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This is a review by one of our customers. His review is his own and is no way influenced by Wingman Grooming.
O’douds Apothecary Standard Pomade Review
By: Hanz Kristofer Fernandez
Before I begin, my hair is straight with thick strands, and of medium length. The product may work differently with different hair profiles. Without further ado, let's begin, shall we?
I honestly like the packaging especially the jar feel since I could feel that the product is really a premium product. Also the label is awesome with the matte finish feel but the lettering seems a tad glossy.
The scent smells like the old water based of O’douds which I like it. It has this citrusy smell which O’Doud’s Apothecary is known for. The site actually says that it is Cedar Citrus, but for me the Citrus is much more powerful than the Cedar.
Scooping and breakdown (video)
When I scooped the pomade for the first time, I could feel that it has a soft waxy consistency and very easy to scoop. There is no need to add any force or pressure to scoop it out. Break down it is fairly easy but as to what I have stated it has this soft waxy consistency which can be felt more when it comes to breaking it down.
"Scoops like a dream"
Application is fairly easy after breaking it down. Simply apply the product on your hair. Everything goes in smoothly with no tug at all. One thing I noticed is that I could feel the waxy consistency of the product even after applying it which I find peculiar since it states that it is water soluble.
Slickness in Styling
Styling the product is very easy. I usually apply 2-3 scoops. Upon combing, I was happily surprised that there was no tugging and that my hair easily goes with the comb.
I was actually happy as to the results since I could feel the hold and there is a good amount of shine that can be seen.
Description opposed to Experience
As to the description according to O’douds it states that it has heavy hold and high shine. But for me it is more of a firm hold leaning towards the medium side and medium shine going to high shine.
Scent at the end of the day
At the end of the day the scent is still there, although, it is very mild.
With the weather that we have in the Philippines, as every one may know, is very hot. Obviously, water soluble pomades may or may not work since it melts throughout the day. Even some oil based pomades can be melted with enough exposure and direct sunlight. However, for a water soluble the product held up but lost a little volume throughout the day. I usually apply pomades around 11am-1pm in the afternoon and I usually get home around 1030pm. The endurance is there but not enough to last more than 10 hours. For a water soluble the product’s endurance is on the average side. My hair was messed up compared to how it was styled at the end of the day
Removing the product
I was surprised with how easy it was to wash the product out. Simply just rinse it with water and that’s it. Your hair is product-free. Additionally, your hair isn’t left dry and stripped of its natural oils after washing out the pomade. This is definitely a plus for me since I really hate the feeling of dry hair after washing out pomade.
Verdict and Recommendation
So in conclusion O’Douds’ Standard Pomade made me feel that I am actually scooping and breaking down an oil based product because of its wax consistency. For me, the hold is more of a firm rather than a heavy hold and the shine is medium leaning towards to high shine. I guess that would cater to the needs of the users who just slick back their hair. I really like this product because it is very easy to wash out and yet at the same time doesn’t leave your hair feel dry. The scent is very subjective to the user but for me I quite enjoy it.
I would recommend this product a 100% for people who (1) doesn’t have to travel around the metro all throughout the day; (2) to the greasers who wants an oil based pomade feel with the wash-ability of a gel-based pomade; and (3) to the people who cannot stand getting pomade on their pillows. O’douds’ Standard Pomade is the product for you!
Note: This is a review that I have made upon 3 days of testing the product.
You can purchase the product here.
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