Let’s get a few things straight before we launch into my review of some of the brand new American Crew products designed to help damaged hair in the winter.

  1. I have by nature, very oily hair – it’s the European in me.
  2. I have long hair; this is longest hair I have ever had, making it a task to keep it healthy as I am (not surprisingly) quite inexperienced with maintaining long hair.
  3. I have just had the ends treated to a balayage which means that my ends are as damaged and as dead as can be.

Great – I am so glad we have gotten that out in the air. The above creates a series of troubles for me where the combination of oily roots and dry ends means I cannot correct and add moisture to my ends without soaking my roots and vice versa. Until I tried some of the new products from American Crew.

American Crew is widely regarded as one of the best products for men’s haircare and I have always held the brand in high esteem having used their products (and salons with the American Crew stamp of approval) in the past. Looking through their latest range I noticed a few items that might be able to save my ends from the horrific winter that was approaching – snap freezing my dead ends!

In comes the American Crew Hair Recovery Shampoo to be paired with the American Crew Hair Recovery Foam. The promise of “Hair Recovery” was too much to go past and so it was decided and I had give them a go. I was excited to perhaps have my ends feeling like normal hair again.

The Hair Recovery Shampoo promises to treat the scalp and hair follicles creating an environment for maximum absorption of the Hair Recovery foam. At first sampling the Hair Recovery Shampoo it was a bit surprising at first there was no lather when washing my hair, however upon further research this is a great feature of the shampoo as it creates a base with minimum product build up so (as promised) it enables the Hair Recover Foam.

The Hair Recovery Foam was equally surprising. I’m very much used to using argen oil based leave in conditioners so using a mousse after my hair has been washed a little bit different. For men who have never used a leave in conditioner before, use it as described. After your shower, work it through your hair and scalp and leave it dry. The moisture will disappear and you’ll be left with the hops, swertia japonica, rosemary and silica base combined with different minerals and vitamins that leave the hair restored. The promise is that it gives you thicker, fuller and stronger hair. As mentioned, I’ve used plenty of products (which I now realise only provide a superficial benefit) the American Crew Hair Recovery Shampoo and Hair Recovery Foam have actually left my hair feeling as promised. It’s never been as thick as when I use this combination and thankfully, my ends feel great!

But what about those oily roots? If you do suffer from oily or dry hair I couldn’t recommend the American Crew Tea Tree Balancing Oil enough. Providing a deep clean and also leaving my hair feeling stronger and healthier, the combination of echinacea, tea tree oil and nettle left my roots feeling great and my ends feeling moisturised. It provided the optimal balance between the two that brought my whole head to the perfect condition.

I couldn’t recommend these products enough for anyone suffering with dry, flaky hair and hair that is feeling a bit flat and lifeless. The Hair Recovery Foam and Shampoo is a fantastic (and very unique combination) of products that I haven’t seen before doing what it promises. Definitely a star combination in my eyes. For those men reading this (or men you ladies might know) wanting a great all round shampoo that is not too much fuss and get’s hair where it should be, do not go past the American Crew Tea Tree Balancing Shampoo.

These are some fantastic products that will leave you ready to brave winter, just like I am!

About The Author

Thom Whilton

Thom Whilton is co-Founder and current Creative Director of He has been published in a variety of publications for his written and styling work. Thom has been featured in, Weekend Weekly, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, M Magazine, The Vine and Everguide to name just a few. Thom was also Ambassador for the City of Melbourne (2012) has styled for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (2012) and his work has featured in Couturing and MX Magazine. He has also styled celebrities such as Delilah (Warner Music, supported Prince in tour), Nadia Coppolino and Silvana Lovin-Philoppousis.

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