Pomps Not Dead (PND) is an infamous brand in the pomade world, on the same level as other handcrafted ones such as: Lockhart’s, Big slick, O’Douds, Flagship and Shear revival. The company was founded by Edwin Carson out of Houston, Texas and contains all hand brewed grooming products. His pomades are infamous for their classy and classic labels (handmade by his wife), their great scents and slickness.
Edwin also made an unorthodox water based with a medium hold. There are 2 batches available which are both a great addition to this list!
Edwin offers too: hair tonic, laces, guitar picks, caps, … .
PND is a favorite from many greasers. I can fully understand why! Check out all his pomades if you didn’t. If you did, do it again. Your collection needs it.
POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The daily grind’ (TDG) firm hold with petro as the main ingredient. Petro is a wax, not an oil but most people just call it oil based. The product’s theme is skateboarding: great artwork! Again!
Tin: 4 oz (113 g)content with sick, cool, classy labels! Inside, we see an off-white pomade.
My tin was sponsored by Hedgelion, Tadashi Soga. Thanks, Tadashi!
Petrolatum, beeswax, microwax, soy wax, castor oil, scent.
Cedar, mahogany, leather, tobacco scent = a real novelty, special scent. Smells rather strong in the tin. In my hair: not that prominent anymore, a whiff now and then, very subtle. Like this scent. You can describe this as a pair of new shoes, a brand-new skateboard; leather. The freshness of the leather is awesome.
My hair: I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour.
My styling equipment: 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.
Application: 3 normal sized licks in a damp mane.
Scooping: pomade comes out easy for a firm (typical for all PND’s).
Breakdown demands nearly nothing: becomes soft at once. Consistency of TDG: waxy, shiny, a bit thick, sticky, not that greasy.
Working in: goes in easy, you’ll experience slight tug. It spreads evenly like nothing.
Combing back: some resistance. Used a Denman to make the job a bit easier.
Control: provides a strong grip. tamed my cowlicks, waves and sides right away. Quick, easy, slick styling with a neat hairdo, great comb lines as a result. Although it contains several waxes, this works splendid and smooth. I seldom had so fewer strays/flyaways. Obtained height of my lifted contour was great as well.
A few notches above matte shine. Nice shine in the sunlight, doesn’t lessen throughout the day.
Firm hold according to the brewer. I used PND’S ‘firmage’. Comparing those 2, I can say firmage is a firmer, more on the heavy side. I also used the firm gauge/close quarters combing which is a tad less firm than the daily grind and a great pomade either!
Wore TDG in temperatures around 90° F (32° C), being mostly indoors. Practiced little sport, with some wind, no rain. Hair kept shape all day long: no real sag, no splits or strays/flyaways.
Restyling went without resistance. No loss of hold. Waves tamed.
Waxy, not overly greasy, workable build up = great build up pomade. Becomes a solid firm, tending to a heavy after a few days of use.
Being a firm petro-waxy pomade, expect 3-4 showers to get all out. Hair felt healthy plus soft afterwards.
- Pomps not dead, lardage: firm oil based.
- Ace high co, black cat: firm oil based.
- Reuzel, pink: heavy oil based.
- B’s grease: firm oil based.
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