Styling products dedicated to men can quite often be—while useful—unimpressive. California-based Hanz de Fuko, however, is a line of organic hair care products that are also effective. Or at least that's their mission. Even if you're less concerned about things being "organic" or "all-natural," hair care products should at least work, and to that end, Hanz de Fuko does not disappoint. People who don't care about naturals will also appreciate that these products are made in the United States, (despite the name,) and that they're not tested on animals. Also, all of the products mentioned here are $23. Yes, you read that right, literally every single product is only $23.
Hanz de Fuko
Founded: David Alfonso and Christopher Zent in 2009
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Best Known For: Organic, high-quality hair styling products for men with a "cool twist"
Most Popular Product: Natural Shampoo and Conditioner, Scheme Cream
Fun Fact: David Beckham (yes, that David Beckham) is a huge fan of the brand
Other Brands You’ll Love: American Crew, Baxter of California
Hanz de Fuko's goal is to reinvent the wheel of men's hair products. Instead of the same ol', generic pastes, creams, and waxes (that typically leave your hair looking and feeling dull and flaky), Hanz de Fuko decided to give these products a new spin. How? Well, instead of harsh ingredients that dry out your hair or flaky gels, the brand uses organic ingredients like macadamia nut oil for shine, beeswax for hold, honeysuckle flower extract, shea butter, castor seed oil, and eucalyptus that creates a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own home. And of course, all of the products are sulfate and paraben free, so the "natural" hair care label isn't just for show.
Each of the products in the Hanz de Fuko lineup are packaged in eco-friendly, recyclable jars and bottles with a clean, Insta-worthy font that screams, "We're a cool hair care brand." And as another tick on the "pros" list for me, the base range of products have a clean, fresh scent that doesn't interfere with your colonge or scent of choice.
Want to know more about my favorite products from Hanz de Fuko? Scroll down to read more.
Their shampoo has become one of my favorite shampoos. It does a great job of cleaning the hair and scalp, and it rinses away completely, easily. The shampoo smells good, and the fragrance doesn't linger after it's rinsed out. Still, the ingredient list reads a bit more like a spice rack, as it contains things like sage, eucalyptus, spearmint, clover, apple, and orange. While I’m not exactly sure what apple and pomegranate are going to do for my hair, I do know that the shampoo cleans well and leaves my hair manageable and with a nice shine. Of course, it's free of parabens and sulfates too.
Like the Natural Shampoo, Hanz de Fuko Natural Conditioner is free of sulfates and parabens. The entire ingredient list if almost like reading a grocery shopping list at your local Whole Foods: White Tea, Cactus, Lemon, Acai, Burdock Root, Shea Butter, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Jojoba, Spearmint, Apple, Horsetail, Seaweed, Aloe Vera, Olive, and Avocado. Yup, that's it. No hard to pronounce chemicals here, folks. I like it, because it leaves the hair feeling thicker and well-conditioned, but it rinses away clean without leaving heavy buildup. It's suitable for fine hair, and it seems to actually leave my hair feeling a bit thicker. The conditioner has a nice little menthol kick that makes my scalp feel super clean and refreshed.
Hanz De Fuko's Scheme Cream is a product that offers a medium hold and a natural looking shine. It works very well for any kind of “bed head” styles, or any style where you’re looking for a medium, flexible hold. Bee
I’ve found myself grabbing Scheme Cream more often than most of the other stuff in my arsenal. I like the way it holds my fine hair and gives me a little shine without the heavy, greasy feeling of other creams. The hold lasts all day, and it doesn't lose control under humidity, either.
Most average people will see the term “hybridized wax” and go, “huh?” We’ll just call it a water-based pomade to make things simple. On a scale of one to ten, Hybridized Wax offers a hold and shine factor of about an eight. I like this product for styling up a polished, classic look. It's also, thankfully, non-greasy, so it washes out cleanly. Like most other Hanz de Fuko, the product has a very light, pleasant fragrance.
A cousin to the Hybridized Wax, Modify Pomade offers a similar hold, but with a slightly higher shine. This product is great if you’re looking for that rockabilly-type look, or any other kind of slick one, where a high shine is desired. While the product is somewhat greasy, it still rinses out easily. It's also a true do-it-all product—apply while your hair is wet for a very shiny, smooth look, use when your hair is dry if you like a bit more texture, or you can even use it to protect your hair from damage while blow drying or heat styling. To get even more hold, the brand recommends leaving the jar of product open overnight to thicken it.
Here’s where we start getting to the really interesting stuff in the Hanz de Fuko line. Quicksand gives the hair great lift and volume, whilst absorbing oil. It offers a matte finish with a medium hold, and gives amazing texture—even in fine, limp hair. It's formulated with castor seed oil to promote hair growth, organic beeswax for a lightweight hold, and spearmint extract that only only smells really good, but helps fight dandruff and irritated scalps.
The product stays flexible throughout the day so you can still move your hair around if you’d like. The texture is slightly gritty, so it really gives hair a matte, highly textured finish. At the same time, it's bizarrely lightweight—it’s great for those who like their hair the morning after.
This is a truly unique product, and it's now one of my must haves.
The Sponge Wax is the perfect blend of hold and flexibility. It has a low shine, but a high-hold finish. The hold remains pliable throughout the day, which is why it's good for those looking for a strong hold that stays put. I like to use it to create nice separation in medium to short styles. For men with thicker hair who need solid control, this is your best bet. To use, apply on dime-sized amount on dry hair if you want that quintessential bed bead look, or you can apply on damp hair and slick back using a comb if a traditional look is more your thing.