What type of product should I use?

FIBER

Styles
Versatile. Most styles are applicable. Excellent for the toughest of Asian hairs. Great for volume

Typical Ingredients
Water (Aqua), Lanolin Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut)

Texture
Tough, white, hard and thick, dry and tough, slight cream

Finish
Firm bind, but flexible, matte (not shiny)

Hold Strength
Very Firm. Can withstand punishment. Able to style hair vertically.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair where you desire hair to be formed together.

Recommended Brand for Asian Hair

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You can find American Crew Fiber at Target and Walmart, but the cheapest I’ve found is at Amazon.

POMADE

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Styles
Brushed Up. Facial Hair. Excellent for messy style. May be weaker for thicker Asian hair that is very control resistant. May be difficult to manufacture volume

Typical Ingredients
Lanolin, beeswax, and petroleum jelly. Many ingredients actually nourish hair for a double whammy. Excellent choice if your hair requires little manipulation, and you just want to add a slight touch with nourishing properties

Texture
Greasy, thick, and Gooey

Finish
Soft, moderate shine. Does not leave debris. Does not dry, and can last much longer. Sometimes darker color.

Hold Strength
Soft to moderate hold.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair

Recommended Brand for Asian Hair

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Suavecito can be purchased at Amazon here.

Wax

Styles
Side Part. Can be used for messy look.

Typical Ingredients
Oil-based. Difficult to wash out of hair.

Texture
Stiff and Slippery. Clear to slight yellow

Finish
Matte. Doesn’t harden or feel sticky

Hold Strength
Soft to moderate hold that is flexible.

Directions
Start by rubbing a quarter sized piece into palm and smashing until smooth. Lightly pat or run through damp hair. Apply it once your hair is completely dry starting at the back to avoid clumping near the front

Gatsby
Gatsby Wax

Gatsby Wax can be purchased at Amazon here.

GEL

Styles
Versatile. Most styles are applicable

Typical Ingredients
Water/Aqua/Eau, alcohol, PVP, Propylene Glycol. Alcohol has a distinct smell and folks say can be harmful

Texture
Gooey, clear, thick liquid

Finish
Hard/Brittle, Shiny, creates debris if damaged. Not Flexible

Hold Strength
Strength can vary, but generally very strong hold. Able to style hair vertically

Directions
Work through damp hair

Gel

Johnny B. Gel can be purchased at Amazon here.

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