Company – product
King palm is a European hair and beard care brand out of Folkestone/UK. This company, run by Russell Lee, fabricates handcrafted all natural and vegan products. It was established in 2015.
The King palm pomades are vegan, nearly all natural and brewed in small batches to ensure good quality. Beside the reviewed classic hold (a medium), King palm consists of a light and heavy hold as well. All are oil based.
For this pomade lacks reviews, a link to a YouTube review for those of you wanting a second opinion on how the pomade works. Please note, the guy’s hair is much thicker plus he has more hair – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJi9wzxm5So.
More info: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kingpalmproducts
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. Use a tangle teezer to avoid tug. More info on this handy tool: https://piw74.com/2016/07/16/combs-brushes-afro-picks-an-inventory/
The hair pomade comes in a 100 g (3.4 ounce) glass jar. Jar is the same as The Daimon barber ones. Some of you may have the previous amber style jars. The displayed jar is the current. Pomade is whitish.
I found an ingredients list on Russell’s etsy page which differs from the one on the jar. I’ll mention both:
Etsy list: Soy Wax, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Essential Oils
Jar list: Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Candelilla Wax, Soy Wax, Essential Oils.
The castor, avocado and jojoba oil are cold-pressed (mentioned on the jar). What does that mean? Extracting oil through cold-pressing involves crushing the seed or nut and forcing out the oil.
- Avocado oil: helps soften and condition dry and damaged hair, also promotes hair growth.
- Jojoba oil: has a molecular structure similar to sebum (the oil that the scalp naturally produces). Leaves your hair shiny and adds elasticity.
Essential oils of: patchouli, cedar and bergamot. Reminds me of the O’Douds water based scent: that one contains notes of cedar as well. In the jar: subtle smell. In the hair: very subtle. Breezes nearly not present. Ideal for people not fond of tart and/or very lingering scents or scents in general. I like this scent.
Application process – result
Application done on damp hair: just works better for my wavy hair. Top layer was a bit though, got that typical ‘caterpillar’ texture but once I went underneath, a lot softer and easy to scoop. Breaking it down was an easy job. The substance I obtained was not tacky, buttery, oily, wet and shiny which predicts a good level of shine, I suppose because of the castor oil. Working through the hair was no problem: easy to spread, without any tug. Tiny grip noticeable after applying 2 scoops. Slicking the hair back: little tension (Denman brush). Finding and doing my part: easy. It laid down my hair rather quick. From the start, I was not very certain of its hold and control: medium-light sensation. It tamed my cowlick area okay but for a short time. Sides: rather difficult, hairs sticking up, recombing was the message, then okay. Strays, flyaways: a few. Front: lifting was not simple but I got a not wavy front. Had to restyle my front a few times because I did not get the desired shape and the obtained shape collapsed. As I looked back after circa half an hour: hair had sagged, loose hairs on my cowlick side. Strays and flyaways: about the same as before. My hairdo was not as neat and slick as I wanted (especially my front), rest was okay. Hair height: average.
Labeled to have a medium shine. Yes, that’s what I got from it. Sheen did not dull throughout the day.
Hold – endurance
Classic hold = a medium. For me: a medium-light and not the right amount of strength for I wanted to achieve. Straight mediums and medium-firms work alright for me, being a firm and heavy hold user. The pomade’s control isn’t bad to lay the hair where I want it except for the front. Hair didn’t keep its shape: sag, cowlicks sticking up. Had to recomb several times. No problem with strays, flyaways. My front: no real waving but it kept falling apart. Weight: more of a medium weight, not much of a volume possible.
All this said, King palm is most certainly a quality pomade full of conditioning and nourishing components. This hold is suited for straight hair, lower contours, a slick back, a simple side part and people with finer and less hair than me. If you have wavy hair and you want it to occur natural, this one can be taken into account. I prefer more straight hair, King palm heavy hold is a better option.
No resistance: restyled alright. Obtained much better results but with not for long stretches of time: sagging, collapsing of the front again.
Hair tended to wave a bit more due to the increase of weight and maybe application on damper hair. Didn’t wash my hair, just 2 scoops on top of the build up from the day before. Before the actual styling, I tried to let it settle for a few minutes but it doesn’t really settle. Had a tiny bit more hold and endurance. Heavy hold on day 1 and the classic on day 2 is an option.
2-3 washes depending on your hair type and how much was in. Hair feels soft and conditioned.
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
Reminds me somewhat of The mail room barber, Nolde forest. But Nolde is more of a medium on the firmer side.
Interested in oil based pomades only? You can join our ‘Oil Based Pomade Enthusiasts’ Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OilBasedPomadeEnthusiasts/