maximum-hold sprays and that’ll do the trick. You’ll still maintain the definition and texture of the hairstyle, but it’ll now be locked in place. Just be mindful that some types of hair spray product may require washing with a clarifying shampoo to remove all residues.
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Thank you for taking the time to read about the various hair product categories on the market today – hopefully you learned a thing or two along the way! There is a lot to consider when choosing the right product for your perfect hairstyle and we want to make sure you are equipped with this valuable information when making that decision. As always, we strive to offer you the best products and the best information you can find.
Please feel free to reach out to us at anytime if you have any further questions or comments, or if you’re simply looking for a product recommendation. We are always here to help!
Matt and Zack