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Hair Jam and Other Condiments

Cock Grease from New York and ultra hard Spiky spray from Tokyo. Hair Stylist Eamonn Hughes shares some trusted favourites from his kit.

There are a lot of goodies in your kit … are these your secret weapons or just a novelty?

They are my trusted favorites. I tend to just carry what I need and edit my kit for each job.

Do you remember what the first product was you ever used on your hair?

Boots Country Born gel. It was the only gel available at the time and it was a bright toxic green. I’m pretty sure its been discontinued, gel has come a long way since the 1980’s!

Are you a product collector?

Yes I guess I am, I am pretty low maintenance until it comes to moisturiser.

What do you use?

The minute I could afford to buy moisturiser, I used Clinique. then Kiehls for a long time. Now I’m older I use Elemis and Estee Lauder.

Gatsby Hair Jam is like a liquid dry past. Once applied to your hands and hair the  texture of the product transforms into a dry texturising paste. The fact that it comes out of the container liquid means you can work it through the hair quicker.

Is there anything super rare you are on the lookout for?

Not specifically but really open to trying new products and have a great network of friends who are hairstylists from the Sam McKnight team who send me interesting products from around the world.

Do you have a favourite discontinued product that you mourn the loss of?

No I just move onto the next thing.

What’s the least expected thing your have in your kit?

A glue gun.

Spiky is the hardest hairspray I know. I use it as a final holding spray on looks that I don’t want to move.

Tell us about your trusted favourites.

I found Murray’s Superior in Ricky’s on my first trip to New York while assisting Sam McKnight. I bought it because I liked the can! I was looking for good hair wax that was harder than DAX. I always have it in both my personal and kit bags. It’s amazing for taming beards and eyebrows as well as controlling hair

I was introduced to Cock Grease, Spiky and Gatsby Hair Jam by the hair stylist Koji Ichikawa. We were in Tokyo together and he took me shopping.

Spiky is the hardest hairspray I know. I use it as a final holding spray on looks that I don’t want to move.

Gatsby Hair Jam is like a liquid dry past. Once applied to your hands and hair the  texture of the product transforms into a dry texturising paste. The fact that it comes out of the container liquid means you can work it through the hair quicker.

Cock Grease is the one I use the most. It looks like a clear jelly and the texture takes a bit of getting used to as it’s quite solid, but it gently melts in your hands so you can apply it evenly to the hair. It’s completely water soluble so washes out of the hear easily. I use it like a wax or sometimes for smoothing tight chignons.


With thanks to James Whitty
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