Now this here is something I’ve been waiting for. Ordered this a couple of weeks back from Pomadeshop, and Thursday I picked it up at the post office. It’s the Mr. Ducktail Pomade from Hairgum! This particular pomade is made in collaboration with the one and only Demon Barber – Mr. Ducktail (obviously). I don’t know exactly what it was, but I had ridiculously high expectations regarding this pomade. I have been reading a lot about Mr. Ducktail himself, and he’s such a cool dude. I would just love to travel to London and get my flick knife haircut! It might also have something to do with the amazing tin art by Vince Ray… Now let’s open the tin and get greasy!
Smell and Texture
Opening the tin is a breeze, the lid itself is pretty thin metal. And when the cap pops, you get a sweet whiff of cola. At least for me. The smell reminds me of those old push-pop ice creams with cola taste. There’s also a smell of citrus in there. Overall, it reminds me of a glass of cola with a wedge of lemon. The absolutely best smelling pomade I’ve ever tried. No contest! Good job, Mr. Ducktail As for the texture, it’s hard not comparing it to Black & White. They’re both white, they both have a soft texture and comes out of the tin easily. But there the similarities basically stop, at least regarding texture. Mr. Ducktail has more of a sticky feel to it, and certainly doesn’t “cake up” or separate as much as B&W. B&W seems to me to be more porous and I think this translates well to the general differences in hold as well. Mr. Ducktail spreads in your hands evenly, and is easy to get properly into your hair, as it is a lighter pomade. Although it looks white in the tin, the pomade comes out clear when you rub it in your palms.
One thing I haven’t adressed, is the lack of petroleum in the list of ingredients. I thought this was a petroleum-based pomade, but all I see in the ingredients are Paraffinum Liquidum, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin and some Perfume plus random chemicals. It certainly isn’t a water-based pomade (since I see no water in the ingredients). Well, who cares, right? As long as the stuff works!
Hold and Styling
When I tried this stuff for the first time, I was a bit worried. I had washed my hair clear of any other pomade, it was time for Mr. Ducktail to shine on it’s own. I usually use heavier stuff, so I thought I had wasted my hard-earned money on some too-soft hairdressing. Well… Did this softer pomade hold up? Hell yes! I used a pretty standard amount, and got to working it through my hair. As I worked it in, I could literally feel the hold setting in, and my worries disappeared for good. What magic did you do, Mr. Ducktail!? Demon barber, indeed. In my opinion, it’s probably the stickiness and dexterity of the pomade that makes for such a good result. The stickiness a particularly well designed, or produced, if you will.
Anyway, as for hold, it certainly does the job. I could style a pretty high pomp, and I am still amazed at how this soft stuff can hold up so good, without becoming stiff… Baffled, is the word. I applied the pomade in a towel-dry hair, as I usually do, and got good results. Some of the product came out on my comb, but not much. This will happen no matter what if you have slightly damp or wet hair, in my experience
It definitely does not wash out as easily as a water-based pomade, but is still not as hard to get out as proper greasy stuff (ex. Murray’s Superior). I used some DAX Restoring Conditioner and Removing Shampoo, and it pretty much dealt with most of the stuff. You gotta work it a bit, though.
This is hands down the best standalone pomade I’ve ever tried. Sure, you could get better shine and better hold alltogether by mixing several pomades, but this is, no doubt, the best on it’s own. I haven’t tried all of the pomades in the world, but I have tried a decent amount: Not one compares to this on it’s own. Then again, you don’t get the über-greasy feel (if you like that), since it doesn’t contain Petrolatum, and it isn’t as easy to wash out as a water-based pomade. This is just the perfect middleman. and who says you can’t mix it with something else, as well, right. All in all, a dangerous product
Sorry for the tired eyes, I’m born that way O_o