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Pomade Review: Uppercut Deluxe

FINALLY!!!

Now, for those who don’t know, I was originally supposed to review Uppercut Deluxe quite a few months ago. But, with a large hole in the shipping envelope, the product was lost forever, and the jokes about the mailman/customs handler having good hair would run on for months! After patiently waiting for the right time, a replacement was shipped out from Down Under, and landed safely in my hands!

Ok, enough of the gibber-jabber, on to the review!

When I first saw this product, I remember seeing a white, plastic container. It was very much so like any of the other plastic containers that water-soluble products are stored in. This time around, we get (in my honest opinion) one of the ILLEST pomade tin designs on the market!

If this tin design ain’t killer, I don’t know what is!

The black base container with the red lid is a solid color combo. But, the image on the lid, is what really sets the packaging off!

The red, white and black of the image is printed on the tin. The background however, is left bare, which makes the image really pop! In the right light, the reflection from the bare tin sort of makes the image of the two boxers seem 3-D.

Twisting the lid off, I was expecting to see an orange-colored gel-pomade. (I could’ve sworn that was the original color.) But I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was root-beer colored! Sorry folks, that’s as far as the root-beer resemblance goes, as this stuff smells like vanilla. But hey, we’re not complaining!

Now, there’s been talk saying that this is one of the heaviest water-soluble pomades on the market. Not heavy as in real strong and thick, but heavy as in: it weighs your hair down. Which is something surprising to me, as other water-soluble pomades do the exact opposite.

The consistency feels a bit thicker and has a slightly stickier feel than the other water-soluble pomades in this market. After toying around with it and a few other water-soluble pomades, I started to see what people were talking about…

At first as I was applying it through my hair, it didn’t feel the way it was described. But as I was trying to style it, I started to see what they meant…

As most water-soluble pomades are, they aren’t the most malleable things on the planet. If you comb it flat, it’ll be flat. It’s a bit harder to style your pomp in a bulbous way. This pretty much goes for all water-soluble pomades… Uppercut Deluxe is no exception.

While it is a tad heavier on the hair than most water-soluble pomades, which does make styling with it slightly difficult, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Take a look:

The weighing down of the hair is very miniscule. Most people, won’t notice a thing. The most you’ll notice is the more gel-ish finish you’ll get, after styling. By this, I’m referring to how the hairs on the side and back are separated, as if it were gelled. Damn, that’s tough to describe, hopefully you folks see what I’m talkin’ about!

The fact that this stuff doesn’t dry to a matte finish, will definitely catch the eye of water-soluble pomade lovers. A major gripe with water-soluble pomades that most folks have, is that they don’t have any sheen. As you can tell in the pic, it does leave the hair with a bit of gloss, which is a nice touch.

Overall, I dig this product. It’s a nice take on water-soluble pomades, especially since it comes from outside of the US! Unlike an unmentionable brand, this one doesn’t sit in Layrite’s shadow! The only drawback to this brand, is that it’s difficult for me to prescribe to people. Not because of its properties, but because it’s coming all the way from Australia! Fortunately, Johnny D’s Barbershop stocks this stuff, and I’m sure he’s more than willing to ship these out to cats around the US! The killer tin design is more than enough justification to have this pomade in your collection! Trust me folks, it’s that awesome!

Big thanks to Kiera and the folks at Uppercut Deluxe!

Till the next time folks.

Pomp Hard!

Round Two: An Uppercut, Right Out Of Australia!

Since the post office lost my package, I’ve been asked numerous times about Uppercut Pomade. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to answer any questions, (maybe my post man could.) But, after getting back in contact with the Kiera, a few emails later, and 6 months after, we are back in business!

Big thanks to Kiera and the kind folks at Uppercut Deluxe! They’ve got some cool stuff coming out soon, so stay tuned!

An Uppercut, Right Out Of Australia!

Maybe that title was a little corny…

A lot of people are looking for new, water soluble pomades. The greasy pomades are getting a little too harsh for most to handle, on a day to day basis. And here in the US, we have a lot of brands, Layrite and Grant’s to name a couple. But across the waters, other brands are coming out of the woodwork, and are coming correct. One of those brands my friends, is Uppercut.

Funny enough, I stumbled across this brand, when I wasn’t looking for pomades or rockabilly shit. I just literally stumbled upon it. What luck, right? Sent out an email to the ever so friendly and helpful Ms. Kiera, who happened to be willing to ship me out a little care package.

Now, this brightened up my day! Not only was she one of the few to actually reply professionally from a pomade brand, but she was helpful and very generous.

I asked her if anyone behind Uppercut was into martial arts or fighting, as I have practiced it in the past, and enjoy watching MMA and boxing. Of course I’d assume that, as well… The brands name is Uppercut, and there are two boxers on the logo. But here’s what she told me…

“The boxing inspiration is more from the sub-culture rather than actual styles of fighting, it holds that raw tradition and is masculine.”

And you know what… I can dig it. Opened my eyes to a whole new brand. A lot of US brands like to focus on being US made and such. Where as Uppercut has their products focusing in on masculinity, something that some fellas need to realize. While that cucumber-melon lotion smells good, IT’S WRONG! GET SOME MASCULINE SHIT MOTHER FUCKER, LIKE KEROSENE! Just kidding.

Fast forward to today…

I got a package! Well, a note saying my package is at the post office. So, I got up early, washed my hair, and went out to pick it up. To find the post office wasn’t opened till 8:30. Fuckin A. Left, got gas, food, went home and ate, then went back.

Clearly I was a little excited. One thing bothered me, the package had a hole in the bottom, felt light and soft… Didn’t feel any container inside. Maybe she had slipped in a sample size?

So… The “2nd” notice was yesterday, when was the first notice? Hm…

As soon as I got home, I ripped the package open and look what I got!!!

Wow, what a shitty photo. I’m sorry, I didn’t see how it looked until now. This is live train of thought folks!

What presentation, right? A typed letter, a catalogue, a big ass sticker, and a t-shirt! But wait, where’s the pomade?

Well folks. That’s what I want to know too. Ontop of not having the pomade in the package, the folder and everything was wet. What the fuck USPS???

As soon as I saw that hole in the packaging, I knew it was bad news. I went back over to the post office, had to wait in line (we all know how shitty that is,) and got “greeted” but someone who just hates their lives so much, they have to be utterly useless. And by utterly, I mean…

Me: “So… Can’t you just look around where you picked it up, to see if it slipped out?”
Lady: “No, I can’t do that. Fill out the form and submit it.”
Me: “So you’re just gonna be completely useless, right?”
Lady: Moo

So instead of pomade, I get PAPER!!!

Yeah… A total bummer for me. I’ve been looking forward to this pomade for a couple of weeks now. To the point where I almost didn’t think I was getting it! And thanks to the USPS, I didn’t!

Oh well. Better luck next time, right?

I just wanted to give a big thanks to Kiera. Not just for offering to send me some goodies, but for also being real helpful and helping me understand the brand.

Not only do they offer pomade, they also have a full line of mens health care. So fellas, if you’re also looking for some good shampoos, conditioners, facewash, body wash, t-shirts, definitely check out Uppercut. I mean, pomade and shampoo is almost synonymous , but a whole line of products like that? These cats must be doing it right.

They’re also planning to release a “Monster Hold” pomade, due later this year. Aimed for the rockers who want to keep their pomps high and tight. I know quite a few people who are looking forward to that. So more info on that when it’s out.

So don’t forget to check out this brand. Their customer service is excellent and their products are solid.

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