Company – product
Reuzel (English: lard) has been created by the world-famous Schorem barbershop (Scumbag) from Rotterdam, the Netherlands/Europe. The Reuzel pomades are fabricated in a lab in the US. This is the second oil based from Reuzel and a heavy hold. First came the green, a medium hold oil based and a favorite from many.
Reuzel hasn’t just been active at the oil based segment, they launched 2 gel-type pomades too: the reuzel red (medium-firm hold) and the reuzel blue (firm hold). A fiber and a clay matte pomade exist as well, together with hair tonics, shampoos, … .
Bonus 1: grooming tonic and pink reuzel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bafqubu-hM
Bonus 2: first pomade vending machine in the world – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiE0QQ63u-4
More info: http://www.reuzelpomade.com/shop/
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.
You get the typical Reuzel tin with the classy, dirty looking pig label. This one has a pink color scheme and is poured into a 4 oz canister, size called ‘pig’. Pink Reuzel also exists in other sizes: a 1.2 oz (piglet)n and the 12 oz (hog). The pink reuzel is not pink but has an off-white color.
Petrolatum, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Hydrogenated Rosin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Fragrance, Silica, BHT, Benzyl Benzoate, Lilal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Amyl Cinnamal, Eugenol.
For being an oil based, it contains several chemicals. You can make a ‘healthier’ oil based pomade in my opinion and I prefer the handmade wax-oil craftsmanship. The chemicals intend to prolong shelf life and provide it with a steady scent profile.
A few explained:
- Hydrogenated rosin: binder, film former, fragrance ingredient, viscosity increasing agent.
- Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2: skin conditioning agent, emollient. Used instead of lanolin.
- Silica: absorbent powder and thickening agent.
- BHT: an antioxidant. Antioxidants extend shelf life of products by protecting them from corrosion by oxidation, such as rancidity and color changes.
- Benzyl benzoate: used as a solvent and preservative.
- Hexyl cinnamal, linalool, citronellol, amyl cinnamal, eugenol: scent ingredients from natural or synthetic origin.
Bubble gum. Fresh, clean, strong in the jar but not in the hair. Nearly did not notice its odor throughout the day. I do not dig strong smells, thus this is a goody in my book.
Application process – result
Applied to damp hair for the best results for my hair. Scooped 3 average sized licks out of the jar. Scoop-ability: one finger push and the pomade comes out. Breakdown is easy and what you get is a creamy/waxy consistency when taking small amounts at once. Bigger licks at a time acquire some power to break it down completely. Its texture is very waxy and a tad sticky. Working into the mop: grippy sensation. Spreading evenly: okay. Combing through: a thick, waxy resistance using a Denman Brush, there’s tug. Changing the hair’s direction to part: tug. Employed my tangle teezer to reduce pull. But for a wax-heavy pomade, it was workable and not painful or a hassle. The pink does a great job to control the hairs: its waxy grippiness lays down all the hairs easily. My cowlick and sides were laid down well. A few hairs popped out because of the high wax content but this was easy to overcome. Height: great height, waves broke through a bit due to its high wax content but styling on wetter hair the next days will solve that. Weight: medium, gives some good volume. Shape: not blocky, alright and clean. No struggle with loose hairs either.
Medium shine according to Reuzel. For a heavy, it offers a great medium luster because of some chemicals. Shine persists.
Hold – endurance
Called a heavy hold. It is for sure! One of the heaviest petro based pomades I’m aware of. The pink keeps everything together due to the wax heaviness and stickiness. My hair did not move all day long being in temperatures around 80, sunny weather and doing a few walks. My hair did tend to wave but the waves did not show through more during the day. Great endurance. Ideal hot summer pomade!
Easy, slight resistance, manageable. Hair keeps its great hold. Fewer waves.
Waxy. To me: a day 1 pomade to switch over to a medium the next days as I do not love the waxy thickness that tends to rip out hairs. The pink Reuzel is great as a foundation to build on.
Typical for a petro jelly based: around 4 showers to rinse all out with a deep cleansing shampoo and depending on your hair type. Hair feels okay afterwards.
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 oil based pomade.
- Ominous style co, Embalmer’s grease: heavy hold oil based.
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