It's a cool world, this pomade trade. Some really sweet stuff out there that is making men's hair care new. I admit, after getting rid of my 80's "like-hair-metal-but-too-suburban-to-commit-to-the-full-Eddie-Van-Halen-look" mullet, I really didn't care. Give me the cheap shampoo, no conditioner, and a moderately middle-of-the-road haircut. I'm an adult, I'm a man, and I don't give much of a shit. Some three-dollar Suave for Men gel? Works for me.
Then I became a crime writer, and there was something about the Forties and Fifties-era dudes with the pomade and the hats that was kinda cool. And I already loved rockabilly. So as best I could with the gel I could buy at Wal Mart, I tried to brush that shit up and back. And it was...okay. It never held on one side, so it was always this wavy, droop at the tip look. Meh. So I would cut it off and just forget about it.
Then I had a heart-attack. That part sucked. But it also woke up the part of me that thought, "Why the fuck do I go through life making-do with *meh* hair when I'm lucky to be 41 and blessed with this thick mane of awesomeness?" I wanted a long top to brush back, and short sides and back kinda like Grandpa had. I bought some American Crew pomade, which just kinda sucks. Smells bad, feels bad, and I didn't really know what the hell I was doing with it.
Thankfully, the internet exists. So I looked up pomades, and was stunned to see what I had been missing. And I learned a shit-ton from this guy, The Pomp, over a long weekend, until I was ready to jump in and try some. And holy crap, there are so many that look like cool stuff! I love the artwork and design, I love the different colors and textures, and I was thrilled to finally get a couple to see what they smelled like--both were awesome.
I started with Layrite Deluxe, which is one of the larger, well-known brands with a decent price, and they had a strong reputation. I figured that would be the best place to climb on-board.
I also got Anchors' Teddy Boy Slick. That's the old-fashioned oily/wax sort of pomade. I'll get into that when I get back from New Orleans. It takes a bit of commitment to put the oil stuff in your hair, so not going to try that while out-of-town. (And I've also got Anchors' Teddy Boy Original on the way because I've read tons of great things about it being a "game-changer")
I'm not going to review them. Just use them, see how they make me look, and post a few old-fashioned photos now and then.
So here's my first real try at pompin' with Layrite. Cool.