With the ever-growing market for pomade and brands popping up in every corner of the globe, it’s hard to keep up with all of the up and coming brands. Many of them prefer to stay comfortable in their small scenes, others take the risk to venture out to become apart of this dangerous world of pomade. And I say dangerous, because it’s much a bigger risk than the average pomade user realizes!
Unfortunately, more often than not, many of these up and coming brands get looked over by “serious” pomade users. Not only due to lack of reviews (I’m getting to em… ZING!) but also due to price points. For whatever reason, people can justify spending $20+ on a salon “quality” product from a company, but can’t spend more than $15 from an independent brand? Well, whatever you say!
But hey, what better way to ease into the scene, than getting a review by me? 😉
Lone Star Pomade happens to be one of those up and coming brands. Over the last 11 months, Chris Dallal spent time developing a water-soluble pomade that was able to cover bases that many pomades don’t; climate control and resistance to humidity. Right now, he’s offering a regular hold and a super hold. Both being able to hold up mohawks and pomps in Texas weather, you can only imagine how us California folks would do with this stuff!
Enough talk, onto the review!
Chris had sent me a sample of his regular hold, so the packaging is different from the actual product.
He’s gone the clean and simple white plastic tub route, with red, white, and blue detail and lettering. On the sample tub, the label on the cap reminded me of a baseball.
Unlike most, he went with a colorless product without an artificial scent. It’s a mix of new-school product with old-school, powdery scent. Something we haven’t seen in the water-soluble market, and definitely something I dig!
Scooping it out, I was surprised by its consistency… As we all know, most if not all water-soluble pomades feel like a semi-solid gel. This stuff however, has a gummy feel to it. The only other product I can think of, that is somewhat similar in terms of gumminess, is Grant’s Putty Pomade, except Grant’s has a fiber-y feel to it… In short, this stuff looks and feels like a thick rubber cement!
Don’t worry, it isn’t a rubber cement, it was just the easiest way to describe this stuff!
Due to its gummy properties, this stuff applies differently. Trying to apply it to dry hair, was nearly impossible. It would clump up, not allowing you to thoroughly spread it through your hair. Though this isn’t how I ever try to apply products to my hair, I know that some do, so I had to cover the bases.
I know a lot of guys usually apply pomade in their hair after a shower or as their hair is drying, and this product is made for just that. The wetness of your hair allows you to apply it with ease. It also helps give you that extra hold.
The gumminess is a major factor for this product; it makes styling feel as if you’re styling with a petrolatum based product, but with the hold of a water-soluble product. It also has enough hold for thick hair like mine or finer hair. Top it off with a classic scent, this stuff really is a great mix between new-school and old-school!
As I’ve said, styling with this stuff is as if you’re using a petrolatum based product. Meaning, you won’t have to worry about flat edges or not being able to get your hair bulbous. Take a look:
Now, in terms of sheen, there isn’t much. As with nearly all water-soluble gel-type pomades, you’re not gonna get any high sheen. But, it doesn’t dry completely matte, so you’ll get a bit of gloss, but not a whole lot.
Overall, I’m very surprised with this product! As I keep mentioning in this post, the mix of old-school and new-school is something that really makes this product stand out. Though there are cats who want that old-school feel with that new-school scent, there are those who want the exact opposite. Plus, the fact that it doesn’t remind me of another product, is a good thing!
Lone Star is definitely worth checking out, especially if you want a change from the usual water-soluble pomades. Believe me, it’s a change, and a good one at that! Head over to the online store here, to scoop some up.
Big thanks again to Chris!
Until the next time folks.