Jay Peters (Australia) is the beating heart behind Grand classic grooming. He is back (2020) with a new line of products and designs in yes, the grand classic theme. He brings an oil based pomade, a tonic and a texture balm to the table which all nourish hair, scalp and roots.
I have written some reviews on his previous line. These pomades aren’t available anymore in his shop at this moment.
- Shop grease: https://piw74.com/2018/08/28/grand-classic-grooming-co-shop-grease-heavy-hold-oil-based-pomade/
- Heavy hold: https://piw74.com/2018/03/16/grand-classic-grooming-co-heavy-hold-oil-based-pomade/
POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
I wanna talk you about Jay’s traditional pomade: a firm oil based with just a few ingredients as the name suggests: traditional.
The traditional pomade comes in 3.5 oz (100 g) tin with screw top lid and stickers on both sides. In front: the grand classic theme and the product’s identity: traditional pomade. At the back: the ingredients list, directions and information about the company. I dig the update of the labels: they stand out more (clean, nice colors, design).
The pomade is yellow, rather matte looking and hard when tapping the surface.
More info: https://grandclassicgrooming.com/
Petrolatum, beeswax, lanolin, jojoba esters, fragrance and mica.
= A short set of ingredients like the classics of the time, with the advantage of being brewed by hand in small batches to guard quality and easy work-ability.
Short explanation of a few ingredients:
- Esters: these are derived from an acid and alcohol.
- Jojoba esters: a complex mixture of esters from jojoba oil and hydrogenated jojoba oil. The result: a wax-like texture.
- Mica: a natural color additive.
According to GCG: voodoo vanille. Deluxe notes of tonka bean, cedar wood, vanilla, rich leather and tobacco leaf.
This does not smell overbearing in the container or in the mop. I catch the vanilla and leather notes mostly. Agreeable and manly aroma. Not my favorite but I like it.
My hair type: medium thick, wavy, somewhat unruly hair, medium length. I wear a contour.
My styling equipment: Denman brush D3, Bixby comb and a boar brush.
Application: 4 licks in damp, fresh hair. Damp for it straightens my waves.
Scooping out: it has a hard surface. Some pressure is needed to scoop out the top layer but no need to use your finger nail. Beneath the top layer: softer texture.
Breakdown: a few rubs to get a relatively waxy creaminess without beads. It’s not sticky. Experienced a smidgen of dryness.
Working in: slight resistance present. Easy to spread throughout. Works like a medium.
Combing back: little resistance. Changing the hair’s direction to the side is easy.
Control: provides you with some good control from the start. It lays down the bangs and keeps them down. There’s no waxy struggle of hair popping up again and again. No straying here. Lifting my front: no waves showing through after a few recombs. No problems in my cowlick area. The sides were slicked down nicely. It styles like a medium with a solid medium control. Overall: well balanced: good slickness-control ratio!
Jay talks about a medium shine. In my hair: a few notches below medium. It shines more the next days (towards a medium sheen).
Firm hold according to GCG. Firm: between a medium and a heavy. For me: a firm on the lighter side or a solid medium = enough hold for my hedge.
Used it in temperatures around 50° F (10° Celsius), a walk through the rain, no heavy-duty (holiday mode). My hair kept shape without sagging or much flyaways. No splits. Great endurance!
Restyling is key when using an oil based. Restyles easy.
Manageable. I don’t wash my hair on a daily base. Build up for me: water, tonic and 2 scoops to revive everything. Workable build up.
The washing out process is different for everybody. A few showers and gone.
Pomps not dead, old guapo.
Interested in oil based pomades only? You can join our ‘Oil Based Pomade Enthusiasts’ Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OilBasedPomadeEnthusiasts/