I have decided to keep going on the ringing gel run. Today’s product is one I have gotten numerous requests for. So I bought a jar of it for you guys. Let’s see what’s up with Admiral.
This stuff has been around for about a year I think. I didn’t pay too much attention when they first got started, then the requests for it started coming in. I then started to hear some folks on the Water Based facebook group as well as ATP talk about. I continued to get more requests for it. So I hit up my friend Edgar from pomade.com and asked if I could buy a jar of it along with some others that have been requested a lot. I bought a jar of each one and he sent them out to me quick, fast, and in a hurry.
This one comes in an amber plastic jar with an aluminum lid. It has two forms of labeling on it. The lid has a sticker, red background, minimal white writing, very simple. The jar is stamped/printed, nice touch. Also simplistic design with very minimal writing. And anchor surrounded by branches, then the company name just below that. The backside just has the ingredient list and “water based” above the list. Sometimes simpler is better. I like the complex or flashy designs, but simple and plain is also nice.
This stuff appears to be clear, it could be yellow or amber colored though. On the surface it looks about like how Bona Fide does. The scent is pretty subtle and smells almost exactly like Grant’s medium does. This one smells more fake/chemically tho. It’s not a harsh chemical smell at all, nothing like others. However it still has that kind of plastic/artificial smell to it as well as the tropical scent like Grant’s.
As I dipped my finger in and swiped out a scoop I was reminded of a softer version of Uppercut deluxe. It has kind of a reddish amber color to it. The scent gets a little stronger when you pull it out of the jar too. It spreads in your hands very easily. This one is a pretty soft product. Softer than most of the ones out there. Not sure how much the “strong hold” claim will be true, but we will see.
This stuff is very easy to disperse in you hair with your hands. It goes in pretty easily and evenly. However, when you go to comb your hair you get some resistance. Not a lot but enough to notice. It’s not as smooth to comb as other ringing gels are. And it’s not as hard as some are to comb either. Hopefully this is where the hold comes into play. If not I don’t think this stuff will be holding my hair hardly at all.
Just as the Boulevard Nights stuff did, Admiral left my hair very bouncy and light feeling. There wasn’t much hold or control to it and I couldn’t get my hair to do much. As you can see there are some gaps, stray hairs, and my pomp isn’t even. This stuff does let you get it more rounded, but it doesn’t hold or control it very much. There’s very little shine to it as well. So far I am not too impressed with this stuff.
The way that it dries is kind of similar to Boulevard Nights. Very light and crunchy. Then in some areas I noticed that it didn’t dry at all. It felt more like the Cool Grease in the blue tub. It was only very small patches and only a couple of them, but I thought that was odd. The hold didn’t last throughout the day, by lunchtime my hair had fallen apart. I tried to recomb my hair, but that was kind of difficult. There wasn’t a lot of flakes, but it was hard to recomb my hair without wetting it. I had to put water on it to finish what I was doing, and get rid of the flakes. When I did that I lost all of the hold. I was able to get a nice slick back, but there wasn’t any hold to it really.
It washes out pretty much like any other ringing gel does. I had to come to work the water in my hair to get all of it out though. When I got out of the shower and let my hair completely dry I noticed that my hair wasn’t too dried out. It’s not as good as Prospectors at leaving my hair soft, but it’s not as bad as Suavecito or other ones that dry my hair out.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this stuff. The only thing that I liked about it really was the scent. The hold didn’t do much for me, there’s no shine, etc etc. And at $18-20 a jar, there’s no way I’m buying another one. Something that costs that much really should perform better than this stuff does. Some of you water based fans may like it. It might be good for those “I don’t really care, as long as my hair isn’t in my face” days, but that’s about it I think. If you want to pick up a jar, head over to http://www.pomade.com and pick some up. At least with them you won’t have to spend money on shipping. Bummer this stuff didn’t work very well for me, I had high hopes. Oh well, not every product can be perfect. That would be boring if they were though huh?
Til next time,