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A Gentleman’s Review: Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Range

Sometimes, we receive some great press releases in our inboxes and have to turn them down as the products are aimed at a male audience. Luckily, I have now managed to recruit a male guinea pig!

Introducing A Gentleman’s Review – a new feature on Beauty Snippets featuring my fellow male blogger whom we shall call Mr. L.

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I’ve been using a variety of Schwarzkopf products since I was in high school (Their Osis Thrill Fibre Gum is an excellent all round hair product) so when I was asked to review their revamped 3D range, I jumped at the chance.

“the Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN range was the first brand engineered specifically for men, tackling the three key dimensions of masculine hair care: strengthening hair, refreshing the scalp, and activating the roots. The revitalised [3D]MEN range is available across all Australian retail outlets from March 2015.”

The two products I received are the Strong Hold Gel and the Texture Clay.

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel and Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel and Texture Clay

[3D]Men Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

 

The Texture

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

 

The texture was a smooth, light paste, unlike other matt finish waxes I’ve used before. My first instinct was that this product would be excellent for people with light, soft hair. When I washed it out of my hands, it felt slick and slightly greasy but came off without any soap. This is always a plus! I can’t imagine what products are doing to your hair when you can’t even get if off your skin!

The Hold

Do as I say and not as I do! I normally apply my hair products to damp hair. This is because my hair naturally sticks up, it’s hard, dry, coarse and very thick. I went about my daily routine when I found that this product simply didn’t hold my hair like my other products normally do. Like most guys, I applied more. And more. Then realised it wasn’t working. Upon reading the instructions (oh wow! Instructions!) I discovered this product is for DRY HAIR (duh).

When applied to dry hair, this product shines (not literally as it’s a matt product), the hold was light but managed to keep everything in place. The look (as it states) is a dry matt finish however upon playing with the amount of dampness in my hair I was also able to achieve a semi slick look (just had to apply a little more product).

The hold isn’t rock solid and that’s great if that’s the type of hold you’re looking for.

Does it wash out?

Easy. As I anticipated when washing it off my hands, this product gave me no dramas and didn’t require a double wash.

Conclusion

Although not suited to my hair type, this product would be excellent for those of you who have lighter, thinner hair or hair that isn’t as coarse. Overall it’s great, the scent is subtle and barely noticeable and it washes out easily.

 

[3D]Men Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

It’s been a while since I’ve used a gel. Mainly because I’ve changed my style however I do know what I look for when applying a gel and had a few things in mind when trying this out.

The Texture

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

This product is a semi thick consistency, but not like the cheaper tubs of gel you find in the supermarket. The product was clear (see above) and there was no presence of bubbles like you see in other gels. It isn’t overly sticky and washed off my hands with ease.

The Hold

Unlike some gels which are thick and goopy, this gel felt light without being sticky. Although I had trouble with the loose fly-aways on my hair part, the parts that were down, once set, stayed that way for the duration of the day. The hold was hard but not uncomfortable like some gels. I definitely had the confidence that my hairstyle would be consistent through the day.

Does it wash out?

I never really have issues with gels washing out, often they’re water based and this is not different. It washed out easily.

Conclusion

If you’re into a wetter look and don’t mind having your hair slightly harder and not pliable, this gel is for you. There was next to no scent once applied and I had no issues with the hold.

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The Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN range consists of six care and three styling products catering for all hair types. All products retail for $22.95 and for stockists, call 1800 251 887.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

A Gentleman’s Review: Uppercut Deluxe Pomade and Matt Clay

Sometimes, we receive some great press releases in our inboxes and have to turn them down as the products are aimed at a male audience. Luckily, I have now managed to recruit a male guinea pig!

Introducing A Gentleman’s Review – a new feature on Beauty Snippets featuring my fellow male blogger whom we shall call Mr. L.

Uppercut Deluxe takes on an old-school, timeless 1950s barbershop style approach when it comes to male grooming. With their line focused on mainly male hair products, Uppercut Deluxe has now ventured into skincare with their first skincare product, the Uppercut Deluxe Face Wash.

For his inaugural post on Beauty Snippets, Mr. L will be reviewing the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay & Pomade in this post, and the Uppercut Face Wash in a future post.

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Uppercut Deluxe

Uppercut Deluxe Face Wash ($20), Pomade ($24) and Matt Clay ($24)

In the ring to be reviewed today are two products from Uppercut Deluxe. In the Red Corner, we have Uppercut Deluxe Pomade: A water based pomade with medium shine and a strong hold. In the Blue Corner, we have the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay: A wax designed for shorter hair that has a dry matte finish.

The big question is how these products fare in the ring when pit against established journeymen like Kevin Murphy’s Rough Rider matte clay or the classic pomades like DAX Wave and Groom?

Okay enough with the boxing references already.

The last few years have really marked a revolution in men’s style and grooming. Increasingly I’m seeing a wider range of products on the shelves, and let’s face it, most guys will pick up their personal products from the aisles of Woolies and Coles.

In recent years, probably due to the hipster revolution and current trends, men are spending a lot more time grooming themselves.

Gone are the boring waxes and gels of yesteryear. Enter pomade!

Pomades allow you to style your hair and restyle accordingly; they’re high shine and are generally great for the parted/slick looks that are in style today.

Suffice to say, I was excited to see Uppercut products around Sydney and even more excited when asked if I wanted to review the Deluxe Pomade.

THE TIN

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

The tin in your standard metallic twist top. The design has an old school feel which I loved. These tins definitely catch your eye.

THE TEXTURE

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

The texture reminds me of a thickened gel. It’s not sticky and easily washed out of my hands. It is lightly scented and reminds me of vanilla. It’s not offensive at all and I’d describe it as pleasant. Compared to the DAX W&G, it is a clear winner.

THE HOLD

It’s always a catch 22 when using water based pomades. You can’t expect the high shine, soft touch and strong holds that the oil based pomades like DAX W&G offer, however you do get strong holds, light shine and of course it washes out faster.

I was generally disappointed by Baxters Hard Water Pomade and had low expectations of this water based pomade. I was pleased when upon first application I was able to style my hair quickly and the hold was firm. I found that Uppercut’s product is heavier than Baxters but lighter than the DAX pomade.

Using the Uppercut Deluxe Pomade, my hair stayed in place throughout the day and I didn’t get any of those annoying flyaways that I experienced with the Baxter products.

Overall I’d give this products hold an 8/10

DOES IT WASH OUT?

While some products leave your hair dull and lifeless after you wash it out, I didn’t experience this at all with the Uppercut pomade.

Nobody wants to buy a specialised shampoo just to wash a product out (are you reading this DAX?) and as I mentioned earlier, this product washes out easily and left my hair feeling great afterwards.

Ease of washing out 10/10!

CONCLUSION

If you’re looking for products that is great for longer styles and provides superior hold but still give you comfort and a textured look, this product is for you. Do not confuse this product with a gel, it won’t leave your hair stiff as a board or dry.

For those people looking for pomade that isn’t greasy and doesn’t break the bank, the Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is for you.

Next is the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay!

I’ve used a few different matte clay products in the past, most notably the Gatsby range of products as well as the Kevin Murphy waxes that were introduced to me by my previous hairdresser. Like a lot of guys, I rarely deviate from what I feel works for me.

I will say this product taught me the importance of reading instructions.

THE TIN

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

As with above, the Matt Clay follows the same formula as the Pomade. Same old school feel. Loved it.

THE TEXTURE

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

This stuff is dense and thick. Heavy. As soon as I got a wad of it on my finger I was confident that it would hold. It’s also quite oily and doesn’t wash off your hands easily. More on this to come.

THE HOLD

Here is where reading the instructions count. I didn’t read the instructions and applied it to wet hair. This isn’t really advisable. On wet hair, the heavy product doesn’t really apply well, it spreads unevenly and you get those undesirable fly-aways.

Upon reading the instructions and finding out it’s meant to be applied to dry hair – this changed the game.

The product gave me a nice strong but not hard hold. There were no fly aways and most importantly it gave me a matte look.

DOES IT WASH OUT?

As the product is oily and heavy by nature my instincts told me this wouldn’t wash out easily. It’s not annoyingly hard (like oil based pomades are) but it did require a couple shampoo’s. This needs to be noted if you have a sensitive scalp or don’t like over treating your hair.

CONCLUSION

I liked this product. I even travelled with it when I went to Melbourne for a bucks night – that’s a big deal if you’re the only hair product I’m bringing with me on a trip away.

If you’re looking for a strong hold that will give you the ability to restyle through the day where you won’t have to worry about it drying up or losing its hold if it rains – this product is for you.

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Uppercut Deluxe hair styling products can be purchased from Ry, from Uppercut Deluxe’s online storeor from selected stockists around Sydney (General Pants, Culture Kings, Incu or hipster barber shops etc). Both products are $24 each. The price point is average taking into account that Uppercut Deluxe is not your typical run of the mill supermarket brand and is available at specialised shops or hairdressers etc

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.