Company – product
Anthony Torfs or ‘Tame your beast’ (TYB) has become infamous on the Facebook pomade groups such as Everything Pomade (EP) and others.
Anthony began his own hair grooming supply company ‘Tame your beast’ in Belgium, December 2015. He sells the best quality handmade grooming products on the market right now. I’m from Belgium too and glad for the great service and options he offers.
Anthony recently did a limited collab with O’Douds apothecary to sponsor his education becoming a barber at Schorem (Scumbag) barbers in Rotterdam: ‘The making of a modern barber’. Latter is a heavy unorthodox water based.
Brewing his own pomades was another goal and here you have it: ‘Tame your beast medium water based pomade’: an unorthodox, all natural pomade. He also created a firm which I will review too. I’m impressed he made one of the most difficult pomade types first, making a water based isn’t that simple!
And last but not least, Anthony’s girlfriend Anissa who helped him as well!
More info: https://www.tameyourbeast.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 brush with wild boar hair, a Denman brush plus a wide tooth comb (detangler). During styling, I use brushes most.
The TYB pomade comes in a premium 4 oz amber glass jar. Artwork is in a nice balanced black and white, great work by Jacob-Emily Steininger! Pomade’s color is light beige.
Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Antisyphilitica (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sodium Borate (Borax), Soy Lecithin, Essentials Oils, Tocopherol (Vitamin E Oil).
Without the Latin:
Water, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Seed Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Borax, Soy Lecithin, Essential Oils, Vitamin E Oil.
What you get, is a pomade full of conditioning oils, waxes and butters to provide a healthy scalp and healthy hair!
The one I review, is unscented (can opt for this if you don’t want any scent). When sniffing, I remarked subtle whiffs of mocha, vanilla and chocolate in the jar, also when dispersing. But that stops once it is in the hair. Anthony himself smells sort of citrus aroma. This natural mix of ingredients is agreeable. If you prefer a scented pomade: 1. Fresh smell, 2. Dark smell are options to choose from. Great having 3 options.
Application process – result
Always begin styling with clean, dry hands because mold can form by (dirty) remains: water is the base and where’s water, mold can be as well. At the end of use: check if there are no hairs left in your jar. Store it cool and dry. Scooping it out goes right away, no hassle. Breakdown: tiny resistance, becomes buttery after a few solid rubs. No water-pomade separation. Spreads evenly with ease. Texture: pasty, buttery. No borax crystals here (feels like sand). I took 4 licks because it is a medium, and I am a firm-heavy user. One time, I used 4 bigger scoops and it weighed down my hair, especially in the front, it left me with not to tame waves. I didn’t feel a stiff solid feel when I was lifting the front of my hair but I managed to get some nice height with my Denman brush. Styling time: around average. TYB tamed my waves alright: they tend to come through a bit but neat, comparable to the nice Brylcreem looks from the 30s till 60s. My sides and cowlicks were managed okay. No splits in the front or elsewhere. Nice, slick hair shape. After the pomade settled, I restyled and got better results without loosing any hold. No, it gave me a steadier grip. TYB pomade has oil based characteristics: slickness.
Very shiny and I mean: very shiny! And yes, all day long present sheen. If you adore shine, Tame your beast will be a real feast.
Hold – endurance
‘Medium hold’ on the label. More of a firm medium to me. Anthony also described the hold being a firm medium for his hair. He intended this to be the firm but made a stronger batch to represent the firm. Product didn’t harden up or stiffened, it just settled in a soft and agreeable way. Hair kept shape sufficiently the entire day: some sag the first day, the second day a lot less because of the build up. Straightened my waves okay. Cowlicks managed. Sides held down okay. Wind, rain, cycling and a walk didn’t mess up my hair. No test in the real heat. Feels light in the hair. Hair felt nice and soft all the time without any greasiness or stickiness. I prefer a firmer hold, a medium does not work for me that great most of the time. But as I already told, a firm hold is also available.
Restyles without discomfort (no pull or tug). No loss of hold. Hairdo is as new.
Clean. Works great with build up: around a firm the days after. Hair kept shape much better with slick and neat results.
Not water-soluble. 1 or 2 shampoos and it’s out: washes out easy! Healthy, soft, conditioned result after your shower.
Hair, scalp issues
No breakouts, allergies, itching.