Sebastian Craft Clay Review

So, today’s post is Sebastian Craft Clay review. I will be reviewing one I’ve been using for years now, and I am very excited to write about it and share it with readers on my website. The product is Sebastian Craft Clay Matte Texturizer, and it is one of the first hair products that really helped me gain control of my hair as my thick hair has been dry, semi-curly, and plagued with flyaways throughout my life. So, it really boosted my confidence, and I was able to leave the old reliable baseball hat at home and style my hair fashionably.

black container of clay

Been Let Down By Hair Products? Maybe You Need To Try This!

In my youth, I often resorted to many hair products that didn’t work or left my hair super rigid, like hair spray, gels, and mousses. They also had a high shine to them that often made the hair look wet. A look I didn’t want but had to endure in order to control my hair.

The Craft Clay has a matte finish to it, which means it looks dry and natural when applied. This is the look I wanted and was so eagerly searching for in my youth.

Where the old hair products left your hair hard to the touch, craft Clay leaves your hair soft and with a bit of texture but still has the hold to control the hair. This leaves you able to run your fingers through it and restyle it if needed.

I would oftentimes call my hair Wolf Hair because it was so wild and unmanageable. Also, I would wet my hair, and it would dry so fast, like a wolf’s outer coat. This is one of the products I use that leaves my hair softer and better conditioned too. It feels healthy after using this clay

Enter the natural look of using clay products.

opened jar of craft clay

What Do You Get

This comes in a black container and holds 1.7 ounces of product.

How Does It Smell?

This is a very neutral scent, but it does have a scent profile. It obviously smells like clay but also has a nice clean scent. This is great for people who are sensitive to harsh chemicals and fragrances.

What Hairstyles Work Best With Craft Clay?

There are certain hairstyles that work best with Sebastian Craft Clay, those being short and medium hair lengths. These hair lengths will probably see the best results.

How To Apply

After washing my hair and drying it, I take a small amount (pea-size) and rub it in between the palms and fingers of my hands to emulsify it. You will have a very thin film left on your hands from doing this, and keeps it from clumping in your hair. Make sure your hands are dried, too; if you don’t, it doesn’t work as well. Then, just run your hands through your hair, trying to get the product down to the roots and tips. Then style.

I would first start off with just a finger dab (about the size of a pea) then use a second dab if you are not getting the results you need.

Time is of the essence when you are done rubbing in between your hands and applying it to your hair, as you need to be quick. The friction caused by your hands rubbing together heats up the clay.

diagram of how to use

What Are The Ingredients?

It’s important to know the ingredients in the products you use, so I will list them below. The ingredients can be found on the outside of the box and not on the container.

  • Petrolatum
  • Beeswax/Cire D’Abeille
  • Dicaprylyl Maleate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Kaolin
  • PEG-10 Sunflower Glycerides
  • Quaternium-18 Bentonite
  • Silica
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Caramel
  • Ext. Violet 2
tub of craft clay and features

Pros & Cons


  • It leaves hair softer and more conditioned after using it.
  • No more stiff hair!!!
  • It leaves a natural look to hair but maintains a medium hold.
  • It is a great neutral natural scent and will work to complement many colognes. This has a subtle scent, which I enjoy!
  • It can be applied dry and wet, but both have slightly different results.
  • It adds an amazing texture to hair.
  • Controls unmanageable hair.
  • Easy to emulsify in your hands.
  • Great for styling your hair.
  • Easy to remove the product from hair. You do not have to wash your hair a bunch of times to remove the product, as it washes out easily in the first wash.
  • Decently priced.
  • Not greasy.
  • Great for fine hair to add texture and volume.
  • Tames flyaways.
  • It’s not hard to scoop out of the container.
  • This little 1.7 tub lasts me around 3 to 4 months. This is highly dependent on the individual usage of the product, but it doesn’t take a lot of product to get the results needed.
  • Stores great. I bought a bunch of this years ago, and it is still like the day I bought it. You never know when they are going to discontinue or alter the ingredients of a product you truly love, so I stockpile just in case.


  • Long hair need not apply, as it is better for short to medium hair lengths. I don’t really know, but that is what the jar says, and I have never had long hair, so I can’t try it out. But I don’t like setting limits on people, so maybe it will work on long hair.
  • It gets a bad rap in some circles, but you don’t know for sure until you try it; I love it! This might be because they have changed their first formula under a different name. When they changed it, many people thought it didn’t perform up to the original product.
  • Hands are slightly sticky after applying the product, but a quick hand washing clears this up fast. Nothing major.
container with lid off showing clay

Other Clays Out There

It’s hard to find a good quality product that delivers. I experimented with other clays, some great and some a real waste of my money, but you don’t know until you try them. I have always come back to Sebastian Craft Clay as a real performer for me. It works with what I want it to do, and I am and always will be a Craft Clay guy, that is until I start losing my hair. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen any time soon, as I have a big melon, and it doesn’t look good completely shaved.

I hope to write further reviews on the clays I have used and loved. If you have tried and used a great clay hair product, I would love to hear about it below in the comments section.

Final Thoughts On Sebastian Craft Clay Review

Some people think this is an expensive clay I on the other hand do not think so, I’ve tried a lot of cheaper and more expensive clay products with less than stellar results that just sit around taking up space. Most companies miss the mark on having the right hold without being crunchy. Sebastian allows you to run your fingers through your hair and the hair goes right back into place. This is a quality product with great ingredients, but most of all, it performs!

I think you should try this Sebastian Craft Clay and see for yourself.

jar of craft clay black

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Let me know your recommendations for styling clay or any comments or questions below. Thanks!

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