La Biosthetique Style Pomade – A Classic High Shine Pomade
Today I am trying out a pomade called Style Pomade by La BIOSTHETIQUE. This pomade was suggested to me by the folks at OBSCO. Thank you for continued support.
La Biosthetique is a French company and this pomade is made in Germany. At the moment, I can not find this pomade in their product page. They do have a “pomade” category” but no products within. They are possibly re-arranging their product line as manufacturers often do. We will update this post when we find the relevant product page.
This pomade is somewhat outside our usual price and selling for $30 a jar. But depending on performance this might justifiable!
The jar indicates 75 ml but looks the roughly the same as any other standard 100 g. Pomades, as a rule are not very heavy and depending on their volume might weight a bit less. So I will simply say that this is a more or less standard portion.
Upon opening the jar, you will find a clear pomade. Scent-wise, I can’t clearly recognize a fragrance. Fresh and clean, but very discreet. We might even just go with unscented. As mentioned before having an unscented pomade on hand is always a good idea as it gives you the freedom to work with other scents such as your cologne and so on.
Ingredient wise, the list is short at 22 and this is a “Water Based” product. Sadly, there are some parabens used in the making of this pomade. As their are 11-12-13th position we will go with the understanding that the amount used are very small.
Coming out of the shower, I towel dried my hair and then finished drying it with a cold hair dryer. I scooped out a small portion of the pomade. It required very little relaxing in the fingers and palms before being moving onto the application. It’s a nice and smooth pomade to work with. Very easy to distribute in the hair! As you can see in the picture it also looks like a thick and solid pomade.
Giving the products a few minutes to do its job, I checked on my styling. First off, my hair was very shiny. Pretty much the wet look. The hold is quite weak and my hair had already started falling out of place. As such, I would classify this pomade as a high shine and light hold product. As an observation, the hair actually feels extremely soft and silky. This is the same observation I make every time I use a “classic” pomade. Classic is the common adjective for high shine and light hold products. As per the labeling below, Biosthetique is also suggesting a light hold.
As mentioned in numerous other posts, if you are using pomade, you are typically interested in two main properties of this fixative solution: shine and hold. Very few products offers top performance in both spaces and they tend to be good at one as opposed to the other. Having thick and stubborn hair, I am generally more interested in the “hold” aspect of pomade. Shine is certainly fun, but not to the expense of that precious “hold”.
As a way of getting more hold with these high shine pomades, I have tested the outcomes of locking the style in place with hairspray. The hope being that we would retain the high shine and have some decent hold. Typically, the hairspray doesn’t do it’s magic because of the ingredients offering the shine do not offer a sticky enough surface for the hairspray to latch onto. Basically, the oils giving the shine pretty much repel the hairspray.
All this to say that if you want the “classic” look of the 40’s and 50’s and don’t mind restyling or re-combing frequently, this will be a perfect product to achieve that. If on the other hand you want strong hold, you will be better off with a strong hold pomade. Perhaps something like Clubman-Pinaud Strong Hold pomade.
Here is the rating on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is a perfect score and/or the level of shine.
- Hold: 2
- Shine: 5
- Texture: 5
- Feel in hair: 5
- Facility to wash out: 4
You can find this product and many more at OBSCO. don’t forget to mention “Style4Men” for a 10% discount at check out.