The iron society water soluble – firm water based gel pomade

Company – product

‘Be easy, friend’

The iron society is a grooming brand with handcrafted pomades by American barber Chris DeSanty from Brooklyn, NY.

Chris offers a medium and a firm oil based pomade plus a firm gel-type water based. In the past there was the VNM, a medium oil based. Last addition is a clay.

I’ll be showcasing the firm water based: a gel-type.

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Bonus: The iron society –

My hair profile

I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. At the moment, I’m using a brush with wild boar hair, a Denman brush plus a wide tooth comb (detangler). During styling, I use brushes most. 


Pomade comes in a 3.7 oz amber glass jar. Labels are clean, in a classic 1930s style: super beautiful and classy in my opinion. Pomade: yellowish, transparent color.


Water (Aqua), Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Caramel.


Musky, masculine. Not overpowering, well-balanced. You’ll notice the scent occasionally.

Application process – result

As you start using the pomade, wash your hands and dry them well. Afterwards: remove hairs out of the jar. This is a water based and where’s water, there can be mold. Has a very tick, stiff texture. Need a bit of force to get it out of the jar. To break it down, you need some force as well. You better use the pomade on damp hair because of the thickness and stiffness, you can avoid tug and pull. Just need a few small scoops (2-3). Small scoops are recommended. Gives a firm grip immediately. Styling goes well, hair will maintain shape okay from the start. There’s little tug and pull while combing. Product feels dry, not sticky or greasy. Spreading isn’t the easiest. Styling time: average. Hair looks nice. TIS tames the waves, sides and cowlicks well. Provides good height.


From the start a bit above natural. No dulling out.

Hold – endurance

Firm hold labeled. For my hair: around a firm, yes. Hair held in place all day long: had to deal with a few strays, flyaways, the sides had to cleaned up somewhat, no splits to discern. Wind and a bit of rain did not mess things up. Resists heat. At the beginning, a helmet head feel, disappears later. Once it had dried, no hardened up, crunchy sensation. I applied to somewhat wet hair, therefore the pomade just settled. On dry hair: more hold, stiffens up much more. Feels not heavy in the hair.


Restyling was not necessary most of the time. Water needed if you want to restyle, little tug noticeable. Hold weakened. Does not flake.

Washing out

Just water and gone in 1, 2, 3. Hair and scalp feel slightly dry but not as much as the most ones! I guess dryness will possible start once you use this on an everyday base: it’s still an orthodox pomade that tends to dry out hair and scalp.

Hair, scalp issues








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