Now, for those who don’t know, I was originally supposed to review Uppercut Deluxe quite a few months ago. But, with a large hole in the shipping envelope, the product was lost forever, and the jokes about the mailman/customs handler having good hair would run on for months! After patiently waiting for the right time, a replacement was shipped out from Down Under, and landed safely in my hands!
Ok, enough of the gibber-jabber, on to the review!
When I first saw this product, I remember seeing a white, plastic container. It was very much so like any of the other plastic containers that water-soluble products are stored in. This time around, we get (in my honest opinion) one of the ILLEST pomade tin designs on the market!
If this tin design ain’t killer, I don’t know what is!
The black base container with the red lid is a solid color combo. But, the image on the lid, is what really sets the packaging off!
The red, white and black of the image is printed on the tin. The background however, is left bare, which makes the image really pop! In the right light, the reflection from the bare tin sort of makes the image of the two boxers seem 3-D.
Twisting the lid off, I was expecting to see an orange-colored gel-pomade. (I could’ve sworn that was the original color.) But I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was root-beer colored! Sorry folks, that’s as far as the root-beer resemblance goes, as this stuff smells like vanilla. But hey, we’re not complaining!
Now, there’s been talk saying that this is one of the heaviest water-soluble pomades on the market. Not heavy as in real strong and thick, but heavy as in: it weighs your hair down. Which is something surprising to me, as other water-soluble pomades do the exact opposite.
The consistency feels a bit thicker and has a slightly stickier feel than the other water-soluble pomades in this market. After toying around with it and a few other water-soluble pomades, I started to see what people were talking about…
At first as I was applying it through my hair, it didn’t feel the way it was described. But as I was trying to style it, I started to see what they meant…
As most water-soluble pomades are, they aren’t the most malleable things on the planet. If you comb it flat, it’ll be flat. It’s a bit harder to style your pomp in a bulbous way. This pretty much goes for all water-soluble pomades… Uppercut Deluxe is no exception.
While it is a tad heavier on the hair than most water-soluble pomades, which does make styling with it slightly difficult, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. Take a look:
The weighing down of the hair is very miniscule. Most people, won’t notice a thing. The most you’ll notice is the more gel-ish finish you’ll get, after styling. By this, I’m referring to how the hairs on the side and back are separated, as if it were gelled. Damn, that’s tough to describe, hopefully you folks see what I’m talkin’ about!
The fact that this stuff doesn’t dry to a matte finish, will definitely catch the eye of water-soluble pomade lovers. A major gripe with water-soluble pomades that most folks have, is that they don’t have any sheen. As you can tell in the pic, it does leave the hair with a bit of gloss, which is a nice touch.
Overall, I dig this product. It’s a nice take on water-soluble pomades, especially since it comes from outside of the US! Unlike an unmentionable brand, this one doesn’t sit in Layrite’s shadow! The only drawback to this brand, is that it’s difficult for me to prescribe to people. Not because of its properties, but because it’s coming all the way from Australia! Fortunately, Johnny D’s Barbershop stocks this stuff, and I’m sure he’s more than willing to ship these out to cats around the US! The killer tin design is more than enough justification to have this pomade in your collection! Trust me folks, it’s that awesome!
Big thanks to Kiera and the folks at Uppercut Deluxe!
Till the next time folks.