Daimon Barber Texture Tonic – Pre-styling Spray

Value Ratings

6.0

/10

The Average Guy

4.7

/10

Man on a Budget

5.8

/10

Quality Obsessed

 

For the average guy (rating 6.0/10): the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic may fall short of expectations. It’s price point is ok for a quality product and it’s simple to use, but there are more performant products out there in a similar price range.

If you’re on a budget (value rating 4.7/10): the average performance of this Texture Tonic likely won’t make it worth the price and there are better products out there for less, like the Label.m thickening tonic.

If price isn’t an obstacle and your opinion of value is just the product’s quality (your expected value is 5.8/10): the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic presents itself as an option if you like to have diversity in your hair styling range. It could make a suitable addition to one’s grooming arsenal for casual usage if you don’t usually have issues with greasy hair.

OVERVIEW

Suited for: Short hair

Finish: Low Shine

Hold: Light and flexible 

Ingredients: Ok, maybe a slight benefit.

Best suited for: Low volume messy/beachy looks. 

Blow dryer required: No, but recommended. 

Daimon Barber Texture Tonic is a sea salt texture spray suited for thick, coarse or wavy-haired individuals seeking light control, with a touch of texture. For these hair types too it would likely help tame frizz too. It’s intended to work as a stand-alone product or pre-styler to thicken the hair, add texture and boost hold. Personally, I didn’t really find much thickening benefits, it did give some texture and light hold, but like most other sea salt sprays I’ve tried, it left my hair feeling a little greasy. Let’s dive deeper and take a look a the performance of this tonic across the different aspects of the hair styling journey.

What is it?

The Daimon Barber Texture Tonic is designed to provide a lightweight control and texture of a sea salt spray. It’s formulated to offer moisture using Kahai Nut Oil to the hair to help combat of the harshness of sea salt and alcohol, which often causes other sea salt sprays to cause brittleness.

Who is it for?

The tonic adds a lightweight texture that is balanced with infused oils, which gives a light shine, making it better suited for those wanting to tame and add light control to thick, coarse or frizzy hair. It gives lots of movement, and despite the light shine gives a natural-looking finish that is suitable for casual or messy hairstyles. Given the low-hold nature of the texture tonic, I’d say it’s more ideal for people with shorter hair.

 

PRICE AND AFFORDABILITY 6.4/10

Mid Range $$

Typically around $29 in the USA and £20 in the UK.

Priced within the mid-range spectrum, the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic offers reasonable value for its price and quality of ingredients. It’s not the most budget-friendly option, but if you’re not too concerned about price, you could still appreciate and enjoy this product. If you’re not needing a texture tonic to add thickness to your hair (e.g. your hair is already thick), then I’d expect you’d be more satisfied with this product.

But if you’re like me and want texture and thickness, it feels like there are still better products in the price range. I would much rather buy something like the Aveda Thickening Tonic or Label M Thickening Tonic as higher performing alternatives:

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WHERE TO BUY

The Daimon Barber Texture Tonic is readily available through various retailers available to many countries around the world. It’s a UK brand, so typically, it is slighter better value in the UK than in other countries, however, the price is still pretty comparable to the US market.

Available on Amazon: 

Daimon Barber Texture Tonic on Amazom

Alternatives:

Label.men Thickening Tonic – https://amzn.to/2X5Tyv1

Aveda Thickening Tonic – https://amzn.to/37cn71V

WHO AND WHEN TO USE IT

Apply 2-4 sprays of the texture tonic on towel-dried hair. You can brush it into shape and let it dry naturally for a bit more shine, but for optimal results, blow dry while styling.

AMOUNT OF PRODUCT USED PER APPLICATION

A little. 

For a 100ml bottle, using 2-4 sprays is not too bad, so even if you’re using it regularly, it lasts quite a long time. I found I couldn’t really use much more than 4 sprays per application, otherwise it would make my hair too greasy.

PRODUCT CONSISTENCY

Watery Liquid.

SCENT 8/10

Oudh & Egyptian Mallow is the Daimon Barber’s most popular fragrance. It does smell quite good, however, it the scent of alcohol is still quite strong, so I’d suggest holding your breath while spraying because it’s not present to inhale. 

PRODUCT PERFORMANCE 6.4/10

The styling performance is pretty standard to a lot of other sea salt sprays I’ve tried, even the cheaper ones. The Daimon Barber Texture Tonic, probably has the slightly added benefit of better ingredients, and a longer-lasting hold and shape.

I’ve probably been a bit over-critical because I find most sea salt sprays relatively ineffective and never really give me the actual feeling of beach hair. It does help to add texture to the hair, and boost styling, I do still use this as a substitute to when I’ve run out of my thickening tonic, because styling my hair with 1-2 sprays of this does add a bit more texture and fullness that if I didn’t use it. And by using less and in combination with a matte finish paste or clay, it reduces the slight shine from the texture tonic.  

WASHABILITY 8.4/10

Easy to wash out.

It’s a good shampoo to completely wash this product out.

INGREDIENTS 7.3/10

The ingredients list boasts high-quality and nourishing ingredients, which appears true for the most part, however, it also appears to have a very hair alcohol denat content, which helps it dry faster, but probably also still causes some excess drying to the hair beyond what is balanced by the added oils.

Daimon Barber Texture Tonic Ingredients – Aqua (Water), Alcohol Denat., Magnesium Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Polyimide-1, Maris Sal, Parfum (Fragrance), VP/VA Copolymer, PVP, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Caryodendron orinocense seed oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Coumarin, Limonene.

WOULD I BUY AGAIN?

No. I think the performance is ok, but there are just other products that perform better in the same price range. However, I think it would be better suited for those with thicker or coarser hair, because it does add some texture and control, and I’ve heard from others with thicker hair who have enjoyed this product. Its formula just isn’t suited for my fine hair. 

VALUE CHART

Is it right for you? Find out below by looking up the rating out of 10 for your hair type.

Daimon Barber Texture Tonic Value Chart

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Daimon Barber Texture Tonic good for Thick hair?

Yes, the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic provides texture and a small bit of hold which can help to add control and tame frizz.

Does Daimon Barber Texture Tonic combine well with other products?

Yes, the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic works as a pre-styler that can be paired with other styling products like clays or pastes for a more durable, higher hold finish, or can be used on its own as a solo styling product for a looser more natural style.

Does Daimon Barber Texture Tonic work as a heat protectant?

Daimon Barber claims the product has ingredients to help strengthen the hair and protect it through the styling process. However, it would still be recommended to be careful when styling using heat.

Is Daimon Barber Texture Tonic good for thin or fine hair?

No, the Daimon Barber Texture Tonic provides a small shine which is likely to offset the appearance of the minimal thickening benefits of the product.