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Lifestyle: Best Hair Products for Men to create the 1950’s look

by Joanne Ward
24 April, 2013
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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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With the world’s biggest watch show about to get under way, look your Baselworld best with these top hair grooming hints from Joanne Ward

It could be entertained that the general assumption about men’s hair is that it’s not very versatile. There may be an element of inflexibility when it comes to trying out new styles, a fear of trying something different instead of the tried and tested ‘do’  or just a plain, stubborn attitude towards change. As happens with most fashion-related forms of expression, the times are changing – or perhaps reverting – and the resources for men to take a hold of their follicular future are burgeoning, and creating opportunities to emulate the look of a bygone era.

The current trend for Fifties styles is seeing men celebrating their hairs’ natural nuances, whether they be waves, kinks or poker-straight strands; Justin Timberlake and Gerard Butler are current trendsetters, working with their natural curls to achieve the sought-after glossy but tactile look.

David Beckham

Meanwhile, celebrity footballer David Beckham, never one to be left trailing when it comes to fashionable follicles, is currently riding the crest of a wave with a bushy brushed back 50’s style haircut which is probably his best yet. Some of his other experiments have been less successful. Let’s hope the days of the mohawk are over.

Styling products abound, claiming to do all manner of marvellous things to your mane, but unearthing the ones that are reputable and actually live up to their claims can be quite the process of (expensive) elimination.

Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray


The quirkily named Bumble and bumble’s Thickening Hairspray is designed for fine to medium hair, although it states that its wondrous recipe works on any hair type. Gravity-defying quiffs can be had by applying the product straight after prepping/combing/detangling, from roots to ends, followed by a blow-dry while brushing hair backwards away from the face. Its ingredients include moisturising and lubricating honey and lanolin oil, with hydrolyzed wheat protein to repair and finish with a glossy sheen.

Redken Shine Form Defining Wax


An extensive range of men’s styling goods can be found at Redken, and its Shine Form Defining Wax is a malleable, creamy concoction that offers flake-free, flexible hold, with a bucketful of shine to boot. The clean-feeling, long-lasting formula can easily be ‘recharged’, simply by running fingers through the hair and resculpting, thus meaning a new look can be worn every few hours or so. Used on roughly towel-dried hair, the protein and elastin polymer complex ensures strength, shape and impressive hold.

Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade

A typical pomade is a greasy wax that results in a slick, neat and shiny look. Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade achieves all of these results, mixing in elements of the original pomades whilst taking advantage of cutting edge technology, being the ‘premier’ water-based version and eliminating the grease. With sound holding powers and a light almond scent, the product can be manipulated to restyle high-shine styles countless times, and then simply washed out with a splash of H²O.

American Crew Citrus Mint High Hold Styling Gel


The fresh fragrance of American Crew’s Citrus Mint High Hold Styling Gel is an extra incentive to get creative with your hair. Part of a whole range that bears the same scent, the product contains no alcohol-based ingredients, reducing the risk of scalp-shedding dryness or flakiness whilst offering high hold. The ingredients that will no doubt catch your attention are lime, orange, peppermint and spearmint, ensuring a natural balance of oils in the hair so that it can breathe and grow. Perhaps the most fundamental ingredient, panthenol has the moisturising properties to give the appearance of fullness and shine.

Bed Head In Check Curl Defining Crème


Bed Head, a brand within Anthony Mascolo’s TIGI umbrella, has a rather decorous name that sums up the products it encompasses. It’s In Check Curl Defining Crème is the perfect option for men that have natural, charming curls that are a little on the unruly side, allowing them to turn a frizzy fright into defined waves. A blend of ingredients hydrates and separates curls, with sunflower seed oil acting as an emollient, thickening and lubricating the hair. Its greatest asset is surely the fact that it prevents water loss, hence eliminating the main factor that causes frizz.

Gatsby Style Wax Loose & Flow British Wave


A lesser known product hailing from Japan, Gatsby’s Style Wax Loose & Flow British Wave shows the envy and admiration for the popular foppish style. The brand was born over 30 years ago, overseen by a large and experienced cosmetics corporation, and its mission is to help men worldwide to achieve their grooming ‘aspirations’. Created with slightly longer, layered locks in mind, the beeswax-based offering provides manipulable hold, and is currently creating a buzz in eastern parts of Asia.

Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Day


Should you want to go all out and indulge yourself in a spot of Fifties-style accessorising, look no further than Officine Panerai’s Luminor 1950 3 Day (PAM0037). Its 47mm polished steel case frames a solid and simple black dial with gleaming gold Arabic indices, with a see-through sapphire at the back to peek at inner workings. A personalised Panerai strap in warm tan evokes Fifties nostalgia, and you also get a second interchangeable strap into the bargain to shake up the look.

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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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