WHICH PRODUCTS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU? Here’s a London Grooming Company guide for every hair type

We’ve all been there; assuming an air of nonchalance while perusing the haircare aisle for what seems like hours, adding a few hundred more steps to your Fitbit as you try to figure out which hair products are right for you. Buying the wrong product for your hair type can actually have adverse effects, turning a bad hair day into an entire decade.

At The London Grooming Company, we offer private browsing and queueless shopping in the comfort of your home, away from the judgy eyes of store clerks and customers, and most importantly, our high-quality products are sophisticated, authentic, sulfate-free and made exclusively for the discerning gentleman.

As grooming connoisseurs, we understand how different types of hair react to different products, so before you have an impulsive ‘add to cart’ moment, wade through our expert advice on which London Grooming Company product will suit your hair.

 

STRAIGHT HAIR

While some may define straight hair as boring and nondescript, your options are unlimited; they’re all just secretly jealous of your linear locks. Almost any type of hair product works for straight hair, depending on the style you choose.

DOs:

  • Start off on a clean slate by using our tea tree shampoo and conditioner to cleanse your hair of oil and impurities.
  • An excellent way to add volume to your barnet is by aiming a hairdryer at it, in the direction you want to style it. 
  • For a modern combed style with a high-gloss finish, try The London Grooming Company pomade
  • If you prefer a more matte look, use our hair clay which also enhances thickness and definition.
  • Add a mist of hairspray to set your style in place (Yes, you can you use your girlfriend’s bottle).
  • Swap your gel for pomade, as it can be easily restyled and doesn’t cause that cringe-worthy ‘crunch factor’.

DON’Ts:

  • If your hair is more on the thin side, avoid heavy formulas that may weigh it down.
  • Try a lightweight water-based product instead, like our medium-hold hair creme
  • Use all products sparingly, as too much can cause your hair to look greasy, flat and listless.

WAVY HAIR

The more luxurious of hair textures also tends to be a lot drier. Selecting the correct grooming products will give a dull and tedious mane an ‘Aquaman’ makeover. Jason Mamoa = Ultimate Hair Goals.

DOs:

DON’Ts:

  • Using a hairdryer may amplify your natural volume. If you do need to dry your hair in a hurry, add the diffuser attachment, which will minimise frizz.
  • Steer clear of styling aids that dry out your waves, such as gels, clays and hair wax.
  • Don’t use a wide-plate flat iron to straighten short hair, as you may singe your scalp or face. Try a mini flat iron instead and always use a heat protection spray or serum beforehand.

 

CURLY HAIR

To outsiders, your hair may indicate a carefree, bohemian lifestyle, however, our curly-haired comrades can transform their look from cool to classic or conservative in minutes when equipped with the proper styling products and haircut.

DOs:

  • Shorter lengths will benefit from using our strong-hold pomade which adds elevation and sleekness.
  • Choose pomade over wax, as the creamier formula preserves your lush curly, texture.
  • Use our hydrating conditioner a few times a week to lock-in moisture and combat dry scalp.
  • The London Grooming Company hair clay will diminish any sign of stubborn strays and maintain a semi-matte finish.
  • Curly hair will benefit from our texturising hair creme which ideally separates strands and adds a natural sheen, while also conditioning your mane.

DON’Ts:

  • Avoid keeping your hair at the same length. Choose a barber that understands your hair type and gives you a cut that removes excess weight while reserving natural movement.
  • Refrain from vigorously and heavy-handedly rubbing your hair dry with a towel, as this causes hair breakage. Gently pat it dry with an old cotton t-shirt instead. This protects curly hair from damaging dryness.
  • Say farewell to gels and waxes and use sea salt spray as an alternative. This allows curls to hold their natural shape without that hard, inflexible texture. A few spritzes on damp hair will have you channelling your inner Jon Snow.

 

Now that you’ve got the right grooming products and tools for your hair type, it’s time to simply comb, apply, style and conquer!

DRY WINTER SCALP? Here’s how tea tree oil will save you from being snowed under

The chilly season is upon us and with these long, cosy nights, hot chocolate indulgences and dashing winter coats, we’re also sadly served a side of dry skin and flaky scalp. Central heating systems in office buildings further exacerbate the situation, leaving your skin parched and irritable. While your regular shampoo may have worked perfectly well during the warmer, humid months, in winter, it’s time to amp up the moisture and scalp-care with the help of antibacterial wonder-fluid; tea tree oil.

The native Australian plant was used as a healing balsam for centuries by Aboriginal inhabitants, and English explorer Captain James Cook brewed it as a tea upon his discovery of the country in the 1770s. We all know how much the British love their tea, but we can’t imagine any pleasure being derived from this medicinal version. In 1923, chemist Dr A.R. Penfold’s studies declared the antiseptic oil thirteen times stronger than carbolic acid, while during World War II, Australian soldiers were treated with the anti-fungal emollient during an outbreak of what’s more commonly known now as Athlete’s Foot. Whether you’re drinking it, disinfecting your gym socks or using it as homemade deodorant, tea tree extract has a multitude of uses with hair- and scalp-care being one of the most prominent.

 

Here’s why you should be adding this golden elixir to your winter hair-care routine:

Tea tree vs dandruff

There’s nothing worse than wearing your favourite black tweed coat to work, only to find that it’s covered in a snowstorm of unsightly white flakes by the time you get there. A dry scalp condition is further aggravated when temperatures drop. Trying to warm up in the shower on 10-degree mornings with scorching hot water worsens the Sahara-like surface of your scalp. We recommend The London Grooming Company tea tree shampoo which has anti-fungal properties that repress the bacteria associated with dandruff, and also nourishes your scalp without drying it out.

Tea tree vs itchy scalp

A cosy woollen hat may hide a bad hair day, but it can’t conceal the discomfort and itchy, inflamed skin underneath. Skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis singe the delicate scalp area to what can feel like a third-degree burn. Itching can be alleviated by adding a nourishing, antiseptic tea-tree-infused product to your daily hair-washing routine. Our London Grooming tea tree conditioner is an invigorating salve that gently pacifies irritated and sensitive scalps. The addition of menthol to this soothing formula lends a revitalising touch, giving you that fresh, just-showered feeling for the entire day.

Tea tree vs thinning hair

 

It’s often found that dandruff and itchy scalp ailments can lead to hair loss. Constant scratching doesn’t help either. Dandruff causes blocked pores which can clog hair follicles, preventing them from sprouting new hairs. Instead of drastically opting for a meme-worthy hairpiece or investing in a new cap collection, there are other ways to go from follicularly-challenged to a full mane. 

Tea tree oil is known to terminate all microbes which inhibit hair growth, so encourage new hair development by massaging 3-4 drops of essential tea tree oil (diluted with 1-2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil) in circular motions into your scalp. Allow it to sink in for 30 minutes while you scroll through your social media, then rinse out using The London Grooming Company tea tree shampoo which is proven to unclog hair follicles. Add a dollop of moisturising tea tree conditioner and you’re on your way to healthy, luscious hair.

Tea tree vs product build-up

As our hair tends to feel more dehydrated during winter months, we’re inclined to add more product than usual to rehydrate lifeless and brittle strands. While it may be a temporary fix, the build-up of creams, clays, gels, mousses and sprays amass a film of residue around your scalp, preventing water and other nutrients from reaching the skin. Clarify your hair with tea tree shampoo to easily get rid of greasy build-up and cleanse your scalp of any silicone accumulation.

Our tea tree hair care products are also ideal for scalps sensitive to sulphates and chemicals found in generic shampoos and conditioners.

So dust off those flakes, remove that hat and confidently run your hands through healthy and dandruff-free hair this winter. Trust us, your dry cleaner will thank you.