Grandad’s old fashioned pomade – medium unorthodox water based


Company – product

The showcased Grandad’s old fashioned pomade by Bryce Sims out of San Diego/California is a handcrafted medium with all conditioning, natural ingredients and a water based of the unorthodox or non-drying type. A heavy water based was available as well but not anymore to my knowledge.

Bryce changed the formulas and labeling from his previous oil and wax based pomades. The renewed pomades bear the same classy, classic artwork as the water based. You can choose between a light, medium, heavy and even a super heavy oil based.

More info:

I got this indirectly from Tame your beast, Anthony Torfs. He’s a Belgian carrier of great handmade hair grooming stuff. Check him out, here’s the link:

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. 


Poured into 4 oz amber glass jars. Comes in a creamy, light beige color.


Water, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Parfum, Sodium Tetra Borate, Tea Tree Oil.

Sodium Tetra Borate = borax.


Apples, maple, bourbon and a hint of cinnamon. Scent is sweet and candy like for my nose. You’ll smell this all day long in a not overpowering way and as a subtle lingering cologne. It’ll fade a bit towards the end of the day. I really enjoy this scent.

Application process – result

Always start styling with clean plus dry hands because mold can form by dirty remains: water is the base of the pomade that’s why. At the end of styling: check if there are no hairs left in your jar. Store it cool and dry. Scoops out like nothing: cheesy, creamy substance. Breakdown: super easy. One second of water-pomade separation, becoming a white cream in the hands. Spreads evenly, easy, white streaking in the hair, a few wax beads. Streaking vanishes as you begin styling. Same story for the wax beads. I used 4 scoops because of the medium hold (I’m a firm-heavy user). Styling time on the first day and first use: above average. Why? As mentioned above, it has a creamy and cheesy feel, you feel the water being present. At first, it doesn’t feel grippy or steady, you get more of a light cream. I was thinking: no hold! But! During styling, the water in it began to evaporate and the hold increased to its medium level. The product stiffened up and became more workable: lifting the front was not that easy first, thereafter I got some height. Took me more time to get what I wanted but it worked out good. Better scenario and tip from buddy Bram from EP. Put it in and let it sit for a few minutes. Then begin styling = a world of difference! Plus combined with one day of build up: rather fast styling! Pomade feels super light and a bit airy = allows a good amount of volume. It tamed my waves well, also controlled the sides and cowlicks. No splits. Nice hair shape too. Good height for a medium, neat and clean, slick.


Reading descriptions on the shine: a natural, medium natural shine. The first day it was very matte for me. On the second day: a bit less than a medium. I was glad to achieve a more shiny look.

Hold – endurance

Medium. To me: a medium on the lighter side with some good control. Several minutes after I styled: no sag, no movement, a few flyaways. The pomade settled. Restyling after a few minutes gave me more strength. End of the day: hair kept shape more or less: no real sag, several strays, flyaways after some cycling, some wind and a few drops of rain. Not tested in the real heat. Waves did not show up: neat and clean shape. Was surprised and impressed: most mediums don’t do this for me. Cowlicks managed okay. Sides held down well. Super lightweight product. Hair felt soft all day, no greasy or sticky feel. 


Does not harden, settles so you can restyle. Its hold weakened: a tad of waving in the front. Cowlicks: alright. Sides okay. No tug or pull combing with my Denman brush.

Build up

Clean build up. Hold increased a bit the days after. Got a clean, neat look.

Washing out

Water only: no, it’s not a water-soluble pomade. 1 or 2 shampoos needed to wash all out. Not a difficult to wash out. Due to the nourishing ingredients the hair feels conditioned, healthy and soft afterwards.

Hair, scalp issues

No breakouts, allergies, itching, irritation of any kind.

Similar pomades

  • Pomps not dead, The shape of pomp to come, medium unorthodox water based pomade.
  • Quixote heavy unorthodox water based pomade.




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