The cool thing about pomade, is seeing different takes on it. Whether it’s water-soluble or not, a few unique ingredients, or just different scents- whatever it is, I dig it. With Beesknees Pomade, the unique twist on it may be a surprise to many… NO PETROLATUM. Now, this ingredient is in almost EVERY pomade out there, even the washable ones. So, let’s see how this pomade fares without it!
Taking a different take on the pomade, Drew chose to use the flatter 3oz tins, as opposed to the stout ones we’re very much used to. If you want to carry some in your pocket, you can do so without having an awkward pocket bulge! As if you don’t already have one, when you’re at burlesque shows… I know I do… just kidding… maybe… hopefully…
The logo on the label is one you should be familiar with, if you paid attention in history class:”
Here’s a little tidbit from the website:
“You may also notice the logo resembles that of the Seabees, this was intentional. The Seabees were one of the critical game changers for us in WWII, they also had some damn good looking hair while protecting our country. My mothers side of the family has a Naval background, and my fathers side has a Marines background. I wanted to pay tribute to their hard work which has helped to defend our nation. That is why I pay my respect to them through my logo.”
Adding personal details like this into your products, is always a nice touch and definitely appreciated!
Opening it up, you get a dark-natural pomade with a subtle peppermint scent.
Scooping it out reveals that this stuff is sticky. And by sticky, I mean holy fuck it was sticky! Definitely one of the stickiest products I’ve ever used.
Due to its stickiness, it made applying the pomade a little difficult. It wasn’t able to thoroughly coat my hair, as it would get stuck halfway through, which meant I had to use another fingers worth of pomade for the back side. I know you’re thinking, “why not just comb the rest through?” I did and it didn’t work.
If you thought washing out pomade from your hair was hard, washing this stuff from your hands is gonna be even harder! I’ve used soap, dish soap, baby wipes, AND shampoo to get this stuff off of my hands, in hot water. I know a lot cats like to just rub your pomade into your jeans, I do too, but I wasn’t wearing pants at the time… Oh well…
Note: This stickiness comes from the lack of petrolatum.
After dealing with that sticky situation (GET IT?!) comes the styling. The stickiness gave some (yet slight) troubles to the styling. For whatever reason, stickier products usually give your hair some “bounce,” which meant I couldn’t get certain parts of my hair slicked down tightly. You can notice it at the top/crown of my head, in the pic:
As you can tell, some parts of my hair aren’t as “together” as they usually are. But other than that, this stuff is easy to style with. You can get a moderate pomp, but nothing wilder than that. It isn’t exactly a heavy pomade, but this stuff reminded me of Murray’s, in terms of sheen, hold and the way it made my wavy hair much wavier.
The description of the product says it’s shampoo soluble; unfortunately, that’s not exact. I used two different shampoos on it and neither of them washed the pomade out completely. But, this stuff is water-soluble-pomade soluble…? If you managed to make out that statement, it means that this stuff will wash out if you use a water-soluble pomade. Funky, right? Since I’m getting a haircut on Saturday, I switched in a water-soluble pomade, which actually washed this stuff right out. While this works for some other pomades, but this technique works exceptionally well for Beesknees.
Overall, I appreciate the direction of this product, but it doesn’t quite work for me. As we all know, I’ve got thick wavy hair and need a product that’ll make the waviness more manageable, not accentuate it. If you’re on that same boat, this may not work for you. However, if you’re someone who loves Murray’s, but hates the way it doesn’t wash out, you may want to check it out. But I think this product would highly benefit the fellas with the flat, stick-straight hair. It’ll give you fellas the volume your hair is missing, to give you that badass pomp you’ve always wanted!
Big thanks again to Drew!
Until the next time.