Well folks, it’s that time again!
This round of pomade reviews, we’ve got a few samples from Johnny B. As I’ve mentioned before, I found this stuff while looking at products at a not so local beauty supply shop. Unfortunately, no one has bought the product, so they had no feedback from it, whatsoever. Nor did their sister shop, a couple of cities down. So, I took it upon myself to contact Johnny B. directly and get a sample. I know I’m not the only cat who has spotted this stuff at a shop, so why not? Afterall, I’m here to find out which products are the best products, old (especially old stuff!) and the new.
I prefer to try my stuff out in order, lightweight to heavyweight. So, we’ll start off with the original hold.
Of course, I received a sample package, so all the logos are exactly the same. A guy with what looks to be a pompadour with a Little Richard stach’. As well as Johnny B. in bold letters, across the front.
The original hold happens to be their “greasiest” product. While all of their products say “Adds Shine. Never Sticky. Holds Any Style,” this product happened to be very shiny. So if they all “add shine” they all must be greasy? Not quite… They all have different textures and consistencies. But of course, this is the lightweight product, so it will be the greasiest, and the rest won’t be.
Off the bat, this stuff has a pretty strong scent, just like the shampoo paste. Instead of that badass mint scent, this stuff has a fresh scent, somewhat like a deodorant. You know how fresh deodorant smells, so use your imagination.
Texturally, it’s hard before you touch it. But as soon as you mix it around your palms, it breaks up into a very thin gel. So it’s very easy to spread around your palms. Like Schmiere (Weich) or Deluxe, but not “as hard,” (that’s what she said.) But, hard before you touch it. You wish that’s what she said…
Now… This brand takes pride in being “Never Sticky.” And if you’ve messed around with the petrolatum pomades, you’ll see how sticky they are. Sometimes, it’s not such a good thing. When you comb a certain part of your hair, a few stray hairs will stick to the parts you would’ve wished didn’t move. Then you gotta do it all over again, and all that jazz. Well, maybe Johnny B. original hold pomade is the answer to that?
Maybe it’s me having thick and wavy hair, but I don’t think so… Unfortunately, the original hold was really lacking the sticky-icky-icky that’s needed to style hair. Especially a pompadour, where you want the hairs to stick together and form the pomp. I was able to pull of a slicked side part, but this isn’t what we’re about, is it fellas? We want the pomp! And the pomp, wasn’t able to be fulfilled with this stuff… But it does add a nice sheen!
Though I was able to do a side part, this product added a little too much volume, making the combed hair sit up, rather than slicked down. Not something you want, when slicking your hair down.
Don’t rule this product out, just yet. For you cats who like the messy look, where you just run your fingers back through your hair, this stuff will work just right. When you go for such hairstyles, you want that sort of volume in your hair, or else that sloppy hairstyle won’t look so nice. Plus, when you’re going for that style, you don’t want to add product to your hair everyday. This stuff doesn’t wash out with just water. So for you messy haired fucks who don’t shower often by like to have your hair styled, this is the stuff for you! But for us cats who rock the pomp, it’s not for us.
Overall, I’m not unimpressed so far with Johnny B. products, as I love the shampoo paste. But this original hold, that has the most sheen of the products, which I had high hopes for (shit, I just love sheen!,) just isn’t for me.
Well, there you have it folks. One down, three to go. So stay tuned!