Livin' the High Life

Pomades for the curly haired…

Lockhart’s Heavy Pomade

Hello friends, how’s your hair treatin’ you? Bad you say? Uncontrollably curly, you say? Well guess what, sonny boy, I have just the solution! Pomade! And this pomade will do your hair justice! So there is this up and coming pomade company, by one of my Addicted To Pomade buddies, Steve Lockhart. He is an awesome dude, and brews a mean pomade. So he has a light, medium, heavy and the brand new Goon Grease, which is also a heavy. The one that appealed to me the most is of course the heavy, since I have curly hair. So on to the review then!

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The pomade comes in a black tin, with a beautifully designed, simple yet elegant, label. A very nice label which perfectly blends into the tin. I was so excited to pop open this tin!

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The pomade is a nice tan yellow color, and sweet Odin’s beard! It smells delicious! Like a mint chocolate chip frapuccino at Starbucks. I literally drove to Starbucks after applying it! One of the best scents on a pomade, hands down! Forgot to take a pics of the scoop, but it scooped out pretty soft for a heavy, but not so soft where you couldn’t tell it was a heavy. And yes, when I rubbed it in my hands, the scent got a lot stronger, oh god, did it get stronger. I just wanted to rub my face in my hands, I would risk the acne. So it rubbed it in my hair, and it spread super smooth, hardly any pull at all, and I don’t know if it was me, but my scalp felt all tingly, maybe the smell was getting to my head…

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Did this pomade make my hair look nice! It held pretty strong, but it did soften mildly in this 90 degree heat, but then again everything does haha. And the lanolin was a bit strong, but I talked to Steve and he said he did tone it down, which is awesome! Overall this is a great heavy pomade, it will work on curly hair, but just try to restrain yourself from eating the pomade, but you guys need it in your collection I give it a 8.9 out of 10. You can get some on Etsy.com or contact Steve directly. Until next time, friends.

-Marty Z.

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Schmiere Knuppelhart Pomade Review

Hey guys! It’s been a while! But I finally got time to review a solution to your curly, untamable hair! So I heard about this pomade by reading the Rebel Rouser blog, and this is the one that really caught my attention. Why you ask? Cause he claimed that it was “rock hard”, and that the hold was heavier than Mama June. It was pricey though at 16 bucks, but finally after almost 2 years, I finally got enough money to buy it, and for a great deal at pomades.com! So for the puzzling question, will this pomade hold curly hair? Let’s find out!

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This pomade come in a beautifully designed tin, with an awesome graphing of a crow with some sick hair. And since this pomade is German, most of the writing is in German. Germans are awesome by the way, like Rammatein and Mad Sin. And on the left side, you can see it has four different holds, and I got the one saying Knuppelhart, which means rock hard in German.

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When you pop it open, you see a nice blue colored waxy looking pomade. And the scent is a very familiar scent… It smells exactly like a salon I would get my cut when I was a kid, and it smelled like that in there because… They carried Johnny B. gel and pomade, and this pomade smells exactly like it. A nice musky cologne, a great scent filled with memories!

Now when I was about to dig into this pomade, I expecting to be hard, but damn, not THAT hard…

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Holy moly, this stuff hurt my finger! Breaking the first barrier really was “rock hard”. No bull, I found part of my nail in 2nd scoop, either it was really tough pomade, or I need more calcium in my diet But after scooping more of of it, it came out pretty creamy and a bit clumpy, and damn, did it smell awesome. And it rubbed in the hair, well, creamy!

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And did it my hair justice! It held like a champ, went out, ran some errands, and it didn’t even poof up or droop. Only downside was, I couldn’t get a lot of height with this pomade, but it’s ok, since I’ve been going for a more contoured, neat pomp. So will it hold curly hair, and the answer is… YES! especially in this summer heat. I give this pomade a solid 8.9 out of 10 cause some curly haired dudes want a heavy pomade with a little lift, but this one lacks a bit of lift. You can get it at rockabilly-rules.com or pomades.com
Until next time, which I promise will sooner than you think… See ya!

-Martin Z.

Kustom Kreeps Death Grip Pomade Review

Hey guys, how’s that pompadour of yours?! I hope it’s holding still and it’s lookin’ full! So this review will be about one I’ve been dying to try since I started greasing back in high school, it is Kustom Kreeps Death Grip pomade, and boy was I excited to try it. Well on to the review then.

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It comes in a 4 oz. flat tin, and the design for the label is really cool, it is a skull with a serious psycho quiff, and a couple of switchblade combs. The label was the thing that sold me in the first place!

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When you open it, what you see in side is a dark grey waxy looking pomade. And it has an awesome scent of wood, it smells exactly like a nice cedar wood or sandalwood, with a slight undertone of what I’m guessing is the microwax scent.

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Now when I scooped it out, I was pleasantly surprised. It felt exactly like Cock Grease XX, Devillan Black Label Harder than Hell or Tipsy, I’m guessing all these companies use the same microwax for their brews, cause they feel the same. And i was pleasantly surprised cause, I love the texture of those pomades! It also spread in the palms and hair fairly easy with that waxy resistance when you usually apply a heavy pomade. But boy, did it hold up nicely.

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This pomade, of course, held up like a champ! And I actually got a lot of compliments from people on the scent, my sister said it smells like manliness haha. Anyway, the pomade held my curls all day, did not melt in the sun, and that’s a good thing since its summer. I give this pomade a 9.2 out of 10 because while it does have great hold, it wasn’t the best heavy hold I tried, but that was about it, this is a solid pomade. You guys can get it at sourpussclothing.com and trust me, you guys would love this!

Til next time…

-Marty Z.

High Life Heavy Pomade By Dax

Hey guys! Ya miss me? Of course you did! So I got a very special brew for you guys this time. So if you may or moy not have heard, Dax Hair Care, the guys that came up with such great pomades as Green and Gold, Wave and Groom, and Short and Neat have bought out the High Life pomade, so they brew it now! Anyway, to the review!
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The product comes in, well, basically a larger version of the of the original tin, this one comes in a 3.5 ounce tin, but it’s more like a 6 ounce tin if you ask me. And its the same label as the original tin, you can barely tell the difference amongst them, except the size of course…
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As you can see, the difference from the original tin on the right, and the new one on the left, even the original one is in a 4 ounce tin, and the new on is in a 3.5 ounce tin, you get more product in the 3.5 ounce tin even though the original tin comes in a 4 ounce ti… Oh no, I’ve gone crosseyed… Well, you guys can see what I mean.
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As soon as you open the tin, you smell that familiar coconut scent we know from the High Life pomade line we’ve all came to love. But there are some slight differences to this new and improved product. For instance, it seems like a ghost white, seemingly see through, but not. And it seems to be waxier? Ooo goody, me likey the waxy pomades.

As I got very excited to apply to my hair, I forgot to take a picture of the scoop… oh well, I just have to explain it to you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ when I scooped it out, holy crap I was not expecting this, like AT ALL. When I dug my finger, it was super thick, yet easy to dig out, and very…gummy. Weird, felt nothing like the original High Life Heavy, which is a very greasy like pomade in my opinion, and soft. But this High Life Heavy by Dax it felt…better!!! When I dug into this pomade, it felt right, it felt perfect, thick yet soft, hard yet creamy. Damn, it was love at first sight..er..touch. I think Dax has perfected this product. Now when it spread in my hands, it was pretty waxy, but creamy, I don’t think that makes sense, but I guess you guys just have to try it.
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When I put it in my hair, I felt some resistance, like every good heavy pomade goes in, but what do you freakin’ expect it to go in like, hair cream? But damn, did it has some great hold! This pomade has came back with a vengeance! And it has a nice shine, not matte, but not greasy, right in between. It held all day today, perfectly! Perfect pomade for the summer. So I’d like to thank Donald Joy and everybody at Dax Hair Care for making a new and improved High Life pomade, and for sending me this and the Voodoo Brew. Now they don’t start selling this until around June 15th, so when it comes out, you can go to highlifepomade.com and daxhaircare.com and get some! Seriously they carry a Light, Medium, Heavy, and Voodoo Brew I and II, and you guys really need this in your hair.
I give this stuff a 11 out of 10, and it has earned every single point of that.
Until next time…

-Martin Z.

Blackjack Doubledown Pomade

Hello fellow grease heads, it’s been a while since I’ve done a review, but here we go. I heard about this pomade from the best group on Facebook, Addicted to Pomade. And I find out about every pomade I buy, and damn, are there some amazing pomades out there. These pomades I speak of are made by homebrewers, which means they brew their own pomade at home (duh!) Anyway, this pomade is made by Mike Moose Brooks and damn, did he really hit it out of the ballpark with this pomade, it is damn near the perfect heavy pomade. I mean, just look at that design! It’s awesome!

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It comes in a 4 ounce flat tin, and it has a design of what seems to be a skeleton with a pomp playing Blackjack, hence the name of the pomade, Blackjack Doubledown. The ingredients of the pomade are on the bottom of the tin, and are really simple ingredients, Petroleum, Microcrystalline Wax and Scent. How the heck is the pomade so great with only 3 simple ingredients?!

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When you open it, you see this whiteish, clearish pomade, with a magnificent scent of a manly cologne powder. The scent reminds me of a stronger Clubman aftershave, I really love the scent.

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Scooping it out was really surprising, it scooped out surprisingly easy for a heavy, like way easier than any wax pomade I ever tried. I really love the consistency of this pomade, I wish there was more pomades with the same texture of this pomade. It spread a bit tough like most waxbased pomade, but it straigthened my hair like a champ! And man, was that manly scent strong in my hair! And it had a nice medium shine to it!

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A super heavy pomade, with a shine! As a said before, hit it out of the ballpark. And the best part is..IT’S HEATPROOF! I was out today in 80-90 degree weather today, and it held all day, and the scent stayed strong. I definitely recommend this pomade, it is in my top five favorite pomades. I give it a 9.5 out of 10, because it feels that the tin is too small, and I NEED MOAR.
Well ’til next time guys..

-Marty Z.

Shiner Gold Pomade Review

Hello true believers and blog readers, I will be your host for this pomade review…and I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜‰
This time I will a review a new product, a watersoluble product, and it is a great product!

So every month or so I go to Downtown Upland to get my haircut at the Upland Barbershop which is the best barbershop I’ve ever been to! And everytime after my haircut I go to this one little shop a few steps from the barbershop called The Atomic Boutique, which is a rockabilly/psychobilly type clothing, which happens to sell pomade (I live 10 minutes from there!) and I always pick up a pomade from there if I have some extra cash. This time I went and I was looking around with my girlfriend when it caught my eye… the one pomade I’ve been dying to try and it finally landed in my lap… Shiner Gold. So I know then and there, I had to have it! It was odd though because I looked on there website earlier that day and I didn’t see it on their website, but it was there at the store, along with all the other pomades (then I remembered I told the guys at Shiner Gold about the place) and I bought it along with some Cock Grease XX, best shit ever! It was kind of a bummer though when I got home. The tin I got was pretty dented up and seemed to have less than the tester I saw. But I was just glad I got some, it was the last tin there!

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The tin is very classic looking for a new/waterbased product, but it is very presentable and nice to look at (even the tin is shiny!) it had the printed on logo on a twist top tin, very nice job on the tin!

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When I opened the tin, *whew* the smell just punched me in the face. It is a wonderful sweet tropical scent that will linger around your nose hair and make you nipples hard. I love the scent of this stuff, it is magnificent and it perfectly matches the beautiful gold color of this pomade.

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Now when I scooped it out, I totally wasn’t expecting this..but it was THICK. Damn Shiner Gold made the perfect waterbased already, I wish I had the money to buy more of this stuff, but being young and without a job is a pain in the ass! Man this stuff is gummy too and it spreads smooth like its bonding with your hands and giving your palms a hug. Applying it too was so dang simple, no pull and it combs smooth and holds your hair straight up! Don’t believe me ? Check it out..

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Yea.. this is some serious shit! And it has a very good shine for a waterbased, it will where off in a couple hours, but it still has a nice gloss to it even after it dries. This pomade is so amazing that I hate using it because if I use it it will run out and I don’t wanna run out because I love it (Does that even make sense?) Any way I give this pomade a 11 out of 10, is that even possible? It is now, this pomade is too good to be on the rating scale. Thanks to everyone at Shiner Gold for making an amazing waterbased pomade. No one has yet perfected the watebased pomade by making a waterbased that doesn’t harden, but I believe with enough research, Shiner Gold will blow Layrite’s Super Shine out of the water *pun intended* and make a HEAVY waterbased pomade with a long lasting shine and that is entirely recombable.
Until next time..

-Martin Z.

Sweet Georgia Brown Purple Waterbased Pomade/Hair Dressing

Hello my friends, this time I’m reviewing a now rare gem that is now sadly DISCONTINUED, and that sucks because it is a really great product. Anyway, I came across this grease while looking at posts on Addicted to Pomade (how else would I find pomade) and saw that a local barbershop was carrying the now DISCONTINUED Sweet Georgia Brown Purple, and I knew I had to have it. So I kept commenting on the post if I could order it online, but I never got a straight answer, I went 25 minutes from where I lived, all the way from Ontario to Montebello (anywhere 1 hour or less from where I live I consider local) and picked me up some Sweet Georgia Brown Purple and some Dax Neat Waves, and the guy also gave me the SGB Purple and a comb plus a Dax Wave and Groom sample. The guy was really nice, but he did talk quite a bit, but it’s all good. Anyway.. on to the review!

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Now the tin is gawgeous! It’s basically how all the SGBs look except it’s purple!ย  And I love the whole design of the tin, it’s just b-e-a-utiful! It is also rimmed in yellow and surrounded by tiny flowers, beautiful tin design (WHY DID THEY DISCONTINUE IT!!)

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Once you open it, inside is a whitish shiny hair dressing, with the sweet scen of MOTHERFRICKING GRAPES!! I love grapes, especially Grape Jolly Ranchers and Grape Swisher Sweets and Grape Drank and Grapes and… well… I LOVE grapes. If you like grapes, I suggest you buy this, IF you can find it.

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When you scoop it out, it’s a bit thick for a hair dressing but when you rub it in your palms it gets really oily and well… GREASAYY! This stuff is really greasy, so it won’t have a bunch of hold unless you have really straight, really fine hair. But hold up, curly haired dudes, this is still a wise purchase and I will tell you why…

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Dat Shine! This grease is fucking shiny as hell! The shine is greater than Royal Crown, but that’s just my opinion. I used SGB Blue mixed with SGB Purple in this picture, because this by itself SGB purple won’t hold by itself unless you have really fine hair. But damn, it is a great topper for shine, it is hands down my favorite topper with any heavy pomade, wax or even waterbased. Yes waterbased, since this pomade is kind of waterbased, I say kind of waterbased because it does petro in it so it doesn’t wash all the way out with water, but it will with any shampoo.
So I give this stuff a 10 out of 10 on shine, and a 3 out of 10 on hold, since I have curly hair, it won’t hold, but still, the best topper ever.
Til next time..
-Martin Z.

Grim Grease Pomade Review

Hello my friends, I got another review for you guys today! This one is one of other personal favorites because it has one of the greatest smells and textures I’ve ever tried. This pomade is made by one of the guys on the Addicted to Pomade Facebook page, which I would like to give a shout out to, Fransisco Esquivel, for making a great pomade, this stuff fucking magnificent, I have to get more real soon! So on to the review! This was my first flat black pomade tin, I was so used to the regular pomade tins, so this was something new for me. The label is pretty fucking cool, it’s a green greaser dude, with an awesome jelly roll hairstyle, smoking a cigarette. Now me personally, I kind of don’t like cigarrettes, but this make me crave a nice cigar! It says Grim Grease in a cool looking font on the top and bottom, with heavy hold on the sides. Now when you open it, HOLY SHIT, this pomade is green. Like Voodoo Brew 2. This is a cool color for a pomade! There has to be more pomades colored like this ( Hint hint, home brewers)
I apologize for the no pics between the sentences, I do these reviews on my phone, and its been acting up and I can’t post between the sentences,so I will post a four frame pic at the end of the review!
So when you open this pomade you get a whiff of a deep natural coconut scent not that scent fruity scent but a masculine coconut, it’s an amazing scent.
When you scoop it out, it’s kind of tough at first, but it is easier to scoop out than other waxy pomades I’ve tried. But it rubs super creamy in your hands! Total mind fuck! And it spreads really smooth, and it held LIKE A BOSS! Anyway this pomade is amazing, I apologize for the weird review but blame my phone not me..
I give this pomade a 9.7 out of 10!
Til next time..
-Martin Z.

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My curly haired transformation, done in 30 minutes…

Hey guys, I just wanted to give you guys some inspiration, to get that pomp you’re going for. I’m feeling like the mexican curly haired Braveheart haha. But you know, never say you can’t pomp your curly hair, because if I can do it, you can do it…

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And here’s the proof..
Til next time
-Martin. Z

Bonafide Pomade Review

Hello my friends, how you guys been doing? Pomping that curly hair? Slicking back those curls? Hair looking good? AAALLLRIGHTY THEN!
This time I will review one of the up and coming waterbased pomades, I found about them when one of my blog readers, Jonathan Garcia, commented on one of my posts and asked if I knew about or have heard about Bonafide Pomade, and I searched it and I found about it, and then they started talking about it on the Addicted to Pomade group on Facebook, ,and this review was LONG overdue, shit a lot of pomade reviews have been long overdue, but man when I want to post one I’m busy and when I have a chance to post one I’m too lazy or I forget. But now I have a chance to post one, and I shall post one. But posting isn’t a quick thing, you gotta take a pic of the the tin/can/jar/etc. then of the inside, the scoop out so you guys can see what it looks like scooped out, then you gotta do your hair, then you take pictures of that masterpiece you have created with a brush and a comb, then you gotta come up with quirky pomade related puns to make your audince chuckle, smile or in rare cases, make them “LOL”.
Anyway, enough blabbin’, on to the review!

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The container is really nice, very different, very unique, I love the design. It has its name in big bold letter, with two crossed switchblade combs on top, I have one of those, I rarely use it though, the bristles are too small, what if I’m combing mytheย  curly thick hair, and it breaks, then I would be sad..
The color of the container is an amber with the red and yellow logos…

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When you open it…ermahgerd, it smells like heaven, like literally die and go to heaven, I imagine it would smell exactly like this pomade. Clean, fresh, sexy scent, I want a fucking shampoo, conditioner AND bodywash that smells like this. The color of this pomade seems to be an amber/brown color…

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Until, you scoop it out, then it turns yellow? (What sorcery is this?) It turns out the container is actually see through, and the tin is what actually makes the pomade so dark, but in reality, its a clear yellow color. Now I love this pomade, I have curly thick hair, and when you scoop this stuff out, you would think it will have weak hold right? WRONG!

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Dat hold! This pomade has some hold! It doesn’t have the hold of Acme Axl Grease, Cock Grease, or Murray’s Edgewax, i but it has pretty damn decent hold for a weak feeling waterbased, but it surprises you. It spreads in your hair really light, like a light grease, but POW!, it has awesome hold, or like it says on the logo, Superior Hold. Now this stuff has the shine like a grease too! Well it shines like this for at least 4 to 5 hours then it hardens, but not like gel, its pretty recombable for a waterbased. I know my hair looks straight, but trust me I have curly hair, it used to be pube curly, and really course, just unbearable, but lemme tell you guys something.. contitioner, a brush, and a tight beanie are your best friends, trust me.
A funny story though when I ordered the Bonafide Pomade though, true story, I ordered it on Black Friday, and it was taking a while to get here and when I checked the tracking number, it said undeliverable as addressed, well ain’t that about a bitch? So I contacted Luis and told him what had happened, and he said no worries! He said he’d send me another one,with STICKERS! ๐Ÿ˜€ So a BIG thanks to Luis and the guys at Bonafide Pomade, for the extra stickers and for having such an amazing product. The best though, I could buy it locally now, they sell it at Theatomicboutique.com which is 15 min from my house!
So I give this pomade a 10 out of 10, its awesome!
Til next time

-martin z.