BEST MATTE CLAY

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What is a Matte Hair Clay?

Hair clays are the most matte hair products. They get their name because many, although not all, include some form of clay or mud to create the matte effect.

Clays such as Bentonite and Kaolin, as well as the muds employed by similar products, work by absorbing the grease from the scalp that clings to hair shafts and reduces shine and absorbs light, giving the impression of fullness, body, and thickness.

Clays come with a variety of levels of hold, ease of application, and textures. We’ll cover this in more detail below.

How to use hair clay?
  1. Step 1 – Prepare the hair. Make sure your hair is clean and free of any product residue. …
  2. Step 2 – Use a pea-sized amount. This is so simple, yet so important! …
  3. Step 3 – Warm the clay up. Get the clay into the palms of your hands. …
  4. Step 4 – Style your hair. …
  5. Step 5 – Fix or finish your hair.

Our 2020 best matte hair clay for men?

1. Hairbond Moulder Professional Hair Shaper

Mould definition and style with this strong holding creamy shaper

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Best for: Creating volume

Scent: Fresh Pineapple

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Fine

RRP From: £13 BUY

We all cannot stress enough how great this Hairbond Moulder Professional Hair Shaper is. At just £13 for a product of this caliber it totally dominates the matte clay rankings list. It honestly blows everything else out of the water if you’re going for that natural finish. The performance is leagues apart from anything we’ve ever seen before in this category. It doesn’t matter how long your hair is you will always manage to make it look great using the Moulder. It is a very true matte product and almost looks as if you haven’t used any product at all, you just end up with naturally great looking hair. This one’s a no brainer for anybody searching google for “best matte hair clay for men”. Made in the UK and used by footballers.

2. Hairbond Distorter Professional Hair Clay (Runner Up)

Create separation and style with this great hair clay

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Best for: Creating separation

Scent:  Sweet Candy

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Versitile

RRP From: £13 BUY

Another amazing product by Hairbond, to be totally honest the Distorter Professional Hair Clay was only whiskers from taking the number one spot. The area we ranked Moulder higher was for hold strength (4/5) whereas the Distorter has a more flexible hold (3/5), this not being a bad thing, as they are completely different beasts. As we head into 2020 we know that consumers are looking for this exact specification when it comes to getting the best quality hair clay for your money. Made in the UK and used by footballers.

3. REDKEN MANEUVER WORK WAX

A working wax that provides a natural looking style in minutes

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Best for: Natural look

Scent: Fresh

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Short-medium

RRP From: £17.00 BUY

This product has a really nice non-sticky texture during the application and a has a lovely scent. We were very impressed with this textured finish too. It leaves a nice matte finish but it does not have a particularly strong hold (we say about a 2/5) so please bear this in mind.. High price point and low hold isn’t always anything to complain about, but believe us when we say it is worth the try!

4. TIGI BED HEAD WAX

Get the surfer dude look with this styling wax

 
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Best for: Taming wild & unruly hair

Scent: Subtle

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Thick

RRP: £13.95 BUY

Made by TIGI, this product is a bit thinner than we first expected it to be for a matte wax, as it’s pretty much a toothpaste consistency. Consequently it’s a bit stickier if you have concerns for longer hair styles however it holds good and werated the mild and organic scent too. As one of TIGI’s strongest sellers to men, sales numbers do a lot of talking for themselves. It appears the people have already spoken, so we recommend giving this a go!


5. AMERICAN CREW DEFINING PASTE

Create definition and style with this strong holding paste

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Best for: Creating volume

Scent: Fresh

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Thick

RRP FROM: £22.00 BUY

This paste definitely does what it says on the tin. It holds quite well but also allows for restyling throughout the day. Like most products it’ll perform even better if you use in pre-styled clean hair.

6. FISHFINGERS SHAPE DEFINING WAX

Hair wax lower budget

 
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Best for: Quick styling

Scent: Coconut

Finish: Shine

Hair Type: All hair types

RRP: £5.99 BUY

Generally with a lower budget you sacrifice product quality, branding, ingredients. This is a medium hold, which holds quite well and gives shape to flat hair. We weren’t keen on the fragrance really, although this is not really noticeable once it’s in. This is one of the thicker clays, which is waxy and needs to be warmed in the hands before applied. Great value for price.

7. LAYRITE CEMENT MATTE HAIR CLAY

Get a solid hold with this industrial style hair clay

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Best for: Strong hold

Scent: Vanilla

Finish: Matte

Hair Type: Thick

RRP: £15.95 BUY

Very very firm. We found it difficult to spread on hands to apply and but when broken down and in, it holds very well and you get a nice true matte finish.

 

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