Royal Crown Hair Dressing

Hey guys, I’m back with another older pomade, well hair dressing actually. This time it’s Royal Crown Hair Dressing. Now I know I went backwards with these and did the pomade, which is a stronger hold, first. But it was for the 12 pomades of Christmas, so I had to for that little adventure in pomade-ing.

This stuff is one of the most classic hair dressings out there. It’s been around forever too, and been used by a lot of famous people. Along with it being a staple in our community, it actually is a great product in my opinion. On to the review of this fine product from the people over at J Strickland and Co.


It comes is their common cardboard and metal tin. This one has a red background like their pomade with white lettering and a green banner in the center. It has the same design twice on the can. Above the green banner it says “Royal Crown” and below “Hair Dressing” and the weight info. Inside the green banner centered under the wording is their classic crown logo. To the right of the crown it says ” *Our Original Formula.” Last, in between the two layouts, it has the ingredient list. Lastly for the design of the tin, is their stamped lid. It’s stamped just like the White Rose was, and has the same layout. It has the crown in the center, above that it says “Royal Crown” and below it says “Hair Dressing.” I really love these stamped lids! They’re so unique and just badass!!


When you pull off the cool ass lid you see a nice white colored, greasy, hair dressing. This one is also aerated like their pomade was. And being a hair dressing you know it’s going to be light and greasy and shiny. Even in the tin it has a high gloss to it. The smell of this one is really hard for me to place. It definitely reminds me of my great grandpa, but it also has the smell of talc or soap or something old smelling but fresh smelling at the same time. It’s definitely a unique smell and oddly familiar, but the type of familiar you can never place where you know it from.


When I grabbed a finger out I knew exactly what it was going to be like, super light and super greasy. This one is by far the easiest pomade/hair dressing to scoop out. Out of any pomade out there. It’s so light and greasy that when I scooped it, my lady happened to ask me a question, and I turned to talk to her right after I snapped the picture. And as I was talking to her, this stuff started sliding off my finger! It’s that light and greasy, it’s awesome! And it is going to give my hair stupid amounts of shine.

Like with most greases out there, when you work this one in your hands it turns white. This one gets even greasier in your hands too, I didn’t think that was even possible. The scent kind of disappears almost when you work it around in your hands. Which to me was weird, I’ve never had a pomade do that before.


I kept my hair really damp for the application of this hair dressing. I know it doesn’t have much hold, so I wanted to give it it’s best shot and keeping my hair in place by having my hair damp. Plus I just prefer to apply pomades to my hair when it’s damp. I know a lot of guys that apply to dry hair, but I just don’t like it. I prefer damp hair.

It went in really easy as I knew it would, easier than anything ever. Even easier than Levin’s super soft. Combing it was also really easy. Now I know I can’t pomp with this stuff so I didn’t even try. It just doesn’t hold your hair like that, and it’s not made to. So I just went for a gentleman’s part and slicked it back. You can really tell how greasy it is by how it sticks my hairs together and allows you to see my scalp in between the comb lines.


Although it is a light hair dressing this stuff does stay in place most of the day for me. I only had to recomb it once and I decided to take a picture of my hair to show you how shiny this stuff can get. And this stuff is SHINY!! It kind of bums me out that the lighting at my work is better than my house for showing off the shine of pomades. Damn energy saving, eco-friendly light bulbs….you suck.

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I decided to recomb it again when I got home from work the second day using it, when my roommate and I went out to eat. I threw on a hoodie and just combed it straight back. Now I normally don’t do this, because I don’t like the way it looks on me. However, we both had gone to see my barber Isaac Soto, over at Babbit’s here in the valley. And I gotta say that style didn’t look that bad on me that day, it’s starting to kind of grow on me. He took the picture, without me knowing, when I looked to see if our food was up and showed it to me. I was really surprise at how it didn’t look bad to me like it usually does. I may wear it like that every once in a while now.

Overall, this stuff is great. There isn’t really much else to say. Yeah it’s light and doesn’t have any hold for a pomp, but it’s perfect for slick backs, parts, and as a topper. It doesn’t have much scent in your hair so it can pair really well with a heavy scented base. Plus it’s a staple! And it’s been around forever! So head on over to your local grocery store, drug store or super market and pick up a tin of this stuff. It’s only a few bucks, $2-3 depending on where you go. And it looks really cool in a collection.

Keep it greasy fellas!


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31 comments on “Royal Crown Hair Dressing

  1. JayT says:

    Would you recommend this for thick hair?

    • jchmotox57 says:

      Hey Jay,

      Yeah I have pretty thick and unruly hair. So it should work just about the same for you! It slicks my hairs down really tight when I use a military brush.

      Hope this helps!


      • JayT says:

        Is there a difference between royal crown pomade and hair dressing other than the name and one being for men and other being for women?

      • jchmotox57 says:


        Yeah there is a big difference in the hold, smell, texture and shine. But they are both for men. I did a review on their pomade if you want to check it out under the pomade reviews tab.


  2. Society's Disposable Son says:

    How much lighter is this stuff than the Softee pomades.. those are lightest I’ve tried so far and I’ve stayed from anything lighter because I’m not sure if it’ll tame my hair.

    • jchmotox57 says:

      This one is lighter than those. It’s one of the lightest out there. Not really made for hold, but to show the waves in your hair and kind I accent them. Along with giving your hair that awesome shine. It will work good as a topper in conjunction with a good heavy base as it doesn’t have much scent and lots of shine.

      Anyway I hope that helps!


  3. Ed from Chicago says:

    This stuff is like bacon grease with a flowery scent. Super greasy and good shine. I’m glad to see there are others like me out here lol.

    • jchmotox57 says:

      Hey Ed,

      Haha it sure is man. This stuff is one of the greasiest out there! And I dig it! I always thought I was the only one. There aren’t many out there that like this stuff. But I’m glad you dig it!

      Keep ‘er greasy,


  4. demp says:

    I use the RC hair dressing for my slick back but I also like good hold so sometimes I will put a little Murrays and top with the RC. Does the RC pomade have as good of a shine BC I might want to try?

    • jchmotox57 says:

      The hair dressing has a bit more shine to it, however, the pomade does have some really nice shine to it as well! And in my opinion goes with Murray’s better than the hair dressing, because of the smell. Check out my review of the pomade on here. It will be in the pomade reviews page!


  5. Joe says:

    Royal Crown is one of my favorite old fashioned hair products. It gives a nice shine, holds my hair in place even with my hat, and it’s fairly easy to remove from my hair. I like Murray’s if I’m going to be out all day long.. but for a night on the town, I find RC to be perfect.

    • jchmotox57 says:

      Hey Joe,

      RC is one of my favorites as well. They really make quality products. Which is no doubt why they’ve been around for so long. Shine is fantastic as well!


  6. Matt says:

    Great review! Did you happen to find this stuff locally? Or did you have to order it online? I’d love to get my hands on some but I’m not sure if I can find it anywhere in Jersey!

    • jchmotox57 says:


      Thank you very much! I actually got it from a friend. For me it is also hard to find. There’s just not a demand for it in my area. There are a few website beauty supply stores that carry it though. If you need help finding it just let me know, and I’ll try and point you in the right direction.


      • Matt says:

        Good news! I actually found out that the Wal-Mart 10 mins away from me sells it! Not only that, but they carry other things like Tres Flores (both the tonic AND pomade!), etc. It’s only $2.88 there so if you want some just let me know. By the way, this stuff is awesome, and I use it everyday by itself!

      • jchmotox57 says:

        Hey Matt,

        Awesome! I actually have 3 tins of it so I’m good for now but maybe in the future. Glad you found some.


  7. Patrick says:

    I’ve been using RC for years but now I can no longer find it in any store. Most places used to carry it (Walmart, Walgreens, super markets, etc.) but now they’ve all seemed to have discontinued it. I know I can get it online but shipping is more than the product costs.

    • jchmotox57 says:


      That’s weird. Try grocery stores. All the ones around my area carry RC. Also try beauty supply stores. They should carry it. Hope that helps you out in your search.


  8. Darren says:

    Thanks for the review JC. I have always used gels and mousses but never liked how they left a hard cake on my head and how they dried out my scalp. I grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s and loved the greased hair styles. I always kept my wavy unruly hair short. I recently have grown it out to about 5 inches on top and short on the sides with a bit of a curl at the back. Based on your review I bought the RC Hairdressing. I put just a bit in this morning on damp hair and a slick back.
    Wow I’m hooked. I will experiment more with a part and more product tomorrow.
    Thanks again.

    • You’re welcome Darren. I’m glad you like it. I have never really liked mousse and whatnot either. There are a couple soft gels that I like and a few ringing gels as well tho. They serve their purposes from time to time, but nothing beats a good pomade. Have fun!


  9. Darren says:

    Can a petroleum based pmade be added as a finish on a water based pomade base?

  10. Darren says:

    Thanks again. I tried Dax Wave and Groom for more hold but found it hard to get out. I tried mixing the Royal Crown hairdress with the Wave and Groom which helped a bit. I got best results with Groom and Clean a few hours before showering with Dax grease removing shampoo. Some of the waxy feel was still there. I thought of the olive oil option which leads me to ask. Will an olive oil treatment such as Palmer’s help with the rinsing? I know Royal Crown has olive oil as an ingredient as well as some of the pomades for folks with curls and waves. What are your thoughts? I’m loving the grease as a hair styling product over water solubles but want to find the best rinsing/washing method.

    • Hey Darren,

      Put the groom & clean in your hair about an hour or so before bed. Then take a shower the next morning, and all the pomade will be out of your hair. Or you could try Atomic Shampoo! That stuff gets any pomade out of your hair with just one use! Both of those methods will work best for you.


  11. Dennis Towle says:

    I have both ROYAL CROWN Pomade and ROYAL CROWN Hair Dressing… 4 cans of each. I know Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, respectively, used R.C. pomade and R.C. Hair Dressing… and, I will, too, til i die!
    I love the hold, shine and scent!

  12. CherylDennison says:


    • CherylDennison says:


      • That’s cool. Yeah it’s been around since the early 30’s. Great product and company. Royal Crown makes quite a few great products. I have a lot of their vintage stuff and some of their discontinued products from way back when. That’s awesome! Do you use it in your hair still, or just on your skin, or both? You should also look into White Rose petroleum jelly, it’s made by the same company Royal Crown is and it’s a great product for the skin and hair. I use it from time to time.


  13. Dennis Towle says:

    What hair product are you wearing , most of the time, J.C.? Thanks. 🙂

    • Hey Dennis,

      When I’m not doing reviews, I typically use these ones;
      Silver Dollar Pomade
      Silver Dollar Hair Dressing
      Atomic Pomade
      Atomic Pomade Nuclear Winter
      Steel Toe Pomade
      Steel Toe Spit Shine
      Steel Toe Hair Wax
      Miners Choice
      Kustom Brew Pomade
      Murphys Traditional Pomade

      I hope that helps you man! Thanks for reading the blog and commenting!! Have a great weekend.


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