Tremolo’s, stiff Dick – medium hold oil based pomade

THE COMPANY

Today I go back to Tremolo’s hair pomade, brand created by brewer Jared Sorkin out of Illinois. Jared is taking a break at this moment and will come back (at least, I hope that he will) in the near future.

More info: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TremolosPomade

POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Got a sample of the heavy microwax (oil) based ‘stiff Dick’ from Andrew Carruthers out of the UK. Thanks, Andrew!

Some reviewers described it as a solid medium. It is advertised to be a heavy holding pomade. Quoting the brewer: ‘stiff Dick pomade is a heavy-hold wax based pomade that goes in easy and sleek with a great shine. No pulling or tugging! It will tame even your thick, wavy, curly or coarse hair. With Stiff Dick, you can re-comb and style all day long, over and over without losing any hold! Holds up great even in heat and humidity. Your hair won’t split, twist, curl or fall. A true, tough pomade! Achieve pompadours, slick backs, side parts, quiffs, or whatever your style may be!’

Stiff Dick hair pomade comes in a 4 oz (113 g) tin with sticker labels. Pomade inside is lime green which fits the tin’s color scheme and the citrus/lemon parfum.

INGREDIENTS

Petro microwax, beeswax, mineral oil, fragrance.

  • The same classic, short set of ingredients like Ace’s high.
  • Petro microwax (microwax or microcrystalline wax) is derived from petrolatum, hence the name.

SCENT

On my sample it says: cologne. I suppose we talk about citrus cologne = the original scent. For me: do not smell the citrus. Tremolo’s offers several other scents if latter is not of your liking. Not strong in the jar at all, nor in the hair = rather faint. Did not catch whiffs during the day. Maybe the scent kind diminishes when the pomade gets older? Or it evaporated = lid not closed firmly?

STYLING PROCESS

My hair: I have medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair, medium length. Wear a contour.

My styling equipment: I use a boar hair brush, Denman brush, detangler (Tangle teezer) and Bixby comb. Use brushes most.

Application: on damp hair for it tames my wavy mop and facilitates overall styling a lot.

Scooping: comes out easy. Have a sample size thus no tough top layer.

Breaking down: just a few decent rubs between the palms and you are done and get a creamy texture. Consistency is not so thick, it is waxy but not overly, feels kind of gummy, becomes creamy. Not really sticky, not dry and not that greasy.

Putting in: there’s some tension to it but not painful, you won’t rip out hairs. It is not difficult to distribute evenly throughout the hair.

Combing through: some resistance combing with my Denman brush but no hairs torn out. Switching the mane’s direction to make a side part: slight tug. It was easy to create a clean part.

Control: able to lay down the hairs at once. Sides slicked down well. Tamed my cowlicks nearly from the beginning. Waves came through a tad (also due to shorter hair). Lifting my front: okay. Don’t expect it to wrench the hair in a direction like some heavy holds do. The hair won’t stick up either as I mentioned for it’s not that dense in the wax department. Not that sticky or dry for a heavy strength. There’s a well-balanced slickness without strays, loose hairs winning the game.

SHINE

Tremolo’s speaks of a great shine. In my bangs: a few steps below medium, decent shine. Nice luster in the sunlight. No fading into matte.

HOLD

Described as a medium hold. More a firm to me. It softens up but no real lost of hold.

ENDURANCE

Cold temperatures (25° F/-4° C), no strenuous activity, some rain (a few drops on the head), windy and a slight sunshine. Stiff Dick offers good endurance. It will do a great job during summer.

RESTYLING

Just some minor touch ups, that was all. The comb glides through facile. Keeps its good hold.

BUILD UP

I just add pomade on damp hair and tonic, do not wash it every day. Waxy but easy to work with. I got more hold, towards a firm for me.

WASH OUT

Around 3 washes with shampoo. I use natural oils and a conditioner, let it sit for 15′ = 2 shampoos suffice. Hair felt soft.

SIMILAR POMADE(S)

  • Tremolo’s, ace’s high, heavy hold oil based.
  • Big slick: firm hold oil based.
  • Big slick: heavy hold oil based.

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