Company – product
All the kings men is a pomade brand based out of Easton/PA, run by brewer Jaseline Rivera. I’m going to review his heavy hold: a handcrafted oil based.
The brand’s theme dates from the Middle Ages with cavaliers and chivalry. The heavy is called ‘cavalier’, the medium ‘chivalry’.
All the kings men is not that well-known. I just encountered two reviews of it. I like to support brewers because they spend so many times and money, energy and love to create quality products, for us! I had a chat with Tadashi, CEO from Hedgelion, and he was so kind to send me their heavy hold to pull it out of its shade. Although sponsored, I’m in for honest reviews, not for fancy talks in favor of Hedgelion and/or the brewer!
The heavy hold, Cavalier pomade, exists in two scents: the campfire marshmallow apple scent and the candy corn scent. Both are available on Hedgelion.
Hedgelion link to the heavy hold: https://www.hedgelion.com/product/all-the-kings-men-pomade-cavalier-heavy-hold/
Other grooming from All the kings men:
- A hair clay.
- A gel pomade.
- Chivalry: the medium oil based.
More info on the company: https://www.facebook.com/Allthekingsmenpomade/
If you wish less hold, the medium (chivalry) can be an option. Same scent options as with the heavy.
Here the link to the medium on Hedgelion: https://www.hedgelion.com/product/all-the-kings-men-pomade-chivalry-medium-hold/
Important info about Hedgelion:
- Provides free shipping within the USA.
- Hedgelion offers a wide range of pomades and is still complementing with brands from the US, Japan, Indonesia, UK, Australia, … .
I will post the links to other reviews on the All the kings men pomades.
- Pompxpunk, ATKM/heavy hold – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVP-PjRnjsQ
- Pompxpunk, ATKM/medium hold – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzbiesB7acw
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/
The pomade is bottled in a hard plastic 4 oz jar. No problem it ain’t glass, did not even notice that at first. Color of the pomade: yellow.
Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Petrolatum, Beeswax, Lanolin, Fragrance Oil.
= This list is printed on the jar. Strange order with 2 oils as a base and being a heavy hold?
Actual order, confirmed by Jaseline: Lanolin, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Petrolatum, Fragrance Oil.
= Base is lanolin, a fat from sheep wool.
Mine is the campfire marshmallow apple scent. Reviewer Pompxpunk smelled caramel too. In the jar: strong, sweet, full scent. Gives me a great autumn/Halloween feel (love these). In the hair: present but not overbearing. During the day: was with me as a shadow but so subtle and agreeable. I’m not in for lingering smells but this one is an exception! Really dig the sweet, subtle, warm, for autumn aroma.
Application process – result
Its top layer is hard to scoop, yes it’s a heavy hold. Under that layer, an easier to scoop pomade. Jaseline suggests applying on slightly damp or dry hair. I prefer slightly damp to damp due to the waxiness and its heavy hold, I don’t like much pull. I scooped out 4 average licks. Removing from the jar: not the fingernail kind of thing but some power will be needed. Agitating: force needed. Waxy, on the drier side consistency, several clumps of wax at first, then several thorough rubs and it was all broken down. Not the easiest but not the worst neither. Applying into the hair: some tug and pull, not painful. Slicking my hair back: tug and pull, no ripping out of the hair but bit of a hassle. Due to the waxy content, my hair stuck together, hairs were sticking up during combing. Styling process: not easy, not comfortable, took longer for me to finish styling. I did find my part rather quick and it was alright. Hairs popped out and combing was a bit of a struggle, even with my Denman brush and tangle teezer. Had to use my boar brush to comb and keep down the hairs. Spreading evenly: doable. One side (where the hair is thicker, my cowlick is) did not stay in place and loose hairs again and again. I had to recomb repeatedly. I had a haircut and when my hair is shorter, it tends to behave as described, especially with a waxy product. My front was much easier to do: obtained some great height and the wax straightened out my waves perfectly. No hassle like strays, flyaways. You would expect those with a waxy pomade but no. After about an hour, hair was still the same, touch ups of that one side/cowlick area, no sag or splits elsewhere. Hair hardened up a bit but no gel pomade hardening. I got a neat, clean, slick hairdo beside one exception.
Labeled as: matte. I give it a more of neutral shine. No change throughout the day.
Hold – endurance
Heavy hold. Yes, it is. Comparable to the latest Shear revival’s ‘music or misery’. My hair kept great shape with exception the side hairs jumping out all day and I didn’t have a comb with me. Finger combing helped somewhat but just for a second. Moving the head and boom! Back at home, I used a gel pomade on the specific place and it held down better since then, even after an hour of cycling in temperatures around 60 with average wind, some sun. Waves stayed away. No splits. The weight of this pomade is around a medium for me, I got some decent volume. Control: good. Endurance: great! But for a waxy heavy hold pomade, it does an alright job. I heard the medium hold (chivalry) is more of a medium-firm plus less waxy. Maybe that one works smoother.
Did not need to restyle, with exception to the mentioned issue. No remarkable tug and pull during a try out. Keeps a great hold. Waves didn’t show up.
Waxy, more manageable than on day 1. Damp hair is the option for my mane and this worked. Overall: easier to work with! Some problems finding my part. Less hair popping out. Cowlick area: stayed down. Easier to comb through. Overall a real improvement! Waxy pomades mostly give me big hassle on the second day but this one did a much better job.
3-4 showers depending on the quantity used and your type of hair, switch to a medium the next days or not. Hair feels soft, healthy after washing out the pomade.
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
Shear revival, Music or misery heavy hold ob (updated batch), especially hold wise.
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