A few Gritty Pretty Magazine issues ago, actress Rose Byrne surprised us with the confession that she steals her boyfriend’s hair products for her own polished, tousled strands.
“I steal my boyfriend’s Kevin.Murphy products a lot – especially the Kevin.Murphy Ride Anti-Frizz Creme in Flexible Hold,” she revealed. How can that be, we thought, your hair is so SOFT?!
Since then, it’s stuck with us and we’ve been thinking: why aren’t we all sharing in our man’s hair essentials? Is gel strictly for guys, and sea salt spray and dry shampoo just for girls? Surely not. Might Byrne be on to something genius?
To get answers on the hair products you should steal from S.O (and the ones you can share with him too), we spoke to one male and one female hair stylist for their views…
TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE?
Award-winning hairstylist and founder of Sydney’s RAW salon, Anthony Nader says the main thing to consider before you share is your hair types. “If you both have different textured hair strands and you’re wanting to use sea salt spray for instance, you’ll find that whoever has thicker hair will naturally have a fuller texture compared to the partner with thinner hair strands.”
Hair and makeup artist Katie Angus (the woman behind the textured strands pictured in this exclusive shoot for Gritty Pretty) agrees. There’s no reason why a bit of salt spray wouldn’t work, but “generally speaking, a bit more grit is needed for male styling,” she explains.
THE COUPLE’S HAIR KIT
According to Angus, there’s a place for oils in male hair grooming to tame and condition. “[Guys] with thicker hair and longer styles and those frequently exposed to lots of sun and salt water would benefit in particular,” she adds.
Share: Paul Mitchell Marula Oil Light. (Tip: Guys need only apply half as much as women, and only ever on damp hair.)
For the well-groomed man with a shorter cut, Nader prefers to use a water-based leave-in conditioning spritz.
Share: EVO Day Of Grace Leave-In Conditioner sprayed on towel-dried hair. This one comes with built-in UV protection. Excellent.
On the subject of dry shampoo, our experts were divided. Guys don’t necessarily need it since with shorter hair they usually wash it daily. However, Nader says transparent or coloured dry shampoo can be used on guys as a texturiser. Share: Oribe Dry Texturising Spray or Fudge Urban Matte Head Master. The same goes for salt spray, it’s not necessarily going to do much if your guy doesn’t have the length to work with.
Share: TONI & GUY Men Messy Salt Spray.
Spoiler alert: guys can share in hairspray, too. It sets the style and can even be used to tame frizz, explains Nader. Lightly mist hair with gentle-hold hairspray or spray it onto a brush to apply.
Leave the sticky gels to the guys, unless you’re slicking hair back tight and wanting it to look razor sharp for a swanky night event. “Gel means business,” adds Nader.
Share: R&Co Motorcycle Flexible Gel applied to damp hair and brushed back for best results on girls.
For the shoot, Angus rubbed the smallest bit of Kevin.Murphy Gritty.Business pliable-hold clay on the roots of the male model’s hair for a naturally undone look. The same effect can be achieved on women by “working the size of a five cent piece through your mid-lengths and ends,” shares Nader. “Embrace the textured crop!”
Guys with coloured-hair can go brassy (yellow/orange) just like the rest of us. Remedy this with a purple-based toner left in his hair like a mask in the shower. A toner is also great on natural blondes to return hair back to its best, healthy-looking hue.
Do you share in any of your man’s products with your man?
Or does he steal any of yours? (More likely.)