Brass Rooster Hair Pomade

Today’s pomade is one that’s been around for a while. I had tried getting my hands on some a while back, but never heard back from the people running their Facebook page. So I decided to call the shop before Christmas and I talked to both of the owners. After about a half hour of chatting about pomade and whatnot we decided to swap pomades. So I am checking out Brass Rooster Pomade this time. Big thanks to the fine folks at that shop for talking with me and swapping me pomades! I hope you like the Silver Dollar Pomade I sent you guys.

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This stuff comes in a pretty unique tin, but the style is familiar. It’s a 4oz tin with a twist off lid. However, the lid has an indentation like the Lockhart pomade tins do. This one also feels a bit more sturdy than the other twist off tins I’ve come across in the past. The label is super basic, but really cool. It has a rooster crowing in the center with a red background. Then in the black ring around the bird it says “Brass Rooster Pomade” in white letters. The bottom label just has the ingredients and company info on a grey background.

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Opening up the lid you see a nice cream colored waxy pomade. It looks like it will be either a medium or a heavy. It is a wax based pomade so I’m leaning more toward the heavy end. The scent on this stuff is way awesome! It’s super familiar, I just can’t remember which pomade smells like it. It’s a nice sweet powdery scent, with a tiny floral hint. Very soft floral note tho, and it’s definitely on the back end. You have to smell it a couple times to get the floral note. It definitely reminds me of a hat shop at the same time. Great scent.

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When I dug my finger into the pomade I was met with a waxy oily pomade. It scoops out in a couple chunks and some waxy ribbons. You can see that it’s a little grainy when you scoop it out. The scent gets a little bit stronger after you get it out of the tin. However, I still can’t pinpoint which pomade this stuff smells like. It’s very familiar, I just don’t know which pomade it smells like.

In the hands it gets pretty oily and clumpy at first. Once you press out the clumps and work it around in your hands it starts to get a little sticky. It’s still very oily and feels like a lighter pomade, but it does have a sticky feel to it as well. Applying it is a lot like applying a lighter pomade, goes in real smooth and evenly. It makes your hair very shiny when you apply it, I hope that lasts throughout the day. Combing it is pretty easy, but the stickiness comes back to it. It gains a little bit of resistance to it when you start combing your hair.

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It’s kind of hard to get a good pomp going with this stuff though. It makes my hair very light and bouncy. I had to throw my normal combing and styling method out the window with this stuff. The left side of my hair stood up no problem, but the right side had some trouble. It kind of splits with each comb line and droops towards the center of my head. My hair didn’t look bad, just not as nice as I was hoping for. I played around with it a little more, but didn’t make any progress so I left it how it was.

Surprisingly the hold lasts really well. My hair didn’t move all day long. I was pretty shocked by this since it’s a lighter pomade, but it was definitely a nice surprise. I decided to recomb my hair anyway and was met with the same feel as when I styled my hair. It didn’t get oily or anything during the day either. It did seem to gain a little bit of shine though. I lost a bit of the hold when I recombed it, but the lower do looked better. The comb lines were more even and my hair wasn’t dropping or splitting at all. This stuff may be better suited for lower profile hair styles. It is put out by a hat shop after all and you don’t generally have a pomp when wearing a hat.

I was curious to see how the buildup was with this stuff. My hair didn’t feel oily or anything when I woke up which gave me hope that the buildup would be really nice. A bit of it came out in the shower leaving me with about half of the pomade left in my hair. This made day two about the same as day one. I had a little more control and less splitting and dropping. However, I didn’t gain any more height or shine with the buildup. The hold lasted about the same as day one, but I did have one hair fall in my face about halfway through the day. So I had to recomb my hair, and when I did I lost some hold again. The result of the recombing was the same as the first day, only this time my hair felt a little oily. After that hairs kept falling out of place and I had to recomb my hair a bunch of times. That was kind of a bummer, but at least it’s easy to recomb.

All in all it’s a decent lighter pomade. I can see myself using this stuff on colder days, when I want a lower profile hair style, and when I am wearing a hat. It would be a cool addition to your collection, especially if you like lighter pomades. To pick up a tin head on over to their Facebook page or website http://www.brassrooster.com
Big thanks to the fine folks over at The Brass Rooster for sending me this can to try out! I hope you like what I sent you guys!!

Stay slick,

-JC

O’Douds – Water Based Pomade

Today’s pomade is a newer one to the market put out by O’Douds. It’s their water based pomade. I’m pretty stoked to try out this stuff. I want to give a thank you to Clayton for giving me a smokin deal on all 4 of his pomades. I appreciate it buddy! Let’s get to trying this stuff out, shall we?

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It comes in an amber glass jar with a black metal lid. The labeling is super basic and printed right on the jar. It has the name of the company along with “pomade water based” and an X below that. It also has where it was made, the weight, and a little recycle ad at the bottom. Pretty basic, and to the point.

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Opening the jar up you see a yellow puffy substance in the jar. It looks very aerated and has bubbles in the surface. Looks kind of like a foamy type product. The scent is a very medicinal type scent. I get like a eucalyptus, pine, bergamot type smell from it. I really like it.

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Scooping it out was just as I thought. It’s like a thick foamy type pomade. It’s unlike anything I have tried so far. It’s kind of like a chocolate mousse type texture. Very odd, and unique. Makes me wonder what it’s going to be like applying and styling this stuff. I’m my hands it turned into something completely different. Part of it turned into water, the other part turned into a thick tacky substance. It stuck to my hands and the watery part made it very slippery and unable to spread tacky part. It was like putting peanut butter in your hands then adding water. Really bizarre. However if you push your hands together and work it slower and with more pressure, it gets to be a thick tacky texture. I figured this little trick out the second time using it. I have to say I like this texture better than the other one personally.

It went in my hair really easily though. It looks like you put a paste in your hair. Lots of light yellow streaks throughout your hair. Then combing it was like combing a medium tacky pomade. Man this stuff is weird. The only thing I can compare it to is that Dapper Man stuff I tried forever ago. This stuff is like 4 products in one, it’s crazy. With each step of the process this stuff turns into a different product.

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It does have a nice hold to it as well. It holds like a tacky medium pomade, but gives my hair a lighter, bouncy, loose look to it. You can see the couple areas where it split fairly wide, but the shape overall is intact. You can’t really see comb lines as it gives my hair a more dry, natural look. But it also allows me to have a nice rounded out pomp at the same time. I was very happy with the result of this stuff. It also has a decent shine to it, but more of a natural shine than a pomade shine.

The hold lasts all day long, which was really nice and unexpected. I figured it would lose hold due to it being so light and bouncy, but it didn’t. My hair was virtually in the same place as it was in the morning when I first styled it. When you take a shower you find out that it doesn’t wash out with just water. Even with a normal shampoo not all of it comes out of your hair. This is the only water based pomade I know of that you can get buildup with. It’s not much buildup, but it is there. However, if you use a deep cleansing shampoo 95% of the pomade will come out of your hair. So it’s really up to you if you want buildup with this stuff or not. I find that option a nice new discovery. It’s kind of cool to be able to decide while you’re in the shower if you want buildup or not.

The little buildup you do get doesn’t seem to affect the hold at all. It does however, affect the look it gives your hair. With the buildup you have more of a combed look to your hair. You can easily tell you have pomade in your hair with the buildup. Whereas without it or on day one, you have more of a natural or dry and textured look to your hair.

I really like all the versatility of this pomade. It feels and works like 4-5 different products all at the same time. And you can get different looks with it the more you use it. I’ve gotta say I really dig this stuff. It’s like nothing I’ve ever tried or seen out there. You guys have to try this stuff out and as soon as you can. It’s very cool stuff! Huge thanks to Clayton again for the deal on this and his other pomades.

Stay slick fellas,

-JC

Cool Grease – Z (white)

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. We are back visiting another product in the Cool Grease line. This time we are checking out their Z/white product. It is next in line hold wise, they have it at a 7 out of 10 for hold. I pretty much always go lightest to heaviest, so I figured it would be best to stick to that for the main Cool Grease products. This was another one that the awesome folks over at HedgeLion sent me to try out. I’m pretty stoked to try this one and the rest of them out!

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Just like the others it’s in the same style plastic tub with a screw on lid. This one is white and has black print on it. The lid has “Cool Grease” in the top half with the company name above that. Then a big “Z” with “ultra hard” on either side of it is just below. At the very bottom is “water type.”

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The side has some similar things. The ingredient and company info area with the bar code is the same. Then next to that it says “keep styling” and “super shaping” in the black area. Then “Cool Grease Z” is in the center with the company name above it and “ultra hard” below it. To the right of that is a drop with “water type” in it, the company name and a tag line. Then their is the silhouette of their little dapper guy, only this time he has a big forward facing wedge style pomp. Pretty cool tin. There are some familiar elements to it, but new/unique stuff as well.

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Opening the lid you see their clear plastic disc covering the product as usual. The product itself is white. On the surface it kind of looks like their Flat product, only white instead of green. The scent on it is hard to place. It’s very familiar, but I can’t put my finger on it exactly. It’s a sour/tangy fruit(s), but I don’t know which one(s) it is. It also has that familiar water based plasticy chemical note to it as well. I want to say it’s like white cherry and blue raspberry or something like that. Either way it’s a good smell.

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Scooping it out was virtually identical to scooping their Flat. This was slightly more firm though. It still felt more like scooping out a grease than a water based product. I really like that about these products. Makes them stand apart. In your hands it’s nothing like the Flat at all. It’s more like Daimon Barber 1. Kind of half grease, half water based.

Applying it was a lot like applying their Fiber. It had quite a bit of resistance to it. I’m guessing that’s the “ultra hard” portion of the product. I had to go in for a second small scoop to get the rest of my hair coated well with this stuff. I grabbed my comb and went to comb my hair and was pleasantly surprised. This stuff is super easy to comb. It’s like combing a light hair dressing. I hope this doesn’t affect the hold at all. And it’s very easy to disperse evenly, I had it all worked in within a few swipes of my comb.

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The easy combing doesn’t affect the hold at all, which was a nice little pleasant surprise. From how it combed and whatnot, I had half expected it to have a lighter hold than it does. Every so often one of these will trick me like this though, and it’s a cool twist for the better when it happens. I was able to get a nice medium sized pomp going. Z doesn’t quite tame all my waves, but it did hold my cowlick nice and straight! And this one has a really nice shine to it, gives my hair a good gloss. I was pretty happy with how this stuff was starting out. It kind of reminds me of Railcar a little bit. This one doesn’t weigh your hair down as much as Railcar does though. It leaves your hair a bit more bouncy, rather than kind of glued in place like with a lot of gels. 

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The hold lasts perfectly throughout the day. My hair didn’t move or droop or split at all. It was in the exact same place as it was in the morning. The shine was kind of gone though. It had turned very matte, and wasn’t as apparent as it was earlier in the day. This stuff does harden like most water solubles do. However, you can recomb your hair without using any water. You will get a few tiny flakes at first, but the second pass of your comb takes care of them. And my hair went right back into place and looked just how I had it in the morning. I’m loving this stuff so far! It is really really cool. I’m not sure if I like it better than the blue yet or not. But it is very close to it!

As with just about every water based product this one washes out with water. This one does take a bit longer to get all of it out though. It kind of is like rinsing out conditioner. There’s a slight film left on your hair and that takes a bit more rinsing to get completely off your hair. Once my hair was mostly dry I felt it and noticed it was only slightly dried out. It wasn’t bad though, more like how a deep cleansing shampoo leaves my hair.

The second day was literally an duplicate of the first day. Everything from the application, to the combing, to the hold lasting, and recombing it. I did forget to mention earlier that when you do recomb your hair, it doesn’t harden back up. It feels more like you have a tacky pomade in your hair. Kind of like how Bees Knees lite feels in your hair. And you can keep recombing your hair throughout the rest of the day/night.

This stuff really is an awesome product! I think I like it better than their blue one. The only thing that would make it even better was if it didn’t harden at all. However, that is easily remedied with a quick couple passes of your comb. You guys have to try this stuff out! It’s really great. Head over to http://www.hedgelion.com and pick up a tub. There are three sizes to choose from too. And they also have a bunch of other great products on their site so make sure you check everything out! Huge thank you to the folks over at HedgeLion for sending this to me to try out and review. I really enjoyed it and am stoked to try the rest of the Cool Grease line!

Happy New Year!

-JC