MITCH by Paul Mitchell Review

Paul Mitchell is putting focus on the men’s grooming side of their industry with a new professional hair care line, called MITCH. The line consists of seven products, ranging from a shampoo/conditioner, to a maximum hold spiking glue. They were kind enough to send us a men’s travel kit, which I tested over the weekend. Here are some tips to help you perfect your hairstyle along with thoughts on the various MITCH products:

If you’re not well-versed in hair product, it’s easy to get confused by the many options available. Here are some tips to help you figure out what kind of product works best for you.

Men’s Hair Styling 101

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  • You can usually tell how a product will look based on its consistency. Shiny product will make shiny hair, etc. Keep that in mind when searching for product.
  • If it comes in a can (like MITCH’s Reformer or Barber’s Classic), it is meant to be applied to dry hair. Try a pea sized amount and go to town.
  • If you’re using a product that flakes, you’re using a substandard product. Good hair product will not flake on you.
  • Product is meant to be worked in your hands a bit before applying to hair. Emulsifying it in your hands keeps you from getting chunks in your hair.
  • Apply product from back to front. This way, if you put too much in, it’ll be less noticeable in the back than the front.
  • If you’re using something that’s difficult to remove from your hair, start by scrubbing your hair in water without shampoo first. This will help loosen it.

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MITCH Reviewed

MITCH Men's Hair ProductsDouble Hitter 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner: This shampoo and conditioner combo contains no sulfates, which is a big thing in haircare now. Like all of the MITCH products, it smells good but isn’t overly fragrant. It left my hair a bit fuller and seemed to make it easier to style.

Construction Paste Mesh Styler: For med to long hair, the construction paste gives texture. If you want a messy and “unstyled” look, this is for you. It won’t dry crunchy and it gives you a natural to light shiny finish.

Hardwired Maximum Hold Spiking Glue: If you need your hair to withstand hurricane force winds, this is for you. You put it in and leave it. Hardwired gives short to medium hair that spiky, messy look. This is one for people who want to fix their hair and leave it all day. Good for extreme looks – mohawk, etc.

Steady Grip Firm Hold Gel: This one is a good standard gel. It’s great for some of those classic styles and will make your hair look thicker. Steady Grip is alcohol free and won’t flake or dry hair out.

Reformer Strong Hold Texturizer: Of all the products in the MITCH line, Reformer is my favorite. I don’t want anything that makes my hair shiny, so the matte finish this offers is perfect for me. It has a gritty texture that makes your hair fuller. The strong hold worked well for me, and my hair tends to put products that claim to offer a strong hold to the test. I could use this one regularly.

Clean Cut Medium Hold Styling Cream: I didn’t love the smell of this one as much as some of the others, but it’s not terrible. Clean Cut is perfect for the guy who has never used hair product. It works for basically any hair type, giving you a bit of hold but not the strongest. It’s a semi matte – not shiny, not dull. If you don’t want your hair to look styled, give this one a shot.

Barber’s Classic Moderate Hold Pomade: My hair isn’t quite long enough to do a proper rockabilly pompadour, but I can see the potential in Barber’s Classic. Be conservative with pomades because they’re shiny and heavy and you can easily overdo it. This would also be good for a guy with really curly, frizzy hair. I’ll be trying this one again when my hair is a bit longer.

All in all, the MITCH products are a good choice when it comes to professional hair product for men. Product pricing is competitive, with the styling products running between $14 and $17, and the shampoo being around $15. MITCH is available at salons near you. To find the one closest to you, enter your zip code at the MITCH website.

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TroiScales
TroiScales

I've shopped old navy and seems like they are one of the only people that try remotely to cater to plus size mens clothing, however i find their jeans fit wonderful through the thigh area but not so much through the legs... i wear a 46 to where the jeans fit they look good, but i have found that the leg area they use too much fabric... even when I've tried their slim & skinny jeans. I just wish that they would test more and try making them look more tailored, without them being to tight or to big through the leg. I feel like a lot of stores really don't pay attention to this side of the size spectrum, probably because it costs them money. You don't see very many extended sizes in store for some reason and what you do find a lot of the time is over sized generic clothing basically drapes which seems like they guessed at what the size it might look like. Although stores like Casual Male XL has decent clothing... and you can find most extended sizes, its completely over priced, and since I'm young i do feel like they don't have styles current with younger generations, feel sorta like shopping with my dad. Although  it might seem like I'm bitter, not gonna lie kinda am I'll take what i can get and make it work, just wish some of these companies would pay us big guys and gals a little more attention and give us something stylish current and with a great fit!  

Angela K. McFadden
Angela K. McFadden

Thank you!!! Yup we shop at DXL...but he likes more casual urban gear to mix it up which is hard to find. Looking forward to what you have coming. He is sexy as hell if you need a model. :) Tommy Edwards

Andrae Gallardo
Andrae Gallardo

@Angela: Have you heard of Casual Male XL? Or I think they might have changed the name of the store to DXL. They have some pretty decent clothing options for us big brothas. But I will say, they can be a little pricey at times. Check them out though! You may be able to find some items for your honey! :D

Chubstr
Chubstr

We're working on some options for your guy - stay tuned!

Angela K. McFadden
Angela K. McFadden

He is a beautiful 6'3" 380lbs...Old Navy will not work. Lol. Finding casual clothes for him is always a struggle. I love your page by the way!!

Elisa Jean
Elisa Jean

I wish they'd do the same for their women's department; specifically, women's plus.

Becky Jarvis
Becky Jarvis

As a business owner, I understand charging more for plus size clothing because there is more material. However, it is wrong for Old Navy to charge more for plus size women's jeans and not charge more for plus size men's jeans. Here's hoping for more change via social media. Plus Size guys need to look stylish as well. :)

Chubstr
Chubstr

We'll have to keep an eye out for that, Becky. Sadly, it's not uncommon to see plus sizes for both men and women cost more than the mainstream sizes do.

Becky Jarvis
Becky Jarvis

Now if only they would be fair in their pricing of plus size clothing. I remember a few months ago seeing an article where plus size men's jeans were the same price as regular men's jeans yet their plus size women's were more!

Andrae Gallardo
Andrae Gallardo

But they only have those sizes online. I've never seen them in the stores. :/

Chubstr
Chubstr

Yeah, it's not great. What size does your hubby wear?

Chubstr
Chubstr

We're going to update our lists, but you can find a lot in our resources and deals sections

Angela K. McFadden
Angela K. McFadden

Thanks for the response. My honey can buy shoes or hats from there then I guess then. Lol

Fillip Esguerra
Fillip Esguerra

I have been buying stuff from Old Navy since they arrived in Manila.

Shawn Nathanson
Shawn Nathanson

Any cool sites to recommend... I'm big on top and short.... Don't like much out there

Chubstr
Chubstr

Same! We hit vintage stores, and do a TON of online shopping.

Shawn Nathanson
Shawn Nathanson

Always have the hardest time finding any stylish clothes for us chunkys!! We are limited to damn near nothing

Chubstr
Chubstr

Reeva Amo - it's so vital to know the return policy if you're ordering online. Luckily Old Navy makes it easier than some.

Chubstr
Chubstr

You're right Eric Sendzicki - it's funny, because those styles CAN work for big guys, if they're done correctly, not just up-sized from a mainstream body type.

James Martin
James Martin

That would be a great article! and thank you for this one. I love the fact that Old Navy is thinking about us larger sized men. Hopefully more retail outlets follow. I also found that JC Penny's has a good selection, at least at a few of their stores.

Chubstr
Chubstr

Hi Angela K. McFadden - Old Navy offers men's clothing to XXXL and 48 waist.

Chubstr
Chubstr

James Martin - You're generally right. Most old navy locations I've visited don't carry the full range of sizes in men's clothing. I've rarely visited a store that has my size in stock, but it has happened a few times. As far as buying online, the thing is, your options are VERY limited if you don't try doing that. In order to do it right, you have to be prepared: know your exact sizes, have an idea of how a company's clothing fits, be aware of the size chart, and know what kind of return policy you're working with. Buying big & tall clothes that fit online is a pain, but in many cases, it's the only option some of us have. I think you've inspired a follow up article with tips on buying things online!

Reeva Amo
Reeva Amo

James Martin: i agree with you but free returns to the store make it very easy. My hubby has this problem.

James Martin
James Martin

So the article, and Old Navy's website says they cater to Big and Tall... Not instore they don't. And buying big man's close online, IMO, is a No-No. Needs to try it on, see if it fits my frame. My wife loves Old Navy, to me they stay same with close to fit skinnier men only. And the few big man clothes that I do find, are so ugly. And truthfully, that new line is more of the same.

Eric Sendzicki
Eric Sendzicki

Years ago I loved their clothing and especially the jackets, but the whole skinny fit doesn't work for the big mens section in my opinion.

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