Company – product
Buggy cats pomade is a European brand out of Spain: Seville/Andalusia and handmade by brewer Manuel Buñuel. This is a medium hold oil based. Quoting Manuel about Buggy cats pomade: ‘It all began about 2 years ago. The idea of a Sevillian pomade came to me when I first used an oil based pomade. I liked how it made my hair shine and the overall look of it. So I started making pomade myself in my kitchen, making use of yellow beeswax and coconut oil. A few months later, I got the idea to integrate a plain Andalusian ingredient in my product and improved it step by step to get a quality pomade. After talking to 2 friends and designing the character + name of the brand (we preferred it to be a young character with style), Buggy Cats Pomade was born!’
Manuel contacted me to give his pomade a try. Thanks for sending it to Belgium!
More info – https://www.facebook.com/BuggyCatsPomade/
My hair profile
I’ve medium thick, wavy hair. I wear a side part with a contour. At the moment, I’m using a boar hair brush, a Denman plus a detangler (Tangle teezer). During styling, I use brushes most.
Buggy Cats is poured into 4 oz tins with screw top lid and a nicely designed sticker label on top (see above). The pomade’s outlook is light yellow.
Petrolatum, Beeswax, Andalusian Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Fragrance.
Manuel mentioned he wanted to integrate a straight Sevillian ingredient. He made use of Andalusian olive oil. Andalusia is the world’s largest producer of olive oil and its flavor is basic to the region’s cooking. Andalusian olive oil is called the gold of Spain and belongs to the best olive oils of the world. Dig the idea of inserting a region tied ingredient, this gives the pomade something unique and personal.
Coconut flavor. Because Manuel’s country is the warm Spain, I can fully understand the choice of a southern flavor such as coconut. The coconut fragrance smells good in the jar: no overwhelming odor, not overly sweet, accessible. In the hair: subtle, lingers softly throughout the day.
Application process – result
Before using it, I washed my hair and a tiny bit of SR easy tiger residue was left. Could have a tad of influence. Application on damp hair to manage the waves and facilitate styling as I always do. Pomade’s scoop-ability: comes out without any effort, no real hard top layer: one push and through. Beneath the top layer: softer texture. Breaks down immediately into the typical petro/vaseline-waxy consistency, not overly greasy or sticky, not dry. Working into the hair: goes well, not hard to disperse evenly. Combing back: there’s some grip going on but nothing troublesome. Denman brush + tangle teezer were my styling equipment. Changing the hair’s direction to make a part: no problem. Control: good, the hair follows the strokes of the comb well. Waves didn’t show up and they even did not tend to, great for a medium vs my wavy hair. My cowlicks stayed down after a few tweaks. Kept the sides down, not many loose hairs present. BC’s stickiness/waxiness held everything together. This pomade shows us a good balance of waxes and oils. Hair shape was clean + slick. Had some good height and volume in the front. Weight in the hair: medium. Styling time: average, not the smoothest but good to work with. Post-styling: a few clean-ups here and thereafter about 40 minutes. Manuel’s intended to create a classic pomade and he succeeded.
No description of the shine level but as expected with many medium pomades: medium. And yes, for the rest of the day. It gleamed very nice in the sun.
Hold – endurance
Medium hold. Manuel calls it a medium on the lighter side. He has thick hair himself and this pomade tames his mane very well as shown on the EP (Everything Pomade) FB group. Also, important to take into account is that the fact he lives in a warm southern country with a Mediterranean climate so the hold rating differs from the Belgian moderate climate. Manuel compared the strength with Reuzel green. For me it started being a straight medium, having medium thick hair. Because it is a medium, some minor touch ups were necessary at the start: a few hairs out of place, nothing out of the ordinary. I am more of a firm-heavy pomade user and when styling on damper hair and build up, a medium also works for me. How did Buggy cats pomade behave during the day? Saggy hairs: no. Waves and cowlicks: held in place most of the time. Some strays here and there. Splits: no. Endurance: overall great endurance. BC had to endure a few strenuous chores and a few walks, a few trips per bike, 70° F, sunny weather and a slight wind.
BC is an oil based pomade, thus restyling is a piece of cake. Restyled without resistance. Still, some good hold after the comb went through.
Clean, workable and on the waxier side. Great build up properties: improved hold and endurance for sure. I got more of a medium-firm hold next days. No need to add much each time: 2 small scoops were sufficient. Just a few minor touch ups was all I had to take care of.
About 3-4 shampoos will wash all out. Ease of rinsing all depends on your hair type, way of scrubbing, shampoo type + how much – and the amount of product in the mane. Post-wash: soft hair.
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Hair, scalp issues
Reminds me of: Pomps not dead, Firm gauge/Close quarters combing, a firm hold oil based.
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