To that end, this post is all about hair products for short-haired butches, bois, MOCs, dykes, etc. Back in March, I wrote two posts about butch haircuts, complete with pictures of hot BW readers. One was about fauxhawks and the other talked about pomps, shags, buzzes, and other dykealicious cuts.
First, the five basic genres of butch-relevant hair product:
- Gels: Clear stuff you squeeze out of a tube. Sticky. Comes in lots of holds and finishes (firm, not firm; shiny, not shiny), and usually contains alcohol, which is problematic if you have super dry hair. Make sure you get a kind that doesn't flake.
- Glues and pastes: These come in a variety of textures--sometimes hard and in a jar, sometimes creamy and in a tube. They're opaque and can literally feel like glue. In my experience, these give a stiffer hold than gels. Good for thick hair and longish fauxhawks. For a really strong hold, wait till your hair is half dry, then style it, then blow-dry it. (At least, that's what I'm told. I'm too butch to own a blow-dryer.)
- Waxes: Hair wax usually comes in a jar and can make your hair feel, uh, waxy. It's best for very short styles and medium-to-fine hair, and is best for dry hair (not dry meaning "not wet," but dry meaning non-oily hair). If you put wax on oily hair, it will look like you haven't washed your hair since the start of baseball season.
- Pomades: From what I've seen, these are basically like waxes except that they make your hair shiny and (in my experience) are harder to wash out. Like wax, pomade won't make your hair hard or crunchy. The cheapo ones feel (and look) like Vaseline.
- Mousses and creams (or "cremes"): Mousses look like Cool Whip, and creams/cremes look like hand lotion. Most don't offer stiff holds, but they're good for making frizzy hair calm down. Also good if you have curly hair and don't want your product to take the curl away.
A few months ago, I asked readers for butch hair product recs. There were five clear favorites and many runners up. The right hair goop for you will depend on your hair's texture, cut, and look--but your butch brethren have suggested some places to start:
- Imperial Barber products, particularly their pomade
- Hawleywood's Layrite Super Hold Pomade
- Short Sexy Hair Hard Up Gel (which is reasonably priced if you buy the giant 16-oz size, as Hard Up devotees tend to do)
- Redken Work Hard Molding Paste
- Aveda Brilliant Retexturing Gel (for a piece-y look)
- Murray's Superior Hair Dressing Pomade
- Garnier Fructis Survivor Tough it Out Glue (my new favorite--super cheap, plus the hold is strong, straight, and non-flaky... if a bit crispy)
- Johnny B. Mode styling gel (I want to try this.)
- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream (I'm not sure why you'd want to shape tea trees, but whatever. One reader says, "It works magic on your hair and has a fragrance that attracts the ladies.")
- Hair Cubed Microfiber Hair Thickener (This stuff is wicked expensive, but one BW reader insists that if you don't have very much hair and want it to seem like you have more, it's worth every penny.)
- Schwarzkopf Osis + Dust It Matifying Powder (That's right--powder. This stuff is weird, but interesting. You apply it to dry hair, then style it. It can even grip a longish fauxhawk. Good if you're not a morning showerer. Left my hair frizzy by the end of the day, though.)
Feel free to post more recommendations in the comments. Happy styling!
Want to make a short instructional video on how you style your butch hair? If I choose yours, I'll post it on Butch Wonders and enter you in a drawing to win a small (but awesome) prize. Videos should be under three minutes, and brand new (never posted online before). Send submissions to me here.