It’s hard out there for a man just trying to get his grooming routine together. Browsing through the endless array of hair pomades, styling gels, and shaving creams at your local drugstore can be overwhelming, to say the least. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if your barber went shopping for you? We may not be able to ask your barber to run your errands, but we have the next best thing!
We tapped Baxter Of California brand ambassadors Ananda Tuyes, barber and esthetician at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop and Monique Contreres, senior barber at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, to find out the products they can’t live without. If you’re looking to upgrade your routine with the best of the best, these seven barber-trusted formulas are a great place to start.
Baxter Of California Clay Effect Style Spray
Tuyes and Contreres agree—if there’s one product they need in their styling kit, it’s Baxter Of California Clay Effect Style Spray.
“I use it on everyone before styling, whether air-drying or blow-drying their hair,” Tuyes says. “There are no other products like it on the market, and it can be layered with any other Baxter of California styling products, like the pomades.”
This strong-hold, matte finish spray adds thickness and helps control frizz while helping you achieve a lived-in look.
Baxter Of California Clay Effect Style Spray, $27.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Herbal Mint Toner
Hair care and skin care go hand in hand. Another mutual favorite, Baxter Of California’s Herbal Mint Toner, is a must-have for both Tuyes and Contreres.
“All genders could use this product and would love it to use after washing their face,” Contreres says.
This gentle, non-drying toner removes residual dirt, oil, and impurities and preps the skin for other products. If you’re always on-the-go, Tuyes shares a trick she uses for bringing this product anywhere she goes.
“I personally like to make my own facial wipes by pouring the toner into the fragrance-free baby wipes so I can travel easily with them,” Tuyes says.
Baxter Of California Herbal Mint Toner, $20.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Exfoliating Body Bar
If you’re obsessed with good-smelling hair products, your shower routine should be just as luxurious. That’s why Tuyes recommends Baxter Of California's Exfoliating Body Bar. This body bar for all skin types exfoliates and revitalizes your skin.
“I love the smell—which is a masculine cedarwood and oakmoss—and it exfoliates all my dead skin cells leaving my skin very soft,” Tuyes says.
Baxter Of California Exfoliating Body Bar, $19.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Cream Pomade
You can’t go wrong with any of Baxter’s hair pomade formulas, but Contreres swears by the brand’s Cream Pomade. This light-hold pomade softens and smooths hair while providing frizz-free definition and a low-shine finish.
Baxter Of California Cream Pomade, $23.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Grooming Cream
Stylist tip: Contreres recommends cocktailing Baxter Of California’s Cream Pomade with the Grooming Cream.
“The Cream Pomade offers a light-hold, moisture-rich formula that becomes creamier and smoother to apply when you mix in the Grooming Cream,”Contreres says.
Baxter Of California Grooming Cream, $20.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15
Want to keep your facial hair (and your skin) looking their absolute best? Contreres loves Baxter Of California’s Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15. This broad-spectrum formula protects your face, neck, and scalp from sun damage.
“It’s important to keep your skin moisturized while also protecting it from harmful UVA/UVB rays,” Contreres says.
Baxter Of California Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 15, $32.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Deep Clean Shampoo
If your mane needs a major refresh, opt for a clarifying shampoo like Baxter Of California Deep Clean Shampoo. This sulfate-free shampoo purifies and cleanses the hair and scalp from dirt, oil, and product build-up.
Baxter Of California Deep Clean Shampoo, $34.00 MSRP