Birchbox Man: Natural Haircare

Shortly after I moved to Chicago, I asked Jessica Herman, then a co-worker and now my girlfriend, where I should go to get my haircut. She’d recently interviewed Ryan Babbitt, a graphic designer-turned-hair stylist and thought we’d hit it off. Fast friends, as so often becomes the case with barbers, I entrust Ryanwith more than my haircut. We discuss everything from design to dating (then-co-workers, in my case).

Since then, we’ve seen each other through a lot: break-ups and make-ups, and a few different job opportunities. And as meaningful as those have been, they pale in comparison to the results his natural haircare methods have had on my frizzy ‘do.

The dude makes all of his own hairstyling products.

Earlier this year, I spoke of my head regimen to my friend Martin Mulkeen at Birchbox Man, and he asked if I’d write about it for their blog. I happily obliged, and I’m pleased with the results.

Head over to Birchbox Man for the full story.

Oh, and if you live in Chicago and need someone to cut your hair, Ryan is awesome.


  1. tm
    May 2, 2013

    Hey Max,
    I’m so intrigued by this. How much yuca root were you using each wash? Also, what the time commitment look like? Shampoo and conditioner has that certain time saving appeal.

  2. Max Wastler
    May 6, 2013

    TM, I would pour no more than about a quarter-sized anthill in my hand. I only wash my hair as needed.

  3. ob
    May 13, 2013

    I saw this on Birchbox and found it very interesting, but I am disappointed in the lack of actual direction in the article. I’ve tried numerous methods to tame my ‘do and would love some more insight into these methods. Could you give us more or point us in the direction for some more info? E.G. do you just pour apple cider vinegar on your head and leave it? Do you rinse? Is your hair wet or dry first?

  4. Max Wastler
    May 28, 2013

    ob, I’d be happy to help in any way. It’s truly been a trial-and-error process for me.

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