Company – product
Today, I will highlight a grooming company out of Europe and a neighbor of mine: Germany. Pomade I’m gonna be talking about is: Bone crusher hair pomade, a handcrafted pomade and company led by Alexander Müller. Alexander was so kind to send me this heavy oil based for he wanted my opinion and an honest review.
Quoting: ‘Bone crusher hair pomade is a handmade German pomade that combines innovative and traditional values like no other product. Made according to a secret recipe and along European cosmetic rights and standards. All for a reasonable price.’
Bone crusher makes other stuff such as a hair oil. More grooming is in the making.
Bonus material (In German), ‘Rückkehr eines Klassikers’ (‘Comeback of a classic’): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaY5lHPcpvY&feature=share
More info: http://www.bonecrusherpomade.com/
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.
Bone crusher hair pomade is poured into a 4.2 oz (120 g) tin with sticker labels. It has a screw cap so one can close it off safely. At the front, there’s a skull pictured and yes to match the brand’s name. At the rear you’ll find the ingredients and some information about the company. The design shows basic black and off-white color patterns with nice lettering. Like its whole, stands out in my bathroom. The hair pomade inside has a light yellow tint.
Petrolatum, Beeswax, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Menthol, Parfum, Citral, Limonene, Lemongrass Oil, Geraniol, Linalool.
Explanation of a few ingredients:
Limonene, citral, geraniol, linalool: scent components among others in the list.
Citrus, menthol, lemongrass. Unscrewing the lid, I smelled a fresh citrus-lemongrass. Sniffing further, I noticed the subtle note of menthol = very balanced scent. Once I began styling, I caught more of the menthol freshness. Didn’t smear it that near to my scalp, so did not catch the tingling sensation of the menthol as others experienced. Its scent is tart but not abrasive, it is there and accompanies you in a fresh, subtle way, agreeable for my taste. I didn’t smell it on myself all day long. About the quality of the aroma: no impression it being artificial, chemical smelling. Dig the fact, the brewer made use of a ‘traditional’, accessible citrus odeur and made something special of it.
Application process – result
Application on slightly damp hair (day 1) to tame my wavy mop and ease styling. 3 average scoops in the bangs as usual. I recommend taking smaller licks at a time: makes styling more comfortable. Scoop-ability: comes out after a solid push (top layer), did not need my finger nail. Below the top layer, much easier to scoop. Breaking down: felt a thick, waxy, sticky, non-dry consistency. Breaks down easy after a few hand mixes and becomes creamy without chunks. Working in: some tug there. Dispersing evenly: okay, small amounts aid. Combing through: there’s resistance, no ripping out the hairs issues using a tangle teezer brush. Combs just don’t work for me, because they tug and pull and do hate that. Changing direction to part: tug again, got some problems to get my part right due to its wax heavy and sticky properties. You notice right away this pomade is strong and will provide a solid control because of the present wax and stickiness. Had some hairs sticking up due to this but that’s something I also get after my hair is cut shorter. After combing through, no single hair did go anywhere. No loose hairs for it’s sticky/not dry. Bone crusher hair pomade controlled my waves and cowlicks well. No splits. Sides kept down well. Weight ratio: medium weight allowing very decent volume and height. Hairdo looked well, nice, clean, with a non-blocky shape. Styling time: needed more time. Revisited my mirror after 2 hours and nothing had changed: no strays, no sag, no waves.
Alexander uses a trick to get even more out of the pomade:
Low sheen from the start and for the rest of the day.
Hold – endurance
Meant to be a heavy strength. For me: a strong hold, a firm. I mostly need firm/heavies using water based pomades but a firm-medium does the job great using an oil based petro. This one is a bit too waxy for my needs but does a great job keeping everything together very well! No struggle with strays, waves or splits. My waves came through slightly. Tested in: rainy weather (umbrella protected), windy, temperatures around 50, no heavy-duty at all. Bone crusher provides some great endurance. People with thick, wavy, curly, stubborn hair: this is your pomade!
No real need to, just a few touch ups. Restyling goes easy: no tug and pull because it softened up a tad. Hair keeps its great hold. No sag or flyaways afterwards, slight waviness.
Waxy and clean. I put some hair tonic on damped hair and used my tangle free brush. Styling went really well and not that uncomfortable being so heavy in the wax/stickiness department. I could style in about 5 minutes which is quick for me! Build up improves every aspect of the styling.
4 washes with shampoo. Hair felt soft afterwards.
Hair, scalp issues
- Shear revival, Music or misery: heavy oil based pomade = heavier than Bone crusher.
- Fettkopp pomade (German brand): strong hold oil based pomade.
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