Product Review: HUE Pomade

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Did you know that pomade was developed in the 19th century and was originally made of bear fat? Into the 20th century, the most common ingredients featured lard, beeswax and petroleum jelly.

Pomade in its original form was as natural as any hair product in history. But as styles changed, so did the demands expected of pomade, which caused heavier, less natural incarnations to be developed.  

Royal Crown Hair Dressing and Murray’s Pomade are examples of pomade born out of this development and period in history. The effect of those products was the slick, greased back look popular in the 1950s and was heavily dependent on petroleum jelly, its main ingredient.

The word pomade is from the French word “pommade,” which means “ointment,” and derived from the Latin word “pomum,” which meant “apple.” The original recipe for pomade featured apples, which explains the consistency and feel that men have come to expect over time, though it has also become less organic.

The pomade from HUE is a return to the original style of pomade, because it has a natural feel and consistency.

In terms of texture, it felt more like cocoa butter than any regular pomade. This isn’t the kind of pomade with super-sticking holding power that will last for a week after one application. There is no silicone or petroleum in this product, which means it isn’t as stringent or hard as what we have come to expect from pomade.

The scent is also a return to form. While there isn’t much of a scent, what can be detected has a fruity, almost citrus smell.

When first applying HUE, I used only a dab, which is what I would use with a standard pomade. As a result, the holding power was limited. So when I applied more the next day, I doubled the amount and it gave me the hold I was looking for.

By the end of the day, my hair wasn’t  frozen in the same position it was roughly nine hours earlier. I could run my fingers through it at any point and it felt light and free.  

Since HUE is so light and malleable, it can be used by men with any type of hair (coarse, thin, thick, etc.) regardless of their ethnicity. With products, and in particular pomade, that are naturally derived, free of silicon and free of petroleum. Hue offers hair care options “for every man.”

Check out the pomade and full line of products from HUE at www.hueforeveryman.com

  

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Product Review: Hairbond UK Styling Products

Men’s hair styling products are a lot like that hot girl you’ve been hooking up with. At first, you’re pretty sure she’s the hottest girl you’ve ever met or been with, and you really can’t wait for the next time to use her.

You feel confident, refreshed, renewed. Every time you’re with her is like the first time, all over again. You’re used to her, love her, have grown comfortable with her — so why would you even consider anything else?

But then you get distracted. “Wait, what’s this? A new men’s styling gel?”

Suddenly, conversation lags. Her jokes aren’t funny. Her laugh sucks. She smells like cheese. She’s a Yankees fan.

Are any of these new observations remotely true? Or are you just looking for an escape? Either way, you continue to spend time with her, begrudgingly, and you’re just not that into it.

Hairbond UK is like that hot girl you just met who makes you realize how substandard your current hair styling product is. I received a canister each of Distorter and Shaper — two distinctly different products for distinctly different hairstyles.

Distorter was filled to the brim with bad assery. If Distorter were to lower itself to take human form for a night, it would be Reggie Miller against the Knicks in 1994, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Shaper smelled “Just like butterscotch, yo”. It literally has a candy-like scent — but an adult candy, the kind that only appeals to a refined taste, not a child, sort of like black licorice. Yeah, that’s a good one; I’m going to use that one. It’s like the black licorice of styling products.

>More than that, it was absolutely perfect as a shaping product. I spiked my bangs as high as they could go and my hair stayed just as I had styled it even 8-10 hours later. Even though they retained their hold, I was able to adjust my look mid-day.

I put a dab of Distorter in my hair roughly 13 hours ago. While writing this, I stopped, went to the bathroom and adjusted my hair. The hold was still as effective as it was earlier in the day. But I also never felt like my hair had any product in it, so it wasn’t like I was rocking some Clark Gable-esqe slick back look that’s heavily dependent on an overuse of styling products.

How is this possible? I know it sounds like total bullshit, but it isn’t. Even though Hairbond was that effective, my hair never felt like it was glued up or had the lacquer-type feel. My hair was still relaxed, yet performed the way I wanted it to.

So move on from your current styling products and don’t feel bad about it — you don’t owe her a thing. And it wasn’t a total waste, either. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have evolved to the point where you were ready for something better.

If you’re ready for more at a fantastic price, check out the Hairbond UK website: www.hairbond.co.uk

  

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