Traditionally, pomade was an ointment for healthier hair. It was not a first meant as styling tool to get greasy slicks. I feel the Dax Vegetable Oil Pomade falls into the earlier category. At least that’s how I feel, the way Dax is marketing it:
“DAX Pomade is ideal for dry, brittle hair that breaks short at the ends. Enriched with a blend of oils, daily application will improve the overall condition and appearance of hair. Highly recommended for hair that breaks at the ends from excessive dryness.”
It contains petrolatum, lanolin, Castor oil, Mineral oil, Coconut oil and Olive oil. Lots of oils, I’d say. They all have different properties, all put in the pomade to make your hair healthier. But if petrolatum is the main ingredient it can still be used for some greasy styling, right? Although I’m not sure about the lanolin…
Big thanks to Alyssa at Dax for sending this to me. Nice to get something else than the standard pomades for a change!
On to the review!
Smell and Texture
About the smell… Unfortunately it’s kinda indescribable. It’s sort of sweet, and basically smells like nothing else I’ve ever smelt. I can’t put my finger on any of the scents springing from the pomade, but I guess it all comes down to my poor sense of smell. It can also come of the mixture of all the oils, giving it all the smells of the oils at once – incorporated into a new kinda smell. All I can say it that it doesn’t smell bad in any way. My first thought was a sweet, greasy heap of vegetables, if that helps. Sorry…
As for the texture, I’m on firmer ground. Or should I say softer? Because this stuff definitely has a soft, silky feel to it. Of course, the petrolatum and lanolin makes it greasy as well, which is nice. It is also sticky, but doesn’t sustain much, and is pretty gelatinous. It’s very similar to Blue Magic Pressing Oil, but less fibrous.
Hold and Styling
I understood from Dax’s site that the Vegetable Pomade is more of a hair treatment, than it is a styling product. I still had to try it on it’s own to check it’s qualities, and here are my results. Seeing that is was kinda similar to Blue Magic when it came to texture, I had a feeling it would work better as a top coat. But first, I checked out how it holds up on it’s own.
It did a pretty decent job of slicking back my hair, and I have to say I was surpised. It held down my waves, and I got a pretty neat side part going on. the shine was pretty awesome as well. But most of all, my hair felt soft and silky. As I have the dry and brittle hair Dax talk about on their site, it seems to be doing its job. Don’t worry about height, though. it won’t work.
At first go, I was thinking: How is this possible? I thought it would be screwing up my hair in all kinds of ways. Well… it kinda did. But it came as a surprise! As you might know by now, my hair is crazy wavy and the waves are pretty persistent. Look at how I looked after a hard days work (in the office). And this was after lots of recombing!
I guess it wasn’t meant to be – at least not on its own. I tried it as a top coat as well, by the way, and it worked nicely (sorry, no pics). But I would be careful if you like to mix pomades together. It’s properties are kind of extreme, at least in my experience.
As this is meant as a classic pomade (i.e. for healthier hair and scalp, not for sick pomps), I would recommend it. It made my hair feel awesome, healthy, silky and soft. It even looked better! As a styling product, I’m still on the fence. I would definitely recommend trying it out, if you only want a sidepart and isn’t too worried about height, and you don’t have waves. This is not a product for hair control. On the other hand, it does add a nice shine, plus the benefit of its inherent healthiness. Hmmm… I have to try it out and experiment a bit more before I have a final conclusion.