Railcar finegoods, Standard hold – medium water based gel pomade


Company – product

Railcar finegoods water based hairdressing, standard hold is a water based pomade out of California. You can categorize this pomade under: ‘ringing gels’, ‘orthodox pomades’, ‘a drying’ or a gel type pomade. I’ll review the standard hold, the medium. The supreme hold, the strong hold version has been reviewed many times. The standard hold is very underrated. I’m glad to review it! This being said, both are premium quality pomades.

Railcar stands for quality in cloths, denim services, red wing shoes and accessories as well.

More info: https://www.railcarfinegoods.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RPOMADEST

My hair profile

I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. I used a wide tooth comb plus a brush with wild boar hair. Brushes are used most.


Come in a transparent 4 oz glass jar. Dark red color: strawberry, jam alike.


Water (Aqua), Ceteareth-25, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polysorbate-20, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PVP, DMDM Hydantoin Caramel, PEG-8 Beeswax, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate-2, Fragrance (Parfum).


Masculine cologne. In the jar: not an overpowering smell, good balance. In the hair: very subtle whiffs a few times. Scent will disappear during daytime.

Application process – result

No resistance scooping it out and breaking it down. Texture is not so thick plus softer as other gel pomades, with a jelly texture. Apply to dry or damp hair. I prefer damp. Didn’t notice any tug or pull: goes in super easy. Spreads evenly without issues. 3 average scoops were adequate. Obtained a steady, sticky grip but no hassle at all to comb through. Hair shape did not change after initial styling. Railcar gave me alright shape without much of a volume. Tamed cowlicks and my waves were straightened out sufficiently. Slicked down the sides alright without hair that sticks to the head. Styling time: around average. Good height. First I noticed some sticky feel but after that lightness and soft hair. My Denman brush was a bit pink because of the red dye, just take some hot water and it’s all gone.


On the jar you read: medium shine. For me: a few notches above natural. Sheen stayed as long I didn’t restyle. 

Hold – endurance

Medium hold. Holds my hair in place alright all day long. Had little flyaways and strays, a bit of sagging. Wind, some rain won’t mess up the hair much. Heat: did not test that but I suppose it’ll endure. Pomade does not firm up as other gel types, instead it stiffens, settles. Waves and cowlicks managed okay all day, sides held down, no splits in the front.


Try-out without water source and a brush: pull and tug, not much but not pleasurable. Water: scarce pull. Hold slacked. Does not flake.

Washing out

Water-soluble: just water, no shampoo. You’ll notice the water turning red from the dye.

Important question for me: what about my hair after I rinsed? 

  • Day 1: just a tiny bit of dryness but not as much as other gel pomades.
  • Day 2: same story!
  • Month later I reused it 2 days: same story.

These are great results but I cannot predict whether this product is going to dry out the hair and scalp more after a longer period. It’s not the same for everybody. Some will notice dryness from the start, others after a week or so, … . I recommend to condition hair before and/or afterwards. I use gel pomades scarcely: before a haircut or as a degrease aid or to tame short hairs. Plus they don’t give me the best shape.

Hair, scalp issues

No allergies, no itching from the scalp.




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