Hair products

I think because I had quite nerdy friends at school and we subliminally defined ourselves as anti-fashion and anti-trying hard to look good, the idea of fashion and grooming products have always been slightly alien to me.

I’ve made my peace now with buying clothes I like (kind of) but grooming still remains difficult. When I buy hair gel I treat it like teenagers in a sitcom trying to buy condoms, like something slightly embarrassing and shameful. I don’t really know where to start. What’s the difference between a gel and a wax and a clay and putty and all the other things? How do I know which of them work when they all cost a fiver to buy but six months to use up? For once in my life I’d like to not look like I have the hair of a lego man, while I still have hair left.

Do they still make hair gel?

Some of us just have Lego hair regardless of product, friend. We have to make our peace with that.

I will not go gentle into that good night!


No idea.

Every time I have a haircut, I decide I’m going to start using product.

I buy some clay or putty or wax and use it twice at the most.

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The Rework range of putties by VO5 is cheap and good (and cheap enough that if you hate it you can bin it and try another one)-

Scam - don’t bother

this is quite good i reckon

Ive got quite thick hair, but like lower hold

I use the american crew cremes


That is actually incredibly useful and nulls all further discussion in this thread


I think I want high hold low shine… so maybe UP’s putty it is!


I can’t imagine any DiSers being highshiners.

Texturising gum is a good alternative. Slightly lower hold, so the hair feels less stiff and more natural.

Who the fuck uses textured powder? Just make it look like you have dandruff.

I don’t think I mind stiff (steady). At the moment I have some liquid gel stuff, I can just about get something I’m happy with in front of the mirror at home but by the time I get anywhere else it’s all fallen back to shit.

Yeah that’s the stuff I use. Feels a bit gross/rigid when you put it in but give it an hour and you’re sorted.

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The bit where it just goes MATT LOOK makes it seem like they really want Matt’s attention


I took ages to settle on something but this works for me:

Works well, no shinyness and I can adjust the style throughout the day by running my hands through it. Lasts for ages too. Only issue is when it’s been ages since a haircut and my hair is getting thick and heavy, it can flop a bit (steady).