Men’s grooming has become very popular in recent years. Whether it’s styling your hair or your beard, a wide range of products have become available. With many competing brands offering products with different supplements and ingredients, it can be difficult to figure out which type of product is best for you and your hair. Today, we are focusing on using hair clay to style your hair. Give it a try and see if it works for you!
Hair Clay: What Is It?
Hair clays are hair products that contain mainly clay and other supplements. The clay most often used is bentonite. Bentonite is formed naturally when volcanic ash is exposed to the elements. Other hair clay products use kaolin clay instead. Unlike bentonite, kaolin clay is formed when aluminum silicate materials are exposed to the elements instead.
Benefits of Hair Clay
People who use hair clays often enjoy their matte finish. The medium hold they have on hair also means that it doesn’t make your hair too stiff. These qualities make it excellent for a casual everyday look as it can be touched up through the day without looking stiff or unnatural. Furthermore, hair clays can help rejuvenate damaged hair and diminish the chances of scalp dryness. These qualities help to encourage more vibrant hair growth.
How to Use Hair Clay
Before you begin, finding the right hair clay for you is very important. Choose a hair clay that has a texture and feel that you like. It is also important that it does not contain any ingredients that could irritate your scalp. If you have found one already, this is how to put it on!
- Step 1: Start with hair that is clean and without any prior products. If you have pre-styling products, place them on before styling to give your hair a boost. Next, use a hairdryer to slowly shape your hair in your chosen direction.
- Step 2: This is a key step! Start with a small amount of hair clay. For reference, it should be roughly the size of a pea. Hair clay is always meant to be layered, so start small. If you require more product, you can always put on more hair clay later.
- Step 3: Gently heat the clay by rubbing it in the palm of your hands. You should ensure that the clay is smooth and free of clumps. Use your hands to feel for any bits of product and smoothen it out.
- Step 4: To push your hair backward, begin by coating the top of your hair (the under-side). Run your clay-filled fingers through your hair, starting from the root and ending at the tip. This should coat your hair throughout. Repeat as many times as you need to give your hair more volume and definition. If you want to try a different hairstyle, using a comb may help.