Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade for Men |Natural Finish | Firm Hold | Hair Pomade
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This pomade is deceiving because it says “hard cream pomade” so because it stated hard I assumed it would have more of a harder texture almost like a softer clay pomade but it does not. It almost has a little bit thicker than a body butter consistency, what u really like about it is1) extreamly plyable2) has awesome light grapefruit notes3) works very well on super thick hair
When I tried a new upscale barbershop at the suggestion of my fiancée, who attended beauty school with the owner of the shop, I was introduced to this pomade. I've been hooked ever since. I've got medium length fine hair that I style with a part, pulled off to the side and toward the back. I apply a small amount of this to my damp hair to get it styled. When I want a little more lift, I use the blow dryer after applying while combing in the desired direction. I then use some finishing spray to keep the hold all day long. I get a lot of compliments on my hair, and I can thank Baxter for making such a fine product. Because I use this pomade, it makes shampooing the finishing spray product out of my hair much easier than if I only used the hairspray.
To start, full disclosure: I've only recently started putting a bit of effort into my hair, so I am by no means an expert. If you're looking for a meticulously detailed, connoisseur-like review, then this isn't the one for you! So this will be a pretty ground-level review from someone who's tried a few different products and enjoys Baxter's skincare products enough to figure their hair care products are bound to be worth a try.Prior to this I was using American Crew's fiber cream, and while that stuff worked just fine I really hated the tacky texture, and because of this it was all too easy to inadvertently tug on my hair while applying it, bringing my hand back down to find I'd pulled out a hair or two. Next!From here I went to Mister Pompadour's Moroccan Texture Paste, but it was a bit too lightweight. I'm not really sure how to describe my hair in detail, but it's a typical side-part, clippered on sides, longer on top and parted to the right, and I need a decent bit of hold because 1) I live in a particularly windy area and 2) I like driving with the windows down.And here we are with Baxter's Hard Cream Pomade. I knew that typical pomade wasn't quite what I wanted, seeing as I don't want my hair looking wet or really "done up" etc., and just wanting a relatively natural look with solid hold, but not to the point where it looks like I'm wearing a hair-shaped hat. Overall I'm very happy with the results. There's virtually no shine at all, applying the hard cream is a breeze (however it does start to dry out and become a bit tacky if you fuss with it for too long), the scent is subtle and pleasant (but unremarkable), and while I haven't finished off a jar yet, at the rate I've been going I can see a jar lasting me a pretty good amount of time. If I had to choose one complaint it'd be that I usually have to style my hair pretty quickly to avoid hitting that point where it tacks up and starts to pull, but if you apply this stuff while your hair is a bit damp you likely won't have this problem - otherwise you can either use more cream or just speed up your styling process.To be honest, when I picked this up I half expected to find it to be not-quite-right just like the others, but for me it's pretty close to perfect. I've also been using a sea salt spray prior to using this cream just to achieve a bit more of that natural look, but I don't feel that's necessary at all and this cream is doing the vast majority of the legwork in that regard.All-in-all I really enjoy this stuff, and will pretty surely be buying another jar when this one runs out.