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Friday, June 6, 2014
Product Review: Suavecita Pomade
So for the duration of this review, let's forget for a moment that I am a die-hard advocate of Layrite, for both males and females. Let's forget I ever sold it, reviewed it, or formed a friendship with the creator and his crew.
A product that is promoted as being specifically for a female stylist should stand on its own and not need to be compared to anything else and I'm sure that's why they gave this to me to try.
So let's start with the packaging:
The signature skull-faced logo with the cute victory rolls is eye-catching, for sure. But in my mind, it seems very targeted. Uncomfortably so. I can't imagine a conservative vintage lover in her 50's, with no knowledge of the west coast rockabilly scene, sitting at her antique dressing table and reaching for this container, or leaving it out on display to accompany her heirloom lady-head vases and sterling brush set. I personally prefer a more subtle packaging with a classic feel, even in a disposable product. For ladies, I prefer a neat,clean design and ageless appeal. This doesn't really have that, in my opinion.
The fragrance: At first sniff, I was puzzled by how strong the fragrance hit me. It calls to mind a hairspray, not a pomade, and there is a hint of alcohol there that is hard for me to ignore. After application, the odor lingers and I found that even my wonderfully scented (in my opinion) Vintage Hair products (from Sally Beauty)could not overpower it. This is a big negative for me, because I love the scent of my shampoo and current styling products, so I don't want my pomade to cancel them out. :(
The product: This is advertised as a light-hold item and makes the following claims:
Suavecita is designed to be versatile in achieving any number of the following tasks:
Eliminate Fly Aways or Frizziness
Polish Curls & Waves
Sculpt & Hold Form
I didn't find it beneficial for texturizing since its slick texture dries quickly and makes the hair difficult to work afterwards. It leaves a bit more 'crunch' than I'm used to, and I did see some flaking after a few hours of wear, so very light application was necessary to combat that. This is true of most water soluble pomades however, so keep that in mind when working with them.
It does eliminate fly-aways and frizz, but for thick or textured hair, I would probably suggest a more emollient product, something perhaps with an oil base that will condition as it tames. This will dry over time and stray pieces or hairs will likely begin to stray a bit. The same is true of the shine, which is lovely to start, but tends to dull as the product dries. For those of us with thin, fine hair, this is a great product for shine, to start, but I would always suggest topping it off with a dry oil spray as well, so the shine lasts.
It's a decent option for polishing curls and waves, but again, use a light hand because the product can pull out the waves on us straight-haired ladies if you overdo it.
For sculpting and holding more elaborate rolls, I do like the result. The only thing I'd recommend is that you not try to brush through straight or fine hair after application, using it instead to mold and shape existing rolls with your hands. Attempting to re-style hair after applying this pomade could cause problems.
That's about it. It's not awful, but the scent and the dryness are pretty big drawbacks. All in all, I'd suggest getting a sample before you splurge.
Let me know if you have any questions about this product...I'm happy to chat with you about it.
Til then, So long Dearies!