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How To Use Hair Powder

Part 9 of the MFH Hair Products Guide series.

This is the Man For Himself Hair Products Guide series, a deep dive into the different types of hair products, helping you find the most suitable product for both your hair and your budget. Part 9 of the series, and this one is all on hair powders.

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What’s a hair powder?

Hair powders are simple: it’s essentially powder made for your hair. You will find silica silylate in most products, which add volume and height to your hair.

So if a quiff is something that you’ve always wanted to try, then you can easily achieve it by dabbing on a little bit of powder to give it that much-needed rise.

Not only that, if your hair is on the duller side, it adds texture that can also act as grip for other products. So if you have slightly longer or mid-length hair, and you wish to tie it back, a tiny amount of powder can bring it all together.

How to use a hair powder

There are a few different ways of using hair powder, depending on what you’re looking to do.

1. Sprinkle directly

The simplest way to apply the product is to just sprinkle it directly into the roots of the hair. You have to remember though, a little goes a long way. So start with just a little bit, part the hair and create a section, and then just dab some onto the roots. 

This is the ideal way of adding more lift to your roots. If you’ve got slightly longer hair, or even if it’s super short and you just want to get just a bit more height or, if your scalp’s slightly oily, this is going to help a lot.

2. Work through using your hands

The second way is to dash a tiny amount of powder into your hands before working it into the hair. Get it into the roots, making sure that it’s completely incorporated. This will give you control over what you wanna do with your hair next.

3. Mix with another styling product

The third way is to get a little bit of your usual styling product, a matte paste, for example, and sprinkling in a bit of powder to make a new concoction. Now work this through your hair, and what you have now is the hold of a matte paste with the texture and volume of the hair powder. 

One thing to take note is if you’ve got fine or thinning hair, you should still use your go-to pre-styler. Powders are not your wonder product that’s going to magically thicken hair in an instant. What it does is it gives the illusion of thicker hair, but it’s not going to plump the strands. That’s what thickening products are for. So consider using a thickening tonic or a thickening spray for that added boost.

If you have curly or coarse hair, you can just use a little bit of powder onto your fingers and tease at those curls. If your hair is thicker, or it’s straight, then you can do any of these ways to give your hair a bit more movement.

For a lot of the hair styling products that we use, the more expensive ones usually tend to be a bit better. This is not the case for hair powders, which is enough reason for you to try them out for yourself. There are some fantastic, drugstore products that start for as low as £2, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.

But if you‘re willing to shell out, the Kevin Murphy Powder Puff is a good place to start and is one of our absolute favourite products here on Man For Himself.

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