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Long time no updates and no videos!
Finally got some time to make a quick video, showing y’all how you can get a bigger and fuller pomp with a simple blowdry styling technique, all while using a light pomade! I’ve gotten several requests to do so, so why not? Hope y’all dig it!
With the popularity of water-soluble pomades on the rise, you can expect some more reviews by yours truly! I mean, why not? Y’all know I’m not one of those who hates on water-soluble pomades because they’re not “grease.” Well no fucking shit they’re not grease! They’re gel-type water-soluble pomades, you fuck! Anyways… I got a few inquiries about Bona Fide Pomade, so of course I had to investigate! Hit up Luis and got a package with the quickness. Having not heard anything about this stuff and only knowing it was a water-soluble pomade, got me excited and put it to use right away. So let’s check it out!
This pomade is packaged in a nice plastic container with red labeling and yellow trim. On the top, it has the ever-so favorited switchblade combs crossed into an X. The label reads “Superior Hold,” so let’s see how much of that is true.
Opening up the container, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find this cola colored pomade filled to the brim. I mean, literally! It’s not too often you’ll find a water-soluble pomade that leaves some excess on the lid. With a pleasant floral scent, having that much excess is a good thing! Don’t worry, fellas, this isn’t potpourri type scents, just a subtle refreshing floral scent. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you for carrying a pocket full of daisies! Well, actually…
Scooping it out, it feels lighter than most water-soluble pomades on the market, but nowhere near as light as Tres Flores Molding Pomade. And if you didn’t dig the scent from Tres Flores, you’d dig the subtle sweet scent Bona Fide Pomade offers; to me, it has a light apple scent.
Applying this stuff is a breeze… As I mentioned, you don’t get a sticky texture to this stuff. It applies real nice and smoothly, leaving your hands with little to no excess, assuring you that you’re putting all of this product to use and not wasting even a bit of it. I was surprised at how easily it applied to dry hair, without giving you those sticky patches we all get once in a while… YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I MEAN! And whatever excess you may have left on your hands, it washes right off, without having to rub your palms together. This, for me, was a definite plus! Since I had also used this stuff on a few cats, I didn’t have to waste too much/any time at the sink to rinse off the pomade. I mean, why would you want your barber to spend more time washing pomade off of their hands, than on your hair?
Combing my hair into a pomp was a piece of cake. With a wet comb, it feels as if you’re combing through your hair with nothing but water in it. No tugging goin’ on here! And for most, it’s a concern, as they feel they’re ripping hair out… which they probably are. So, for you who hate that beautiful struggle between comb, pomade, and hair, you may want to look into this stuff.
It finishes with a nice glossy finish, but doesn’t overly harden like some water-soluble pomades with similar finishes. Definitely a surprising touch, as we all know how the story goes!
Personally, I wouldn’t say the hold is one of the strongest on the market, as I wasn’t able to get a tall pomp out of this pomade (even with two of my applications of pomade.) But, as most of y’all know, I’ve been rockin’ the more conservative profiled pomp, so it’s not really a big deal for me. But, for you cats who dig the big & tall pomps, I can’t say this stuff would give you what you’re looking for. It overall allows me to comb a nicely shaped pomp, and that’s all that matters to me. Take a look!
The only real downside I’ve noticed from this pomade, is that it flakes more-so than most, when combed through after it settles. While not leaving you with chunks of flakes, it’s still a noticeable downside. But, if you’re like me and you wet-comb instead of dry combing a water-soluble pomade, you’ll be in the clear. But, if you like to dry comb water-soluble pomades, you may be out of luck. But as I’ve said, it’s not something a bit of water couldn’t fix!
Holding up in the heat, I noticed that this stuff didn’t melt all over my face. But, my slicked down sides did fluff up after a bit, and weren’t as slicked as I had initially styled them. Fortunately, the pomp didn’t suffer any loss of shape, which is definitely a good thing!
Overall, this is a great alternative to the once favored, but now unfortunately discontinued Monkey Brains. On the lighter end of the water-soluble pomade market, a sweet yet subtle scent, and is one, if not, the cheapest water-soluble pomade around, it’s a good pomade to have on deck. So, for those who want something to replace the pricier water-soluble pomades, I’d definitely say you should check this out. But, just don’t expect to have the same hold. Then again, why would they want to imitate another pomade???
Big thanks again to Luis at Bona Fide Pomade. I definitely dug this stuff, and have used it more often than I expected!
Until the next time,
Got a nice package from Grant & co!
Major ups to Grant and co. at Grant’s Golden Brand! They’ve always shown support for my blog, as well as my ventures into the barbering lifestyle. Seeing this shirt put a smile on my face, and I’ll definitely be wearing this shirt at the barber battle in Long Beach! So if any of y’all barbers see this shirt, come say what’s up! Quality products, with quality service, from quality folks!
Thanks again, Grant!
This past month, I’ve taken quite a few requests for pompadour haircuts. While my skill level is no where near Hawleywood’s, Schorem, or Mr. Ducktail’s barbering skills, I know it takes time and practice to get up there… Well, A LOT of time and practice! Regardless, here are a few recent cuts that I’m not ashamed of, and hopefully you folks aren’t, either! C&C always welcomed.
Big thanks for the support, I most definitely appreciate it. If you’re in the Bay Area, Ca and want to schedule a haircut, shoot me an email: email@example.com. Also include what pomade you want me to use on you! And yes, I’ll whip out the good ol’ Dixie Peach and Mr. Ducktail’s for ya! Or even a custom cocktail, depending on your needs!
Over the last few months, I’ve carries around my Kent Sawcut 7T pocket comb. I just wanted to add a bit of “class” to my back pocket accessories. After a few too many bent-toothed Unbreakables, I figured this handmade tortoise shell comb would be choice. So, ‘how did I like it,’ you ask? Well let’s take a look!
They’re nearly the same length, albeit the Kent being a few millimeters longer and thicker. The size difference is very minute and hardly makes a difference when it’s in your back pocket. The only difference that matters, is the spacing between the teeth!
The 7T is their fine toothed model. Not nearly as fine as their 20T model, nor the fine toothed end on the Unbreakable. For me, this makes getting the hair slicked tight, real difficult. The finer the teeth- the slicker the hair. Also, the teeth aren’t pointed like plastic combs, but rather blunt or rounded, which makes styling not all that easy.
A reason why people prefer tortoise shell over plastic combs, is because they’re more comfortable on the scalp. Since the teeth don’t comb to a point, they don’t scratch. But since they don’t come to a point, it’s somewhat hard to style with it, since they can’t really “grab” hair all that well. Though these pocket combs are really used to tidy up, rather than style, it’s much easier to style with a plastic pocket comb.
As you can see, a bit of the gold lettering on the comb has scraped off. This comb has definitely seen its better days! After a couple months, plastic combs would have to be replaced since the teeth bend real easily (Well, if you haven’t lost it by then, haha.) I’ve had several bend after the first use, when combing a heavy pomade! But, this Kent has held up nicely, no teeth are bent too out of place and none have snapped! I couldn’t imagine replacing a Kent as frequently as I would an Unbreakable!
The price on these bad boys are quite high, especially when compared to your ordinary plastic pocket comb. Averaging at about $10 a piece, it’s a somewhat hard price to swallow, considering you can get 20 Unbreakables for that price! But, the craftsmanship and history alone justifies the price.
My overall thoughts on this comb, as an everyday pocket comb?
While I dug the touch of “class” it brought to my every day carry, I found myself carrying either an Unbreakable or a palm comb along with it. For me, I prefer my hair to be real slicked down tight, and the Kent couldn’t bring that to the table. Most of the times I had to do touch ups to my hair, it actually got a bit sloppier. Combing through parts of my hair that were already slicked, to blend in the stray hairs, raised the hair off I my head, not keeping it as slicked tight as I like. Had the teeth either been finer or sharper, then it would’ve made a world of difference. I know the 20T has finer teeth, but they’re MUCH shorter, which doesn’t fit my needs.
Overall, it’s still a great comb, but not necessarily a great every day pocket comb. I see myself using this to evenly comb in pomade before styling, but other than that, I’ll be keeping this comb at home.
Well folks, that’s all for now. I know a lot of you dig Ace combs, but I don’t like the way they make them now. If any of you have a new one, that’s still rubber instead of hard plastic, let me know!
Until the next time.