The 12 Pomades of Christmas

Hey everybody! I’m back yet again with my series in honor of the season and the song. It’s that time again for The 12 Pomades of Christmas!! I’ve done this the past couple years, and each time it’s been way fun. From choosing the pomades, to trying each one out, to deciding the order I try them out in. Hopefully you will enjoy this year’s series as much as I will. Below is a list, in no particular order, of the pomades I will be featuring.

Three Wise Men Red
Three Wise Men White
Three Wise Men Green
Sugar Plum Hair Dressing
Gumdrop Grease
Santa’s Hair Slick
North Pole Pomade
Winter Wonderland Hair Wax
The Iron Society Water Soluble
Devil’s Finest Christmas Edition
Kustom Kreeps Monster Attack
Rogue Sideshow White Lid (light)

Stay tuned to see which pomade I decide to try first. Any questions or comments you guys have, feel free to post them in the comments. I’m stoked for yet another year of Christmas Pomades!

See you next month!

-JC

Iron Fist Super Hold Pomade

Hey guys, back with one last review before the holiday series. The owner of this company contacted me a while back about reviewing his product and he sent me a sample tin of it. It took a while to get here, international shipping can take some time. But I got it and put it into the rotation. I’m glad to be getting to it before the holiday series.

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The tin is like a miniature version of the Grant’s tins. It looks to be a 2oz one, it has the same twist off top and feels like it’s made of the same material. This one just has a lid label. The label is pretty simple in design too, only two colors. A guy with fists over his face, with a barcode on his forehead is in the center of the label. The barcode reads “water base” underneath it. Then in the blue ring around the edge it has their facebook link, and says “Iron Fist Super Hold Pomade.” Like I said, super simple.

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Opening the tin you see an off-white goop inside. The scent of it is remarkably similar to the JS Sloane scent. This one is a tad bit more soapy, but they’re nearly identical. It looks kind of like a cross between a ringing gel and the old High Life heavy. I haven’t seen anything like this before. Especially not in the water soluble market. Since there isn’t any ingredient list or anything I can’t tell what kind of product it is exactly. It doesn’t ring at all, so I know it’s not a ringing gel. I’m interested to see what this stuff is like.

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Scooping it out was kind of odd. It was literally like a cross between Layrite’s super hold and the old High Life medium. You could tell it was a water based, but it still had a slight pomade feel to it. Cool! The color and look of it reminds me exactly of Brie cheese. It has like a solidified white layer on top, then a creamy gel like look the rest of the way down. I literally said “whoa, this like Brie cheese” when I scooped it out. I showed my lady and she thought that was pretty cool. I did too, this one kind of did what The Daimon Barber no. 1 did, with having that top layer on it. The scent gets quite a bit stronger, and even more like JS Sloane, when I scooped it out.

It’s very tacky and feeling like a super thick gel in my hands. It feels kind of feels like my Murray’s edgewax. However, after a few seconds of rubbing my hands together it felt like a waxy pomade. It kind of candled up on me…. It seriously felt like wax, very odd. Then it started to feel like Lone Star super and had a rubber cement texture to it. Man this stuff is crazy. After a few more seconds it leveled out and felt like Layrite’s super hold or Murray’s edgewax again. Crazy stuff.

It goes in like your typical super heavy water based does. But this stuff has some nice shine to it while I was combing it through my hair. Hopefully that will stay throughout the day, I’m not holding my breath on it though. Working it in evenly didn’t take too long either, and I didn’t have a bunch of hairs get tugged out. I was really pleased with how it combed in and whatnot.

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Super Hold is no joke! Look at the height this stuff gives! Holds my hair way up there. It’s on par with shiner gold, edgewax, and slick devil in terms of height you can get. This stuff dries pretty quickly so you have to get your hair in place straight away. That was kind of a bummer as my hair looked slightly hollow, but had hardened up already. I sprayed some water to “reactivate” the product, but when I did that I lost some of the hold. That sucks. I was able to get it into a nice medium do, but I was bummed at how quickly it dries.

When it does dry it’s not super crunchy, but it does harden up pretty good. Your hair doesn’t move when it dries. I didn’t have one hair come out of place all day long. The scent seemed to fade nicely throughout the day. It didn’t disappear like some do. The shine was high in some areas and non existent in others. I found this quite odd, usually products and pomades don’t do stuff like this. I decided to take another shower and wash it out of my hair. It takes a minute to break the hard shell, but it does come out with just water. And it doesn’t dry my hair out too bad. My hair felt a little dry, but not as bad as most water bases make it feel.

The second day seemed to be about the same, except it dried even faster this time. Luckily I decided I just go with my normal style, so I had it in place before it dried. But it did seem to dry even quicker the second day. The shine was more even around my hair this time, which was a nice change up from day 1. Just like with the first day, not one hair came out of place all day long. I really like that my hair doesn’t move throughout the day. This stuff will be perfect for days where I work outside or windy days. It seemed easier to wash out the second time around though, didn’t take as long. My hair did feel a little more dry than it did the first time. I kind of knew it would though, it’s just the nature of these products. Still not as bad as most of them out there.

Overall, it’s a decent water soluble product. Like them all, it has it’s ups and downs to it. It’s definitely one I recommend trying out if you love or even just like water soluble products. To get a tin message them on their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ironfistwax
Thank you again for sending this out to me to try out and review! I had fun with it.

Til next month!

-JC

Rogue Sideshow – Heavy (black lid)

Hey guys back with another installment on the Rouge Sideshow line. This time we are trying the black lid or heavy hold.

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The lid design is exactly the same as the blue one is. There are just a couple things different. One, obviously this one is black and not blue. Second, this paint isn’t flake paint, it’s a standard glossy black paint. I really dig how Ben has these engraved like this. No one else is doing this, really sets his stuff apart design wise.

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Opening up the tin you immediately see that this one is also filled to the brim. That’s another thing I like about Ben’s tins. I can’t stand when I get one of these tins halfway filled. As a consumer and a pomade maker myself, it just aggravates me. This pomade is a little more yellow than the medium was, but it looks pretty much the same. The scent of this one is also kind of a Bath & Body Works scent. I get notes of musky vanilla and caramel right alongside floral notes. My lady says it smells like walking past the B&BW store. This one isn’t quite as strong as the blue tin, but it’s still a strong scent.

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Scooping this one out is literally just a heavier version of the blue. You easily tell they are made by the same company. This one also had a slightly similar scoop to Cock Grease X. It kind of had a slight gritty/grainy look to it. However with this one, the scent doesn’t get stronger when you scoop it out of the tin.

It breaks down a little less easy than the medium, expectedly. This one also clumps up like the medium, and these took a little more pressing to get all of them worked out. Once I got them all worked out, it started to get a little oily. Not as oily as them medium, but again, you can easily tell they’re made by the same company.

It’s just as easy to work into your hair and comb as the medium is. I was a little surprised by this since it is waxier than the medium. Another odd thing I noticed was that this one wasn’t as tacky as the medium. This time it was smoother and easier to comb. I expected the same tackiness and maybe a little more waxy feel, but nope. And this one didn’t just stick on top like the medium did. It was really easy to work in all the way. Definitely pleased with that.

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I was able to get a little more height with this one, but not that much. I have a feeling this one is also going to require buildup to get a true feel for how it performs. I had a lot less splits and stray hairs with this one. That’s definitely something I was happy to see. As expected, this one has a little less shine than the medium did. It still has some nice shine to it though. This one held better than the medium did, but after a little while it also kind of drooped. Unlike the medium, it doesn’t get too oily either. And recombing it yielded good results. I couldn’t get it back to its original height, but I could get some height back to it. After the first day, I gotta say I’m digging it. I like it better than the medium on the first day.

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With it not being as oily, the buildup was much better. And just like with the medium, this one is much better the second day. I was able to get more height and control with it the second day. It was a little more waxy when combing the second day as well. It didn’t have any more shine to it than the first day though. I had even less hairs come out of place the second day too, and the hold lasted quite a bit longer. When I recombed it, I was able to get closer to the original height this time around. Much happier with it the second day, just like with the medium.

Definitely enjoyed this pomade. And my lady really enjoyed the scent. Like with the medium, there are good and not so good aspects to it. But I have to say, I liked this one better than the medium. Buildup isn’t quite so essential when using this one, but it is definitely important for me. I get a much better hold and more control with the buildup. Huge thank you to Ben for letting me review this stuff! I look forward to trying out the rest of his line. Hopefully I can get to those soon! Hit up Ben on his website to get a tin of this and/or any of his other pomades http://www.roguesideshow.com

Til next time,

-JC

Cool Grease – Flat (green)

Hey guys back with another Cool Grease product. This one is their newly released Flat. I went to go buy a tub of this stuff on the website and it wasn’t working so I contacted them about how I could buy some. To my surprise, the guy running the show was familiar with my blog and offered to send me some stuff to review! Huge thank you to him and the folks at HedgeLion for the care package they sent to me, much appreciated!

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This one is the same style plastic tub as the other ones, but this one is dark green plastic. It has white and orange print on it this time. Nice to see more colors than just black from them. The kid has “Flat” in Orange letters in the center with the company names below it. Up top it says “try it you’ll like it” above their dapper guy. Pretty cool looking design, I really like the color palate.

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The side of the tub is kind of a negative version of the lid. “Flat” is in green with an orange background strip. To the left it has G(flat) above the company name. The right side has the guy again and “quick easy perfect” next to him. Then on the back is the company info and ingredient list like always.

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As you twist off the lid you see the familiar clear plastic disc on top of the product. The gel itself is a mint green cloudy product. When I peeled the plastic disc off I noticed that even though this stuff rings when you tap the tub, it pulls off more like a grease does. I hope this means it will be like their blue tub and not harden up! It smells almost exactly like the blue one does, this gives me high hopes.

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Scooping it out reminds me of Prospectors and the Formula X stuff I tried. Unfortunately, I still haven’t heard who is putting that stuff out. I am waiting as impatiently as you guys are for that stuff. It still feels like a water soluble, but I am also reminded of a nice greasy medium pomade. I quite like the texture of this one. Definitely the best one texture wise so far. In my hands it feels a lot like the blue one. Kind of tacky, but very much like your typical ringing gel.

Applying it was a lot like the blue, but with a little bit less resistance. Right off the bat you see that it has a matte shine to it. I’m guessing that’s why they named it Flat. The moment I combed my hair I noticed something completely unique. This one is really really dry. Now I applied it to damp hair like I always do, but this one feels dry as a bone. There’s no other way to describe, dry. Just dry. Dry. It’s really weird, it feels almost like combing your hair when it’s really dried out.

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The hold is a nice medium. It’s a little bouncy, and I was left with a few splits by my part. I was happy with the height I got, and I liked the matte look surprisingly. Usually I am not a fan of the matte look, but for some reason I liked it with this stuff. The way it dries is also kind of weird, it doesn’t feel like any other one I’ve tried. It’s like a cross between the way hair spray dries and the way moussed hair feels. This kind of bummed me out, I was hoping it wouldn’t dry at all.

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The hold slowly lessened throughout the day. Not too much, but by the end of the work day my hair had slanted to the right and I had a few more splits in my hair. It’s pretty easy to rework with a few sprays of water, but when you do this, you lose the hold. I could only comb a slicked style after I “reactivated” the product. Fortunately it was the end of the day and I was home for the night. Otherwise I would have been pretty bummed about it. It washes out of your hair super easy, a few seconds under the shower head and it was all out. Surprisingly it doesn’t dry your hair out either. I was very happy with this. I’m glad companies are fixing that problem. Now if the popular ones would only do that, things would definitely be a lot better. It leaves your hair feeling like you shampooed it, rid of the excess oils but not dried out. So far this stuff is ok, I’m interested to see how it is tomorrow.

This time it was even more dry than the first day. Not a whole lot, but there was a noticeable difference. The feeling of this stuff is so weird, I’ve never had a product do this before. The hold didn’t seem to be any different, but I did notice that the shine was a tab bit higher the second day. Kind of odd coming from a water based, but what the heck, I’ll roll with it. I tend to like shine most of the time anyway. I happened to be in the house making pomade and filling orders all day this time, and the hold stayed much better. My hair didn’t tilt/droop, there was minimal splitting, and no hairs came out of place. Much happier with the hold the second day. Maybe this one is just better suited for indoor use or non-manual labor usage. Washing it out was the same as the first day, super easy and took only seconds. My was left a tad bit dry this time, but I kind of knew it would be. That’s just the nature of these products, so I have come to expect it. Although lately I have found a few that don’t do that.

All in all, I think I like this one. It’s definitely unique that’s for sure. I wasn’t crazy about the way it felt combing and styling, but that only lasts a couple minutes. It could have more hold, but I think it will work good for my lower profile days. It’s an interesting new addition to the cool grease line. If you want to try this stuff out yourself, head on over to http://www.coolgrease.us a pick up a tub. They also carry the ones I’ve reviewed already, and some other ones. So check out what they have and stay tuned for the next installment of the cool grease line!

Keep cool,

-JC