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Lock Stock & Barrel continues its parade of impressive products with the Ruck Matte Putty. This stuff is ranked a 4 hold, which means it’s stronger than the Pucka Grooming Creme, but not as strong as the Disorder Ultra Matte Clay. This ranked hold feature, by the way, is a fantastic idea for the line, and I wish more companies did it. Not only is the idea great, but the execution is correct–the rankings are true to form, and it’s not just some gimmick. This putty actually is between the creme and the clay–regardless of the ranking system.

This putty also has the same scent as the rest of the line–which is hard to describe. I’ve mentioned the consistent smell before, and it’s perfectly balanced; not overbearing, but not odorless. The texture is strange, and feels a lot like really wet clay–but it isn’t at thick. The first time I used it, I applied way too much. It made my hair sticky to the touch, and little things floating around in the air got stuck to it (like leaves and pollen).

However, I used about half as much the subsequent 4-5 days I used it, and it was a night and day difference. The point here is to emphasize that a little goes a long way with this stuff. Depending on how much hair you have, I’d start somewhere between a green pea size to a dime size. It sounds insane, but start small–you can always add more later if you need to. This will prevent the sticky hair syndrome, and it will make you enjoy the putty a lot more.

I like to test hair products by subjecting them to 3 or 4 games of full-court basketball. If you can play a few hours of intense sports, and still have great hair, you know that you’re dealing with some serious stuff. As expected, this putty performed better than the creme, but not as well as the matte clay–which is in line with the Lock Stock & Barrel hold rankings.

This putty is useful for guys who like the messy hair look, because it gives you pliability and strength without sacrificing either one. As the name implies, it leaves a matte finish, which is increasingly popular these days. Overall, this is some great stuff, and a jar should last you at least 3 months. To get a jar, head over to The Motley and pick one up–or you can go read some more reviews on their website.

Do you have any specific questions about how the Ruck Matte Putty functions or fits into the Lock Stock & Barrel line? Ask your questions in the comments below.