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Verb Sculpting Clay

Recently, I stumbled across Verb, an Austin-based grooming company. Now, if you know anything about Austinites, it’s that we stick together. As a former Austinite who went to undergrad there, I just had to talk with them. They were cool enough to send over some of their Verb Sculpting Clay (among other stuff), and I was eager to try it out.

The first thing that attracted me to the sculpting clay, among their other products, is that they are all made in America, specifically Austin. They are also free of parabens/sulfates, meaning this stuff is pretty nature-friendly. Additionally, Verb was born at Bird’s Barbershop, a place I visited a few times back in the day and always had good experiences. All signs are positive up to this point, but what really counts is its use.

The Verb Sculpting clay has no scent to it, which is great if you either dislike scented products or you want your cologne to do the talking. Verb dubbed this a “sculpting clay,” which I usually associate with high hold products, like the Lock Stock & Barrel Matte Clay. However, this clay is very soft and creamy, rather than harder and, well…clay-like. It spreads easily in your hands, rather than clumping up like some clays will do, so that’s a good aspect.

When you’re ready to use it, be sure that you rub your hands together for 20 to 30 seconds in order to warm it up. The clay is much more pliable when you warm it up, which means you’re going to spread it in your hair easier. I also recommend using this clay in slightly damp hair–like you walked through some fog.

What surprised me most about the Verb Sculpting Clay was how soft its hold is. Unlike other clays, which are generally stiffer holds, this clay went in seamlessly, and it really did more to bring out the texture in my haircut, as opposed to forming it. I used a dab about the size of an almond, and after warming it up in my hands, used my fingers to easily form my hair.

Something important to note, especially for guys with dark hair like myself, is that this clay will leave behind tiny white specs of product if you use it on bone dry hair. I did this the first time I used it, but I quickly wet my fingers and ran them through my hair, and the problem was solved. If you don’t do this, it will look like you have some serious dandruff going on. This is why I recommend you have slightly damp hair.

Additionally, to get the most out of this product, you’re going to want to have the right haircut. As I mentioned, this clay will bring out your hair’s texture than it will to sculpt your hair. This is unusual for a clay, so know that going in. Verb actually has a pretty good demonstration of what I mean by this on their website. There is definitely some molding going on, but it’s mostly bringing out texture, so make sure your hair has the right cut for this product.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the Verb Sculpting Clay. The price is anywhere from around $12-19, which I think is a really great price point for something like this. I’ve used much more expensive hair products that were nowhere near Verb’s quality. If you’re looking for something that will give you a soft hold for a natural hair look, but want some sort of control to go along with it, the Verb Sculpting Clay is a pretty solid option.

Have you used the Verb Sculpting Clay before? What are your thoughts? Give your take in the comments.