Company – product
‘The one and only’
Pomade created by hand by Paul Branham. A non-drying or ‘unorthodox’ water based pomade, handmade all natural. The one I’ve been using was his second batch. He fixed the consistency and breakdown issue by changing the black lids into gold ones: the golden lid stopped evaporation of the water and is the one to get.
I’m not here to nitpick about the breakdown and consistency because Paul has done changes immediately after reading reviews on this, he’s a hard-working person and listens to his users to improve his pomades! He uses local sources for his pomade, prefers only the best quality and the best ingredients. You’ve to pay more but keep in mind what I said.
More info: http://www.gentlemanrex.com/
My hair profile
I’ve medium thick wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. At the moment, I’m using a wild boar brush, also a Denman brush and a wide tooth comb to style. During styling, I use brushes most.
Rex wax water based comes in a 4 oz amber glass jar. Has a yellowish color.
Water, Aloe, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lanolin, Mango Butter, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Borax, Soy Lecithin, Essential Oils.
Herbal, spicy, sweet, patchouli, a bit medicinal. Not overpowering. I smelled the aroma the entire day.
Application process – result
Note: the improved batch with the golden lid breaks down easier and is more consistent!
Paul has made a tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3jlAgZncAU
Clean and dry your hands before use, remove hairs from the jar afterwards: mold can form. Store it cool and dry. The expire date is stated on the jar which is great. Apply to damp hair. Take very small scoops at a time. I usually take 3, 4 average sized ones. A bit of pressure needed to scoop out. Goes in not that smooth: tug and pull when mixing into the hair and while combing. Has a grainy texture. Instead of breaking it down completely, you need to rub a few times. You can rub with the fingers on your palm to get a bit of a grainy paste. But total breakdown does not work. Put it in the hair and massage in: will break down but falls apart (therefore really small scoops). Once it’s in, there’s a good grip. Spreading evenly is a bit of a hassle. Is a heavy but feels super light in the hair. There is no stickiness or greasy feeling at all. Tames my cowlicks and waves, slicks the sides down great. You don’t need much. Styling time: average. Hairdo is nice. Great height. Soft hair feel.
Has no shine: it’s the most matte I’ve encountered, ideal for the ‘zero shine lovers’. As you restyle, the shine becomes a bit less matte.
Hold – endurance
Great hold: a heavy for sure! One of the heaviest at the moment. Does not harden. Holds the hair in place from the start and all day: a few strays and minimal sagging. Heavy wind, some rain don’t mess up your hair. Didn’t test in the heat but this pomade will abide. Can handle some sweat from sporting. Waves, cowlicks, sides: great all day, no splits going on. Provides great control. Lightweight feel in the hair: you forget there’s pomade in your hair.
No problem. There is no loss of hold after restyling! I got the impression it became a bit stronger after I recombed. There’s some tug and pull as you recomb. But all this said: you don’t need to, hair stays in place for sure.
Clean build up. A few small scoops are sufficient to style the days after.
You need about 1-2 shampoos to wash out completely. Hair feels healthy and conditioned afterwards.
Hair, scalp issues
No breakouts, allergies, itching.
In terms of the lightweight feel:
- Pomps not dead, The shape of pomp to come, unorthodox medium water based.
- Grandad’s medium unorthodox water based.
- Quixote, heavy unorthodox water based.