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To save your guys’ time, I’ll be breaking this review and styling tutorial of Shear Revival’s Northern Lights 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 teaching 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 thick, 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.
Shear Revival Northern Lights Matte Paste Review
Northern Lights comes in Shear Revival’s distinct style of packaging; an amber glass jar with their unique, aesthetic label. The jar feels good quality and can certainly make a strong addition to a collection of hair product jars. The product also smells great.
The product feels like a soft, waxy paste and scoops out of the jar very easily. Northern Lights spreads easily in the hand and can apply to hair fairly smoothly as well. Quick tip, make sure your hands are dry when emulsifying the product or else it will tend to slide around instead of spreading.
Now, this product is definitely not a prestyler, so using something like Original by BluMaan may help take the final look to a whole new level, but I have found that for myself, using only this as a styler is more than enough for my hair to last throughout the day. The product is said to be a matte paste, but to me, it feels more like a natural shine wax. It works great as a finishing product if you want texture and great hold. It isn’t a true matte product as it gives your hair a slight sheen.
It is a product that is easy to work with and easy to style with. To me, it’s one of the rare products that are easy to use and can provide great results without too much effort. It’s surprising how effortless it is to get the look I want just by slapping the product into my hair.
This product gives my hair a pleasing, soft, healthy sheen, while providing fantastic hold and remains malleable throughout the day. It is easy to run your hands through the hair during the day, and push the hair around and restyle a bit if need be. It feels fairly lightweight in the hair and does not leave any greasiness in my hair, or on my fingers after running them through my hair.
The final look always gives a great amount of texture and enough hold to last throughout the day. It’s a product that would work amazingly for short to medium length messy, textured looks. However, it can also work well for a longer, textured side or back swept look. The emphasis I’m making is that because of the texture, it’s excellent for messy looks. When I’m going for a messy, effortless hairstyle, there are few products that can rival it.
A bonus perk is that it contains some nutritious ingredients that really work to help my hair feel softer and healthier after using the product.
For thin haired guys, like always, it’s a good idea to start with a little, and add more as needed. It’s a great product and I’m sure with a bit of patience and practice, you guys will be able to incorporate Northern Lights into your styling regimen. The worst thing you can do is use too much at once and decide that the product is terrible.
Now moving on to fine hair. If you’ve got fine hair but a lot of it, then this product will likely work for you. Like I mentioned, this product is ideal for shorter length messy hairstyles. If your hair is longer and can be styled like a pompadour, semi-slickback, or side swept look, then this can definitely work well for you. I’ve got thinner individual hair strands too and its absolutely incredible how this product works for me.
For curly hair, I think this product might have a little too much hold. A lighter, creamier product with medium hold could work better to help accentuate your curls, while providing hold and control. Something like Monarch Matte Paste by BluMaan that is creamier and has slightly gentler hold would work much better. But if you’re looking for something that can tame curls, then this product is definitely worth a try.
Shear Revival’s matte paste is definitely a must try product. Great hold, fantastic texture, and nourishing ingredients are enough to include this in my product rotation. They’ve definitely been able to create something unique that performs beyond my expectations. They’ve got several other products in their lineup that I will be reviewing soon.