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  1. One sentence.

    Clayton of O’Douds All Natural, Edwin of Pomps Not Dead, and I have been working on a collaboration.

     

  2. Anonymous said: What would you say to a person that's saying "you're doing your hair wrong, it's supposed to be like this or that"? You can't say FU or whatever. I think you mentioned this in a video but i cant seem to find it

    I don’t say, “Eff you.” I would never say that because…getting angry in a scenario such as the one you’ve mentioned…that shows defeat. I don’t get mad. I’m insulted though, but not because they insulted my hair. I’m insulted because they assumed I would even consider their opinion.

    Now…aside from my overly narcissistic and prideful response, let’s discuss a more general and proper analysis of this scenario along with a more productive response.

    The core concept to this discussion here is the balance between what one claims to have and what one actually has.

    The Rockabilly Pomp

    Ignoring its origins as a women’s hairstyle way back in the time of Kings and Queens, the pompadour does have a singular form as its origins from the 50s and 60s. You can look up the hairstyles of Elvis and Johnny Cash for reference. Now, notice…is there hair anywhere like what the costumes and cartoons portray it as? Nope. Not at all. 

    Now, the Rockabilly subculture surrounds itself and is built off the costume and cartoon-portrayals of the 50s and 60s — in other words, an exaggeration of what it was like back then. The older members may more accurately represent the time period…but anyone under 30 is just copying what they see in the movies. And that is sad. The reason why I mentioned all this is because they are laying a failing claim and connection to the 50s and 60s. 

    It’s like the emo and goth kids who refer to themselves as punks. Nigga please…I think The Clash would wanna slap you as much as I do.

    The rockabilly pompadour is large, forward, and loud. In other words, it comprises for a small dique. Like come on du. If I really wanted to style that, I can grab me a blow dryer and one of them hair tampons….and throw up one of those things. But…I don’t want to. I honestly still think big hair is obnoxious as fuck. I want the hair to blend in with my appearance — not overshadow everything. 

    In all honesty, I’m such a pretty flacko that I can compose myself as a whole aesthetically. Unlike rockabilly kids, I don’t feel the need to find my identity from some dead dude I saw on a screen.

    The Metrosexual Pomp

    As we all know, the pompadour has be reclaimed and reinvented. It is characterized typically by very short sides — tapered, faded, or sometimes straight-up shaved. The pomp itself is also typically matte, whispy, and loose in nature. It can more commonly just be referred to has a faux pomp. For some reason, the hair salon/metrosexual/pseudo-high-fashion community likes to half-ass and nervously step into different subcultures to reappropriate. In more lamence terms, they like to steal from other subcultures and fuck it up…making that subculture now mainstream.

    I don’t believe I need to explain more here…I have no interest styling my hair in their fashion.

    My Pomp

    I never claimed to associate myself with either of these categories, so it’s insulting when members of those communities come to sending telling me how to style my hair. It’s like dude…I’ve been dissing your identity for months. Anything you have to say is straight-up irrelevant. 

    The pompadour is up to interpretation at this point. No one from the above communities get it right, so it’s all on everyone else to interpret the pomp in whatever way they’d like. 

    To the rockabilly kids that may say I’m styling my hair wrong…

    If they’re some Mexican kid like it usually is, I’d say, “And Elvis was Mexican?” 

    If it’s a white boy then I’d probably just make a Johnny Bravo reference. But don’t get me wrong….that show is legit and hilarious.

    What I would NOT do is have an argument over hair…das ghey.

    And to the metrosexual kids…well…actually, they never really cause me any problems. I’d probably just laugh and walk away laughing. 

    All in all, my response can be summed up by Lil B’s response to The Game, and I quote.

    "Irrelevant."

    End quote.

     
  3. Yeah. Some dudes got theme songs…but I….I got an intro.

     
     
  4. If you didn’t watch it already, enjoy.

     
     
  5. You guys asked for it, so I made it. Don’t be so surprised at the strict requirements. This is a quality blog with quality reviews, and I have to make sure it stays that way.

    Last thing I need is one of those annoying fools on YouTube that have begging for a shout out to pop up here. Like…that one kid. Alan. What the eff is his last name. Alan…starts with an ‘S’…’T’…or some shit. I don’t remember.

    Whatever…read the requirements on the page.

    With this, let’s build the ultimate library of pomade knowledge.

     

  6. Anonymous said: Is your ancestry full Viet or did they migrate from somewhere?

    As far as I’ve looked back, my entire family has been Vietnamese Catholics from North Vietnam — on both sides.

    (Obviously, that means they immigrated to South Vietnam before the war and immigrated here to the US during the second wave.) 

     

  7. sirodette said: I'm thinking pomade x and y are the new Daimon barbers. You still ever use them? Or did you have to send them back?

    Shit. You think so??? I can see that….

    I still got them. I haven’t used them much since though…I get so much pomade in all the time that I literally only use each two or three times. The only ones with extended use are the ones I show in the Best Pomades video.

     
  8. Where’d all these people come from? Average visits a day on the blog has jumped up from ~500 to almost 1k for the past few days.

    If you guys are paying on the good word, then keep on going it’s much appreciated.

    But I gotta ask newcomers…if you please, how did you hear of this blog?

     
  9. Video review above or here: http://youtu.be/uixfgLUfFEU

    Did you know…this pomade is actually listed as a strong hold? WHAT DA FUHH!?!? It’s one of THE lightest pomades I’ve ever used. Damn…what’s going on in the world today. Now, we’ve all heard of this Mr. Ducktail. We all know it and probably remember its appearance…but only a few of us have actually ever even tried it. Don’t really know why. So, let’s take a look at it.

    Mr. Ducktail is the result of a collaboration between Hairgum (a French hair and salon product manufacturer) and the Demon Barber of Carnaby Street. 

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    It’s nicely packaged without a doubt. You got some detailed design work on the face and simple directions with ingredients on the reserve side. The coolest thing is that the cap is unrolled and lifted at one end. By pressing down on this part, the cap pops off as you can see in the photo below.

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    The goop is white and looks a lot like Royal Crown pomade, and it will end up performing like it. I have no idea who originally labeled this thing as a strong, but whatever…we’ll talk about that later.

    Scent

    BOOM! I was right. Like I said before, I refrain from looking up information about the pomade in order to give you guys as honest of a review as possible in terms of the opinionated parts. It smells like someone just opened up a can of 7up or Sprite. The manufacturer claims a citrus, cola smell. And of course…that just sounds like Sprite to me.

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    Texture

    It feels like I scooped out a bit of Royal Crown Pomade. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried a pomade as light as this. I use light pomades, but this is beyond light. It’s really oily and greasy…when you scoop some out…you’ll know what I mean.

    Application

    With a texture like that, you’ll see in the video how easy it is to apply. 

    Slickness

    Notice in the photos below, no stray hairs. It’s a slick product…but honestly, a lil too slick. This effects the endurance of the pomade.

    Shine

    It’s shiny. Refer to the photos, and you’ll see what an oily pomade gives you.

    Strength

    This is weird. I could not find a description anywhere on the internet from retailer about the hold except for Mr. Pomade. It’s put down as a strong hold. This thing is 100% light. Lighter than Grandad’s Lightweight. Lighter than O’Douds. Lighter than Lockhart’s. It’s at the same level as Royal Crown Pomade.

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    Endurance

    It’s so damn slick that…like with Lucky Tiger Cru-Butch..the hairs move around through the day and get stuck together. Your hair clumps up and you’ll need to recomb. 

    Restyleability

    But luckily, this is stays soft as fuck. You can restyle it at anytime. The downside in all honesty was that this product stayed the same. I like it when oil-based pomades kinda settle in. With some products, your natural hair oils break down the grease and the wax is able to remain…but it’s a bit drier. This graininess is optimal for my styling. It’s a shame this is NOT the case for Mr. Ducktail.

    Build-up Quality

    Nothing special and nothing too bad. There’s some good wax that remains, but there’s some greasiness too.

    Removal

    It’ll take 2-3 days to remove. 

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    Conclusion

    Overall…it’s a product that’s alright and will get the job done. There’s some upsides such as the slickness, shine, and texture…but this also bites it in the ass later on in the other categories. It works…however, I’d prefer to use another light pomade.

    For more information, check out the pomade here.

     
     
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  11. Anonymous said: Hey James. If you had to pick a decade from the past to live in, which one do you think you would feel the most comfortable living in?

    This decade.

     

  12. caulintanner said: Hey James, just wanted to show some support and love! My brother and I love your reviews and content! I hope you're liking Houston, and I also hope you're liking What-A-Burger! Haha anyway, keep up the good work!

    Thanks du. Whataburger is my go-to source for lightweight heart-attack food.

     

  13. goobriel said: Hey James, during the growing out period I know you said you would wear hats all the time, but what would you do if you had to go to a formal event? Did you get a trim, or were you just lucky enough to not be in that situation?Thanks.

    I made a sacrifice and just looked basic for the night.

     

  14. Anonymous said: Yo, I have a question regarding some wolverine 1000 mile boots. Do you think the rubber part of the heel would eventually be worn down to the wood over time? I'm looking to invest in a pair of boots that'll last a good while without the need of heel replacements. I tend to walk on my heels which isn't too good either.. My decision is between 1k's or iron rangers since they have full rubber heels with some lower leather. Any advice would be awesome.

    Rubber heels on any high end boots and dress shoes are replaceable by any shoe cobbler. It’s a regular thing to have done.

    And it’s not a wood sole. That’s stacked leather.

     

  15. Anonymous said: What are your views/opinions on homemade pomade. And what recipes would you recommend

    Ketchup and mayo.