Tame your beast – firm unorthodox water based pomade

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 firm water based pomade’: unorthodox, all natural pomade. He also created a medium on which I did a review as well. I’m impressed he made one of the most difficult pomade types first because making a water based isn’t that simple!

I’m certain an oil based will fill up the line in the future, maybe an orthodox water based too?

Anissa, Anthony’s girlfriend may not be forgotten, she helped him to get this great stuff!

More info: https://www.tameyourbeast.com/

To get the latest news of TYB, join the fb group: ‘Tame your beast specials’.

Here a little vid link of the pouring: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Everythingpomade/search/?query=pomade%20brewers%20of%20the%20US

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. 

Presentation

The TYB pomade comes in a premium 4 oz amber glass jar. Very important to mention too: credits for the artwork on the jars in a balanced black and white. Greatly done by Jacob-Emily Steininger! Pomade’s color: light beige.

Ingredients

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 as a result of that: healthy hair! The ingredients list is the same as the medium, but in other proportions to lift the hold.

Scent

Great idea from Anthony to offer 3 scent options. Which ones? Firstly, there’s an unscented: has a natural scent of vanilla, chocolate and mocha in my opinion, Anthony’s nose added sort of citrus tone. It’s very subtle in the jar, no scent anymore as it’s in the hair. Secondly, a dark scent with clear tones of amber and more … . Thirdly, a fresh scent (no more details available). I got the dark scent which reminds me of his collaboration with O’Douds apothecary: ‘The making of a modern barber’. This is due to the amber essential oil they both contain. The dark scent is not overpowering. Love its good balance, the agreeable whiffs you get during your day: subtle and manly. It is not very prominent or super lingering. (Don’t love all day lingering smells so this is approved).

Application process – result

Begin styling with clean and dry hands because mold can form by (dirty) remains: water is the base and where’s water, mold can be too. At the end of use: check if there are no hairs left in your jar. Store it cool and dry. Scooping out: has a very creamy, shiny, a bit watery texture which reminds me of Teddy Boy Original from Anchors. Latter is comparable in terms of its creaminess, not the aqueous aspect. The shine predicts it’s gonna have some decent shine. Breaking down: a few rubs and done. No water-pomade separation present. Buttery, shiny breakdown. Spreading through the hair: easy thing. You’ll feel (don’t see) some small sand like borax crystals, but they disappear immediately as you rub them between the hands and leave no residue. Anthony will solve this issue in his next batch. I used 3 licks on fresh hair, that was enough. It gave me a steady grip, not so stiff when I was lifting the front of my hair. There was some white streaking but vanished in a few seconds. Styling time: around average. TYB tamed my waves okay: just a subtle kind of waving, not tedious, not messy, the waves show themselves in a neat, clean, controlled way. Sides held down good. Cowlicks managed all day. No splits. Got some slick, nice shiny hair: this pomade has oil based characteristics, just like the medium.

Shine

If you love shine, grab it! Shiny it is indeed (around a medium). Bit less than the medium but great for a firm hold! Shines persists.

Hold – endurance

‘Firm hold’ is printed on the label. Yes, I agree: between a medium and a heavy. It’s a few notches firmer than the medium. Lightweight in the hair. Hair kept in place the entire day, just a tiny bit of sag. Straightened the waves very subtle as mentioned above, no further sagging during the day, no messy front at the end. Cowlicks: managed well. Sides held down: good. It resisted some wind, a walk, some cycling. Heat (around the 70s): no problems such as melting or sagging, loosing shape, … . Day end: just a few strays and flyaways. Hair kept a soft, non-greasy or sticky feel. Overall this pomade reminds me of ‘The dead seas’: a limited collab between Flagship and Ominous in the past. Here’s the link to my review: https://piw74.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/the-dead-seas-flagship-x-ominous-style-co/

Restyling

Restyles without any discomfort (no pull or tug) and without loss of its firm hold. Restyling my front several times: no waves getting worse. 

Build up

Clean. Good firmness the days after. Used 1, 2 licks more to style.

Washing out

Not water-soluble since it’s unorthodox. 1 or 2 shampoos and it’s out. Easy to wash out. Healthy, soft, conditioned result after the rinse. 

Hair, scalp issues

No breakouts, allergies, itching.

Similar pomade

The dead seas: collab Flagship pomade co X Ominous style co.

 

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