This is a very rare 10/10 hair product. Everything from the scent, scoop, breakdown, application, hold, endurance, finish, washout, and scent is perfect. It feels really good and pliable in the hair which is not very common for really high holding products. I know Stephen likes to change his formulas constantly but I really hope he doesn't change this one.
This is the new edition, unlike old pre gane it doesn’t shift throughout the day. However this works for me pretty good.
Solid firm/strong hold, good volume on my asian thick coarse hair. It will literally control any length,it has right amount of grip and tackiness. I think this is most suitable for thick/normal hair. Gives Nice matte finish and decent texture,doesn’t give too waxy texture like other waxes. Last but not least the scent was pretty wonderful also.
My son loves this paste!!
One of the best hair products on the market that I have tried! The hold and scent is perfect.
After so long I finally found a product that has enough hold to last through my gym workouts. Best product I’ve found so far. Great smell and doesn’t make me feel like I’m pulling my hair as I’m styling.
The most unique and versatile product i have ever used so far!!
Pre wax paste is the exact product i was searching for. The insane hold and volume just knocked me off right away. It increases the fullness and body texture of the hair amazingly.
It shifts hour after hour to give the perfect look.
However i was looking for more matt finish but i would say in my hair, it did give a semi matt finish but that's ok.
The scent is like banana flavoured bubble gum but lighter, still liked it.
The endurance was Amazing also,it held up 26 hour+......i wish i could upload more photos.
In the end, I am very thankful to salonguy and his team for making such an amazing unique and versatile type of product and there is literally nothing like this one.
As a news anchor, hold and volume is something I struggle to get in hair products. After countless purchases from home brewers and hyped brands such as Hanz de Fuko, blumaan, o’douds, shear revival- I purchased Clutch XL and Pre-Game to see which would give me the best hold. First I tried Clutch XL and I loved the masculine scent and the hold it gave me for the first few hours, I would describe the hold as a firm but slightly stiff hold that gets more malleable as the day progresses. Then I tried pre-game. The scent is the ONLY thing that I’m not a fan of, that banana scent really hits you hard but I can see how some guys might enjoy it. Stephen, if you are reading this I am begging you to please add different scents the pre-game product (minty, lavender, woodsy, CK eternity-inspired). Now to the review. Pre-game is hands down the best product I’ve used out of all the clays, waxes, and pastes I’ve purchased in the past. Out of the tin, consistency is best described as a dense banana pudding, so there is some noticeable shine but it is extremely smooth to scoop out. This allows application to be very easy and when it applies and settles in hair you can really feel it thicken up hair strands and keep everything together. I do have Asian hair so this something hard to find in many products. After about an hour, I would describe the hold as a thick and very strong hold that is also really malleable. This allows to add some serious volume to the hair as well, and throughout the day it help up perfectly well. Wash ability was also good. Overall I give it a 4.9/5 (just need in a different scent). Great job Stephen! IG @gabekyma
Out of everything I’ve tried this is the most unique and one of the strongest holding products I’ve had. My hair changed throughout the day, made me feel like I had a 2-IN-1 product. The sent was my favorite. It reminds me waiting for the ice cream truck as a child so I could buy that sweet banana fudge popsicle.
The best styler I've used. This stuff is so easy to scoop and work through your hands. It works with your hair effortlessly to create any style you're looking to wear that day. The product has an extremely high hold yet it is so flexible, meaning If I decide to change up my look during the day, I can just run my fingers through my hair and have a whole new image. This is truly a unique product.
Best hair product out there. Period.
An Actual Extreme Hold Product
I just ran out and ordered another one. This product holds up to its name. Their are products that state they are Extreme hold , but fall short to this Wax paste. I use to use layrite cement because of the hold, but the scooping out and applying process is way more difficult. Although this product is an extreme hold , its way easier to apply than layrite cement
Just wondering how this will work in straight, coarse asian hair? I love clutch but when I apply it it still tugs at my hair a bit. Will Pre-Game work a little differently? How about Hustle?
Really loving your work Stephen, keep it up!
I would consider PRE GAME one of the best hair products on the market! It has a great hold, great finish, great smell and great breakdown and application! Easily the best paste i’ve ever tried! This may be the perfect post styler!
Love the product, great hold and smell is amazing! Only issue I have is that even if I use small scoops, fully emulsify and layer the product in, I see a lot of hairs ripped out. Is there any way to combat this, as I really love this product and want to keep using it!
Only second time using product but am loving it! New favorite product!
I haven't been overly familiar with your product line until now. This is the first product from you I've tried and it's really good. As far as hold goes, it's among the best I've tried, keeps a good, almost unaffected hold for up to 8-10 hours for me, which not many products manage with my wavy hair.
Is the product supposed to leave yellow residue in your hands? The stickiness washes away easily but the yellow tint is there for a few more washes if you look closely.
Great product, would buy again
I love it! There isn’t anything out on the market that can hold a candle to your Pre Game. Other products I was using my hair would fall. I love the 25 spray. I can’t live without it now. It’s awesome! ❤️
Amazing product! I have thick wavy’ish hair. I put a little for pre style and a little to finish. Hair was perfect all day, and even next day.
Pre Game Awesome Product
I've used many hair products but I have to say Pre Game is up there for one of the best. Gives great hold without leaving hair sticky or hard. Adds great texture and matte finish and smells amazing.
I will definitely be purchasing this again..
Great product you've created Salon Guy!!
Very pleasantly surprised
After about six weeks of using it:
Most have been said in guys' reviews below, so I would like to add one or two things which might seem a bit funny at first, but in real life they matter.
Before anything else, this is really the first hair product I ever used which can be easily and superbly reworked even after wearing a winter cap. All of you guys who live in regions where you simply have to wear winter cap for 3-4 months a year know very well what I am talking about. You apply a product, go to work or elsewhere, and when you take off the cap, with overwhelming majority of products it is nearly impossible to rework your hair with a satisfying result. But not with the PRE GAME. Its pliability is simply amazing.
Not speaking about the hold, matte finish and a very pleasant scent.
I take off my hat the Salon Guy, great job!
I just don't understand
For the last couple month's I've been loving clutch clay, so I knew that I needed to try Pre Game.
Just when I thought a matte finish product couldn't get better than clutch, Steven pulls through again. I have thick straight hair and the application is as smooth as can be and the hold level is insane. The part that I don't understand is how a product can have this level of hold and still feel like you don't even have anything in your hair.
Steven never disappoints with scents either. The banana rum is nearly as fantastic as the whiskey scent found in clutch. Honestly he should release candles with the Clutch and Pre Game scents.
Final thoughts. 6 stars out of 5 for The Salon Guy
Pre Game is amazing stuff, I use it as a pre-styler with sea salt spray then blow dry then little more as a post-style. The texture and volume and hold is amazing! I always used clay but this is my everyday go to now.
"PreGame" is super creamy, you feel the tackiness in your hands as you emulsify the product, but it still goes in my medium length hair fairly easily with truly "minimum" pull.. And the styling with this is EXTREMELY responsive.
It has a slight shine at first, and then as it dries, it becomes more of a natural matte look, your hair feels lighter and lighter while maintaining that shape & hold!
Smell is like banana rum.. yum :)
I don't know how.. But this simply rinses out with just water! LOL
I LOVE the feel in my hair once it dries.
It's truly a unique product man! You did a FANTASTIC job with this!
Compared to clutch XL, this hands down outshines it!
Steven, I have one little suggestion to make for your maybe "next" product.
By simply adding into this same formula, Bentonite clay, that "shifting" phase would be drastically shortened.
That clay would give instant volume, thickness, and the matte effect would also be instant while maintaining or maybe even, increasing that, already fantastic hold.
I love how this product feels once it sets, I love volume in my hair, thickening effect, etc.. So by adding some bentonite, I think this product would right away give that effect to the hair once applied.
It's just a thought, for maybe your next product.
But overall, man, this is REALLY good!
I don't even use hairspray anymore LOL the hold on this bad boy is freaking amazing!
Oh, and your channel is awesome too man, keep up the good work!
So I have extremely fine hair, but I have a lot of it. I also like to have a more structured style as opposed to a relaxed one due to my profession. Because of this, I struggle to find a product that will provide the hold I need without weighing my hair down or making it extremely oily.
I have tried numerous products, including various clays, puttys, waxes and creams, but have not been able to achieve the style I want on a consistent basis, especially towards the latter end of my haircut cycle (when it's longer, my hair tends to stick out and becomes very difficult to control). I recently purchased Pre Game and have been extremely impressed by the results so far. For starters, the scent is great and ranks in the top 3 scents of the products I've tried. The scoop is paste-like as you would expect from a wax paste and, although you can feel the tack when breaking it down in your hands, the application is surprisingly effortless at first. The tack does become present as you continue towards your intended style, but this is representative of the hold the product will achieve. My favorite thing about the product is that it gives a slight natural shine shortly after application, which I like for the style I'm going for. The initial shine does fade away as time passes and becomes more matte, but I tend to spray a small amount of hairspray to my finished style to maintain the slight shine and to prevent fly-aways. In summary, I highly recommend this product for those with all hair types who are looking for a high-hold and extremely pliable product and who want a product that will create whatever style you are wanting to achieve.
This makes my fine textured hair look thick and full! The hold is unbelievably strong and smell is just heaven in a can.
Day two of using PRE GAME and I can honestly say it’s my new favorite product! The smell is amazing (all SalonGuy products have a great scent!). I also use the Pure shampoo and conditioner. Stephen, your products are amazing, can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2019!
Great hold that still has manageability throughout the day. I’ve used BluMaan and Pete&Pedro. So far this is my go to.
I don't use this term very often, for anything, but this is a game change....excellent product!!!
Words can not explain!
I'm going to get straight to the point, this is the best product I have EVER used. I have really tough ,course, thick, curly hair and this product is good for enhancing your curls or can make your curls wavy, if you're going for more of a wavy look. It amazes me how this product can have such a high hold through out the day and still have pliability. And it really does transform through out the day starting off with a natural shine and transitioning to more of a matte finish as time progresses
I honestly do not find anything wrong with this product. Keep up the good work Stephen!
Pre Game = Solid Product
Extremely solid product. It absolutely does what it says it does. Goes in a bit tacky and 100% softens over time and not only keeps the style but is easy to manipulate, all while the volume seems to increase. Smells very nice and probably my favorite hair styling product that I've used... Ever!
Really liking Pre-Game. I’ve used Clutch, XL, and countless other clays and matte pastes, and none have been near as versatile as this. While I’m still testing and using in different scenarios (dry hair, etc.), what I’ve seen thus far has been fantastic; this stuff is STELLAR. It is the best stuff I’ve used on damp hair yet (if you’re one of those who wonder what the purpose of damp hair usage is, it gives a nice piece-y look, without the wet look). Scoops and applies smoothly, strong hold and longevity (I was able to get almost two complete days without re-application or much fall, if at all), and washes out very easily. Banana isn’t my favorite smell, but it’s not bad; so far, LOVE IT, and will update this post as I continue to use it.
Matt Berardinelli (TDM Style)
Changing the Game Again!
Stephen set out to create a truly unique, game-changing matte paste, and boy did he get it right. It makes even my thick, coarse hair super easy to mold into whatever shape I want, and the extreme hold is a real thing!
Although you can feel the grip of the product come out as you emulsify it in your hands, somehow it still applies smoothly and effortlessly into the hair (even when it's bone dry!). It starts out with a semi-matte or natural-looking finish, and allows you plenty of time to mold your hair into whatever shape you want.
Then, after a couple of hours, the product completely transforms. It becomes this super matte (although not dry-looking), truly weightless product. It is SO light in the hair, which makes it very easy to keep big volume in all day. The transformation doesn't affect the hold either, and it will stay in place for hours on end. Plus it still remains totally pliable too, so if you want to rearrange or move your hair, you can, and it will hold the new shape. All this combined with a clay-like texture to boot.
I really do think this is a game-changer for matte pastes/waxes. It's a very unique product that I can see working amazing for all different hair types. I've never used another product quite like this. Amazing job Stephen!
Amazing hold, amazing finish, and a great smell too. Definitely my go to product.
Weightless volume and insane good hold. And you'll love that scent. Best smelling product I've ever used! Perfectly matte product too! It's not to dry. But it looks great matte. Definitely one of my favourites!
my new go to
please do yourself a favor and get this. i am in love with my hair right now and this smells like heaven. stephen really did an outstanding job making this. i honestly wish this stuff never stops being sold.
A (pre)game changer
Steven really outdid himself with this one. Starts out very firm and semi-matte when first applied (the extreme hold is no joke either). Throughout the day, the product then loosens up a bit and the volume/finish it gives looks so good. Whats even crazier is that the hold isn't sacrificed later in the day either, so this product really lasts all day (to be more accurate, it lasted me at least 8 hours, easy). As a bonus, the smell is incredible too. Would definitely recommend, especially if you have thick, stubborn hair.
I love it I sell it in my barbershop and clients love that it’s 2 products in one starts off wet and strong like gel and within 3 hours it turns into a very dry matte model look!!! And the smell is incredible!!!!
Incredible product for those with thick and coarse hair thats difficult to style and tame. First impressions are that it instantly gives great texture and volume and the hold is really strong. finish was natural/matte in my hair and it remained reworkable and present in my hair, which is a plus for me since my thick coarse hair can sometimes just absorb/eat up lighter products, making my hair look okay at first but not last all day. the consistency is quite unique and almost gum like, but it scoops out really easily. you can feel some grip when you breakdown/emulsify it in your hands as well as apply it into you hair but once its in there and set, it doesn't feel sticky but still gives a high long lasting hold. definitely worth a try for everybody but especially those with thick hair!
Amazing product ! Always have a difficult time finding something that really styles my hair being as thick as it is. I highly recommend this, and the banana fragrance is truly unique!