Grooming – Long Hair, Don’t (Not) Care


If you aren’t familiar with the old ‘long hair, don’t care’ saying from the 1960s, then may your ignorance be bliss. Because if you have long hair, which is a growing (pun intended) trend for guys over the recent years – coincidentally after Thor was released – you should care. Rather, you should care for your hair as the longer it gets, the more nurturing it’ll require.

With each type of hair (i.e. wavy, curly, thick, thin), there are a seemingly infinite number of hair products. Add in the objective of said product (i.e. shampoo, conditioner, molding gel, styling cream, volumizer), and you’ve already advanced through high levels of decision fatigue. These days, you’ll also have to ensure whatever product you use is safe for both you and the environment. Unfortunately, all of this build up does not lead to one magical solution that will make whatever hair you have perfect. But there is something out there that checks quite a few of those boxes, and will keep your hair looking good.


Meet the R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. It’s a mouthful to even say, but it packs a punch accordingly. The dry shampoo aspect is obvious in its name, but if you aren’t familiar with the concept, then it absorbs excess oil from your scalp and provides a matte finish to your mane. This doesn’t replace your normal shampooing in the shower though, so don’t quit that part of your weekly routine. Actually, this paste provides those ‘next day’ looks when a guy loves the look and texture of his hair the day after shampooing. You lose the frizz and the oil, and you’re left with pure awesomeness. Moreover, your hair won’t feel like it has crusty gunk in it, and there’s no white flaky stuff even after having gone the entire day with it, so you’re left with a subtle matte texture from key ingredients like volcanic ash and coconut oil. Yes, that’s right – volcanic ash is used to make this. If that doesn’t make you want to start using it, you may need to rethink how you view volcanoes.

For those good guys that care about the environment, this is a vegan and cruelty-free product. It has a subtle fresh scent that is just neutral enough to where it won’t be confused with some Bath & Body Works product your significant other uses. To apply it, just scoop up a dime-size amount with your fingers and rub it so that the paste melts onto your fingers. Then just apply it on your hair as needed. You can use it on dry or damp hair, with the latter being a great option if you’re looking to add volume. If you want to see how a professional would do it, check out the YouTube link provided by Badlands.