Mortal Sin by American Pomade
Today we are trying out the water based pomade option from our friends at American Pomade. Making a water based pomade was a pretty big deal for these convinced Greasers and they gave this product an appropriate name: Mortal Sin. As you will see when visiting their site, American Pomade lives and breath the whole “Rockabilly-Greaser” thing. A total treat for this guy!
American Pomade is an unpretentious and straight-forward brand. Their slogan “Fix that shit” says it all! Their “About Us” page also gives you a good idea of the guiding principles driving these guys: “…No colors, no perfumes, no chemicals … no freaky shit. …Every can is hand mixed and hand poured.” These are key elements making it of interest to Style4men.ca.
We want to give a big shout-out to Scott for his trust and support of Style4men.ca for this review. Thanks man!
American pomade was launched in 2010 and they offer the following options:
- Original Sin
- Ultimate Sin
- Wicked Slick
- Mortal Sin – Water soluble
- Devil’s clay – Water soluble
The skinny, is that as soon as you open one of these jar, you are sinning! So stay awake! Actually, the delicious coconut scent that will tickle your nose upon opening said jar will be sure to captivate your attention. Having recently spent a week in Cuba enjoying some well deserved down time with my family, the scent of this pomade brought me right back. It’s got a a nice coconut rum thing going on, but it won’t be strong enough to collide with your aftershave or cologne for that day.
Jar wize, American Pomade is following the industry standard by using a 113 g plastic container. The differentiator is that they are using a black jar. I personally like the cool cartoon dude. Simple and to the point. The logo is a bit of a reminder of the pirates crossed bones with the crossed combs..
At only 12 ingredients, American Pomade lives up to its principle of “No freaky shit”!
The texture of the pomade is really thick and sticky with an element of fibre. It was so thick that I figured it might be hard to work with or better said, to blend into my hair. Often enough such sticky products results in a few hairs being yanked out. Nope! Once relaxed in the palms the product became completely workeable and blended smoothly in my mope. As with most firm hold water based pomade, the results were instant while the hair remaining workeable while styling. Obviously the products dries in place over time, but you have about an hour.
Note that I like to work with dry and clean hair which is previously prepped by adding salt spray to give it as much texture and volume as possible. Towel dry your hair, add a few shots of salt spray and dry your hair with a dryer. Once dry, my hair looks totally ridiculous (mad scientist like). To tame that into submission, the American Pomade rendered a great pomp. I used about the size of a nickel for the top and perhaps half of that for my side to give an uniform look. Note that like all water based pomades, my hair was rendered a slight shade darker. As my hair is dark brown, this works well. Since the pomade is clear, I will venture that it will not have any impacts on blond or red hair.
Here is the rating on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is a perfect score and/or level of shine:
- Hold: 4.5
- Shine: 2.5
- Texture: 5
- Feel in hair: 4
- Facility to wash out: 5
There are a number of things I enjoyed when using this product. First off, it agrees with my hair! This may sound like a silly observation, but since it is not true for every pomade, it is worth mentioning. How many times have you tried a product and known almost immediately, that it wasn’t a fit for you? As soon as I scooped out a portion and blended it in my hair, I knew that this was gonna work for me. Considering my thick, wavy and unruly hair, this is saying something. It is easy to work with and lasts all day. Once dry, it feels quite nice in the hair. There is a very faint element of wax, but it is perfectly reasonable. Your date won’t dump you in disgust when touching your hair.
In closing, the Mortal Sin from American Pomade is a splendid pomade you won’t regret trying.
The Style4men.ca rating of this product:
In the coming weeks, I will be trying the Ultimate Sin from American Pomade. This one is their heavy weight grease option. The ingredient list is very promising: “Made with Petroleum, Beeswax, coconut oil, Essential Oil, A dash of evil… and all kinds of cool.”
You can shop for this pomade and other products from American Pomade using this link:
PS – it is currently going for $10 US. Unbeatable!