The Wizard of Osmo


I'm a fickle fellow when it comes to haircare, I will flit from brand to brand; trying to find something to tame and style my thick and straight hair. So I thought I would kill 2 birds with 1 stone in this post and put the product range from Osmo through its paces while having my most recent hair cut.

As I've just said, my hair is thick and straight; (Caelan is in the same boat, but to an even greater extent). This could be a blessing in some cases, but to us, it means that it grows out quickly and loses definition and shapes in a relatively short period of time. And as much as I complain about this, I often leave too long of a gap between haircuts so by the time the scissors get near my mane, it's time for a complete overhaul rather than a touchup.
We are very lucky that Caelan's aunt is a hairdresser and does our styling in the comfort of our house so I tapped her professional opinion on the Osmo range and asked her for some handy tips on how to get the best out of the products.

Osmo very kindly sent me a bumper selection of products to test and I have put off using them until I had hair that was decent enough to show on my blog!

I went for a #2 clipper cut at the back and sides with length and definition kept on top. I find if it's too short all over, it tends to stick out more and it is harder to keep any style as my hair quickly becomes one unruly mass.

I'm quite rough and ready when it comes to styling my hair, very rarely does a comb or brush feature in my routine.

I love the versatility of my hair cut, I can go slicked and flicked with a quiff or messy and undone with a fallen fringe.

Using thinning scissors to remove weight from the body of my hair and then applying the Osmo Shaper Maker to add definition and texture, I can have a slightly more fashion-forward style.

Caelan usually has a much more put-together look in his hair, with a cleaner style. He can carry off a slick back much better than me but due to his thicker hair, he has to put a little more effort in. After cutting, Osmo Fibre Paste is applied to damp hair and then blow dried with a barrel brush to add controlled volume. (He normally has a lot of uncontrolled volume)

The Fibre Paste is quite a liquid product so a little goes a long way. Many men are guilty of over loading their hair with product, resulting in hair that can look unnaturally wet or greasy. A small amount on the tips of your fingers is sufficient. Work this through your hair and take your time in blow drying to achieve the desired shape. Once you have the basic shape in, you can use additional products to define and hold your look.

The Osmo Pomade Hold gives a shiny hold (without it looking greasy) or the Shaper Maker gives a looser hold with a softer finish for a more natural effect.

As my hair is so thick, sometimes clay or wax can add unwanted weight but I've found a great use for the Osmo Clay Wax. Designed for ultimate hold, this heavy duty styling wax will give firm hold to hairstyles with natural beeswax helping to add strength and shine.

I find that if I have washed my hair before I go to bed, I wake up with a completely fluffy and unmanageable mess in the morning. However, applying a small amount of the Clay Wax to my hair after showering and heading to bed, I find that it has tamed it over night, making the morning styling much easier. Try this any time your hair is too clean to hold a style. A small amount of the Clay Wax applied to your hair and either sleep on it or work on it with a hairdryer as above.

BTW, having a hairdryer is pretty much a necessity if you are looking to curate a decent hairstyle in your own home. If you think you are too butch or manly, get over it and go buy one. Keep it in your tool box and treat it like a gadget.

Osmo is available online and in selected salons across the UK.

Thank you to Osmo for supplying me with a plethora of products to sample.

A little outtake photo. Let's hope middle partings never become a trend...

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