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Clay or Wax? | Which Is The Best Hair Product For You?

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Clay or Wax? | Which Is The Best Hair Product For You?

Hair clay or hair wax? Which is the best hair product for the hairstyle you want?

This post has been sponsored by TONI&GUY Hair Care Products 

Clay and wax are two of the most popular hair products around. They’re readily available and can provide great results in your hair. But what’s the difference between clay and wax; and what is the best product for you?

Clay or Wax: First glance

Whenever you’re looking for a new hair product, flip it over and check out the ingredients – this will be one of the main tell-tales of how the product will work and react with your hair.

Most importantly, look to see if the product is water-based or oil-based.

  • Water-based products(like the TONI&GUY Styling Clay) will have something like ‘Aqua’ listed at the top.
  • Oil-based products (like the TONI&GUY Wax) will have something like ‘Lanolin Wax’ at the top.

Water-based products will generally wash out without the need for a cleansing shampoo.

Oil-based products will tend to need a cleansing shampoo to completely remove them from your hair.

ALWAYS CHECK THE INGREDIENTS

ALWAYS CHECK THE INGREDIENTS

WAX IS OIL-BASED

Clay or Wax: Hair Types?

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  • Clay: Soft and dry.

Clays are suitable for all hair types. They will boost fine and limp hair; and add definition to thick hair.

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  • Wax: Hard and oily.

If your hair is fine or thinning, use a pre-styling treatment (as below) before using a wax. This will prep the hair and ensure that the scalp cannot be seen.

If your hair is thick, wax will need to be layered into the hair, to allow for even distribution.

 

SHOP THE PRODUCTS

 

Clay or Wax: Application

Clay products will be easier to scoop out and warm in your hands. They can be easily applied to your hair.

Wax products will be harder to scoop and will need to be fully warmed up before applying to your hair. You will need to work quickly, before the wax dries hard again.

Clay or Wax: Styling

 HOW TO: Watch the video at the bottom. 

Hairstyle Using Clay

  • Clay products are perfect for adding body and texture to your hair.

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Try this messy slick back.

1 – Prep the hair with you usual pre-styling treatment.

2 – Scoop and warm up a 10pm/dime sized piece of the TONI&GUY Styling Clay.

3 – From back to front, lightly brush at the surface of your hair.

4 – Start to work in the style, working your hands through root to tip.

5 – Either leave the style as is, or fix in place with a light mist of hairspray.

Hairstyle Using Wax

  • Wax products will add definition to the hair for a sleek and neat style.

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Keep it sleek and neat with this hairstyle.

1 – Prep the hair with you usual pre-styling treatment.

2 – Scoop up a small piece of the TONI&GUY Polishing Wax Stick and work into the palms of your hands.

3 – Warm up the wax until it is soft. Make sure you do this properly – lumpy wax is not a good look!

4 – From back to front, lightly brush at the surface of your hair.

5 – Start to work in the style, working your hands through root to tip – pushing back.

6 – If more product is needed, repeat steps 2 to 5.

7 – Keep layering until you are happy with how much product you have for the style you desire.

8 – Either leave the style as is, or fix in place with a light mist of hairspray.

 

Clay or Wax: Finish 

Clay products have a matte/low shine finish. With texture and body, they are perfect or an everyday casual look.

Wax products have a high shine. With their sleek and glossy finish, they are ideal for an evening out or a formal event.

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Watch the video

 

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