Company – product
Update: this brand doesn’t exist anymore.
Embalmer’s grease by Ominous style co pomade is a handmade pomade created by Nic Donini out of West Virginia (Fairmont). It’s an oil based pomade with beeswax as its main ingredient and an all natural, non-vegan product. The product conditions hair and scalp.
I’m gonna review the heavy, the second pomade he brewed and being a real heavy or a super heavy. His intention was to make a great build up pomade, so you don’t need lots of pomade the days after. He created this out of love for everything evil and heavy metal. There’s a medium (read: strong medium) as well which is oil based (hydrogenated castor oil), I reviewed that too. The heavy has beeswax as a base, I suppose this permits a more heavy hold than a castor oil base can do. Hasn’t been reviewed much, so I’m glad that I can do, this pomade may not be seen as underrated.
Nic presented a new line (Ominous style co) January 2016: a light (shea butter based), medium (hydrogenated castor oil based), heavy (beeswax (oil) based) and a medium water based. All amber glass jars. You can still find the embalmer’s grease line on pomade sites or in trades.
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.
4 oz tin. Color of EG: light yellow.
Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Lanolin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E Oil, Essential Oils.
Nic Donini calls this: the graveyard scent. I notice a herbal, fresh, not dirty, somewhat eucalyptus, minty aroma. In the tin: scent is a bit tart. In the hair: less tart. Didn’t remark the scent anymore once I smeared it into my hair.
Application process – result
Very solid pomade surface. Scooping out needs lots of pressure, fingernails may help. Ribbons up. The layer underneath is easier to scoop: creamier. Reviewer Jake Rodriguez’ batch scoops and breaks down easier, I suppose it can differ from tin to tin. Embalmer’s grease has a waxy, somewhat sticky, thick texture and becomes creamy rubbing in your hands using some power. No wax beads. Apply to damp hair to avoid tug and pull. I sometimes style on (slightly) wet hair with build up, works better for me (slicker). Goes in easy (no tug or pull), spreads alright. A few normal sized scoops (3) are sufficient. Don’t use too much, can weigh down hair and styling will be a hassle. Gives a bit of a sticky grip. Combing with my Denman brush vs tug or pull: no. Pomade feels dry as you comb through: you hear ‘a dry noice’, rrt rrt rrt. Styling time: average. Manages my waves, sides, cowlicks very well. Nice clean hairdo without annoying flyaways, great hair lines. Insane height.
A few notches above natural all day long: okay for this heaviness.
Hold – endurance
This is a real heavy. Nic loves heavies and this one reflects that. After initial styling, hair kept shape perfectly: no strays, no flyaways popping up, hair goes nowhere! Holds hair in place the whole day, straightens waves, tames cowlicks, sides are held down greatly. Heavy wind or rain, cycling or a walk don’t mess up things. Didn’t test in the heat but this pomade will survive for sure! End of the day story: nearly no flyaways, strays, sagging, no splits: incredible! Around medium weight feel in the hair, allowing very decent volume. Great control. Soft, not greasy as you touch your hair.
Didn’t need to. No loss of hold after restyling. Waves did not show up, sides were held down. No resistance during restyling (Denman brush).
Clean, strong build up. Days after: one (little) scoop extra: ready. Don’t use too much (weighing down), the build up combined with a hair tonic provides great styling.
Need around 3 shampoos to wash out. After rinsing it out: healthy and soft hair.
I made an inventory of degreasing methods that can help you: https://piw74.com/2016/07/12/an-inventory-of-degreasing-methods/
Hair, scalp issues
No breakouts, allergies, itching.
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