Company – product
Today I’ll review a very loved, infamous pomade out of the water based, gel pomade category. I’m talking about the Daimon barber and more specific: N° 1. I picked up the previous batch with the yellow design (photo on the right).
The Daimon barber comes from the UK (London), conceived by two brothers (Daimon and Leo) with backgrounds in design and classic barbering. They bring products of great quality to the table. So take into account you pay more but that choice is yours. TDB is not handmade.
N°1 was the beginning: creating a gel pomade (hair pomade). Next was: N° 2 (classic pomade), N°3 (wax pomade), N° 4 (clay pomade) and N°5 (a heavy version of N°1, a gel pomade). TDB wanted to launch one solid product of each pomade category.
N°1 is special: it contains natural bee propolis and raspberry silicone to provide healthy hair. No drying out issues as with many gel pomades, instead healthy conditioned hair. Due to the natural propolis, the expire date is printed on the jar. TDB also recommends how to store the pomade best.
TDB N° 1 pomade exist a few years and was a bit of a game changer in the water based field. When people ask on the Facebook pomade groups: ‘What’s a good gel pomade?’, the Daimon barber N°1 is always one of the suggestions!
UPDATE: the jar design and name of all the pomades has been changed recently. It now is: ‘Original pomade’.
More info: http://www.daimonbarber.co.uk/
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. I also use a tangle teezer. More info: https://piw74.com/2016/07/16/combs-brushes-afro-picks-an-inventory/
Batch comes in purple glass jars (3.5 oz). Comes in an orange, peach alike, almost raspberry color.
Aqua, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Di Propylene Glycol, Beeswax, Castor Oil, Polysorbate-20, PEG-8 Dimethicone, PEG-8 Raspberriate, Propolis, Laureth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethyl Glycinate, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isostearate, Parfum, Cinnamic Alcohol, Linalol.
The ingredients on the new labeled jars are slightly different. This is one of the rare pomades containing natural beeswax and castor oil. Most have PEG-8 beeswax and PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil added. On the jar TDB recommends to store the product between 41° and 68° F.
A natural shine according to the Daimon barber. On my hair: matte from the beginning. On the instructions you read: apply to wet hair to get more shine.
Hold – endurance
Labeled as a medium hold. To me: a light medium. I’m a medium-firm to firm user when it comes to gel pomades. I better applied it into dry hair for better hold. My hair sagged quickly after styling but didn’t get much worse during the day. Some touch ups with my fingers (not finger combing) needed. Got a wavy front and hairs popping out. Cowlicks and sides kept shape very well. No splits. I restyled and after some sport my hair looked nearly exactly the same. How did it feel in the hair with some natural oil/wax in it? Hardening: not at all, it settled, stayed soft and manageable. Feels alike: a clean one, being not greasy or waxy and with a soft feel. In terms of weight: more of a light to medium weight, not that much volume in my mane. Would I use it as a standalone pomade: no. I suppose TDB 1 will work better on straight, thin(ner) hair and for a slick back or a low profile contour. I’ll use it mostly as a degrease aid or maybe before a visit to the barber. I hear you coming: ‘TDB is too expensive just to use it for that purpose’ No, because it contains beneficial components for the hair and scalp. TDB N° 5 is an option as a heavy hold gel pomade.
Restyles without needing water! Got scarce resistance when combing through. Does not flake. Still the same hold. Here you have the oil based alike story again.
Water-soluble, no shampoo needed. Hair feels soft plus conditioned after rinsing out.
Hair, scalp issues