Hair paste can typically have a consistency ranging from a thick paste to a tacky glue with a medium to very firm hold. It offers a matte finish or a very slight shine to the hair and is the most versatile styling product, working with almost any hairstyle and it’s super easy to wash out.
Hair paste can add texture and hold to your hair, leaving you with hair that stays in place without the harsh look of a hard hat or helmet head. Paste often offers a lot of styling versatility, letting you paste up one style when you leave for the day and then restyle your hair into something else by mid-afternoon or whenever you have the urge without adding more paste. Pastes come in cream form and have different uses – some formulas are meant for molding, texturizing or control. Pastes work for both men and women – the gauge of what works best is your hair texture and thickness, rather than your gender.
Speaking of hair types, pastes will weigh down fine hair and are best for coarser hair but if you use it sparingly, any hair type is okay if you’re going for mold and control. Like other hair styling products, getting some into your hands to warm it up a bit is where you start and it works equally well on hair that is slightly wet or already dry. Once applied, the paste will cool and re-thicken, locking your desired style into place.
With repeated use, paste will tend to leave residue and buildup on hair but using a clarifying shampoo will dissolve that buildup. If you don’t take care of this, your hair will become drab, dull, limp and won’t respond well to any styling products. Hair paste does provide some benefit, as it eventually softens coarse, unruly hair.