Now we look at two of the best selling hair styling products from two of today’s strongest global hair stying brands. We will compare results after testing American Crew Boost Powder VS Hairbond Shaper.
It all began back in 1994 for American Crew as they swamped the US male hairstyling market with a range of men’s hairstyling products like nothing ever seen before. Previously hair product marketing and brands were only really 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.
So let’s first get stuck into the Hairbond Shaper.
Hairbond United Kingdom Shaper Professional Hair Toffee
Super classy. The Hairbond Shaper is a butterscotch toffee flavoured creamy hair wax which is nicely represented by this orange on white colour pattern. The puck looks glass but is actually a high-quality plastic. Once you unscrew the lid, there is a protective seal keeping the product fresh. You can reapply the seal at anytime. Great! 5/5
So pliable and creamy, making its really easy to coat your hands and hair with. Even though it’s a strong hold it doesnt tug or pull like many other waxes with similar performance. 5/5
Professional look, every hair stays where you put it, whilst it offers a nice seperation, piecy texture and low shine, not so it looks greasy, but so it looks healthy. 5/5
The consistency reminds me of a thick creamy yoghurt. Really works well. 5/5
It is labelled as 5 notches out of 5 for hold. 5/5
5/5 full house!
What They Say
“All you may possibly need in shape and texture, The Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee is among the strongest hairstyling product sand is excellent for separation and keeping your hair exactly in place. Contains a wonderful butterscotch scent. Rub a small amount of Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee between palms to coat your hands. Make sure hair is dry before applying then style into any shape. The thick, gooey paste achieves texture and definition while managing to also easily rinse out of hair. Also available in 50ml.”
Lets see how the American Crew Boost Powder can compete with that!
American Crew Boost Powder
Whilst the American Crew Boost Powder, brown and off white colour looks 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 and it’s not a good look. 3/5
Mattified look, you can achieve decent volume but works best on shorter and thinner hair. If you have thicker or longer hair you will want to finish off with a proper hair styling wax, clay or cement. 3/5
Light powder. 4/5
Not strong enough to use on its own if you have thicker hair. 2/5
There are better scoring powders available. Yes they are very similar but score differently.
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.”
And the winner is..
I hope you find the insights into these products helpful.
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