Company – product
‘Lots of hold, lots of shine’
Damn good soap company is a company nested in The Netherlands (Europe). They make handcrafted, all natural grooming products.
I’m going to review the pomade of their line. Its base is lanolin, a fat from sheep wool. How do they obtain this fat to use it? Wool grease is extracted from wool by washing it and then to evaporate the water.
The pomade is made with the aid of barbers.
I don’t know a good deal of other lanolin based pomades, except for: Jusincredible cutz, Jägership by Flagship and All the kings men oil based pomades. I will categorize it under ‘oil based’ for the convenience.
More info: http://www.damngoodsoap.com/
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. Use brushes mostly.
Comes in a tin (4 oz). You can find it in a pocket size as well. Pomade’s color is a dark yellow one.
Lanolin Anhydrate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Almond Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Santulum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil.
Bergamot, sandalwood and patchouli blend into an aroma of fresh pine wood, tobacco and lemons. According to my nose: a citrus alike scent, reasonable strong in the tin. During my day, I sniffed some subtle whiffs. I really love the scent and its balance.
Application process – result
Scooping out of the tin goes easy. You feel a sticky and greasy consistency. Some resistance to break down. According to your shiny hands, this is gonna to be a shiny pomade! Spreads easily through the hair with few resistance. I use a Denman brush to facilitate the combing process. Combing through gives minor tug. There’s a good grip because of the stickiness. Did 4 scoops in the hair. My hair is wavy and from the beginning, my waves were tamed (is a medium-strong and I’m more of a firm/heavy hold user). The pomade laid down the sides and cowlicks great. Styling went smooth. Got an okay height plus a slick, neat coiffure. Just a few small flyaways and strays present. Bit of a hassle to wash the pomade off of the hands.
On the tin you read it has ‘lots of shine’ and indeed that’s true! Keeps this sheen all day long.
Hold – endurance
Says on the tin: ‘lots of hold’. Categorized as a medium to strong hold. Yes, that’s what I experienced. Hair kept nice shape all day. Tiny bit of sag, some waves coming through a bit but the overall shape remained intact. Cowlicks, sides were held down perfectly. No splits in the hair front. Some flyaways and strays. I had a bicycle ride with temperatures around 70, scarce sun, moderate wind and a bit of rain: hair kept shape! This declined much of my uncertainties around the pomade’s medium-strong hold. Too greasy feel for my taste.
Restyles easy because it’s a non-drying, non-hardening product. No resistance at all as you comb it through. Hold weakened a bit, some waves came through.
Some stickiness plus greasy. Washing the hair with little shampoo softened up the pomade and I got very manageable hair. Building up on wet hair gave me a steadier and more secure hold, more straightened out hair than on damp hair the day before.
Around 3 washes for a complete removal. Soft and healthy hair after the rinse due to the very healthy ingredients.
I made an inventory of degreasing methods that can help you: https://piw74.com/2016/07/12/an-inventory-of-degreasing-methods/
Hair, scalp issues
No allergies, itching.
* Note: some people can get allergic reactions due to the lanolin.
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