Hair Tonic

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Hair Tonic

Post by The Truthinator » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:45 am

Could anyone please explain to me what the benefits of using a hair tonic are? Do you use it if you have a dry scalp? Do you use it in the wintertime?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by Aztecface » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:55 am

The addition of oil(different types) in some tonics does help with the conditioning of the hair and scalp. I have noticed especially in this past cold winter that the use of a hair tonic with oil did improve on my scalp condition(dandruff) and I had no problems this winter. Hair tonics and lotions are for the purpose of maintaining/setting/styling your hair/scalp and scenting it.

Also, taken from the thread: "The reintroduction(-sp) of an old classic"

In times or occasions when it was improper for a gentleman to wear cologne, a hair tonic was used instead to slightly scent and set/style(if need be) the hair.

Edit: To this day there are occasions where it's improper for a gentleman to wear a cologne. I have a job where I cannot wear a cologne for fear that my patients might have an allergic reaction. The tonics and lotions have never been a problem. Many of my patients and colleages never even notice that I have any on but those that do have always commented on how good I smell. And besides... I love a good Eau de Portugal.
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Post by The Truthinator » Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:10 am

Aztecface wrote:The addition of oil(different types) in some tonics does help with the conditioning of the hair and scalp. I have noticed especially in this past cold winter that the use of a hair tonic with oil did improve on my scalp condition(dandruff) and I had no problems this winter.
Thanks for your reply. I was asking with the problem of dandruff in mind, which for me was unheard of until this winter.

Can you recommend some hair tonics?

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Post by Gone Troppo » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:35 am

I get serious dry skin dandruff in the winter. I've found jojoba oil (which is really a kind of wax) or unrefined coconut oil both help. Relatively cheap and available at Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, Trader's Joes...

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Post by The Truthinator » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:13 am

Gone Troppo wrote:I get serious dry skin dandruff in the winter. I've found jojoba oil (which is really a kind of wax) or unrefined coconut oil both help. Relatively cheap and available at Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, Trader's Joes...
Thanks. It's really not that serious with me, it's just that I never had this problem before and was wondering how it came about.
Are there any other members who can recommend some hair tonics?

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Post by Aztecface » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:05 pm

One very good hair tonic I can recommend is Truefitt & Hill's "Tonic Lotion Special". It has a lemony scent and it has 1/4 oil. You will have to shake the bottle until the liquid is white and then apply it. One of my absolute favourites is also D.R. Harris's "Eau de Portugal". The scent is orangy with a touch of spice(if that makes sense). It comes either with or without oil. If you choose the with option it has a different type of oil and doesn't need to be shaken before application.
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Post by The Truthinator » Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:21 am

Aztecface wrote:One very good hair tonic I can recommend is Truefitt & Hill's "Tonic Lotion Special". It has a lemony scent and it has 1/4 oil. You will have to shake the bottle until the liquid is white and then apply it. One of my absolute favourites is also D.R. Harris's "Eau de Portugal". The scent is orangy with a touch of spice(if that makes sense). It comes either with or without oil. If you choose the with option it has a different type of oil and doesn't need to be shaken before application.
With regard to the oil, I suppose the hair will look very shiny after appliance, right? Is one of the two options (with oil/without it) considered more classic than the other, preferred by more gents?

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Post by Aztecface » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:43 am

Actually with the type of oil these two products have(if you should choose with oil) do not impart much of a shine to the hair. More of a conditioning or setting. If you want shine you should look for a Brilliantine.
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Post by The Truthinator » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:18 pm

Aztecface wrote:Actually with the type of oil these two products have(if you should choose with oil) do not impart much of a shine to the hair. More of a conditioning or setting. If you want shine you should look for a Brilliantine.
No, I don't want shine, so hair tonic with oil is quite alright with me.

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Post by The Truthinator » Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:45 am

Okay, I have just ordered Harris Eau de Portugal (along with Harris Pink, Taylor's Almond and Lavender SC and Musgo Real SC). And now the tough part... waiting for it...

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Post by Aztecface » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:01 am

Congratulations on several very fine purchases. Let us know what you think about the Eau de Portugal when you've used it a few times.
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Post by Flash G » Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:38 am

I was just wondering if one would use a hair tonic instead of a balsam after washing your hair?
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Post by Aztecface » Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:03 am

Flash G wrote:I was just wondering if one would use a hair tonic instead of a balsam after washing your hair?
It can be used as that. Especially the lighter tonics(with oil), such as the Pashana's.
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Post by Flash G » Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:37 am

Thanks,
I might just give the Pashana Eau de Portugal a try.
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Post by The Truthinator » Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:53 am

The parcel arrived a few moments ago and you are right about the scent of the Eau de Portugal, Jani, it really smells orangy and spicy. I think I am going to use it tomorrow evening after running and taking a shower. As for the other things, I am really intrigued by Taylor's Lavender SC, it really smells like actual lavender, not synthetic at all. But the scent of Musgo is also very interesting. I am going to use one of the two tomorrow morning and put the finishing touch on my shave with a little splash from the Pink bottle, can't wait. In the meantime I have sorted out some things that didn't or do not any longer agree with me, like Trumper's Spanish Leather, Coate's Lime SC, Tabac SC and aftershave, Floid aftershave (the italian version) and some blades and razors. Now I only have two colognes in my rotation (Acqua di Parma and Chanel Allure), I own one razor (HD), one brush (Kent BK4) and several soaps and creams. I am trying to keep things simple and will try to narrow down my soap and cream rotation in the future to just a few favourites.

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Post by Aztecface » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:37 am

Let us know what you think of the Eau de Portugal when you've used it a few times.
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Post by Flash G » Fri Mar 13, 2009 1:25 am

I was just checking the Trumpers Eucris hair tonic and it says it has a Lily scent.
Is this the same scent as the Eucris cologne?
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Post by F.W. Fitch » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:24 pm

Flash G...different altogether.

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Post by bernards66 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:43 pm

Yes, quite different. The hair lotion is at least close to the original Eucris, which is the product mentioned in several novels and so forth. The Eucris cologne is a much more recent concoction having first been formulated in the early 1980s or thereabouts.
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Post by desertbadger » Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:18 am

Flash G; check out Pashana's Eau de Quinine and their regular tonic. (thanks Aztecface & TBoner) it's really wonderful.
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