Concerning the water-soluble market, I’ve always been pretty familiar with Layrite’s products. Little did I know that brands like Cock Grease, Grants, and now Suavecito were putting out quałity products, trying to make a difference in the waterbased pomade segment. I usually prefer pomades with petrolatum, but regularly use waterbased products in between the heavy stuff.
Anyways, the awesome guys and gals over at PomadeShop were kind enough to send me a tin of Suavecito Pomade to review. They’re definitely someone you should check out! Shiny regards to Stan and Bianca As always, I’m looking forward to trying something new, so let’s go!
The tin itself is plastic (is this the norm in the water-soluble market?). It has some awesome dia de los muertos-art and I just dig it! It’s basically a dangerous looking skeleton maintaining his more than nice-looking pomp. So cool. They make t-shirts as well, so make sure to get yours. I surely will.
Smell and Texture
The smell of this golden brown tub is sweet and rich, but not overwhelmingly so. It’s definitely still a masculine, clean scent, and will blend well with other scents you are using throughout the day (unless you’re spraying yourself with pure musk). It doesn’t smell as much like chemicals as Layrite or Cock Grease XXX does. I would love for the makers of the different waterbased pomades to tone down the smell of their products even more, and maybe try to emulate the classic smells of Murray’s and Dax. That would be for the best, at least in my taste. The smell tones down when you put it in your hair, specially in my heavy locks, which is a good thing.
As for the texture, it’s similar to Layrite’s products, but much softer to scoop. It’s still firm, but feels less porous, or brittle, than Layrite’s Super Hold or Cock Grease XXX. More so like gel. Kinda hard to explain… While browsing, I found that Suavecito means “softly” in Spanish, so I guess there’s an idea behind the texture. It can also be a reference to something completely different, of course. My particular tin is the Original Hold, and Suavecito also has one called Firm Hold, which is probably… firmer Can’t say too much about that, since I haven’t tried it yet.
Hold and Styling
As the Suavecito was much softer to the touch than the Super Hold, I worried the hold would suffer and be more like the Layrite Original (yellow tin), which I don’t particularly enjoy. No worries were needed, though, as the pomade had a firm and steadfast hold. I used a pretty standard amount, and ran it through my hair. It spreads through nicely, but stiffens up pretty fast,as you start covering all your hair.
The hold is probably somewhere between the Layrite Super Hold and the Original Layrite. Maybe the Suavecito Firm is even stronger than Layrite Super Hold? That would be awesome, in my opinion. As with the Super Hold, I needed to comb it back in place some times during the day, when I was moving about, but nothing my trusty pocket comb couldn’t handle.
As with most water-soluble stuff, the shine is pretty poor. You get a gel-like wet look at first, and it becomes more matte throughout the day. The shine seems to hold better on the sides, though.
I haven’t tried any soft pomades on top yet, cause I wanted to try it completely on its own, but I guess it works about the same as with other waterbased stuff. Just be careful with the amount, as the Suavecito Original Hold is just a bit softer than Layrite’s Super Hold, and won’t hold as much.
Suavecito writes a lot on their page (“Our Story-”section) about their product being at a competitive price. I feel that this is quite important, since the prices of water-souble products are generally pretty steep compared to ordinary petrolatum-based pomades like Dax and Murray’s. As you can see (at least at the Grease Shop), they have pretty competitive pricing. Other places, I have seen it more expensive than Layrite’s, so I guess it differs on where you look. Still an ok price, though.
I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with Suavecito’s Original Hold all around. And if the pricing stays right, I might have to switch out Layrites Super Hold. Have to compare them a bit more, though. And I definitely have to try out the Firm Hold.
Anyone have any requests for pomades I should review next? Feel like something’s missing? Don’t be afraid to comment!