How to Get Perfectly Sculpted Hair

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A new generation of grooming products keeps things neat and natural. 

Before the invention of pomade in the Twenties, men would use everything from bear fat to lard to keep their hair in place.

By the Eighties, brightly coloured tubs of hair gel had become a bathroom staple, while the Nineties saw petroleum-heavy tins of wax becoming fashionable. But these tended to clog your scalp and make hair fall flat, while creams often proved too slick for their own good.

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Fortunately, things have moved on. These days, there’s a new line in high-quality pomades and pastes designed to look natural, nourish your hair and maintain hold throughout the day.

Here’s our pick of the best, and how to make them work for you.

 

BEST FOR A SLICK-BACK: BLIND BARBER HAIR POMADE


blindbarber.com | £15 for 50ml

 

This protein-rich pomade is seriously effective on slick styles. Work through slightly damp hair for a soft, matte hold. Use sparingly
to prevent your look from going limp.

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BEST FOR A QUIFF: SHU UEMURA SHAPE PASTE


shuuemura.co.uk£22 for 70ml

Easy to wash out, this paste is formulated with natural oils and minerals. It is particularly effective when used in conjunction with Shu Uemura’s Kengo Feather Cream, which will provide a strong, pliable hold.

BEST FOR A SHORTER LOOK: GENTLEMEN’S TONIC SCULPT


gentlemenstonic.com | £14 for 85ml

Work Gentlemen’s Tonic’s beeswax-based product into freshly washed, slightly damp hair. Use with a pea-sized amount of leave-in conditioner on particularly dry hair.