How to use Dax Wave and Groom

Dax Wave and Groom, popularly known as "Red Dax" after its distinctively coloured tin, is a heavy-duty wax for styling short haircuts. Its makers claim petroleum-based Dax keeps hair moist and shiny, while reducing frizziness and enhancing your natural curls. The wax has a light, flowery fragrance. Dax is marketed at men who want a product that gives their hair the strongest hold. But if you're a woman with a short style and you're looking for a pomade to keep your hair in place through a hurricane, Red Dax could be the one for you, too.


Wash your hair and towel it dry, to leave it a little damp. According to its makers, Dax Wave and Groom can be applied to dry hair also, but damp hair is easier to sculpt into the exact shape you desire and its much easier to work in the wax while your hair is still damp.

Use a comb, a brush, or your fingers to arrange your damp hair into the style you want. Check the results in a mirror. Decide on which areas of your hair will need the most wax to hold them in place. Spikes, curls and waves will need more product to help them hold their shape.

Open the product tin and dig your fingers into the wax. Scoop out a walnut-sized gobbet. Rub this blob of wax briskly between your palms to warm and soften it. Red Dax is easier to apply if its warmed up a little first.


Smooth the softened wax onto your hair using your fingers. Start from the crown of your head and work towards the tips of your hair. Then use a scrubbing, or shampooing action with your fingers to work the wax right down to the roots of your hair. With your fingers, draw more of the wax towards the areas of your hair where you'll need the most hold.

Use the tips of your fingers to shape your hair into your desired style. Sculpt in any spikes, waves or curls using your fingers. Refine your design with a comb or brush if necessary and check you are happy with the results in a mirror.

Add an extra dab of warmed-up Dax to any spikes, waves or curls that flop or refuse to hold their shape. Always work the wax well into your hair, spreading it right to the roots.


If the product in the tin is set very hard, warm the surface of the wax a little, by playing the stream of a hairdryer over it. You'll then find it easier to scoop out of the tin. Use several applications of a strong shampoo to wash Dax Wax and Wave completely out of your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Dax Wave and Groom
  • Towel
  • Mirror
  • Comb
  • Brush
  • Hairdryer
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British writer Martin Malcolm specializes in children's nonfiction. His books include "A Giant in Ancient Egypt" and "Poetry By Numbers." His schoolkids' campaign for the Red Cross won the 2008 Charity Award. A qualified teacher, he has written for the BBC and MTV. He holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of London.