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That Barber Love!

Got a nice package from Grant & co!

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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!

Greetings From Grant’s!

Got a nice little postcard the other day, from the amazing folks at Grant’s Golden Brand!

That’s a great image for a postcard!
¡VIVA LA REBEL ROUSER!

Big thanks for all the support!

Stay tuned folks, they’ve got some crazy cool plans coming up in the future. As do I! Together? Who knows… You’ll just have to stick around to find out!

Until the next time folks.

Pomp Hard.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!!! The Rebel Rouser’s Grant’s Golden Brand Pomade Giveaway.

First, I wanted to say thank you to all who participated, it means a lot to me. I also wanted to say thank you to the kind folks behind Grant’s Golden Brand. I’m sure not only I appreciate all that you do to keep your fans happy, but the fans as well!

I know you all are stoked to see if you won. Let’s find out!

See your name???

Yeah, I couldn’t find any scissors. So I used my kids!

Click to continue reading and see if you won!

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Pomade Review: Grant’s Golden Brand (Putty Pomade)

The fine folks at Grant’s Golden Brand have been listening closely to customer feedback and worked hard to put out a product to please the masses. Not an easy feat, let me tell you! People wanted more hold, they gave em more hold!

Let’s see how different this stuff is from the original!

This time around, their limited edition Putty Pomade has a sticker label, rather than it being directly printed onto the container. Not complaining, as the color palette works nicely! *COUGH*Maketheseintostickers!*COUGH*

Opening it up, you see their classic golden pomade. Like “watered down honey” as I used to describe their original hold.

The scent is nearly the same as the original hold. A bit more faint, but not by much. For those who don’t know, it smells like almonds.

Now, this stuff LOOKS identical to their original recipe. But is it?

Scooping it out, you notice that it’s considerably thicker and has a bouncy feel to it. This stuff is a hybrid between their original formula and a new fiber ingredient, giving it a super strong hold, but still keeping it easy on the hair.

I can already tell you that this is the thickest water-soluble pomade on the market today.

Now, softening this stuff is tricky. As soon as you start to rub it in between your palms, it starts to “gum up,” and it’s almost as if you’re rubbing a gummy worm in your hands. The quick fix to this, is to pinch the globs, then continue rubbing it in. (No innuendo intended.)

Don’t worry, as soon as you’re done softening this stuff up and spreading it thoroughly in your palms, it’s easy street from here on out!

Running it through your hair is like any other product. Even though this stuff is THICK, it won’t leave your hair streaky. Which is a major issue with thicker products.

Styling with this new putty pomade is a breeze. It’ll give you all the hold you want and more. And you all know how easy it is, when it comes to styling with water-soluble pomade!

One thing I noticed, is that this stuff dries with a glossy sheen. Definitely a nice touch. Most, if not all water-soluble pomades dry to a matte finish. So finding one that’ll give you sheen, is very nice!

Now, there’s a catch… As you all experienced with any other water-soluble pomade, they harden. The stronger the hold, the harder it gets. It’s just the way it is. But this stuff, hardens the most! Fortunately, it’s not gonna leave you with a helmet like hairspray would. But, definitely harder than anything on the market.
Surprisingly, combing through this stuff after it dries, is amazing on its own.

Usually when you comb through a dried water-soluble pomade, your hair gets a little wispy. With this stuff, it leaves you with that premium hold, but leaving your hair soft, with a slight matte finish. So if you didn’t dig the harden finish with sheen, just comb through when it dries and you’ll still retain the amazing hold and have a clean matte finish. Not something you get with any other water-soluble product!

Overall, I gotta say I really dig this stuff! It’s not often you get a water-soluble pomade that has a sheen! Yes, it does harden quite a bit more than most, but I really can’t hate that sheen! It’s a bit harder to spread through your palms evenly, but when you do, you’re as good as gold.

If you haven’t entered my Grant’s Golden Brand Giveaway, DO IT! Any entries past 12:00am aka Tuesday, won’t be valid. So enter and win some of this cool stuff! If no one entered, you can best bet I’d be putting this pomade to use!

Big thanks to Grant and the fine folks at Grant’s Golden Brand!

Until the next time folks.

Pomp Hard.

“Style Is Everything”

It’s been over a year since I had originally bought my first “different” pomade to review. Over a year ago, their customer service was excellent. And now, over a year later, it’s still equally as amazing.

You see, customer service is and will always be a major deciding factor, whether or not I’d support a brand. Reviews like mine are pretty much a service to brands, not a favor. So the least some of these brands can do, is reply to a simple email. I’m a pretty honest guy, folks… You don’t have to delete my email, it’s a bit more courteous professional to reply back with a “NO” if you have to! Oh well, what can ya do, eh? Just gotta keep your back to the wall and roll with the punches.

When you meet brands with excellent customer service, it’s almost impossible not to buy something from them! (See how easy it is folks, just reply to your emails and people will practically GIVE YOU THEIR MONEY!) But it’s much more amazing, when brands have seen the support you’ve given them, and give the support right back. (And this boys and girls, aka shitty customer serviced brands, is called building a relationship. Say it with me, building… buil… buil, building… Nevermind, maybe we’ll try again in the future.)

After exchanging a couple of emails and details, beers were drank over the 4th of July weekend, (by both parties, I’m sure,) and here we are…

Gotta love the package pics, right? Adds to the suspense?

Well, I think so…

“Golden” is right!

BIG thanks to the kind folks at Grant’s Golden Brand! You folks gave me amazing customer service, over a year ago, and have not let up! Something a lot of people take for granted, but not I! “Style Is Everything,” may need  to be changed to “Customer Service Is Everything!” Well, that doesn’t sound as cool, does it?

They’ve worked tirelessly, to give people what they wanted. By listening to their customers, they’ve developed a new product to offer stronger hold for both men and women. The bi-product of the customer feedback and actually giving a damn, is none other than their limited edition Putty Pomade.

Unfortunately, I’m in a bit of a “hair crisis.” If you haven’t seen my video posted earlier, I have a bowlcut… So, I’m in the middle of getting it fixed, a little later tonight. But you can bet your ass I’ll be putting this stuff to use, first thing in the morning!

Now… To show my appreciation for Grant’s, I’ll actually be giving some of their stuff away! Yeah, this is happening before my actual blog giveaway! This is how much I appreciate customer service, folks! Stay tuned next Tuesday for the details. I wish I can enclose them now, but I gotta keep up the suspense!!!

Again, thanks to Grant and the other folks at Grant’s Golden Brand. As you can tell, I appreciate it!

Until the next time folks.

Pomp Hard.

This vs That.

With all the different brands of pomades out there fighting to win over greasers and rockabillies alike, it’s tough finding “the best” pomade. Although, there is no “best” pomade, since everyone has different hair styles, lengths, types, etc etc. But, there are some pomades that are better than it’s competitor, price wise… which makes a difference when re-buying said pomades.

So let’s start off with the light pomades…

When it comes to light pomades, I think of Deluxe, Black and White, Sweet Georgia Brown (purple can) and Royal Crown. Now, I consider SGB (p) and Royal Crown to be one and the same. Except SGB smells better. Those two have the best sheen out of the bunch, but also have a lack of hold. And with pomade and pompadours, you want hold. So I’d say, those two are out. Now I know I said Deluxe is more of a wax than a pomade, but by the end of the day, it works like a pomade. Between Deluxe and Black and White, I’d have to give the hold factor to Deluxe.
Price wise, nothing beats Royal Crown. Shit, it’s like $3 for a 4oz tub. Everything else is on the pricier side. SGB and Deluxe are within the same price range, at $8, and Black and White coming in at an averaging $10+, (depending where you find it.) But, Black and White, for a couple dollars more than SGB and Deluxe, gives you more for you money. At 7oz, this is the most amount of pomade you can get in a single tub, aside from the 32oz tub of Layrite.
More bang for the buck, Black and White wins this one. Hey, when it comes to pomade, more is a lot. If that makes any sense, in any language…

Next up, we got some medium weight pomades. DAX, Murray’s Super Light (still haven’t tried this, but from what I’ve seen, read and heard, it’s pretty much a medium weight pomade…) and Sweet Georgia Brown (blue can.) Now, this is a tough one, as I am a fan of both DAX and SGB (b.) As for Murray’s Super Light, it seems as if it is a greasy DAX, so that’s how I’ll judge that one. Sweet Georgia Brown is the expensive one of the three, coming in at $8. Both DAX and Murray’s Super Light are both around $3, give or take. 
Hold wise, I have to give it up to DAX. It’s one of the better, readily available pomades around. Plus it has a pretty good sheen on it’s own. But only gets better with some assistance from Sweet Georgia Brown (b,) for some extra sheen and sweet scent.
Luckily, all of the pomades in this category are relatively affordable. So I have to say that the’re all worth their weight. But, if I had to choose one, I’d have to go with DAX.

There aren’t too many appealing heavy pomades out there. Murray’s Superior still reigns supreme. If you want to put High Life (heavy) into the picture, you can as it has a pretty strong hold. But it is a wax, and as waxes would, it flakes. So in short, Murray’s Superior all the way.

Now, for the newer pomades. Washable pomades are all the craze! And with their popularity also comes a higher price point than the other pomades. I have yet to see a pomade like these to be around or under $10. For some reason, they just won’t be at that price point, and people will still buy them at their prices.
At $22, Grant’s is the most expensive pomade out there. Not just for the washable ones, but all of em. I haven’t seen any other pomade to be near or around this price. And at $15 +/-, Layrite comes in at 2nd place being the next most expensive pomade. (Black and White is also the same price, on some sites.) Grant’s comes in a 4oz tin, which is shorter than all of the other tubs and tins, so it looks like you’re getting a lot less than you are. But Layrite also comes in a 4oz tub, and it seems like you get a lot more for your money. Maybe it’s the short tin of Grant’s that gives this effect.
But between the two, coming out on top is none other than Layrite. They just really knew what they were doing with their stuff. They are indeed pricey, but you really do get your $$$ worth when it comes to Layrite.

There are still a ton of other pomades I have yet to try. And many others I wouldn’t buy again, after finding their better counterpart. But in the end, Murray’s Superior, DAX, Sweet Georgia Brown (blue,) Black and White, and Layrite have all have met their expectations. Coincidentally, these five pomades are also the only pomades I have multiples of. Seeing as they are the ones I do use the most, so why not keep some stocked?

Hopefully this has helped some folk decide which pomade they should try next, stick with, and keep on buying.

Until the next one, pomp hard.

How to use certain pomades…

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog and read some of the pomade reviews, you’d know not all pomade is alike. I try to style my hair the exact same way with all of the different pomades, to give them all a leveled playing field… But there’s more to using pomade, than just putting it into your hair, slicking it with a comb, and styling it. Some pomades, HAVE to be styled using certain methods… And not all of the descriptions you find online, will tell you so.

Starting off with Murray’s. Since it’s the ever so popular and often misunderstood pomade.

With Murray’s it’s thick consistency is something people need to realize, when styling with it. Since it is so thick, you’d need to soften it up, somewhat. Originally, pomade tins were meant to be put into an oven and let melt. Nowadays the tins aren’t made from the same ones they used back when, so that method is a no no. But, with new inventions like the blow dryer and HOT WATER, we’ve made a step closer to making life with Murray’s that much easier…
Some people like to put it under the blow dryer for a good 30 seconds or so. It will really soften it up, making it easier to spread in your palms without having to put any effort into it. But I say, if you want this manly hairstyle, you’re gonna have to do some work! Working it into your palms ain’t that hard. And for most guys, we don’t own blow dryers. But if your lady has one, whip it out, shut the door and go to town.
The hot water method, I’ve read people actually putting the pomade directly under the faucet… I don’t like that. Why? You’re contaminating the pomade with water! Not the pomade that’s in your hair, but the supply! Sorry, I like my eggs and pancakes separate. You can just boil some water or run your faucet on hot until it gets extremely hot, and let your tin sit in it. The heat from the water will heat up the tin from the outside, making the insides cook. SH-BOOM. Case closed.

Light weight pomades, don’t need too much, since they’re light and soft enough. But, do not use too much. As I’ve said in my previous postings, the pomades strength and hold shouldn’t be judged by the amount you use. So if you have to use a whole lot of light pomades to style your hair, you might want to swtich it up and get with something a bit stronger.

Medium weight pomades, don’t need to be softened up or anything. Since they’re lighter than Murray’s, light enough to spread in your palms evenly without having to put too much or any effort in. So those pomades, Sweet Georgia Brown, DAX, Deluxe (more of a light weight, but I like to go by 3’s,) don’t need any special tips to using them.

Water soluble pomades like Grant’s or Layrite, do have needs. These pomades, are tricky. You think that since they are washable with just water, it’ll be hard to style them with a wet combing, right? Wrong. In order to have these gel like pomades work and move around like petrolatum based pomades, you have to wet comb. Or else your hair will just go stick straight and make your shield! Not into it, one bit.
They say to apply into your hair dry. I don’t prefer to do it that way, but if your hair is TOO damp, it’ll just comb right out. What you can do is wet comb your dry hair, just a few slicks, not too much, (Or else you’ll water your hair down too much.) and apply. You’ll need liberal amounts, so you can’t be cheap with this stuff. And, these two are the priciest pomades around.

Lastly, are the wax “pomades.” These pomades bug me. Why? They’re labeled as pomades but they’re straight up WAXES. These will clump in your hair right off the bat. So you’ll need to use a blow dryer to melt this stuff. If you try to wet comb with hot water, it’ll clump up even worse. So a blow dryer is the only way to go with these. But it you blow dry too much, it’ll make it too soft and you won’t be able to style until it’s slightly hardened.

So there you have it. My personal tips and tricks of the trade. Just because a pomade doesn’t style the way you want it the first time around, doesn’t mean that it’s a shitty pomade. You have to know how to specifically work each and every pomade. That’s why there’s so freakin many! If they all worked in the same way, then what’s the point?

Youtube videos will trick the new pompadour flaunting rockabilly. Simply because every persons who has a video on youtube, pretty much already have their hair prepped. They additional pomade they put it, is just going on top of a few day old layer of pomade. Which makes a huge difference when pomp’n. That’s why, if/when I ever make a video tutorial on how to pomp, I’ll do it from freshly washed, pomade free, dry hair.

As they say,

It ain’t easy bein greasy.

Pomp hard.

Deciding Which Pomade Is the Right Pomade: Part 2

Time to continue, onto part two. (I’m a rapper, you see…)

I pretty much covered the different types of pomades out there, now it’s time to figure out what’s best for you…

One thing that people really need to understand, is that pomade is made to sit in your hair, days on end. Not just over night. So if you can’t accept that, you’re gonna need something water soluble. Most of these pomades are water based, as opposed to petrolatum based. For the greasy, yet washable pomades, Layrite and Grant’s comes to mind. Even though I’m not sure how the sheen is from Layrite, Grant’s doesn’t have the sheen. But hey, at least it comes from Made-In-The-U.S.A. brand! Or, you can get some of that Axe stuff or American Crew. I personally, don’t ever plan on trying this stuff out. But if it works for you, be my guest. But you aren’t greasy.

If you wash your hair out with just water daily, or shampoo every other day, and don’t really mind having a bit of pomade in your hair, DAX and Sweet Georgia Brown will work for you. Even though they have good hold and are decently thicker pomades, they seem to wash out semi easily. You’ll have a bit in, but if you don’t mind it, then these are the ones you should try. Sweet Georgia Brown is pretty greasy, so know that you will have a greasy pillow case. Or you can do a quick rinse with water, and it’ll sort of break down the greasyness.

Now… Murray’s is one pomade, that everyone has trouble washing out. Not too many people are really tolerant to Murray’s. And with good reason. If you don’t want a greasy ass pillow case, this stuff is not for you. Unless you completely or at least nearly compeltely wash this stuff out, you’ll have a greasy pillow case. There’s no way to avoid it. Unless you wear a du-rag, THEN YOU’RE GONNA BE RIDING THE WAVES!

I haven’t let High Life sit in my hair for more than a few hours, so I don’t know how this stuff would be, if you let it sleep in. But sinse it is wax, I wouldn’t trust it all that much. Wax just seems to attract lint and stuff a lot easier than pomade. Seems like it to me at least.

Now, if you have some gnarly cowlicks, it’ll be a little harder to style and tame your hair. You really need to understand your hair and how it grows, before jumping into pomades and pomadours. Or else you’ll get upset with your finishing results. Stronger pomades really help with taming your hair, whether it’s the waviness or or the cowlicks. But remember, if you mind leaving pomade in your hair, gotta stick with the water soluble pomades.

These tips should help you get your hair, pomp’d high, have everyone checkin’ out your hair, and keep your girlfriends satisfied. But if you and your lady don’t mind some greasy pillowcases, get with the greasy shit! The sheen makes a difference, folks!

And as they say, it ain’t easy bein’ greasy!

FRIDAY COCKTAILS!

Personally, I’m a whiskey or beer kind of guy. If anything, a nice Long Island will always hit the spot.

Even though later on I am heading out for some drinks, for a pals birthday, this post isn’t about alcohol!

After my reviews on different individual pomades, I’ve done experimenting with different mix and matches. Or as they would call it in the hair business, “cocktails.” Ahhhhh now the title makes sense, eh?

First mix I’ve tried…

Murray’s Superior and Grant’s Golden Brand.

Murray’s on it’s own, is a very stiff product. But when you mix a lighter product like Grant’s, it softens up the Murray’s, changing up its consistency in your hair.
As mentioned in the Gran’ts review, this stuff hardens. So no matter which pomade you mix with, you will get a hardened result. This wasn’t my mix of choice. But when I had a couple day old amount of Murray’s in my hair, the Grant’s was a nice touch to bring it to shape.

I also tried Murray’s with Royal Crown. Typical mix, since you often see both of these products side by side at the grocery store. Whatever you mix with Royal Crown, you don’t need equal parts of the Royal Crown pomade. This will weigh your hair down a considerable amount. Not my favorite mix, since the extra light consistency of the Royal Crown, pretty much broke apart the Murray’s, this didn’t do any good for my pompadour.
And since I said that the water based Sweet Georgia Brown, was just like Royal Crown, it pretty much falls under the same cocktail. But the Sweet Georgia Brown has a grape scent to it.

Sweet Georgia Brown (blue can) and what I thought would be a good mixer, DAX wave and groom, was surprisingly NOT a good mix. The semi lightness of the Sweet Georgia Brown, mixed with the medium consistency of the DAX, didn’t work as well as I had originally hoped for. Pretty much just added dead weight to my hair.

And last, but not least. The one cocktail that yielded amazing results…

Murray’s Superior and Sweet Georgia Brown (blue can.)
Equal amounts of both, gave me great hold, a decent amount of extra volume, sheen, and the great grape smell. And if you are mixing different pomades, you most likely are mixing, because you’re wanting your hair to look extraordinary for a night out. So the assisted grape scent is always a plus. This stuff is a hit, probably my favorite “pomade” to put into my hair, aside from DAX by itself.

I also seen someone mix Black and White pomade with Sweet Georgia Brown, and have amazing results. But I haven’t been able to find any around here in the Bay Area. Maybe someone would like to proxy some for me???

Pomade Review: Overview

As it seems, I am out of different brands of pomades to try out. I could’ve extended this small project to; using each individual pomade every month. But I gotta have good looking hair too, ya know!

Since I’m currently out of new pomades, here is a complete over view of each and every pomade I’ve tried.

There were certain things I was looking for, in each pomade… Hold, sheen, scent, greasiness, if it hardened or not, and how malleable it was applying and slicking during the day…

On with the show!

First up…

Murray’s Superior

Murray's Superior

This is, and will always be one of my favorite pomades. It’s cheap and readily available. It’s original. Gets the job done. And is just a total “greasers” pomade.

Overall:
Hold – 9.5
Sheen – 5.5
Greasiness – 8.5/9
Scent – Coconut-ish
Hardened – No
Consistency – Thick pomade
Malleable – Work it in your palms to soften it, evenly coat your hair, and you’re set. It’s easy to comb your hair through out the day, and won’t leave you tuggin your face off, when you slick back.

Grant’s Golden Brand

Grant's Golden BrandA decent modern take on pomade. It is pretty expensive, so I don't think I'd buy this stuff that often. All they need to do is have a more competitive price point (to Layrite) and I'd say it would hold up pretty well.Overall:Hold - 8Sheen - 7.5Greasiness - 7 (makes your hands greasy after applying.)Scent - Coconut-ishHardened - YesConsistency - Thick gelMalleable - Thoroughly coat your palms and apply. Even though this stuff eventually "hardens" you can still run your comb through your hair. Can't slick through out the day, as you would with pomades. Royal CrownRoyal Crown

 More so for the “wet” look, than for pomping. You can slick your hair back or have a gentlemen part ala Mad Men, no problem. But, this stuff is VERY shiny. So take note, if you’re going for a low profile hairstyle, you will get noticed because of all that shine. Better to use as a light top coat for something thick like Murray’s.

Overall:
Hold – 5
Sheen – 10
Greasiness – 10
Scent – None
Hardened – No
Consistency – Wet Petroleum
Malleable – Very easily. This stuff is almost “wet” when you slick through. So you will have no problem slicking this stuff around all day long!

Sweet Georgia Brown (Blue can)

Sweet Georgia Brown

 This stuff is original when you see it and smell it. But it just doesn’t have the hold on its own, like other some other pomades. You can still get away with either a lower profile pompadour or a nice part.

Overall:
Hold – 7.5
Sheen – 9
Greasiness – 9
Scent – Grapes
Hardened – No
Consistency – Lighter pomade
Malleable – Very easy to slick with this stuff. Will probably do better with someone with shorter hair.

Sweet Georgia Brown (Purple can)

Sweet Georgia Brown

Supposed to be a water based version, of their pomades. But this stuff doesn’t wash out easily as you’d hope/think it would. Very much like Royal Crown.

Overall:
Hold – 4
Sheen – 10
Greasiness – 10
Scent – None
Hardened – No
Consistency – Wet Petroleum
Malleable – It doesn’t hold all that well. If you have wavey hair, it won’t tame it. Even pairing this with Murray’s, won’t do much! Would work MUCH better with someone with short, fine hair.

High Life

High LifeAs mentioned before, I have wavey hair so I opted for their "Heavy" pomade. This stuff is a wax. Not a pomade. Not too easy to deal with, as it is a HEAVY WAX. Plus, it comes in a much smaller tin. So comparing this to Sweet Georgia Brown (same price point,) I'd opt. for the SGB.Overall:Hold - 8.5Sheen - 4Greasiness - 6Scent - VanillaHardened - YesConsistency - Thick waxMalleable - Being a wax, it's hard to mold this stuff, more than once. You really have to thoroughly work this stuff in your palms, before applying. Or else it will apply in clumps. Not a good look. Once you've styled yourself with this wax, you are pretty much set. Don't need to/can't slick during the day. You might mess up that do!DAXDAX

 A lot of people had the idea that this stuff is comparable to Murray’s. In a way, it sort of is. It’s a pomade. But this stuff, I have to say, is GREAT. Very easy to work in, great to style with, and is just an all around, great pomade. I guess I have to buy this stuff instead of Murray’s from now on!?

Overall:
Hold – 9
Sheen – 9
Greasiness – 8
Scent – None
Hardened – No
Consistency – Medium pomade
Malleable – Very. Easy to slick through out the day, with enough hold to get a nice sized pomp, and enough hold to keep your hair down when you slick it down and part it. All around, a great pomade.

This was a fun little experiment. There are a few other pomades I still want to try out. Layrite being one of them. And I know that Layrite has quite the reputation. But, I’ll only know how it really holds up, compared to all of these other brands.

Hopefully this has helped everyone and anyone out. I couldn’t get as thorough as I wanted, because my kid kept climbing on me, wanting to draw dinosaurs!

So I’ll be drawing dinosaurs and hopefully everyone will try out some pomades themselves!

Until then.

Pomp hard.