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Christmas came a little bit early!

I’m definitely glad to have today off, or else I might’ve had to wait until I got these fine goods in!

Didn’t expect to get every thing in all at once. But hey, I ain’t complaining!


But, what’s in there???

One package had some Admiral Pomade. Big thanks, Brett!


Another package had a few products from Anchors Hair Company. Thanks, Benjamin!


Lastly, the final package was the Star Wax product line. Big thanks, Mark!


One thing that got me stoked when I opened the packages, was seeing how unique each and every product was, from one another. It wasn’t just the labels, product color, packaging, but the whole package. It’s great to see how much hair product companies are growing and being able to stand out from the other products that have been on the market. They’re definite eye-catchers and I could only imagine how killer it would be to see these on the shelves at a shop… Who knows… maybe I will soon… But, you’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

If you aren’t already, peep my Instagram account TheRebelRouser to see what I’m up to on a daily basis. Who knows, now that I have the means to blog again, maybe I’ll have some Instagram Exclusive giveaways or something… We’ll see…

Until the next time, folks…

Stay Greasy and Pomp Hard!

Pomade Review: Steadfast Pomade

A number of months ago, Cris over at Steadfast Pomade shot me a tub of their pomade. So, clearly, this is a long overdue review! Major apologies, Cris and readers! At the time I was focusing heavily on getting the most out of barbering school by staying all the way through till the end of the night class… You can only imagine how much energy I’d have after being in school from 9am till 10:30 at night! But, I now have the time to give a thorough review, especially since I’ve been able to use it on various hair types! So, lets get back on track with things and start the review!

Spotting Steadfast on your local barber shops shelves isn’t going to be difficult whatsoever. The pomade is packaged in a typical white tub, but the labeling is definitely eye-catching. The nautical themed label brandishes a killer color palette of warm brown, blue and red tones, with the black trim really making the soft-yellow lettered “STEADFAST” pop. And if you aren’t able to spot this on their shelves, it probably means you should tell them to stock it!

Opening it up, you get a whiff of a subtle fresh scented pomade. Most folks will find it refreshing as they’re preferring toned down scents.

Once you see the cool translucent blue pomade, you can kind of figure out the type of hold the product will offer. More-often-than-not, the clearer the pomade the lighter the hold.  And scooping it out proved just that…

One issue I had with Steadfast, was how light of a consistency it was. I wasn’t concerned about the hold, but rather how it’s a little too easy to scoop out. I’ve found myself taking out too much and having to scrape some back off into the tub. While this isn’t too big of a deal, it just makes using it on clients a bit tricky.

But, since it does come out easily, it also means it applies just as easily. Running this stuff through your hair dry is just as smooth as it is if you apply it damp. My thick hair had no trouble with it goin’ on splotchy, nor did my clients with fine hair.

Now, combing this stuff through your hair, thick or fine, is smooth sailin’. THEPUNZ?! Even if you’re combing it through dry hair, you won’t have too much pullin’ goin’ on.

In terms of consistency, it’s a bit lighter than the well-known yellow labeled product. The hold is strong enough to mold a high pomp, and since the product is light, it doesn’t weigh it down whatsoever, allowing you to sculpt a real smooth lookin’ pomp, when applied to damp hair!

Not only does this stuff do justice to my thick and wavy hair, but it also works great on fine hair… Take a look…

This was used on my client Adam, who has fine hair… BUT A LOT OF IT. Applying it to dry hair brings out more of the textured look, and not so much the slick look that you’d get from applying it to dampened hair.

While using it, I didn’t notice any flaking from recombing it dry. While it’s not exactly a recombable product, I didn’t deal with any flaking, which is always a plus! There’s a tiny bit of a glossy finish, so don’t expect a completely matte finish.

Overall, Steadfast is a pretty dope pomade. Not only is it affordable, differently colored, it works damn well! As mentioned, the only draw back I’ve dealt with was scooping out excessive amounts, which is more of a professional issue than an at-home issue. Again, not too big of a deal. If you’re in the market to change things up a bit with your water-soluble pomade market, I’d definitely say take a look into this stuff. Again, big thanks to Cris over at Steadfast, and major apologies for such a late review. But hey, better late than never, right?

Until the next time (which won’t be months away!,)

Pomp Hard!

Guest Blogging: Top 5 Pomades

I’ve been asked by a number of bloggers to “guest post” on their sites. For me, it’s more than flattering… I mean, why me??? Haha. Especially for some of these blogs, they make mine look like your reading out of a notebook. But, I guess that’s what folks dig about my blog, right? The originality? Anyways…

Though I haven’t done any guest blogging in the past, I didn’t pass this one up. Frank has given me some great tips, to aid my barber school journey, so why not show some appreciation by guest blogging?

The topic is “top 5 pomades,” and I’m sure you folks would want to know what my top 5 are, right?

So click here to swing by Frankie The Barbers blog, to check out my top 5 pomades! I’m sure you’ll dig it!

Until the next time,

Pomp Hard!

Thanks For The Support!

As the title says… Thanks!

Thanks Jesse!

Thanks Wink!

Big thanks to Jesse and Wink!

And a year later…

A year ago, I started this blog with the intent to help clarify any and all “reviews” about pomade, as well as trying to figure out how to style a damn pompadour! The reviews (at the time) were misleading and weren’t exactly clear as to how the products actually were. While they did help me discover a handful of brands, they didn’t exactly help understand the actual products. And as much as I hate misleading descriptions, I had to do something about it.

For the most part, I had no idea how this blog would progress. I mean, how could you? Of all things to blog about, the idea to blog about pomade was a bit ridiculous. In my head, at least… So getting enough people to care enough to read my reviews was something I wasn’t looking forward to!

Barely getting 10 views in a single day really put a damper on things. Without knowing how I’d get the name out there, who would read it, or what would happen if someone said my reviews sucked, I wasn’t sure if this blog was worth doing. Especially if it weren’t able to reach anyone outside of the few friends and family that did read my blog. Little did I know, people who I’ve never met would actually enjoy my humor and opinions, and actually want to hang out with me! But only a few cats have offered to buy me a beer… Still waiting on it, folks!

Now that an exact year has passed, this blog has grown IMMENSELY. I’ve met a ton of amazing people through this blog, helped people understand pomade on a personal level, talked with quite a few brands and companies, and continue to do so on a daily. As well as getting more than 10 views in a single day! I never expected any of this to happen. I mean, it’s still a blog about pomade! Haha!

My favorite part of my blog, aside from the friends I’ve met and will continue to meet, is the support folks have given. The support I’ve gotten has been amazing. With people in several corners of the world including; North America, Asia, Europe, and Down Under supporting my blog, there’s not much else I could ask for! Here’s a couple of pics from cats showing their support! No, there ain’t no kittens in these pics. So don’t get your hopes up, cat lovers!!!

Thanks Troy!

Thanks Troy!

Thanks Chops!

Big thanks to Chops Barbershop! Does this count as a nomination for Pomade President? Who’s in the running? Haha!

Again, big thanks to everyone who digs the blog and supports it! Even though I say “I appreciate it” a whole lot, I really do ‘appreciate it!’ I can’t exactly express how thankful I am for the support, so here’s a duck.

I have major plans for this blog. And in order for these plans to come to fruition, I’ll need you folks to continue supporting this blog. Believe me, I can’t do this blog without the support! I’m in it for the long-run and hope you folks stick around and enjoy the ride. So far, it’s been a fun one. Can’t wait for what the future has in store!

This is The Rebel Rouser, until the next time folks.

Pomp Hard!

The Brains of the Operation…

The pompadour has been a front for the brains of this operation. The real mastermind behind The Rebel Rouser is not a man… Nor is it a supercomputer, as most of you have believed… It’s none other than this loveable being…

The true Rebel Rouser.

The Rebel Rouser Giveaways!

Alright folks, it’s time to start getting everyone excited about giveaways!

Different blogs start their giveaways for various reasons, to get more hits giving them more $$$ from adsense. Or if you’re like me, because you want to connect more with your readers! Everyone I’ve met and talked to so far from my blogs have been amazing, so it only makes sense to give something back to you folks!

As it were, there’s a catch! While I have a whole slew of things I’m going to give away, the giveaway won’t start just yet! I’m so mean, right!?

Now, for the catch… I will start doing a few giveaways as soon as my blog “hits” reach a certain number at the end of the day. For two days straight! Now, it’s not gonna be anything ridiculous like 100,000 or anything like that, but something that satisfies my liking for hits. I mean, I get a decent amount of hits, per se, but ya know… Gotta make things tricky!

Now, this can happen anywhere from two days from now, to next year. Who knows! It depends on you guys, the readers!

So in order for the blog to reach that certain amount of hits, you’re gonna need to spread the word about my blog. Whether you’re telling your friends and family to click the link, or going to different libraries and looking at my blog with all of their computers, whatever… As long as it reaches a certain amount of hits, because of the readers, that’s all that matters! Hey, it means you folks actually READ my blog, and dig it enough to do that sort of thing! Of course, if you shared the blog amongst your friends, family and acquaintances, it would be better.

Now, I’m not gonna tell you folks what I’m gonna give away just yet. Gotta keep the suspense up and keep y’all on your toes! You all keep me on my toes with the content I post for you all, so I might as well do the same in return! Haha! But don’t worry, if you’ve been diggin’ what I’ve been posting so far, you’ll dig what I’ve got to give away.

Why are you still reading? I’m not gonna list the prizes right now. Go off and tell everyone about this rockin’ blog! You want free shit right??? Tell em about http://www.therebelrouser.com!!! DO IT!!!

Pomade Review: Deluxe

Been looking forward to this pomade for quite some time now. And since I had pretty much said everything I had to say about Layrite, I put this pomade to work right away.

One detail I am a fan of, is the packaging. Yes, it is pretty generic looking, gun-metal tin, red sticker labels. But in big, bold, and at the top, it says MADE IN U.S.A. One thing a lot of pomades are proud about, but don’t say so… why not?

MADE IN U.S.A. ‘Merica!

 Taking a look at this stuff, I think “Oh great, another wax.”


Looks like a thick wax, right? Well, aside from just looking like a wax… It “comes out” like a wax. And I put this in quotation marks, because it was a bitch and a half trying to scrape this stuff out!

As she would say “That’s it?”

This stuff was a pain. Breaking through the top layer, was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. No seriously, this sucked. I even had an easier time getting through the High Life wax. But luckily, as soon as I broke into this stuff, it was starting to get easier… S0rt of.

This stuff surprised me, in the sense that everything looked and felt like wax… Up until I started to blend it into my palms. It blended in fairly easily, almost like a very light pomade. This made me have high hopes for this stuff… Because that was really cool in my opinion. A wax that molds out like a pomade? Hell yeah!

It ran through pretty easily. I ran it through my damp hair, because Stone Cold said so! Spread evenly, and seemed like it spread a little thin. And it did… No here’s where the funny stuff happens.

“The clean and tidy look,” is right. Slicking this stuff through was easy. It slicks through nicely, leaving a nice even look without any breaks. It has no sheen whatsoever, and a very little to no scent. This stuff is pretty good to use when slicking back or parting your hair. It’s light, and has enough hold for those looks. But what about a pompadour?

It has enough hold for slick looks, but as soon as I tried to pomp high, I got a very hollow and broken looking pomp. Sigh… I ended up using a pretty hefty amount of pomade for the first time. More than I’d usually like, when trying out a new pomade.

Kind of a lot, wouldn’t you think?

That was slightly disappointing. Looking like wax, holding like a light pomade. It was fun to slick around my hair though, as it slicks really smoothly.

I ended up having to do a wet combing, to style my hair for the first time. I usually like to wet comb a day or two later, to really test out how pomades are, on their own.

It does little to nothing for my sides. Everything was fluffed out, no matter how hard I slicked back and down.

But throughout the day, I decided to take a few pics to see how this stuff held up. And it didn’t do too bad a job, but you’d really have to check your hair every once in a while.

Not too great of a pomp or anything. It’s even hard to retain a good sharp part, since it doesn’t hold the sides down.

So what do I have to say about this stuff?

No wonder that kid in the video I posted up a while back, had to cake this stuff on! I don’t like to think that a pomade is worth its weight, by the amount you have to use. Why would you want to have to use too much of anything? It seems pointless and a waste, to me. As they say, a-little-goes-a-long-way, but not really with this stuff. With semi longer hair, you have to use a lot to get a little hold. And you have to use too much to get a decent hold.

If you have shorter, finer hair, I’d recommend this pomade. As it seems to be really light. It doesn’t do much for my hair, even after a few day old hair cut. Am I disappointed? Not really, since I really like this stuff works, hard like a wax, soft like a light pomade. But this isn’t something I’d plan on buying again. It just doesn’t have the hold or sheen any of the other pomades do. It’s just too light. But if you want to have slicked hair styles without the wet look, this stuff might be right up your alley.

Well, that’s all for now. I may try out a few cocktails with this stuff. Maybe mixing it in with a light or medium hold pomade, with extra sheen. Or maybe some other mixes that I have on hold. Hopefully my other order of pomade comes in soon.

Until then, use the other stuff and stay greasy.

Using Pomade: Too Much Pomade (Revisted)

Since my last post ended shortly, I’m going to follow up on it now.

As shown in the videos I’ve linked, that’s is a clear example of using TOO MUCH POMADE! For the most part, the pomades we use are petroleum based. But we still need our hair be able to breathe, so when you cake that much pomade on your head, well… You can only imagine!

I highly doubt people use pomade on rainy days, or else it’ll just wash right out into your eyes. So of course, people mainly use it on nice days/sunny days. One thing you need to understand is, that too much pomade, will actually cook your scalp. Think about it, this stuff is like grease. Shit, it is grease! And when you’re under the hot sun, your scalp is taking the full force of the suns rays. Virtually cooking your scalp. So you don’t want to use too much.

I’m not saying that I wear a hat everytime I’m out in the sun. I usually only wear hats during the evening, when I’m too lazy to do my hair. Kind of pointless huh? Oh well. But, I also don’t cake on pomade!

Here is a little photo set, showing the amount of pomade I use, on average. Also how it should look, before applying.

Kind of a bit much...

As captioned, that’s actually a bit much! But my hair was completely “cleansed” of all pomades, so I was re-applying a generous amount for the week to come!
All you really need is that much, at most. I will usually take a little bit extra, just for around the ears and what not. But for the top of your head alone, that is a lot of pomade.

Idle Hands

My hands look creepy as hell…

That’s how my hands look when I “slathered” that pomade across both hands. Evenly coat both hands. Or else you will get clumps of pomade in your hair. Notice how you can still see the thick consistency of the pomade? NOT FOR LONG!

Shiny Idle Hands

After thoroughly coating your palms, you’re gonna wanna rub your palms together. This softens up the pomade. Making coating your hair, a lot easier. Notice how “translucent” the pomade is now. Now it’s “ready” to be put into your hair.
 A lot of people don’t do this step  and complain about X pomade being too difficult or “harsh” to apply. The only “pomade” I had problems doing this with, was High Life (Heavy,) because it was a damn wax. But anything else, Murray’s, Dax, anything thicker, will easily apply doing this. It’s not hard either!

Step 1: Clap hands together.
Step 2: Rub hands together for 10 seconds or less.
Step 3: Fin_

It’s that simple people!

You don’t need to cake anything on your head. If ever, you have to use that much excessive amount of any product, you’re just doing it wrong! Plain and simple. Do you ever cake on lotion on your face, so it looks like your getting a facial? (A or B kind of facial, take your pick.) No, and if you do, WTF.

Check the trackbacks for links for: TOO MUCH POMADE and a little write up about your hair falling out from Murray’s Superior.

Until then,

Pomp Hard.