Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Old Spice. Old Spice has compensated me to review their products. Regardless, I only write about companies and products/services that I feel will be a good fit for my readers. All opinions expressed in this post are those of Kelsi Eldredge and Cesar Candelas.
I was recently contacted by Old Spice to review their new line of men’s hair care and grooming products. I asked my friend, tattoo artist Cesar Candelas to try out all of these manly products for a month and pick out his favorites. Cesar and I tested out seven shampoos and five styling products and after much consideration narrowed it down to the five grooming products that worked best for him. Read on to see how we felt about these new additions to Old Spice’s classic line, and for hair care and styling tips from yours truly!
Old Spice stuck to their traditional red, black, and gold packaging, which looks classy and luxurious, and Cesar liked that it helped him to effortlessly distinguish his grooming products from those of his house mate’s. In keeping with Old Spice’s theme, the scent of all of their hair products is rich and subtly swanky, not overpowering like some other men’s grooming lines.
This double hitter has a wonderfully rich lather, which is easy to work through the hair, and a lush scent reminiscent of being in the tropics. The two-in-one function cuts down on shower time and left Cesar’s hair feeling smooth and manageable.
Wolfthorn 2in1 Shampoo and Conditioner
This was Cesar’s overall favorite product in the line. He says he was initially attracted by the artwork on the bottle, but what was inside the bottle is what made him want to stick with it. He normally suffers from an itchy scalp, but noticed that when he used Wolfthorn, his scalp and hair felt great. I could tell he liked it, because it was definitely the lightest of any of the bottles at the end of the month! I also must say, I really enjoy the scent of this one. It’s hard to categorize, but it smells a bit dark and sultry.
Hair Cleansing pro tips from Kelsi:
– If you feel like you aren’t getting a rich enough lather, don’t add more shampoo, add more water! The surfactants in shampoo need water in order to spread. Make sure your hair and hands are very wet before adding shampoo, and don’t be afraid to get it wetter as you work it around into a wonderfully creamy lather.
– Two-in-one’s are great for “normal” hair, but if you have dry hair or feel like a two-in-one just isn’t giving you the control you need, follow it up with a separate conditioner for extra moisture!
Deadlock Spiking Glue
This is the hardest working product in the bunch. Cesar used this one when he wanted to spike his hair up and found that it held his hair perfectly in place all day. It also adds a healthy shine! If you want a product for your hair that won’t budge, this is it.
Forge Molding Putty
This was his favorite product in the line. I love that they call it “putty” because that’s really the consistency of it. It has the ideal amount of hold for the disheveled, “messy on purpose” look that is popular right now. Cesar’s hair is quite thick and coarse, and the Forge Molding Putty held up unquestionably well, even in our Seattle rain!
Unruly Texturing Paste
Cesar used this on days where he wanted just a touch of texture for a slightly polished, better-than-natural look. He also remarked that all three of these products stood their ground when he was outside in the rain better than any other line he has used, and didn’t immediately melt and run the way other products have in the past.
Hair styling pro tips from Kelsi:
– Make sure your hair is dry before using any finishing products, otherwise your hair will end up limp and lifeless.
– Start with just a small (dime size, more or less, depending on your length and thickness) amount of product in your palm, then rub your hands together, really working the product around. This will warm up and emulsify it, allowing for controlled, even application.
– When applying a styling product, start toward the back of your head and work your way forward, through the roots, midsection and ends. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers as a comb and really get in there. This way, you won’t end up with a big gloppy mess right in front of your face. Remember, if it’s not enough, you can always add more! Better to err on the side of caution.
Do you have any hair care or styling questions? Please feel free to leave a comment! I hope you’re excited to try out this new line, we feel like it has something great for every guy with every type and texture of hair. I can tell you that Cesar was really happy with the products we mentioned and he’ll by purchasing more when he runs out!
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By Kelsi Eldredge