Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Six of my top hairstyling picks for 2014

As I mentioned in my last post about hair products (Osmo Grooming Gift Set 2014), in my first year of blogging my hair has taken a pounding with new products as I search out the best fit for my hair and my limited styling abilities.

Today I will be counting down my five favourites from 2014 based upon the five criteria below:

  • HOLD

Over the months I’ve posted about fifteen different hair styling products, the first being one of my first ever posts - Fishshape Hair but alas this beauty doesn’t manage to hit the top six and the competition if you’ll pardon the pun has been stiff, in fact it’s been tricky to select my favourites from the year so ranking them was impossible. 

While Fish Soho have become a massive favourite of mine, over the last month or so I have tested and fallen for a few newbies to my collection.

SuperFish Fishpaste Hardcore Hold Matte Effect Putty

How could I leave out the first product that I took with me as part of my #hairontour trip to Amsterdam? I was drowned by torrential rain, blown about like a rag doll in the wind and still it kept my long (much longer than usual) spikes up. In addition, once wet it didn’t run off down my face, which was a massive bonus at the time as I styled the drowned rat look.

Easy to style with, no residue at all and cracking hold. You can do a lot worse than this.

Structure Paste Flexible Adhesive

Now this has the hold, look and texture of cement. I’ve never used a product that could, if left, probably hold a style for well over five days! It is tremendous in terms of hold but it was like applying a thick clay to my hair.

Styling took longer but boy, it did the business for me. The only flaw was actually washing it out - it is that strong it clings to the hair shaft. 

SuperFish Stiffish Cream

I didn’t write about this one until recently, and I don’t know why. Why the hold isn’t solid the cream is so pliable it makes styling of short to medium lengths so easy it literally takes me two minutes in the morning. The cream isn’t that thick meaning that fingertips can be used to style rather than palms.

While it isn’t a solid hold this works wonders for holding my spikes in place for hour after hour.

Closed on Monday  Deluxe Pomade


The first pomade I have ever tried. I had low expectations and was blown away by the level of hold, how little was needed to spike my hair and the lack of residue. The hold was so strong it lasted for well over a day in the end. Top notch stuff

Osmo Matte Clay Extreme

If you had said to me three months ago that I would be including any clay into a top five list I would have called for the men in white coats. It has always been a natural enemy of my hair and I have always found styling with it a nightmare. With excellent hold, a beautiful fragrance and styling ability that is a breeze this is now a firm favourite. 

The Legends London Maximum Hold Hair Gel

Last but not least we have this offering from The Legends London and wow, it is quite possibly the best gel ever to grace my hair. Both unique in the fact that you can apply to wet and dry hair for different finishes, if the style droops in any way a dab of water and its ready to style again. Get in!

The luminous pink gel is really strong, and sticky. Styling is easy to damp hair and it is perfect for medium to longer lengths as once set this holds hair brilliantly although hair becomes concrete like in texture.

With an amazing hold, really affordable price and the fact that you can just wet and go in the morning means this finishes off my list for 2014.

All of the above get my seal of approval. 

Have you made any hair styling discoveries in 2014?

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  1. Legends for me is the best of the ones you have chosen but Osmo has the best scent!

  2. Well this certainly gives me some ideas for stocking fillers for my partner... He currently uses a 15p own brand hair gel and even though he's happy with it I'm always encouraging him to browse at what else is on offer. I love trying new products out on my hair and today I bought a hairspray that smells of coconut!! 😃


  3. I have tired a couple of the Fish products and they are fab but i am very boring and only tend it use a little serum or oil on my hair!

  4. Great post - my hairdresser has been looking for some new male hair product to try for her male clientele so I will make sure to let her know about your picks! The Osmos sounds great - I have used a few of their products myself and I have to say they have always come out on top!

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  5. These sound like great products that I can recommend to my hubby! Thanks for sharing!

    Pink Frenzy

  6. None of these would be products I'd use but definitely handy to have your thoughts, especially for gifts at this time of year! :)

    Jess xo

  7. The Fish product shines interesting! I'm such a sucker for interesting branding. Have you tried MUK?

  8. So need to buy some of these products for my hair conscience son!

  9. wow - so glad I found this blog - my husband often sends me out for products & I have NO idea. Not any more. thanks, Kate.

  10. I haven't tried gels/puttys in a good couple of years (I go for hair and freeze sprays as they're a bit easier for me to do longer, messier styles) but The Legends' Gel looks incredible!

  11. Have been sharing your posts with my son xx

  12. my brother has nightmare hair, it never goes the way he wants it to, i'll be sure to tell him about this, thank you

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