Butch Hair Products
I know I've been writing less about fashion these days and more about identity, butchness, transgender stuff, etc. And I *love* writing about identity. But you know what, butches? I still want to keep you looking good.
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:
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:
Plenty of butches swear by got2b ultra glued ($4.72/8-oz tube; 0.79/oz). One reader says, "I put a tiny bit of water in my hands and maybe a nickel size amount of the glue product, rub together, and spike!" Some, people mentioned got2b blasting freeze spray and plain ol' got2b spiking glue (minus the "ultra") as well. I've used the "ultra" version; I was expecting a glue, not a gel (since the words "ultra glued" are on the front--but admittedly, so is the word "gel"). It left my (very thick, naturally wavy) hair wavier than I prefer on fauxhawk days. Let your hair dry a little before slapping this on, or else it won't hold well. Smells great, though--clean and fresh.
Bed Head Manipulator was a huge favorite--recommended by more readers than any other hair product. I've never tried it, partly because I haven't liked other Bed Head products, but given the number of rave reviews, I'll give this one a shot soon. $13.49 for 2 oz ($6.75/oz).
Bumble and Bumble's Sumotech is pricey, but unless you have very thick hair, you won't need to use very much. Starting at $25 for a 1.5-oz jar, this rings up at a whopping $17/oz. I prefer Bumble and Bumble's regular gel ("the multi-talented sculpting medium"), which is still pricey at $25.99 for a 5-oz tube ($5.20/oz). I used it for years--it smells terrific and leaves your hair soft enough that your fingers (and hers) can run through it. The only Bumble and Bumble product I've tried and disliked is their texture hair UNdressing creme. It gave my hair the best texture ever (seriously, it was like magic), but if I touched it at all after it dried, it flaked off my head in a downy powder. I'll pass on the faux-dandruff, thanks.
American Crew (or "Crew") makes several varieties of butch-friendly hair products. Readers varied on which ones they favored--it depended on their haircut and hair type--but the three most popular were Crew Fiber ($11.99 for a 3-oz jar, which means $4/oz), Crew Pomade ($16.72 for 3 oz, or $5.57/oz), and Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel ($17.92 for 15.2 oz, or $1.18/oz). One reader (who evidently has more experience with Crew than I do) writes, "Crew Defining Paste and Crew Forming Cream work very well for a fauxhawk or messy look. Their Fiber works best for a spiked look, and Pomade is good for a flat forward with a small flip on the front if your hair is 1 inch long or shorter."
Crew also makes the d:fi line, which caters to a hipper client base than the "classic" American Crew products do. D:fi even has a separate website from the Crew site, complete with stylish twentysomethings striking trendy, unsmiling poses. If you're inclined to give d:fi a shot, start with d:struct Pliable Molding Creme ($12.15 for a 2.65-oz jar, or $4.59/oz), which is good for fine hair and reportedly smells like pineapple.
And some runners-up to check out:
Feel free to post more recommendations in the comments. Happy styling!
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6/19/2012 12:35:09 pm
I use a mixture of gt2b glue and.dippity do mega hold so that it stands but is not deadly to poke someone's eye out. Lol the ladies love it because they can still run their fingers through and it bends for them but returns to where it was.
6/19/2012 01:01:35 pm
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Creme is the best!! Smells heavenly, doesn't leave a flaky residue like some gels, and reactivates easily with water. Paul Mitchell Dry Wax is a great product too. Both products can last me for at least two months, making the initial cost justifiable.
Tasha N Vaught
6/19/2012 01:47:02 pm
Got2bglued and with the same freeze spray. Sometimes Crew because I love the leather smell. ;). Crashed with a fellow butch and we have the same exact product. Ha.
6/19/2012 04:41:08 pm
...have tried many, oh so many...but always go back to Crew fiber...
6/19/2012 04:58:19 pm
I have used the Sumotech for three years and have only used one container of it. Mind you, I don't use it very often though. However, when I do use it it is great. One of my teachers also uses it and likes it (we get our hair cut at the same place). I also use Axe pomade for my fauxhawks. It works well because it is really sticky and I have thick hair. And because I am a teenage boi, I can use it. Don't worry, it doesn't really have a scent.
6/19/2012 10:30:34 pm
As a femme that went through a long butch phase, I swear by D:FI products. My hair at its shortest was about 2-3". It gave nice texture (my hair was entirely hand cut with a straight razor) & excellent all day hold. I have extremely coarse & thick hair.
I use L'Oreal "Out of Bed Texturizer" http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=172473&catid=183518&aid=338666&aparam=172473
6/23/2012 11:52:57 am
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree is great but I LOVE a cocktail of their ReWorks and a tiny dab of their Construction Paste when my hair gets too long. It makes for a badass fauxhawk that holds all day even in wind and Southern humidity. On thick curly Irish hair. Their Double Hitter shampoo+conditioner in one is amazing too (and no sulfates!)
I have fine short (natch) hair and have only found two-although I have tried 10's of products. The ones that work for me are Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme-pricy at $27-30 bucks and Daivd Baaii-Wildaid-hard to find. The bother are a light hold and won't weigh my hair down.
7/22/2012 01:06:29 pm
I use Improve Hair Groom for Men, purchased at my barber shop. It's $11 for a huge 32 oz pump container of this blue stuff that works great, isn't greasy, doesn't look like dandruff when it dries, and it has a mild masculine scent that's kinda like after shave. It's far from all natural, however...
10/5/2013 06:48:07 am
The one I like most for maximum control is Star Wax Clay. It's a thick, high-grade pomade that provides a decent pliable hold along with a pleasant fragrance. It's also enriched with some special moisturizers which keeps my hair from getting dry, so I can restyle throughout the day.
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