Yes, there are name hair care products on the market, so many that one often doesn’t know exactly what to decide on – so you default to the one that is top of mind. Also, it may be a situation where you rather opt to purchase your hair care products as part of your weekly or monthly shopping trips, and so you are restricted to the brands on the supermarket shelves. But, if you are willing to look a little further, then a whole world of specialised products is waiting for you – and one such brand that you may have heard of is Redken. Now, I have previously stated that the Redken Man shampoo and conditioner is one of my all time favourites (see blog entry here), so I was rather pleased to see that Redken has brought out a new range of styling products – perfect for styling my new undercut (bringing back the 80s!)
The new RedKen Flex category includes two breakthrough cream-pastes for easy shaping with ultimate flexibility and a touchable feel – for every hair length and style. The Mess Around 10 disrupting cream-paste and the Shape Factor 22 sculpting cream-paste are easy to spread and can be blended with each other for ultimate cream-paste texture. It doesn’t matter if you want a smooth or textured finish, separation or messy volume…this innovative new collection does it all without stickiness or stiffness.
The Shape Factor 22 (Yellow) is a sturdier paste that, when applied, will keep the style in place. Personally it works best when the hair is a little wet, so that the style maintains a wet-look throughout the day – and when the style calls for a pretty decent hold. The Mess Around 10 is best for styles that are a little more free-flowing, or when you don’t mind some movement – think bed-head styles, or styles that have been created with a 15-minjte hair dryer. Both are great at the jobs that they are individually intended for, and cater for the different styles that guys would go for.
But, what is great is that, when mixed together is equal quantities, you get the best of both worlds – so long as you realise that you should cut your usually amount for each in half when mixing. When mixed together, the Shape Factor 22 loses some of its sturdiness in favour of the lighter creamy texture of the Mess Around 10, but it retains its holding power. A mixture of the two is good for when you are requiring a bit more ‘hair management’ for your style, without the extreme hold; the result is a style that is natural looking, but will not fade over the course of the day – but will let you change it a bit if you really want to (but not that much).
So where and how much? Well, its not cheap, but its worth it if you take styling and grooming seriously. Expect to pay around R399 for each – naturally, I doubt you will find these in your local supermarket, so rather go off to your nearest higher-end salon and retailer to find them.