Pros: Soft hydrating hold, no stiffness, requires very small amount for best results
Cons: Need to shampoo hair between applications
In my younger days, certainly long before I moved permanently to the steamy climes of South Florida, I wore my hair on the longish side. It was somewhat shorter than my Woodstock, Summer of Love Days, but still stylishly long. Well styles change, we grow older and long hair in 95F degree heat just doesn't work for me.
When my hair was long, as much as it might look like a fright-wig when I awoke, once I showered and blew it dry it was pretty much good to go. Its sheer weight and length kept it more or less in place. But these days I prefer to wear it short, not so dissimilar to the style I wore when I was in the Army. It's very low maintenance and eminently more comfortable in a hot, humid climate.
Of course in my Army days I wasn't as concerned with how it looked on any given day, just that it stayed on top of my head. These days I have a certain look that I prefer. And, to achieve that look I depend on American Crew Pomade.
American Crew Pomade
Unlike many hair fixatives such as gels, sprays and mousse, American Crew Pomade holds my hair in place without stiffening it. I hate that feeling. This product produces a soft, medium hold that leaves my hair with a degree of wet look and shiny. Ah, there's nothing so nice as evenly salt and pepper hair that is soft and shiny, and above all, in place.
How does it do it?
I think the secret of its powers can be found in a couple of the first four ingredients of its formula. After water, the next most abundant ingredient is hydrogenated castor oil. A little known factoid is that of all the oils commonly used in soap-making and hair-care products is that castor oil is among the most conditioning of oils. It's known for its ability to attract and retain moisture. Good choice here. Then there's lanolin, long known for its ability to hold a sheen. Of course there is also a long list of non-pronounceable ingredients that I'm sure aid in its holding ability. Who cares?
How to Use It
After showering, I towel dry my hair and then take a very small amount of pomade and rub it into my hands. I then run my hands through my hair. Taking a brush to my hair, it sets up nicely and gives my hair a bit of a wet spiky look to it. No, it probably wouldn't have gone over to well in the US Army, but it has a nice current look to it. Although it has castor oil in it, combined with all of the other ingredients the pomade is water soluble and rinses off your hands easily.
What is especially nice about American Crew Pomade is that it does indeed last all day. Even if I put it on first thing in the morning, it's still giving me hold later in the evening. This is pretty impressive considering it doesn't glue you hair in place.
While my hair is short and reasonably straight, American Crew Pomade is also recommended for controlling both curly and straight hair of longer lengths and giving a slicked back wet look.
While it is possible to go a second morning without shampooing by simply putting a little water through your hair, it does seem to work best if it's washed out of your hair between applications. Applying more pomade to unwashed hair results in a little too much oil upon oil, flattening your hair.
I like a hair product that doesn't turn my hair stiff and doesn't have to be sprayed. American Crew Pomade really fits those requirements. At $10 - $15 for a 3.35 oz jar, it may sound a little pricy, but considering how little you use for each application, I find it quite reasonably priced. And, if you know me, you know that I don't part with money easily. I highly recommend American Crew Pomade. Try it.