Today I return to Tremolo’s hair pomade. Tremolo’s or Dick Tremolo’s is a brand run by brewer Jared Sorkin (Illinois). The man is taking a break at this moment and I really hope he comes back in the near future because he makes great stuff!
Andrew Carruthers sent me a few samples of Tremolo’s and this one is the medium oil based Guilty ace. Thanks, Andrew!
About Guilty ace: ‘Guilty Ace, a true, medium-hold wax-based pomade that goes in creamy and smooth with fantastic shine! This is the blend you’ve been waiting for from Tremolo!
Achieve pompadours, slick backs, side parts, quiffs or whatever your style may be!
Guilty ace is poured into a 4 oz tin with sticker labels. Pomade is white. I’ve seen it in blue as well.
I have medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair from medium length. Wear a contour. I use a boar hair brush, Denman brush, detangler (Tangle teezer) and a Bixby comb. Use brushes most.
Petro Microwax, Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Fragrance.
The same classic and concise set of 4 ingredients as we’ve seen with his other pomades, admittedly in other proportions. Its base is micro(crystalline)wax, a wax derived from petrolatum and not harmful for hair/skin as it is cosmetic graded. This wax won’t clog your pores.
The original is a masculine cologne scent. I have the coconut (is this the original?) which is subtle in the tin and very subtle once it reached the mop. Did catch some subtle breezes during day time just when moving my head. But this doesn’t bother me because I dislike strong, lingering scents, certainly coconut. Choosing coconut as a scent is safe and accessible plus agreeable in my opinion. I like it.
Application – styling
Application on damp hair: my habit to relax the waves and for easier work-ability. I do not like too much of a tug and pull. Applied 3 normal scoops as usual.
Removing out of the sample: scoops out right away, very soft.
Breaking down: as easy as can be. Smooth, somewhat thick texture that becomes creamy after rubbing it between the hands. There’s no greasiness, dryness or stickiness or an overly waxy sensation.
Working in: no tug at all. Disperses easy and comfortable through the mop.
Slicking back: my Denman brush glided through like nothing. Combing the bangs sideways to part: easy thing. Getting a clean part was no hassle either.
Control: this pomade provides the hair with great control from the kick-off. My mane stayed put at once without being sticky. Great management of my cowlicks and waves. Sides slicked down well. There’s a great slickness due to balanced wax-oil ratio as we are accustomed to Tremolo’s so no bothersome stray hairs. Lifting the front was easy too. Very comfortable and pleasant to work with medium pomade!
Weight: light-medium weight, you get good volume and height out of it.
Styling time: one of the quickest I’m aware of.
Initial results: clean, slick, smooth hairdo with some good height and shape.
Results after 30′: everything still in position. No sag, no flyaways, no strays, no splits.
According to Tremolo’s: great shine. To me: around medium. My hair is more shiny on the second day but here it wasn’t the case. It isn’t as shiny as Lockhart’s Goon grease for me for example.
Hold – endurance – circumstances
Labeled as a medium. Yes, this is what I get as well taking into account my hair was cut shorter and somewhat more difficult to style with (more waves and hairs sticking up). No solid medium, just right in the middle for me. All this said, it provided me with sufficient hold for I’m a firm-heavy user. At the end of the day there was some sagging and a few flyaways which is normal for a medium strength. I tested it out in non-active circumstances, temperatures around 45° F, rainy weather, not much of a wind or sunshine.
Restyles without tugging or pulling. The hair preserves its good medium hold. A tiny bit of waving and few strays but nothing to get annoyed of.
Clean, easy to work with build up. I added 2 licks on top of water and tonic. I do not wash my hair every day. Next day: towards a solid medium.
About 3 washes with shampoo. No real burden to wash off. All depends on how much you have in and your hair type, type of shampoo, … . Soft hair afterwards. Wanna have some info on degreasing: piw74.com/2016/07/12/an-inventory-of-degreasing-methods/
I have styled with 4 Tremolo’s pomades by now. All are well-made: balanced + refined! They style comfortable. Whether it was a medium or a firm-heavy, an oil or water based: they are greatness in a tin, period. Thank you, Jared!
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