I present you Rumble 59, a German rockabilly brand. They bring ‘Schmiere’ to us. Latter must be pronounced as “shmeeruh”, in English: ‘grease’. Rumble 59 also carries clothing for both girls and guys, beard stuff, combs and much more. Take a look at their website in the more info-section below if you are interested. Rumble 59 is included by Red hot & blue Gmbh, Rockabilly rules.
Pomade I’ll be looking at is their strong (German: hart) oil based, a petro base. The Schmiere hart pomade comes in a 4.75 oz tin (140 ml) and you’ll pay the same price as for a 4 oz. Nice detail is the way the tin is fabricated: the lid turns all the way up below. This protects the pomade even more against dust, water and other dirt. The labeling is printed on and covers the entire tin. You find info on the brand, ingredients and instructions for safety. Inside the lid, there’s a section with a sticker and a small booklet on how to use it (as a comic) and other pomades within the Schmiere line. You can use it as pads for your drinks: nice. Pomade itself is bright orange to match its orange scent. To me, this is a tin I won’t throw away just because of its beauty!
My hair: medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair of medium length. Wear a contour.
My styling equipment: boar hair brush, Denman brush, detangler (Tangle teezer), and Bixby comb. Use brushes most.
Petrolatum, Microcrystallina Cera, Stearic Acid, Synthetic Wax, Ethoxydiglycol, Limonene, Polysorbate-20, PEG-55 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Trideceth-9, Isopropyl Myristate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Glycine Soja Oil, CI 40800, Linalool, Citral.
I’m not going into detail concerning the ingredients as this will bring us too far. The Rumble 59 ingredients list contains several components that help wash out the hair easier. There are also several ingredients to compile, enhance and prolong the fragrance’s existence.
Orange. When you open the tin, the smell of a sweet orange jumps right on you. The orange is tart but not overpowering. Once in the hair: did not notice that much of it anymore. I did not catch whiffs throughout my day. I have no problem it smells a bit faint for I am not a fan of orange and lingering odors.
Application – styling process
Application: on damp hair, my usual method to relax my waves and get the most comfortable out of the styling. I took 3 good scoops.
Scoop-ability: although being a strong/firm hold, this pomade scoops out very easy.
Breaking down: easy to do. A few decent rubs and it turns into a creamy, somewhat waxy substance. No sticky or dry feel at all. Pomade itself is thick.
Bringing in: there’s a slight tension/grip. Facile to distribute evenly.
Slicking back: my Denman brush went through with few tensions. When I combed my hair side wards to part: again that slight tension. A clean part was easy to achieve. Pomade is orange and your comb teeth become too. Note: it stains your towels and pillows which is not ideal.
Control: Schmiere offers some good control. The hair was facile to lay down and it stayed that way. It managed my cowlicks. My sides were slicked down well. The waves were gone. Lifting my front went well. A few strays there not due to it being dry as this is a slick one. Although not sticky, everything stayed together very well. This pomade is easy to work with for sure: Schmiere hart gives the advantage of a medium being a strong hold. It resembles Lockhart’s goon grease.
Weight: medium-light. Schmiere hart allows proper height/volume.
Styling time: average the first time. Quick on day 2 with a build up.
Initial results: my hair did look nice, not the best I’ve had but okay. Got average height and sufficient, non-blocky shape.
Results after 30′: no sag, no splits, a few stray hairs.
Around medium. Good shine level for a firm. Shine didn’t fade.
Hold – endurance – circumstances
Schmiere is a strong (firm) hold, Rumble 59 says. I give it more of a solid medium hold or a firm on the lighter side of the spectrum. It has enough hold to please me! Schmiere hart is a pomade with a comfortable sensation all around. There is good balance between slickness and hold. Tested in temperatures around 50. There was a lot of rain on the first day, sunny weather the second day. No heavy-duty and not windy. After the water I put in evaporated, I got some strays. This is due to the easier wash out features it offers I guess. Saying this doesn’t mean it is water-soluble. Styling on slightly damp is a better option on day 1.
No problem. Combs glide through with ease. Schmiere hart keeps his firmness.
Building up for me is: adding water and hair tonic and then take a few licks of pomade. I do not wash my hair with shampoo every time. Build up feels clean. Styling with build up went so easy. I was done much faster than the day before.
4 washes with shampoo: not easier to wash then other oil based pomades (as a result of a few emulsifiers in it). It is one the uneasiest for me. All depends on the hair type, shampoo, amount of it and the present build up. After I rinsed, my hair felt soft and healthy.
- Lockhart’s goon grease, heavy oil based.
- Big slick, firm hold oil based.
This is more of a medium-strong hold. I would like it to have a tad more strength. The Schmiere is easy to work with in general. You get a good quantity of product for its price. I dislike the big amount of chemicals in it. It stains your pillows and towels quite a bit. Not the easiest to rinse out.
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