Prospectors pomade, Gold rush – medium orthodox water based

Company – product

Prospectors is a pomade brand based out of Orange, California. The company wanted to create a premium water-soluble pomade. Gold rush with a medium (-light) hold was the answer. This gel-pomade contains hem seed oil which gives it conditioning properties for both hair and skin.

Something more about the gold rush: ‘a rapid movement of people to a newly discovered goldfield. The first major gold rush, to California in 1848–49, was followed by others in the US, Australia (1851–53), South Africa (1884) and Canada (Klondike, 1897–98).’

After their first pomade, Prospectors continued and added a heavier gel-type water based: Iron ore. Latter has no hemp oil in it. I suppose they couldn’t get enough hold out of it using this hemp.

The company also launched an oil based: Crude oil, a medium hold petro.

Last but not least, Coal mine. This is a matte clay for the more textured styles.

More info:

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. I use brushes mostly.


I never say much about labels or design but this one excels for me. Its richness in detail, color patterns, the shovel and pick at the bottom of the tin and the brand’s name stamped in the tin: all great! And on top of that, that cardboard box where it’s in. The tin is 4.5 oz and you pay the same as for a 4 oz: nice! The tins are delicate and tend to dent. Pomade has a matching gold color to match the gold rush. We’ve seen that gold hue in other gel-types such as Shiner gold, the old version of Grant’s medium blend and Reuzel red + blue.


Water, Ceteareth-25, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Silica, Disiloxane, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Brown 1, Caramel, Yellow 5.

Infused with all natural hemp seed oil (cannabis sativa seed oil). This natural ingredient conditions hair and scalp (prevents dryness), stimulates hair growth, strengthens hair to prevent breakage and a goody against hair loss. You won’t turn high using this.


Sun lotion alike, cologne scent, others call it ‘old man scent’. Scent does not overpower, ain’t weak either. Smells all day without being dominant. An agreeable aroma for my nose. Really dig it, one of my favorites for sure!

Application process – result

Although the product contains several preservatives, it’s recommended to wash your hands and dry them well before use. Remove hairs or other possible dirt out of your jar. Where’s water, there can grow molds, yeasts and bacteria! Scooping out: super easy. Has a thick, sticky texture like most orthodox types. Breaking down: a breeze. Goes in easy, spreads easy and evenly in a second, noticed a stiff sensation. 3 average licks and I got a very steady, grippy feel. Nice slicked back hair. Although being sticky, combing through was easy and without any resistance. Styles easy and slick (due to the hemp oil, I suppose). Hair began to stiffen up while I was styling but was still manageable. Got good hair height being a medium. Gave me a neat, clean hairdo, fit for more formal events. Tamed my cowlicks. Straightened waves. Slicked down the sides fast, great, against the head look. Styling time: rather fast. Firstly, you get a very sticky feel, this decreases and feels a bit stiff then it goes away. Provides a relative lightweight feel, decent volume is possible. Shape was unchanged after looking back after 30 minutes. 


Medium shine, all day. It starts shiny and dulls but not as much as many other gel-types.

Hold – endurance

Medium hold according to the co. In my hair: a medium on the lighter side. Keeps hair put the entire day, just a few innocent flyaways. Wind and some rain did not mess up things. Heat around 70: no problem for Gold rush. Firms up, stiffens, does not harden into a helmet, steady settling. Waves and cowlicks: tamed all day. No splits. Sides: held down great. When my hair is longer, it does not hold that well and starts to sag, with strays and some tiny waviness.


Didn’t need to restyle my hair actually. Try-out: no water needed, dry combing is possible if using a brush (like I always do). Using a comb: some resistance. Choosing for a water source is the better option: less tension, more hold and you regain the initial sheen. Does not flake. Pomade keeps a good hold after that. 

Washing out

Water only. Hair and scalp feel okay afterwards: not dried out like a desert or that coarse sensation. Makes this pomade one of the better ones. If this softness persists after longer time use? I do not know. Most gel-type water based pomades tend to make the hair (somewhat) dry after a while, depending on the hair type as the cleaning chemicals also wash out the naturals oils but the hemp seed oil does a good job to keep it soft.

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