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To save your guys’ time, I’ll be breaking this review and styling tutorial of Rough Rider by Kevin Murphy down into a few parts. You can skip to whatever part is most relevant (most likely the product review, so skip about halfway down the page), but I’d hope you stick around for the whole thing! First, I’ll be introducing my own hair type so you guys have a reference point to how this product performs, then I’ll go into the performance of the product and finish off by speaking to how this product will work for other hair types.
My Hair Type
So firstly! My hair type. I’m an Asian guy so I understand the struggle a lot of us go through with poofy hair that loves to stick up. My hair is fairly wavy, and definitely thick. My hair does not like to cooperate despite being wavy & not nearly as stiff as some Asian hair. Once in a certain shape, the only way to make it restyle is to wash my hair with shampoo & conditioner and completely “reset” my hair. Not to mention, it also gets frizzy without quality products that can really nourish my hair to make it as healthy as possible. So, imagine something like the hairstyle above, except dark brown/black.
TL;DR, I have wavy, frizzy Asian hair and I am currently wearing it in a short-medium length forward quiff that was inspired by BluMaan himself! So check out his video on how he styles his short quiff because that’s basically how I do it too.
Rough Rider by Kevin Murphy Review
First off, I totally dig Kevin Murphy’s packaging. They definitely stand out with their latch style box, and matte finish plastic and printing. Their hair styling products come in a rectangular box with a latch. The plastic feels high quality and the box definitely adds something to a hair product collection. I really enjoy Kevin Murphy’s packaging and unique aesthetic.
Now, how is this product for styling your hair? Well, Rough Rider is a heavy clay. But what exactly does that mean and what can you expect? Rough Rider includes several clay ingredients that make it a very dense, heavy product. Not that it’s a bad thing; Rough Rider can give phenomenal hold and texture. Thing is, while hold and texture sound great, a heavy clay product isn’t for everyone. This product works best for individuals with thick hair. If you’ve got very fine hair, or thinning hair, this product would likely be too much for your hair to support. All those clay ingredients that provide the body, texture, and hold will end up weighing your hair down and causing it to fall flat throughout the day. I’ll go more into detail further down.
The product is very dense and it takes some effort to scoop it out of the tub. Once scooped, the work isn’t done. You really need to put effort into emulsifying the product in your palms, so much so that you typically would feel heat generating between your palms. When that’s over with, applying to the hair is a tricky process. I’d recommend working it in slowly because there’s definitely some tugging and pulling. Once that’s done, styling your hair into the desired look. This product works best for voluminous, textured hairstyles. Whether it’s a matte, textured pomp or a short, forward quiff, this product will provide the hold and texture you need.
This product gives a fantastic amount of texture, hold, and volume. It offers a very matte finish with just a hint of healthy sheen to your hair. The texture and finish it gives is almost grungy and dirty, and it’s totally a good thing. Not many products offer that sort of finish. If a messy, textured, but held together style is something you want, like Brad Pitt in “Fury”, then this would be a go to product.
Other Hair Types
I would only recommend this to individuals with thick hair, or a LOT of hair. Because of how dense and heavy the product is, you need to have hair that can support the weight. That leaves us with two options. Either to have thick, full hair, or just have a lot of hair on your head. If you fall into one of those categories, then this product is definitely worth a try. It’s similar to Cavalier Clay by Blumaan, but with an extra touch of texture and grunginess.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic, unique product. There aren’t many products out there that can give this specific type of finish. I didn’t really touch on this, but the clay used in this product also contains minerals and nutrients that promote healthy hair. It helps to smooth, strengthen, and detox your hair. While the effects aren’t too noticeable, using this product a few times can definitely give a small improvement. And hey, you can’t complain about healthy hair. Final rating, 8.5/10 for this unique, heavy clay product. While not for everyone, the some that can use this will definitely enjoy it.