Daimon barber is a grooming brand out of the United Kingdom (London).
DB on their company:
A modern man never stops learning. Changing and adapting to new things, technologies, styles and skills. He prioritises wellbeing, integrity and common values. He understands that everyone wants to feel good in their own skin. We understand the modern man and more importantly, we understand his needs. Daimon Barber champions men who have their own style, helping to achieve the best version of you. For those that want to use the most innovative products that are plant based and science led, with sustainability at the heart. A range of products that really work, supported by testing, trials and a fast growing following of happy customers. We work with UK based companies to ethically source the best ingredients, from the best suppliers and to ensure we have a fully trackable supply chain.
More info: https://www.daimonbarber.co.uk/
POMADE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pomade of my choice is the classic pomade, DB’s take on a petroleum based pomade with a medium hold. It was called ‘Daimon barber N°2’ before. DB stands for producing high quality products. They are pricey. The classic pomade is presented in a nice dark red glass jar with a content of 3.5 oz (100 g). The glass jar feels really robust in the hands. Design looks professional plus very clean. The pomade’s info is printed on transparent stickers in both English and French*. The jar consists of a twist top lid with the co’s designation, pomade type, DB logo, hold and shine level. On the jar itself: the brand’s name, type of pomade, content, DB logo, a professional grade hair styling product with quality oils, the address + website, a medium hold with high shine, oil based, the hair styles you can achieve, made in England, best used before info. Bottom side: sticker of the ingredients, bar code, recycling info. The classic pomade is white. I expected it to have a bit of a green tint due to the avocado oil.
*French, to reach more people: neighboring countries Belgium, France have residents who speak French. Further away: Switzerland, Canada. Hence, I suppose.
Petrolatum, microcrystalline wax, beeswax, parfum, avocado oil, coconut oil, benzyl benzoate, cinnamal, eugenol, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool.
This list is printed on the jar (minus the Latin). The website’s ingredients list is without the fragrance ingredients and preservative.
- Benzyl benzoate, cinnamal, eugenol, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool: fragrance ingredients. Used to compile the fragrance and to keep it smelling longer.
- Benzyl benzoate: can serve as a preservative or solvent. Prolongs the shelf life of the classic pomade.
DB is to be known for their well elaborated scents. Scent description of the classic pomade by DB: scented with a complex combination of spices including black pepper and nutmeg. Concrete, for me: spicy and clean scent. Really dig it! Intensity: rather soft in the jar. In the hair: not that present either, unfortunately. Weird since they used fragrance ingredients to prolong the scent.
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: 3 average scoops to damp hair. Damp hair: manages my waves better plus makes styling more fluent.
Scooping: top layer: a light push to get the pomade out. Softer underneath.
Breakdown: thick, waxy (but not too waxy) and sticky substance. No dry feeling because of the wax.
Working in: tugs, good grip. Regarding the consistency: predictable. Not awful, painful but noticeable, some hairs may break or get ripped out. Disperses evenly pretty well.
Combing back: some tug and pull. Changing the direction of the mane to the side: there’s resistance.
Control: this classic pomade feels thick, waxy and sticky and as a result of that, it took me more time to get the hair in model. Its waxiness is not the one that lets the hair fight back and popping out again and again but it makes styling a bit less easier in my opinion (prefer slick mediums with good hold). So, this medium is not the slickest to work with, instead you get a good grip and base to style with. Keeps the hair in place well once all is laid down. Sides: slicked down well. Cowlicks: okay. Good height in the front, waves straightened out. No straying going on.
The DB says: a high shine. For me: a notch below medium. Shine won’t fade.
Medium according to DB. As how sticky it is, more of a medium-firm in my bangs. Ideal medium to style without needing build up.
What did the DB classic pomade have to endure? Temperatures around °65 (18° C), periods of sun and some sweating, a chilly wind, had a few walks. The pomade performed well: no sagging, no splits or flyaways. I’m content. The classic pomade can be used for slick backs, side parts, pomps and for thicker, curly and wavy hair.
Restyling is key for an oil based. Restyles well.
Don’t wash my hair on a daily base. Build up for me: water, tonic and 2 scoops to revive everything.
Ease of wash-ability is different for everybody. You’ll need a few washes to get it out completely.
- Ghost town pomade, louche pomade: medium oil based.
- Quixote: medium hold oil based.
- Lockhart’s: medium oil based.
Interested in oil based pomades only? You can join our ‘Oil Based Pomade Enthusiasts’ Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OilBasedPomadeEnthusiasts/