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Recap: Viva Las Vegas 16.

Unlike previous VLV trips, this one was last-minute. While we did have the rooms booked since last years VLV15, the original plans fell through and I had to figure out how I’d be able to make it out there without a plane ticket or a hotel room… Not exactly the ideal way to plan a trip, eh?! Plus, it wouldn’t be my best showing, since I hadn’t had that good ol’ VLV prep (dieting and all that good shit!) I figured- fuck it! And after a couple of phone calls, rushed packing, and a sketchy car with no radio, I was on my way to Viva Las Vegas 16!

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Pomade Review: Layrite (Super Shine)

Water-soluble pomades have got to be the most popular pomade on the market to date. I mean, there are brands popping out of the woodwork pumping out some cool pomade! But only so many have been able to make their pomades stand out from the rest, and one of those brands is the one and only Layrite. Being one of, if not, the first water-soluble pomade brand around, several brands race to achieve the popularity Layrite has amongst other products around. 

One thing that Layrite fans wanted, was some shine. As we all know, most/all water-soluble pomades dry with a matte finish- for the most part. People have been asking me for ways to add shine to such water-soluble pomades. And well, Layrite heeds the call! They’ve kicked things up a notch, by releasing their newly developed Super Shine pomade.

This stuff comes packed in the same white plastic container as the other Layrite products. Using a deep wine red label with gold foil trim helps differentiate it from its Layrite brethren. Personally, I think the color is odd in comparison to the other two products, but since it is an entirely different product type- it gets a pass.

Opening it up, you see a pastel orange cream-type product. This throws off many cats, as they’re used to seeing a gel-type product. Well folks, let’s introduce you to something new!

Getting this stuff out of the container is not difficult whatsoever, you’ll find that this stuff feels like a cream-type pomade. The closest product I’d compare the product consistency to, is 360 Styles (with Layrite being much lighter.)

The only real downside this product has is the scent… For the most part, it is scentless. But, it has the smell of plastic, which I’m assuming is from the plastic container. From what I’ve heard from gossiping pomade enthusiasts, is that they’re working on developing a (new) scent for it. With the lack of a desirable scent/any scent, it has turned off a number of cats from using it on a daily basis. Hopefully we’ll see and smell something fresh in the near future!

Applying this stuff to your hair may be tricky. Due to the sticky texture of the product, you have to make sure your hair has the “right” amount of moisture in it, to ensure even distribution. Trust me, I’ve got stuck with a fat skidmark right down the center of my head, when I had too much water in my hair! I guess I could’ve passed it off as the bleach streak some cats rock?

Combing up a pomp with Layrite Super Shine can be tricky, especially if you’re used to how the original two products comb. Unlike most water-soluble pomades, this stuff combs just like a grease. No really, it does! One thing that attracted me to this stuff, was the ability to effortlessly shape a well-rounded pomp with it, without any tugging (giggity.) And since this stuff combs through like a grease, you won’t be left with flat shield pomps, that most water-soluble pomades leave you with if you don’t comb them right. Definitely something that I can dig!

The hold of this stuff is like a light medium-weight pomade. So don’t expect any crazy height like you’d get from their Super Hold pomade! But, you will have a greasy lookin’ pomp, without the worry of staining your ladies pillow cases or couch cushions, all while having a slick ‘do! Take a look…

This stuff will retain its hold throughout the day… for the most part. I found that if you try to slick through it dry, it’ll cause it to looks the slickness from the original styling, causing you to (pretty much) restyle your hair completely. For most cats, this isn’t a big deal, but for the rest of you– make sure you got your comb or brush near by a sink!

Overall, I gotta say I really dig this product. You all know how much I dig 360 Styles, and since this is like it’s completely water-soluble little brother, I’ve got no complaints whatsoever! It’s great for modest pomps and for when you want that greasy look, without actually having to go to that “greasy kid stuff.” For you cats looking to add some shine to your flat water-soluble pomades, or if you just want to retain that greasy look while you’re degreasing, this is definitely one to look into!

Now, this review is only for it as a standalone product. So stay tuned for the video, showing you how to use it as a top-coat, adding the nice greasy sheen to your Layrite Super Hold or Layrite Original pomade!

Big thanks again to Mike and the folks at Layrite. Hopefully, we’ll see a little somethin’ somethin’ between Layrite and The Rebel Rouser in the near future!

Until the next time.

Stay Greasy & Pomp Hard!

“Hawleywood’s 1 and only!”

Donnie Hawley always has legit people by his side and I mean legit.

Gotta dig how much people love Hawleywood’s!

I’m a neutral guy, so let’s let the art speak for itself!

Impatiently Waiting For Vegas.

While most people are counting down the days, I’m trying to avoid counting down my money!

While going to all of these local rockabilly events are fun, they’re also getting expensive! Especially if the’ve got deals like $5PBR/Whiskey! So, from now until VLV, I’M STAYIN’ HOME!

But since I’ve got a haircut appointment this coming Saturday, I’ve also had to wash out all of my hairgrease. And I’m not gonna go out of the house looking like this!!!

Yup… Truly have been getting my hobo on…

Luckily today, my lady gave me a reason to leave the house. And that reason, was none other than coffee…

So a bit of Layrite here and there, and I was good to go… And let me tell ya… I was gooooood to goooo

Not too shabby, right?

One Year Later…

My lady and I celebrated our 1 Year Anniversary in San Francisco. So we decided to spend some time around Haight and thrifted about. I found something that would fit in perfectly in my wardrobe, and replace my poor fitting A-2. It was an 80s Schott A-2, with removable fur collar and vest lining. Fuck… Guess I gotta back back soon.
Anyways. A couple of pics I took.
Drinking water waiting for the bus.

W+H Peacoat, which had no use, AT ALL… The weather was wild. Overcast, wind, and it was HUMID??? I hated it. Had to lug this coat around. And to top it all off, all the stores had their heaters on! Also wore a GAP shirt. Hey, it was only $20. Levis 514s, and Mario de Gerard Boots. Don’t ask me what the hell the boots are, they’re an ebay find.
Through out the day, I had A LOT of people smiling at my hair. Girls and guys. Guys mostly. But still… They loved the hair. And what can I say? Styled with Murray’s Superior, Sweet Georgia Brown, a little bit of Dax, and a few combings of Murray’s, to give it a little bit of extra support.

SARS WHILE THRIFTING???

This lady was crazy. Yeah, I get it… There are a shit ton of germs while thrifting… But guess what, YOU’RE ON HAIGHT STREET! THERE ARE GERMS EVERYWHERE! She might as well have had on latex gloves on. That would’ve made more sense to me. The gas mask had to be pink.

What?

Lately, I haven’t really noticed how stores styled their mannequins. But this one realllllly caught my attention… Wanting to look for some cool-clothes for my kid, we took a trip down to H&M. And this mannequin set up really bugged me… Take a look. This is for kids. DO YOU SEE HOW TIGHT THOSE JEANS ARE??? I’ll admit, I’ve worn slim-fitting jeans, sized down on a few. But I’ve never worn SKINNY jeans. As a joke at a store, yeah. But never have I owned a pair of skinny jeans. Now, they have the boys mannequin styled up looking like a chick. I’m sorry. I’m all for androgyny, especially when it comes to singing, but to have a little boy dressing like a little girl… Kind of wild. Not into it, at all. Yeah, it’s “cool,” but guess what. So is being a boy. You know you see the average hipster in The Mission wearing outfits like these. Most of them being girls. I don’t know what else to say, this is just too much.

The Lady at First Crush

My lady was the one who made the reservations for dinner that night. She chose to eat at First Crush. The place is nicely lit, for a romantic evening. We came an hour early, cuz hell, we were hungry. Sat at our table, and got some questionable looks from the “upper crust” folk inside. The service was poor. The waiter asked my lady if she would like to start off with a drink, and didn’t ask me. I wanted to get the absinthe daddy-o! He never came to check up on us, as he would everyone else. Even the guy who had oysters, BY HIMSELF, had at least 4 different people waiting on him. Obviously, this is one of those places that judge you by your cover. There is only one other place that I’ve had such bad service at. And that was BJ’s. Yeah. If a restaurant of this “caliber” has service of BJ’s, that’s pretty fuckin shitty. Not only that, I had the be b-lined to some snooty lady, who had her nose up in the air, the whole time we were eating.
Unluckily, for me, I have food allergies. And most places like these, I’m allergic to over half the menu. And rather than insult the way they do their dishes, I’ll stick with what I can eat. So, I got a kobe burger. My lady had the halibut. As soon as our food came, the table with the “upper crust” family and snooty lady all turn around and look. What are you looking at? It’s on the goddamn menu fool! The burger, wasn’t all that great. Tasty for the first few bites, but the last bite was the worst. I get my meats medium well, because I don’t like the blood. Sorry. The last bite was straight up burnt meat. I understand kobe beef, so don’t judge me that I like my meat a certain way!
After dinner, I decided to make a few snooty comments, so the finest of San Francisco can have a legitimate reason to judge me. Just some nothings about them wearing rubber soled shoes, rather than leather, and not understanding quality, and still spilling crumbs like the rest of us. Even though they did have their pinkies in the air! (end rant.)

Afterwards, since we somehow managed to skip Ameoba completely on Haight, we headed to Rasputins. I haven’t stepped foot in this place for at least 4 years. But, they had what I wanted.

This bag was greasy. Kind of odd.

Contents:

Guess what. I enjoyed the Buddy Holly Story. AS A MOVIE. Not as a literal translation, but as Gary Busey pre-senility. I enjoy it, so suck it. But I think the person who played The Big Bopper, was more correct than anything else in the movie.

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A Federal Offense

Someone HAD to get something back from the mailbox.

A long day behind us, I came home to some goodies.

Yay

Layrite, another tin of Sweet Georgia Brown, Deluxe, and some Royal Flush shampoo.
Originally I had planned to try out the Deluxe before the Layrite, but since the Deluxe is a wax, it’ll have to wait.

Well, hope you guys enjoyed my little rants. I’ll have a short review up about the Layrite this week.

Until then, stay greasy and 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!

Deciding Which Pomade Is The Right Pomade

This is a long, and tough topic to tackle. Because there are a ton of pomades, from a ton of companies, and a ton of followers and disbelievers. Some swear by the new stuff, some are loyal to the classics. But when it comes down to it, it all comes down to what’s “right” for your hair.

Now, there are some pomades that people with thin hair shouldn’t use. Simply because their type of hair can’t handle the extreme pomades. Their hair type can style the same with medium pomades. Why not? Because since their hair is thinner and lighter, the heavier pomades will really grab their hair. No, it won’t clog up the pores. But when you comb or slick your hair, you will pull out some hair. It is natural for hair to fall out when combing or brushing (duh, look at some of your brushes, there’s a TON of hair in there!,) but with thinner hair, it just makes it a little bit easier. Plus, if you want height, it will weigh you down.

And those like me, with thicker hair, need the thicker, heavier pomades because quite frankly… The light shit ain’t cuttin it. Need to have that hold, whether I’m pomp’n high or low. Need that hold. Plus, it helps tame the hair. Most people with thick hair, also have wavy hair. Thicker pomades help make the hair straight, when slicking. That extra help is nice.

There are also different properties for each pomade, to look out for. Especially if you’re looking to get greasy…

– Consistency. Light or Heavy.
Lighter pomades will usually weigh your hair down. Why? Because it is so light, it will have hardly ANY hold. The only hold it would usually have would be for slicked back or “wet” looking hairstyles. Those hairstyles don’t need any real hold or volume, so the lighter pomades work perfectly.
Medium pomades, are very boarder line. Some have a really good hold, almost comparable to a heavy pomade, some don’t. The medium pomades are some of the better pomades to use in “cocktails.” Mostly people with shorter hair, either thick or thin usually benefit from medium pomades.
Heavy pomades, are well… HEAVY… If you’re looking to have a high pomp or a pomp that doesn’t really move, then heavy pomades are the way to go. Personally, I think that people with thick hair, really benefit from heavy pomades. But there’s a catch… Since our hair is naturally thick, the heavy pomades can potentially weigh our hair down. So you really gotta watch how much pomade you’re using.

– Hold.
It can kind of go under consistency. But like I’ve said, some medium pomades have really good holds. For me, I hate it if I get a split in my pomp, especially in the front. So I’m gonna want something that holds it together, right? Also something that holds my hair up high, if I pomp high. But since I have a D.A. and longer sides and back, I need something to hold them down as well.

– Sheen. Shiny or Not.
Sheen for me, is important. When you’re trying to get greasy, you gotta get greasy. I love to have an amazing sheen, when I pomp. Why not? A pompadour is full, pompous, and just BIG… So why not have the sheen to show it off even more?

Most “greaser” pomades, are… obviously… GREASY… So those who like to have pomadours, but don’t enjoy the greasy look, would usually benefit from salon styled pomades. But that’s not very rockabilly, IMHO. But that is a completely different and long story.

Greaser pomades, have a lot of history and cult following. And there are TONS of brands that have loyalists…

Murray’s Superior being one of them. There are those who strictly use this brand. And with good reason. It’s been around for a long time. This pomade has one of the best holds out there. No one can argue that. But since a lot of people claim that it makes your hair fall out. But guess what… The pomade itself, doesn’t! Read here to understand.

Sweet Georgia Brown, is another pomade that has a following. Not just because it’s been around, but because it has a pretty decent hold and smell. When you look at the color of this stuff, it is just amazing. Seeing it for the first time, you automatically think that it is one of a kind. And it truly is.

Layrite, being one of the newer pomades, has been able to get a huge following in the rockabilly scene. It’s one of the first, if not the first pomade to truly make it’s own name for itself without having to be compared to anything else. Holds like wax and washes out like gel. Not too many other pomades are like it. And I’m still waiting for mine to come!

Even though this pomade has originated in Memphis, there aren’t many places that sell it within the U.S. Almost all of the rockabilly scene in the U.K. swear by this pomade. Black and White. Really though. Originated in Memphis, sworn by the U.K., and not really sold in the U.S. WHAT??? I am still waiting for this order to come in, and this seems like a long wait! Even though the order was just placed on Monday.

This is just a small tid bit about pomade, and finding out which pomade is the best for you.

I’ll continue this tomorrow.

But until then…

Stay greasy, pomp hard. Does this line work?

New pomades for September…

Since I’ve already reviewed my last order from The Grease Shop, I need to try out more pomades!

This month, I plan on trying out some of the “bigger” names, when it comes to pomade.

I plan to try out some Deluxe Pomade. It’s the same pomade the kid used, in the video I linked, where he caked it on. If it’s good enough for you to cake on, we’ll see how good it is when used properly.

Also may try out some Royal Crown POMADE, as opposed to the Hair Dressing I tried out. Some say it’s comparable to Murray’s Super Light. Maybe I should try that out too? We’ll see…

I also have plans to try out some other “cocktails.” I got a few tips from my barber, about how they used to mix and match stuff back in the 60s. So we’ll see how well those “old school” ways, have held up with modern products.

And lastly,  the ever so famous, Layrite Pomade. Time to see what the hype is all about, first hand. Unfortunately, I originally planned to make a trip down to LA a few months back, to try and get a cut at Hawleywoods Barbershop, but that plan fell through. So I’ll have to order a tin. The Grease Shop has a little 1 oz tin of Layrite, for half the price of a 3oz tin. If that makes any sense……. I’ll get the regular sized one, thank you.

Until then… I leave you with a video of Lee Rocker being styled by the one and only, Donnie Hawley, using Layrite Pomade.

No more shops like these around…

Here’s a clip from a rockabilly barber, back in the 1990’s.

The only “commercialized” rockabilly barbershops I know of, are Something Hells shop, ran by Mr. Ducktail. And by the creators of Layrite, Hawleywoods Barbershop ran by Donnie Hawley.

Edit: Guess what I meant with the title is, there aren’t shops that do low production commercials, just like any local salon. They’re all up and publicized by way of the interweb.

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.