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  • Matte Hair Clay Tutorial
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    Ted Muething
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Matte Hair Clay Tutorial

Matte Hair Clay Tutorial

Our Barbershop Matte Hair Clay is not your average pomade. Like everything else we do, we chose not to copy what other people are doing and instead make something from scratch that we could stand behind.


First, it’s called hair clay for a reason -- it’s quite literally made with clay (along with beeswax, natural plant oils, and other natural ingredients). We use a mix of bentonite clay and kaolin clay, both known throughout the centuries for their positive effects on skin and hair. Unlike some pomades made with petroleum byproducts, our Matte Hair Clay protects and restores your hair with natural minerals and vitamins.

Second, while most hair products land somewhere on the spectrum between light hold and strong hold, our Matte Hair Clay can do both. Mix with water for a natural, messy look, or mix with water in your palm before applying to create an all-day hold. Whether you're looking to add texture to soft hair, tame curly hair, go for the messy look, or rock a badass slick-back, this is the product to get you there.

It wouldn’t say “The Bearded Bastard” on the tin if it wasn’t a product that we spent months mixing, testing, and perfecting by hand. It may be our first hair product, but we’ve added the same commitment to quality and originality you’ve come to expect from TBB.

Stay Bold. Stay Bastard. 

How To Apply Barbershop Matte Hair Clay


Step 1: For best results, apply the Matte Hair Clay when hair is still damp. If you’ve just stepped out of the shower, run a towel through it once or twice being careful not to absorb too much water.

Step 2: Using your fingers, scoop out a dime-sized chunk of Matte Hair Clay (a little goes a long way). For longer hair, of course, you will need to apply more.

Step 3: Run your other hand through your damp hair (the hand without Matte Hair Clay on it), or run it under the sink to get it damp. Then, rub your two palms together until the Matte Hair Clay is spread thinly across your hands. If you leave any chunks, they’re going to stick in your hair. For a lighter hold, dilute with extra water when spreading the clay in your palms.

Step 4: Run your hands through your hair, spreading the Matte Hair Clay evenly throughout and shaping your hair for the desired look. The more diluted the clay is in your hair when applying, the messier and more natural the hold will be. The thicker the clay is when applying, the stronger the hold will be. For a pompadour, apply light, first, for volume, then apply a hard layer on top to maintain hold and shape.

Step 5: Wash the excess Matte Hair Clay off your hands, towel 'em off, and hit the road.

For best results, apply daily and go a few days between shampooing and conditioning your hair. The natural minerals and vitamins in our Matte Hair Clay will keep your hair looking healthy between washes without stripping its natural oils. To wash out the Matte Hair Clay, just use your normal shampoo or conditioner in the shower, leaving it in for a few extra minutes while you scrub up (or scrub a friend if you prefer).

  • Post author
    Ted Muething
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Comments on this post (6)

  • Oct 20, 2016

    Hey Michael!

    You can definitely apply to dry hair, but you’ll need to use a little water to work it into a paste in your palms. Our clay is much more concentrated than most pomades on the market.

    Check out The Pomp’s review. He applied it to dry hair with great results!

    http://www.the-pomp-official.com/home/2015/12/28/the-bearded-bastard-matte-hair-clay

    -Ted

    — Ted @ TBB

  • Oct 20, 2016

    Does it work with dry hair? Wet hair is not really convenient.

    — michael brooke

  • Oct 06, 2016

    Hey Michael,

    The scent is strong enough to cover up any clay smell, but fades quickly. You’ll enjoy the fresh, clean smell of Barbershop as you apply without it being overpowering.

    — Ted @ TBB

  • Oct 06, 2016

    Hi Anu,

    Our supplier sources palm oil comes from a variety of countries (mostly Malaysia and Indonesia), but is certified organic and RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil). Thanks for checking!

    — Ted @ TBB

  • Oct 06, 2016

    How strong is the scent and does the scent fade quickly?

    — michael brooke

  • Sep 01, 2016

    Quick question. What country do you source the palm oils in the clay?

    — anu

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