Hi guys, today we are going to check out two of the best selling matte hair products from two of today’s strongest global hair stying brands. We will compare results after testing American Crew Boost Powder VS Hairbond Distorter.
It all began back in the mid 90’s for American Crew as they swamped the US hairstyling market with a range of men’s hairstyling products like nothing ever seen before. Previously hair product marketing was only majorly focused on the ladies.
This huge corporate company quickly went global with huge marketing budgets and still today a popular choice for men’s hair styling. After the 90’s, the hair styling product industry became way more competitive as product technology advanced.
Hairbond United Kingdom
The start-up UK brand Hairbond United Kingdom launched later in 2008 by professional hairdresser and barber Scott Michaels, in order to raise the standards of the global hair styling market, by focusing only on the best premium ingredients and of only the highest quality for their best-performing hair styling products. Most major companies look for ways to cut costs where they can to keep their products competitively priced, subsequently losing a lot of quality, but Hairbond says they are only focused on manufacturing the best, whatever the cost. The company is a lot more exclusive and Hairbond’s products can be hard to find, although they do only cater for the end of the market who are prepared to fork out for the privilege of quality.
First let’s take a look at the American Crew Boost Powder.
American Crew Boost Powder
Whilst the American Crew Boost Powder, brown and off white colour scheme works ok, I can’t believe they put a hair powder in this jar. It would have been suited much better to a taller, thinner shaker, however it does work. 2/5
Strange applying a jar of powder to your hair. Try not to miss your head as I did otherwise you get powder all over your shoulders. Not a good look. 3/5
Good matte look with some mattifying boost. If you get the wrong amount and overdo it you can end up with a greasy effect associated with cheaper powder products. 3/5
Light powder. 4/5
Not strong enough to use on its own if you have thicker hair. 2/5
Better powders available. 3/5.
What They Say
“Tap the puck a few times to loosen Boost Powder and then pour a small amount into your hand. Sprinkle it lightly and evenly on dry hair, making sure the product falls to the root for maximum lift and separation. Combine with Fiber Cream or other American Crew styling products for enhanced volume and styling options.”
Now let’s see what the Hairbond Distorter has to offer
Hairbond United Kingdom Distorter Professional Hair Clay
No questions, full marks for the Hairbond Distorter packaging. Looks great, although it’s quite big compared to other brands, it comes full of information and the best bit is the inner seal which is replaceable to keep your product as fresh as possible. 5/5
This hair clay is so smooth and the application is effortless. 5/5
The Hairbond Distorter gives you a very professional natural look. I tested this on first on longer hair (6-7 inches) then had my hair cut down to about 2-3 inches. Worked exceptionally well on both occasions in different ways. If you’re seeking a natural textured look this is the one for you. 5/5
Soft clay. 5/5
3/5 is accurate. 5/5
5/5 full house!
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.“
What They Say
“An elite, matte styling product that creates texture with a supple finish Hairbond Distorter Professional Hair Clay is an offers a flexible hold factor of 3 out of 5. Providing professional results on all hair types Distorter is particularly suited to thick, straight hair. Designed in the UK as an alternative to sub-standard high street styling products, Hairbond Distorter Professional Hair Clay is not just a commodity but a lifestyle essential, promising to deliver quality by maintaining the highest possible standards. Hairbond use top of the range product formulations and ingredients to create an authentic British solution for the ultimate men’s styling results.”
American Crew Boost Powder VS Hairbond Distorter WINNER
Without a doubt, the Hairbond Distorter wins this battle for the best matte hair product with a perfect score of 5/5 vs the American Crew Boost Powder 3/5.
Final tip, you these products actually work work well together, but if that’s the look you’re going for, consider the Hairbond Moulder instead.
I hope you enjoyed this brand battle. Well done Distorter!