After trying many different things from the good ‘ol Murray’s Superior to Royal Crown pomade to Suavecito Firme Hole to Brylcreem…Tancho Pomade is truly the first to break the mold. Many of petrolatum, lanolin, and wax based pomades are simple variations of each other. Put in more petrolatum and stick on a ‘Extra Strong’ label. Add a little more coconut oil and relabel it the ‘Extra Light’ version.
Simply put…Tancho is something else. Here are the ingredients:
It’s a Japanese product manufactured in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can find this baby in many Japanese supermarkets, Eastern medicinal shops, and of course…Amazon.com. It’s a lil more pricey than your average traditional pomade.
On first touch, it has a texture that can be described as a hybrid of Suavecito Original and Royal Crown Hair Dressing. That scared me because it felt that this stuff was going to be too weak for me to style with it solo. But man…I was wrong. This shit is the shit. The smell though…is very Asian. Just says lavender and jade to me. Not bad, but not Suavecito good.
Before I continue on with the review of Tancho in its actual usage, I wanna settle something. In some reviews, a lot of people blabber about how some pomades are strong and comb through easily like cream. Eff that. They’re lying. Unless you’re literally putting that shit to a blow dryer for 30 minutes to melt it all down. Wax and/or lanolin will never comb through your hair smoothly. It’s the nature of those materials. Now this stuff. Tancho. It combs through like hair dressing. No pain. No crazy fussing with the comb to get it through. No tearing at the roots to make a clean part.
When I applied it, the product was very easy to get all over and slick everything around. Right away, I noticed that it had a nice bounce to it. Parting was an easy job and very clean (I used a rat tail comb). The most surprising point was when I began to form the pomp…it did a great job. It was no Murray’s Superior or Suavecito Firme Hold. But DAMN!!! You don’t get a look as slick as this with those other two products. There is a damn good amount of shine with Tancho and it is VERY slick — in other words, you won’t be getting any stray hairs…unless you really suck with your hands. I went pure comb with this product and didn’t need to ‘cheat’ with a military brush to slick this stuff down. May I say…it looks mighty fine.
The hold was good for the rest of the day…given it was a chilly day. My hair stood up with above average height and beautifully curved pomp. I can see this stuff melting pretty easily in heat, but I’m pleased nonetheless. Despite its strength, my hair still had bounce, sway, and movement to it in comparison to say Suavecito where your hair becomes almost brick-like toughness.
If you’re losing hope on the standard pomades and not finding one that fits you, try this shit. And especially if you’re an Asian like me, give this shit a try. Each ethnicity’s hair is unique to its own people. Our hair is very different from what Murray’s, Dax, and Royal Crown pomades were made for. Give a old long-running Japanese company the benefit of the doubt that they may understand more about your hair characteristics than you do yourself.