Company – product
Wayne Baily, owner of Fisticuffs LLC out of California first created his own mustache wax after not finding decent and payable ones. He did lots of research to come with a satisfactory wax. After that, he grew a beard and came with his own beard brand: the ‘Grave before shave’ line. His wife Heather owns the co with him as a wholesale manager.
Wayne recently worked on a water based pomade: a gel pomade with a tuff hold (tough/heavy hold) and now it’s out! Yes, it is a handmade gel pomade.
Other important people from the Fisticuffs company:
- Keri Clark: assistant, customer service, photographer.
- Charlie Halstead, graphic designer, artist, shipper.
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.
Plastic 4 oz container. In the canister you find a light amber colored pomade.
Water (Aqua), Ceteareth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Propylene Glycol, Polyurethane-14, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PVP (Firming Agent), Glycerin, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Buteth-3, Tributyl Citrate, PEG-8 Beeswax, Caramel, Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf (Chamomile) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract.
Barbershop scent: no strong aroma in the jar. Does remind me a bit of Suavecito but that one is stronger. In the hair: experienced subtle whiffs from time to time. Like the scent and its modest proximity.
Application process – result
My preferred application: on damp hair. If you put it on dry hair, the hold will be a tough hold but also more tug and pull and I do not like that. On damp hair, it gives around a strong hold. Scooping out goes easy as a typical gel pomade does. Texture is thick and sticky, highly concentrated. Breakdown is easy, some resistance due to the thicker consistency. Putting in: some tug, not a painful one. Spreading goes alright although it’s tacky. Got a very solid grip. I applied 3 normal sized scoops. Combing through went okay: present tension but not the one ripping out hairs. Hair slicked back nicely. I use a Denman brush. Parting the hair wasn’t a problem despite the thick, sticky substance. My hair felt sticky in the back (over-application on that spot). This tackiness faded a bit after some combing and vanished after 10 minutes. Although the tougher texture, overall styling was okay. Did not harden While I was styling. It did’t dry into a helmet. The pomade settled, stiffened a bit with an agreeable softness. Hair remained after initial styling: few touch ups here and there. Managed my sides and cowlicks well, no strays, no splits, slick waves. Hair height: very good. Hairdo looked alright, not the best nor the worst hair style I ever got. I don’t get the best results with gel pomades on the heavier side of the spectrum.
Started off as a medium shine and after the water evaporated, a notch above neutral. This is what to expect from an orthodox water based.
Hold – endurance
Labeled as a ‘tuff hold’ applied on dry hair. For me, on damp hair: around a firm hold: expected more strength. We had temperatures around 90. I did a tiny bit of cycling with scarce wind, I was sweating but the hair kept overall shape. Strays, flyaways present. Cowlicks and sides: okay, some jut hairs (had a cut the week before). No splits. Endurance wise: an okay gel pomade. Feels light in the hair.
Water source recommended. Some tension. Hold about the same. Does not flake.
Water-soluble: no shampoo, just water and it’s out! Afterwards: was glad to remark soft hair. Most orthodox pomades dry out hair and scalp but this one doesn’t. Important is to test the pomade for a longer time. Most gel pomades trend to dry out more or less after longer time use. I use them mostly to help washing out grease or before a hair cut.
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