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We’ve heard of hair spray and hair pomade, but what exactly is hair clay? Unfortunately, hair clay may not be as well-known as their other hairstyling countertops, but they also serve an indispensable purpose when it comes to styling certain hairstyles, especially for men. Before we explain how hair clay helps ensure that your hair stands out from the rest, it’s important to understand the differences between hair clay and pomade. While these two may seem to be similar at first glance, this is absolutely not the case. For pomade, the texture is waxy-like and feels slippery to the touch, whereas hair clay is matte. As such, the former is more suitable if you’re trying to achieve a slicker, neater look, and hair clay is meant to attain a textured hair appearance. Now that you know the differences between the two, here’s everything you need to know about hair clay.
What Is Hair Clay?
As mentioned above, hair clay has more texture, due to it containing the compounds kaolin or bentonite. These minerals are natural clays formed from volcanic ash and are what give this hair product a clay-like consistency. When applied to the hair, the hair clay helps tame and maintain your hair structure, ensuring it does not look messy and out of place, which is especially important if your hair is exposed to environmental conditions like rain and wind. How this is achieved is by mixing either kaolin or bentonite with water, causing the minerals to create a barrier against any liquids.
Considering that clay has a naturally hardened texture, this product is ideal if you’re planning to go for a more matte finish for your hairstyle. However, it does not mean that they’re not flexible enough for your hair to not move. Instead, you’re getting the best of both worlds with hair clay: Making sure your hair stays in place throughout the day while allowing you to achieve a wide range of hairstyles. What’s more, with proper application, hair clay can also provide extra volume to hair that’s longer in length. This means that you can actually skip hairspray and other volumizing hair products altogether.
How to Use Hair Clay
For those using hair clay for the first time, it’s good to start off with a small amount in order for you to gain better control over time. As you scoop out the product from the tin or container, you’ll want to first heat the clay up by placing it in your hand and rubbing it. This is because hair clay becomes more pliable and easier to manage if it’s warmed up, just like potter’s clay. We recommend rubbing the product for around five to ten seconds before applying it to preferably damp hair. Damp hair allows the hair clay to attach better, though it’s crucial to take note that the hair shouldn’t be dripping wet. Once you’ve applied the product from the scalp all the way down to the roots, you can use a comb or a brush to achieve your desired look.
Why Shop with Uplift Provisions Company?
At Uplift Provisions Company, our Styling Compound is probably the gentlest hair clay out in the market. Being 100% cruelty-free and made with sustainably sourced ingredients, our Styling Compound is not only safe to use but also good for the planet. Our Styling Compound is also infused with our signature peppermint-lime scent, giving it a light and refreshing sensation.