Company – product
Hi guys and gals, I’m back with another review and again a Tremolo’s pomade from brewer Jared Sorkin (Illinois). The Tremolo’s pomades are unavailable at this moment as Jared is taking a break. Hope he’ll come back because he makes great stuff!
Jared was one of the first brewers to brew a gel type at home without the aid of a lab! His gel pomade became very popular. I am glad to own a sample of Tremolo’s heavy water based (gel type). This was kindly sent by Andrew Carruthers from the UK. Thanks again, Andrew!
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.
The latest batch was the presentation of the water based in a 4 oz clear glass jar with screw top lid. He changed this and it was poured into plastic tubs. On top and at the sides we come across a sexy mermaid: tattoo style design, minimal, super clean. Really dig this! Pomade itself looks kind of gray in its jar but is actually transparent.
Water, Ceteareth-25, Polysorbate-20, PEG-7, Glycerine, PEG-40, Parfum.
= Short list of readable ingredients in comparison to other gel types and not the conventional, mainstream formula. Jared likes to keep things simple while offering good quality and refinement which we experienced with his oil based pomades.
- Ceteareth-25: emulsifier (gives oil-in-water emulsions), has some gel forming and thickening properties.
- Polysorbate-20: surfactant and emulsifier.
- PEG-7: humectant and solvent.
- Glycerine: hair/skin conditioner, humectant.
- PEG-40: binder, humectant and solvent.
Fresh, aromatic and floral. For me: with soapy undertones. Scent-intensity: neutral, comes and goes by and disappeared during the day, typical case for gel types. Once the water evaporates the scent does as well for many. Scent versus my nose: nothing fancy, nor bad = neutral.
Application process – result
Applied to slightly damp hair. Styling in too damp hair does pay off in the strength. Needed 3 average scoops. As we are accustomed from gel types, it’s easy to take out the jar. Breaks down easy (a few decent rubs) and has a somewhat thick texture, slightly sticky. Working in: bit of a grip. Dispersing evenly: easy to do. Switching direction of the mop to part: resistance noticeable, parting went well. Slicking back: tension nearly non-existent (Denman brush). Control: laid down the hairs immediately, held them down. Nice groomed sides, no hairs popping out. Tremolo’s pomade is slick so no strays became master of the overall clean outlook. It tamed my cowlick areas and waves nicely. Lifting my front: good job. Weight: light-medium weight and some proper volume/height. Good, clean hairdo for a gel type. Most gels flatten my hair (weighing down easier) but this one does a good job not to do that (too much). Styling time: quick. My hair did settle but stayed rather soft and manageable. No hardening into a helmet or stiffening up during styling: you’ve enough time to work with it. Styles smooth + easy, one of the most agreeable orthodox types.
High shine according to the company. It provided me with a slightly above neutral sheen. Did not have the impression it dulled out more after the water evaporated.
Hold – endurance
Heavy hold. For me, using it on rather damp bangs: firm with sufficient hold. Endurance is very good: kept the hairs together without being overly sticky or stiffening, hardening, no sag, no splits or flyaways. Did not test it in strenuous situations: temperatures around freezing point, some sunshine, icy winter wind.
Using a water source makes it easier to comb through plus does revive the initial hold and shine. Dry combing: no flakes.
Water only for it is water-soluble. Hair feels soft after rinsing out. Tremelo’s is one of the few good gel types that doesn’t dry out hair/scalp (short-term).
Hair, scalp issues
Jared impressed me with his Ace’s high heavy oil based and its refinement. He did a great job, again, with this water based. Tremolo’s is a smooth and slick gel type, easy to work with, no helmet head product and keeping the mane soft after rinsing. He made use of little ingredients and offered a great pomade! Hope Jared returns!