Reuzel – Blue Can

Hey guys, I’m finally back with another Reuzel product! I know it’s been a minute since I have reviewed one of their cans, but I’m back now. As I was saying in my last post, my friend Robert and the awesome guys over at Reuzel sent me out a little care package a few days ago. It had a couple cans of their new blue water based one, a shirt and some stickers in it. So, again, thank you guys very very much for sending me another awesome care package! I really appreciate it a lot guys! Let’s check out how this blue can is….
  
Obviously it comes in the same style can as their red does, and with the same design. It’s got the name just above the pig in the center, and the weight and company info just below the pig. It has the same text up top, and then says “Strong Hold Water Soluble High Sheen” down at the bottom in the grey circle. And then there’s the obvious change in the can, with this one being a nice bright blue. The back of the can has all the same info that the other ones do as well. These cans are some of my favorite cans out there! And I really like this color blue, it goes awesome with all of their other cans. Especially the pink one, those two look really cool next to each other.

  
As soon as you grab the can you can tell that this one is just like the red, because it rings whenever you grab or tap it. So I’m betting it’s going to be a heavier version of the red. Twisting off the lid, you’re immediately met with the scent of this stuff. It’s really strong, and a very unique scent too. I’ve never smelled anything like it before. It’s a fresh manly cologne scent, mixed with butterscotch. And I know how that sounds, it’s very odd that those two would be paired together. However, they work together really well somehow. You wouldn’t think sweet butterscotch and manly cologne would mesh well together, but for some reason these two scents mix well and make a really good fragrance. I like this one much better then the red’s scent for sure.

  
Another thing that I was pleased with, is that this can is filled nice and full. When I bought the red can, it was barely half full, but this one is almost filled to the top. The color of this one is very similar to Prospectors, a nice bright golden yellow color. This one seems to be a bit darker than Prospectors though.

  
One thing I thought was pretty cool, was the way this stuff shimmers when you tilt the can side to side. I don’t know why I found this so cool, but I did. The shimmering effect really caught my son’s attention, and he kept tilting the can side to side over and over again watching how it shimmers. He was very captivated by it for some reason. I don’t think any of my other ringing gels do this, so that’s probably why he found it so intriguing. It was pretty cute watching him get so excited over something so simple. Definitely brought a big smile to my face, and his as well!

  
When I scooped it out, it also reminded me a bit of Prospectors. However, this one is quite a bit thicker than that one. It didn’t feel too much thicker than the red can did though. The texture just seemed to be the main difference between the two. You can see the difference pretty clearly between the two when looking at the scoops of each one. I would say this one is maybe a little bit thicker, but not much at all. They seem to have about the same weight to them I’d say. Even breaking it down in my hands felt very similar to the red. The tackiness it had was really reminiscent of the red, but this one may be a little more hard to spread around. Now it’s not hard to spread around in my hands, it just seemed to not be quite as easy to do as the red. The scent of this one really gets nice and strong once you break it down in your hands and start applying it to your hair.

Going in my hair was when I really noticed the difference between this one and the red can. I had a bit more trouble getting this one to go into my hair evenly. It kind of wanted to just stick on the top of my hair. I had to get a second smaller scoop to get the back side of my hair coated. This makes me think it is going to have quite a bit more hold than the red does. Usually when products do this as I apply them to my hair, it’s indicative of it having a pretty heavy hold to it. Even running my comb through my hair wasn’t all that easy. It reminded me quite a bit of Shiner Gold or Layrite’s super hold. I had a little trouble working my comb all the way through on the first pass. Once I did get all my hair combed through once, this stuff became a bit easier to comb though. However, while it was easier to comb now, it took me a little while to get it all dispersed in my hair evenly. Which isn’t a big deal, that just makes for a little more time when using this stuff.

  
As I had thought this stuff does have a decent amount of hold to it. Even though it had some good hold to it, I had a little trouble getting my hair to do what I wanted it to. It took me 2-3 times longer to style my hair than it usually does. I’m not sure why, but I remember having a similar issue with the red can too. At the time, I thought it was just because of a new haircut and having really bad hat hair the day before, but now I’m thinking it was the product more than my hair. Despite it taking me a while to get my hair how I wanted it, it came out looking pretty decent I think. I didn’t get it rounded out as much as I wanted, but it still looked ok. This stuff did a good job of taming my cowlick too which was nice. It doesn’t have “high sheen” like the can says though. I wasn’t really expecting it to. Most of these products don’t have much shine to them, and even fewer heavy hold ones do.

  
Towards the end of the day, I snapped a front picture so you could see how this stuff kind of let my hair wave slightly. It wasn’t a lot, but you can see how it tilts to the side just a little bit from the wave in the front. It also split a little bit where my cowlick is too. I also wanted to show you guys what the other Reuzel shirt they sent me looks like. Being a Motörhead fan, I absolutely love this shirt! Thank you again for sending this to me guys! It’s such a sick Motörhead rip shirt! The scent last nicely throughout the day too. I could still smell it 7-8 hours later, and with me liking this scent, I was pretty happy about that. This stuff does kind of harden up and leave your hair feeling a bit crunchy. It’s not as bad as some ringing gels do, but you do notice it. However, even though it hardens up a little bit, you can run your comb through your hair without water. Doing this will give you flakes though. And you do have to add water to your hair to get rid of them. You can’t just comb them back into your hair. But when you add the water, you can get your hair to pretty much go back into the same place it was at the beginning of the day. My hair may have been slightly shorter, but it looked pretty much the same height as it was in the morning.

Like with almost all of these products, this one washed out of my hair with just a little bit of water. On the down side, this stuff really dried my hair out bad. And for some reason it made it tangle really badly too. I don’t think this has ever happened with a ringing gel or any other water based product before. So I was kind of curious as to why it happened with this one. I mean even after I combed my hair all out, if I ran my fingers trough my hair, it would get tangled and my fingers would get caught in my hair. Definitely not too happy with that, or the fact that my hair felt super dried out. Another thing that was kind of a bummer, is this stuff left my scalp really itchy after I washed it out. And it had to have been this stuff, because I didn’t use any shampoo or conditioner. I had already washed my hair that morning, so I just rinsed it out with water. But after about 10 minutes of my hair being dry, my scalp started itching really bad. I have no idea why that happened, other than the fact that it maybe dried my scalp out a bit. If it was something I was allergic to in this product, my scalp would have been itching while I had it in. So I really don’t think that it was that.

The next day this stuff was a little bit harder to apply, and comb through. I had totally expected this though, because my hair had been pretty dried out from the first use. This also made styling my hair a bit more challenging, and I didn’t get as much heigh or control to it this time. My cowlick split a little bit, I had some fly aways that stuck out in a couple areas, and the front of my hair had a little bit of a wave in it, which made it tilt to the side slightly. The shine seemed to be the same as it was on the first day though. And the scent lasted for a long time again. Actually, I felt like it lasted a little bit longer this time. I could still smell it a little bit when I went to bed. And I don’t recall being able to smell it when I got in the shower on the first day I used it. I like this scent quite a bit, so I was quite pleased with the fact that I could still smell it in my hair when I went to bed.

In the morning I rinsed it out of my hair, and it came out just like it did the first time. My hair still felt really dried out this time though. My hair also got all tangled up again, like it did the first day. And my scalp started itching again, about 10 minutes after my hair had dried. This really bummed me out about this stuff. Especially because I like the scent so much, and it made my hair look pretty good the first day using it. Oh well, can’t have everything all the time. That’s just the way things go, and how it is with products like this.

Overall, this product is pretty decent. It has its good aspects and its not so good aspects. The packaging of it, the scent, the hold and control it has, and the way it restyled are all great things that I liked quite a bit. However, the way it hardens, and the way it dries out my hair and scalp, making my hair tangle, my scalp itch, and using it on day two kind of difficult. Those are all things I was not too happy with about this product. I think with a really good conditioner though, you could combat the negative aspects of this one, apart from how it hardens. But, that’s something that can easily be overlooked if the conditioner makes the dryness, itching, and difficulty using it the second day go away. This stuff is still something I would recommend. The scent and hold alone are worth picking it up. You can also use it just for the scent, by using it as a topper. I think that’s how I will use it quite often in the future. And I will definitely be trying out some good conditioner some time in the future. I would have tried it this time, but I didn’t have any conditioner on hand and didn’t want to go buy any. I’ll probably end up doing a revisited review of this stuff in the future, and let you guys know how it works with conditioner between applications. You can find this stuff at pretty much any online retailer to get a tin. And sites like http://www.pomade.com offer free shipping on orders too. So head over to that site or another site that carries it and the other Reuzel products, and grab yourself a can of this stuff as well as their other products. I want to give my buddy Robert and the awesome folks over at Reuzel another huge thank you for sending me this stuff, and the other goodies in my care package! I really appreciate it a lot guys!! I’ll be checking out the pomades by Reuzel here really soon, so stay tuned to see how those work out for me.

Stay slick fellas,

-JC

Suavecito ~ Premium Blends ~ Shaving Cream – Tea Tree and Eucalyptus

Hey there gents! I’m checking out a brand new shaving cream today. This stuff just dropped a couple days ago in fact. Yep, that kind of new. The folks over at Suavecito have been working on some new products they are calling their “Premium Blends.” They and my good friend Edgar over aka Mr. Pomade sent me out a little care package with 3 of their new products. Since I’ve already reviewed their new water based pomade, and yeah it’s actually a pomade, not a ringing gel, I’m gonna start with their shaving cream first.


It comes in an old timey brown cardboard box with a black center area for the labeling. The writing on it is white and yellow. In the center is their new “S” logo with the name and city around it, and “Premium Blends” below it with the weight info. To the right of that is, the product name and info. And to the left of it is some aspects of the product. The back of the box has all the company info, ingredients, directions, warnings, and barcode. Very cool looking box and design I think.


Pulling the tube out you see that it is a metal tube, as they left much of it unpainted/unlabeled. The labeling on it is basically the same thing as the box, but vertical instead of horizontal. And the back has all the same info that the box has too. This tube has a black plastic lid, with the little spike in it to open the tube. I absolutely love metal tubes like this. They are such awesome containers, and they really bring you back to a time when things were different. I wish more people would use tubes like this these days. However, I get why they don’t anymore.


When you unscrew the cap you can see the metal tube really well and the spike on the cap. Now some caps have threads on them where the spike is, so you screw them on to puncture the opening in the mouth of the tube. This one happens to not have any threads on it. So all you do is press it firmly onto the mouth of the tube to create the opening. Personally I like the threads better, because it just gives you more interaction with the product. But not having threads isn’t a big deal at all.

The thing about metal tubes too, is you have to be careful how much you squeeze them. As they don’t bounce back like plastic/vinyl tubes do. So the product only stops coming out when there is no more pressure behind it. Even if you aren’t squeezing the tube anymore. So, you only press them a little at a time, so as to not extrude too much product from them. This aspect is really cool in my opinion, and teaches you to not over use your products at the same time.


When I got some of the cream out I could tell right away this cream was gonna be awesome. It has a very similar look and texture to it as Proraso’s shaving cream does. And you guys know how much I love that stuff! The scent of this stuff is really awesome! Tea tree and eucalyptus are some of my favorite scents, so I knew I was going to like this shaving cream. But the scent is much better than I was expecting. They really did good job with this scent and balancing it the way they did. It came out really well. Whoever you guys had make up this scent should definitely be your go to scent person from now on. They really did a good job with this one!


I proceeded to put the cream in my new bowl with a few drops of water and start working up the lather. I decided to use my best badger brush since it’s a cream. I find that I get better lather when I use my softer brushes with shaving creams. And I usually get better lather when I use my boars hair brushes with shave soaps. There are some exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, I get the best results doing it that way.


After just a few seconds of working my brush around the lather started to form. At first it looks kind of like the lather that comes out of the lather machines in barber shops. Or even like the foam that comes out of Barbasol cans. It starts out as. Very foamy and frothy lather. This made me think I may have had too much water in my brush, or that I put too much water in my bowl. I kept on working my brush around for the full time that I usually allot for building my lather. As time went on, the lather did gain a little bit more substance to it. One thing I really like about this cream, is the way the scent kind of wafts and fills up the room as you are building the lather up. And it kind of changes a little bit too. It’s hard to explain, but the best way I can describe it is that it aerates. It doesn’t stay so concentrated somehow. Even when I smell right into the bowl.


Then once I had worked up the lather for 60 seconds the lather did gain a little bit of thickness to it. However, it was still very foamy and light feeling. Not quite as light and frothy as it was in the beginning, but still pretty light. It still reminds me a lot of the lather that comes out of the machines at barbershops. It’s not as wet feeling as that stuff is, but it does have that light fluffy and frothy feel to it. I actually like it quite a bit. This isn’t the type of lather I was expecting from this cream, but I do like it. I like when I get stuff that kind of differs from the norm and what’s expected from it. That makes for a nice collection and variety when it comes to shaving products and routine. As much as I love my favorite products, it’s nice to change things up and have different experiences from time to time. I get bored when I use the same stuff over and over again. Even thought I like that stuff, it just gets to be mundane and not as much fun after a while. So I’m definitely happy that this stuff wasn’t what I was expecting.


Applying it to my face felt just like a less wet version of a barbershop’s lather. It was really awesome. Nice and soft and smooth, very light and easy to spread around. I like the way this shaving cream applies very much! Even looking at it, you can tell it’s very similar to the lather from a machine. It has that nice light, frothy and foamy look to it on my face. However, this stuff doesn’t feel as wet as the lather from a machine does. That’s probably the only thing I don’t like about machine lather, but the nice and hot feel of it makes up for that in my book.

Shaving with this stuff is super smooth. It has some of the best cushion and glide out of any of my creams. I was super pleased with it on the very first pass with my razor. I knew right away that I was going to love this cream and that it will be one of my go to shaving creams for sure. And for being as light and frothy as it is, this cream does a fantastic job of trapping all my whiskers in it. My razor didn’t clog up at all, and the cream builds up really nicely under the bar of my razor. I kind of expected it to clog up my razor a bit, and make a little bit of a mess, because of how light it is. However, this stuff acts like it’s a super puffy, cloud-like lather. It keeps all my whiskers tucked in it nicely, and collects perfectly on the underside of the bar.


Once I was done shaving, I felt my face and noticed that this cream leaves my face really smooth. I don’t know if it softened my skin much, but my face felt really smooth. And it didn’t leave my face feeling dry either. Sometimes with creams and soaps, my face is left with almost a talc feel to it. Where it’s really soft, but dry at the same time. This cream didn’t do that, my face felt nice and moisturized. That is definitely a plus in my book. While I enjoy the dry feel some creams leave my face with, this is a nice change up.


I decided to take a picture one of the other days I used it when I didn’t add quite as much water. This time, the lather was a little bit thicker and more like how Proraso’s creams, or Arko’s creams are. It wasn’t much thicker, but I could definitely tell the difference. So I did in fact have a little too much water in my brush the first time. And that’s ok, it allows me to get various types of lather really easily. And I definitely like that about this cream. Makes it that much more versatile, and makes me like it even more!

All in all, I have to say, this shaving cream is one I highly recommend for all shavers. For you wet shave enthusiasts like me, it’s a must have in your collection and regular use line-up. For you moderate wet shavers, this is a must have shaving cream. It’s priced reasonably, so you won’t feel like you’re spending too much on a shave product too. And even for your cartridge shavers or guys that only shave every once in a while, this is definitely a cream I recommend you try out. It’s much better than a can full of chemicals and gas for sure, and will last you a lot longer. Plus, you don’t have to have a shave brush to use it. You can put just a little bit in your hands and work up the lather that way.

Huge thank you again to my friends Justin and Edgar for sending me this shaving cream to try out and review. I’ve been using it, and only it, since I got it in, and I have to say I absolutely love it! I will definitely be needing more of this stuff when I run out! And I for sure I have to get the sandalwood one in to review as well! If it’s as good as this stuff, I know I’m going to love it! To get a tube of this shaving cream, and I highly recommend that you do immediately, you can either head over to http://www.pomade.com and pick some up. Or you can go onto Suavecito’s website to get some. Edgar has all their new premium blends up on his site, so check them all out, and get a few things. Mainly this cream, and their new pomade, but check out their other stuff too! I know they have to be good products based on how this stuff performed, and how the pomade was when I reviewed it back in the formulation stage. Catch ya at the next premium blend stop guys!

Cheers,

-JC

Gifts, winnings, and stuff I picked up to review!

Hello everybody! I wanted to make a quick post, kind of giving y’all a sneak peek as to what’s going to be coming up on the blog in the next couple months. I have received a couple care packages from some friends of mine, and wanted to also make a post thanking them for their awesomeness! Let me show you some of what I have gotten in recently.

First, my buddy Justin and the folks over at Suavecito decided to send me some of their new Premium Blend products. So my good buddy Edgar over at http://www.pomade.com packed up a box of some of their new stuff and sent it out to me. Here’s what they all sent me….

  
I got a can of their new water based pomade, and yes it’s actually a water based pomade, not a ringing gel like their main products are. I also got a tube of their shaving cream, and a tube of their aftershave balm, both in the tea tree and eucalyptus scent. They also have those products in a sandalwood scent. And from what Justin was saying they’re also different formulas than these ones are. Finally, I got a tube key. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these little do-dads, I’ll explain what they are and do. They are open ended keys that you use to squeeze the product of the tube so you get all of it out. Since they are metal tubes, you can’t really squeeze them the same way you do with a plastic/vinyl tube. So, you slide the key onto the end of the tube and roll it down toward the opening. This allows you to squeeze out all of the product with ease, and without puncturing the tube or cutting yourself on the metal if the tube breaks anywhere. These are very uncommon these days, since hardly anyone uses metal tubes anymore. So, needless to say, I was very excited to see that one was included with my care package. They have two different designs too. So, if you’re not into this particular one, you can get the other one. I know I will definitely have to get the other one as wellie my collection when I get the sandalwood scented shave products. Huge thank you to my friend Edgar, and the folks at Suavecito for sending me these awesome products! Now, I’ve already reviewed the pomade a while ago, so I will be starting with the shave products first. If you’d like to see the review of the pomade, click on the “Unknown Product” review in the Water Based Reviews page up at the top of the home page.

Later that very same day I heard the doorbell ring, so I went to see who it was. There wasn’t anyone there, but a small box sitting by the door. I didn’t recognize the sender’s address, so I opened it to see what it was. To my delight, the fine folks over at Reuzel had sent me a little care package as well! This is the second one like this they have sent me. Here’s what I got from them….

  
They sent me a mini can and a regular sized can of their brand new water based product that comes in the blue can. As well as an awesome t-shirt with the can design on the front, some rad stickers, and a couple hard candies too!! Can’t thank my buddy Robert and the awesome folks over at Reuzel for yet another care package! I’ll be reviewing this stuff very soon for them and you guys, followed closely by their pink can which is what they sent me last time along with a Motörhead rip Reuzel shirt and some stickers. That shirt is just badass!!

Finally, I had been in contact with my buddy Daen who runs King Brown, and had picked up all their products. Then they were doing a little contest on Instagram, where you had to guess which 6 pomades were in the cans they pictured. The catch was, you could only see the pomade inside the cans. And the cans had all been used. You couldn’t see the sides of the cans at all. Needless to say it wasn’t the easiest task. However, I was able to guess each brand and each specific pomade by that brand/company. Thus winning the contest. And that basically got me double of what I already had ordered, plus some awesome patches, and stickers. Here’s what all I picked up and won from Daen and King Brown….

  
I got 2 cans of their pomade, 2 cans of their new water based product(I believe it’s a ringing gel from what Daen was saying), a leather case for each of their products, two leather key fobs/key-pers, 2 of each of their 4 combs, 2 of each of their patches, some stickers, one of their new shirts, and one of their badass new wooden boxes! Very stoked for all of this stuff!! I can’t thank you enough for the generous prize pack Daen. I really appreciate you hooking me up with so much cool stuff! I’m very glad I picked up your stuff to review too! Everything looks so awesome, and I can’t wait to try it out. 

Well, now you guys know some of what I’ll be reviewing in the coming months. I also have ordered some other stuff, and have a few things I’ve gotten in earlier this year I’ll be getting too as well. So, stay tuned to see what I review first, and what else I’ll be featuring for you guys! Have a great one, and thanks for reading and following my blog.

Cheers,

-JC

Bona Fide – Matte Paste

Today I am going to check out Bona Fide’s new Matte Paste. This stuff is relatively new to the market, only having been released a few months ago. My friend Luis over at BF was kind enough to send me this and their new heavy hold shortly after they were released. Thank you again very much for sending them to me Luis, I really appreciate it man! Time to crack open this jar and see how this Matte Paste works for me.
  
Now along with having two new products made for them, the folks over at Bona Fide also reworked their packaging and labeling of all their products. Their products now come in clear plastic jars with a brass colored lid. When I first saw these I was really stoked on them. They’re very cool jars! I originally thought they were glass jars, but found out when I got them that they’re actually plastic. Makes sense, because they ship a lot over seas and glass can break in transit. However, glass jars would be cooler, but these jars still look way awesome I think. The labeling is similar to their old labels, but still new at the same time. The font and colors are the same, but the layout is a bit different. The company name is angled upward across the label inside a yellow bar/stripe. Above that it says “wear the crown” with a crown to the left of that. Then below the stripe is the weight info, and the est. date, along with the product name. To the left of this is the website, directions and product info. It says this one is a strong hold, matte finish product. Only time will tell if the strong hold claim is true. In most cases, pastes don’t have too strong of a hold at first, but end up drying pretty hard and keeps your hair from moving. To the right of the label is the ingredients list, company info, and the barcode. The lid has a black print sticker on it with the company name again and the est. date. Definitely nice and clean labeling. I haven’t decided if I like this better than the old or not. I really like the old labeling quite a bit, but this labeling is cool too.

  
Opening the lid, you see the familiar look of a paste in the jar. This one doesn’t have a smooth surface like most pastes do though. This tells me these jars are poured at a lower temperature than most pastes are and that it’s going to have a thicker texture to it. The scent of this paste is very similar to their original ringing gel and their fiber, but also has that familiar paste scent to it too. I’m not sure what it is about these products, but they all have that same smell to them. I will say, I quite like the mix of their two scents. It’s a nice blend of them, you get the citrus and cologne scent of their original, and the grapefruit scent of their fiber. Very decent mixture of scents in my eyes, or nose rather. 

  
I noticed something very odd though, when I opened the lid. There was a bunch of condensation on the inside of the lid. I’ve never seen this before with any water based product. Not with other pastes, nor creams, nor ringing gels, nor with clays either. I’m not sure why this happened, but I don’t think it will affect the product’s performance at all. It’s very strange that this happened though. The only thing I can think of is that the lid was put on while the product was still cooling, and the condensation collected on the lid as a result of that. 

  
There was even some on the inside of the jar on the wall, just above the product itself. You can see the tiny little droplets of water that collected on the jar’s wall. It looks like the result of a hot product having the lid on while it was cooling. Kind of like when you put hot food in a Tupperware container and then stick it in the fridge. The steam it continues to let off as it cools has nowhere to go, resulting in the droplets collecting on the inside of the container above what’s in it. I made sure not to get any on the product itself so that way it doesn’t become watered down at all.

  
When I dug my finger into the paste I was met with anything but. This stuff doesn’t feel like any of the pastes I’ve used in the past. It’s much thicker and scoops out much differently. Pastes have that distinctive look when you scoop them out, where it’s very smooth and rounded on the outer surface and has a 90° angle going down toward your finger. If you look at my DAX Hair Shaper, Grant’s Matte Dressing, and Johnny B. Molding Paste reviews, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. This one however, scoops out kind of like a waxy pomade does, with the 3 little pieces that kind of shingled off each other. I was very surprised by this when I scooped it out, because I was expecting a paste, but I got this instead. It feels more like a water based pomade than a paste actually.

  
And I can even roll it into a little ball between my fingers, like I can with some water based pomades. Very unique stuff they have here. I’m interested to see how this stuff works. Will it perform like a paste even though it doesn’t feel like one? Or will it be more like a water based pomade due to the way it’s reacting in my hands? Or could it be a cross between the two, kind of like that Dapper Man stuff I reviewed forever ago? Only time will tell on that, but I’m kind of excited to see how this stuff is. Now back to business. In my hands it kind of breaks down like a cross between a paste and a water based pomade. It has that thick tacky feel like pastes do, but it also wanted to kind of stick in the center of my palm and not spread out as well. Once I pressed out the area that didn’t want to break down and spread it around with my finger, it then broke down and began to feel more like a paste. However, it felt more like a really thick or slightly dried out paste.

Going in my hair felt about like a paste feels, maybe a bit more like a slightly dried out paste. It didn’t feel like how water based pomades do though. Those go in much different as some of you know. And for those of you who don’t, I’m not taking about stuff like Layrite, or Steadfast, or Shiner Gold, etc etc, those are ringing gels. Water based pomades are much different. I’m talking about products like O’Douds water based, or Shear Revival’s crystal lake, etc etc, those are water based pomades. I’d name different ones that have been around much longer than those, but chances are you’ve never heard of them or used them, so I went with stuff that’s more known to you guys. And looking at the ingredients list, it seems to be more of a water based pomade than a paste. I consider it a water based pomade myself, but it does have some of the same ingredients that other pastes have too.

Anyway, this stuff didn’t feel like those when I applied it, but when I went to comb it in my hair, it gained quite a bit of resistance at first. And it took a while to get the white color to blend into my hair. Much longer than with regular pastes or creams. It left my hair looking grey for quite some time. It became easier and easier the more I combed it around trying to get all the white color to soak into my hair. And by the time I got it to where it wasn’t so noticeably grey anymore, this stuff became like combing water. It kind of made me worry that it wouldn’t hold my hair at all, and that I may have over worked the product trying to get it blended into my hair. I’ve never had a product be so difficult to disperse into my hair like this one is. I mean the white color just would not disappear for quite a while. It was a good 2 1/2 minutes of me combing my hair in all directions, trying to get the white to soak all in and not make my hair look grey. It kind of made me laugh at how long it took, and I almost gave up and decided to just go with grey hair for the day, but it finally relented and went away.

  
Now, with all that combing, I became worried that I over worked the product and it wouldn’t hold my hair very well. I could not have been more wrong. This stuff gave me a really decent looking doo. I was very pleased with how well this paste made my hair look. It even held my cowlick in place really nicely. It didn’t split open, or wave out, or anything. This stuff did a great job of giving me a nice looking hairdo today. I’m very happy with the initial results of this stuff. Just based on this I can say I’ll be using this stuff quite often I think. Now let’s just hope it lasts throughout the day.

  
I checked my hair after a couple hours and decided to snap a picture from the other side. My hair hadn’t moved at all, and seemed to look like it did when I first combed and styled my hair. Which is a very uncommon thing, even with water based products. Naturally your hair sets up and moves slightly when it does. However, this stuff seemed to keep it firmly in place. Making it look like I had just styled my hair only seconds ago. This impressed me very much so. I am very much liking this new product from Bona Fide.

  
Even after the day was all said and done, my hair didn’t really seem to have moved at all. I snapped a picture from the front, to show that the front of my hair hadn’t drooped down or split at all. And neither had my cowlick at all, which really got me stoked. That thing splits like the damn Grand Canyon sometimes, I hate it. But this new matte paste held that sucker in place all day long! Very very stoked on that. I also happened to be wearing my Bona Fide t-shirt that day too, so I wanted to show that off. I haven’t worn it in quite some time as a matter of fact.

I also noticed that this paste doesn’t quite harden up like most other pastes do. It does set up a bit, but it’s not crunchy or hard, it’s more like how jelly is when it dries up slightly. Has a firm outer surface, but is somewhat easy to break. This stuff only flaked a little bit when I recombed my hair, but they went away quickly. By the way I didn’t recomb my hair with water, I just ran my comb through like I would if I had pomade in my hair. My hair also seemed to go back into place for the most part. I may have lost a little bit of height, but it wasn’t much. The main thing I noticed, was that I had one group/comb line of hair on the part side of my head, that just did not want to stay in place. It kept flopping down over my ear. I finally sprayed some water on the area and combed it back in hoping it would finally stay in place. However, all that did was make a couple small ones, and the kept falling down onto my ear. I eventually gave up and just tucked them behind my ear. Like with almost all water based products, this stuff rinses out with just a little bit of water. And this one didn’t dry my hair out too much either. It did feel a little dry, but not too much.

Overall, I’m very happy with this product and will definitely be using it more in the future. It has a unique texture and feel to it, combs in fairly easily, holds like an iron vice, and makes your hair look great. What more can I say? Get yourself a jar of this stuff pronto! And tell Luis that I sent ya. He might throw in a free comb and sticker or something for you. Really the only “negative” things I can say about it, and they’re not really even negative, is that it does take a little while to comb in the white color when you first apply it, and you may experience a little separation if you recomb your hair. However, the white color does go away after a little bit of combing, and you really don’t need to recomb your hair with this stuff. I only did so for the sake of the review. You shouldn’t have to recomb your hair unless you, or someone else, really messes it up. So do yourself a favor, and head to their website http://www.bonafidepomade.com and grab a jar or two of this stuff. It really is a great product! Luis, whoever you had working on this, they sure did a great job formulating it man. I’ll definitely be picking up more of this stuff when I’m out of my jar. Thank you again very much for sending this stuff to me to try out and review for you. I am sorry it took me a little longer than I had hoped to review it though. I have just been really busy with a lot of stuff and couldn’t seem to find the time to sit down and write reviews. However, I’m back up and writing now! So it shouldn’t be too too long before I get to your new Super Hold ringing gel. That’s definitely one I’m looking forward to trying out! I love their original one so much, that this new heavier version has very intrigued. Well, until the next Bona Fide installment….

Y’all wear the crown!

-JC