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Alpha is amazed at the men's hair product drugstore options. In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro is buying and testing drugstore hair products. He's heading to Walgreens for alternatives to Pete and Pedro Putty.
With fresh clean hair, Alpha tries each of the 5 hair products:
1. American Crew Fiber ($19.00) - the price is the same as Pete and Pedro Putty and the most expensive of these 5 products. It's fresh smelling, a bit of shine, and hold is decent although he feels it will go flat as soon as he goes outside. Overall, it remains a great product.
2. Axe Spiked Up ($9.50) - it's super messy, sticky, and paste-like. It has the highest hold of all 5 products. After styling, his hair feels dry with a waxy residue. Note that after he washed his hair, he can still smell the Axe. The scent is intense.
3. Old Spice Putty ($8.00) - smells mild and is really soft. The more you heat it up, the scent becomes stronger (and not to Alpha's liking in regard to the fragrance). The product goes into his hair easier than Axe but has a much lower hold than American Crew and Axe.
4. Dove Sculpting Paste ($7.75) - mild fragrance, stiff, and emulsifies easily. The hold is not great (it's medium; not as good as the Axe) but on-par with American Crew (and half the price of American Crew). Overall, this product was Alpha's favorite of all 5 tested.
5. Got2B Glued Spiking Wax ($7.00) - a higher hold with a mild scent and similar in consistency to Dove. It's very sticky, heavy, and waxy. This product is the least favorite in terms of performance.
If you put any of these products in wet hair and let air dry, they'll lock it down. A cost effective and good product is the Dove Sculpting Paste. American Crew is really good too. The other three are decent, but the lower price equates to lower quality ingredients. Note that Alpha prefers Pete and Pedro Putty above all of these products and would spend the extra bucks on the hair he cherishes. Additionally, unlike other brands where one product is good, the entire line Pete and Pedro line is superior with super high quality.
I used the Old Spice and i did felt my hair was to dry and it made me mess with my hair so much it’s thinning and a friend that used both the dove and American crew has mentioned that it’s about the same I will try Pete and Pedro it’s pricy but will give it shot
Alpha I was and still am for now a huge Got 2 be glue kind of guy I have really thick hair and a lot of it too. Want to get your products badly! Might have to wait a little till I can man it up with your great line of products
You used the wrong axe product. What you used is for short hair for a messy spiky look. They have a good wax for long hair and natural which I use often. Both of those have a mild smell too. I work in a scent free office and not a soul smells it.
I can't really see how L'Oréal has a good hold when my hair always flopped down after a couple of hours. Putting a little bit on the tip of my index finger, spreading it in my palm, and emulsifying is usually enough to give me good hold as long as the product is great. Sometimes I also use a pre-styler and blowdry before using the product to give better hold.
Spending a little extra money on Pete and Pedro, Hanz de Fuko, or Blumaan are usually not a bad idea if you want an all-day hold and also nourish your hair. However, if I were to recommend some cheaper alternatives, then Fish Soho (red one) or Phenomenal Paste are pretty good. As for pomades, I recommend Black&White or Reuzel
@Morten Aanstad Cool, nice to hear another opinion on this. Tis true, L'Oreal does not have too much volume but I like the hold, I was using Old Spice Paste, which had literally, almost no hold so L'Oreal is a decent step up, but now I have used L'Oreal for awhile, should I move to American Crew or what? Do you have any good, affordable/student-priced recommendations?
P.S.: I don't know how much you have to use to be able to hold your hair the way you want it to. I was always told to use a dime.
I use old spice hair product and got 2 b. I also use gorilla gel and coconut hair cream i also bought some American crew. I have to buy axe paste what do you think i also use hair spray and conditioner. It works good all work good for my hair. Thanks Aaron i will have to try dove i am going to Walgreens. I go to Wal-Mart and target for hair products
I'm using old spice matte finish pomade rn because I'm blonde and not sure if shine is good for me. My brother uses old spice paste edit: yeah that's why i hate axe. Their shampoo ruined my hair and gave me dandruff. I dont use their products anymore. Their deodorant also doesn't work. Use arm and hammer or old spice or mitchum for anti persperant those actually work. I sweat a lot.
Alpha, Alpha, at 60 I'm still working the locks and have purchased the P&P Creme to try. More on that later, after I try it out. After bailing on the LALooks Super hold Gel (What was I thinking) for many years, I picked up CREMO. I've been using the CREMO Barber Grade Medium Hold, Medium Shine Forming Cream or the Light Hold, Low Shine Natural Look Cream for about two years. I use less of the former than the latter because I don't like the helmet head feel. I like to see you try these for another 'cheaper' option comparison video. Slainte mahr!
I use American Crew, but i put it in my hair after i blow dry it. After that i give a quick spray of hairspray all around and it holds perfectly all day without having a crunchy texture. It feels like normal hair but looks great.
Also it's key to style it correctly with the hairdryer
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