After first reviewing Anchors Shape Maker a few weeks ago, I was so impressed that I took it upon myself to work with Anchors to showcase the rest of their line. It’s relatively often to find simple things done well when it comes to the pomade world…and you know me, I’m a very strong supporter of the simple things done right. But…I know I must take notice during the rare times when the crazy things…turn our right.
The water-based products I’ve had the pleasure of trying out have proven to be on some next level shit. No lie. It’s been a long time waiting, but we now have before us a water-based pomade that LITERALLY never ever dries and styles exactly like an oil-based product. I guess the only sacrifice is that this product cannot attain a heavy hold to ensure the wax can always be washed completely — that’s my guess. Nevertheless, I highly encourage everyone to try a water-based product from Anchors whether it be the original or matte. It’s an eye opener to where the market is headed.
Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Anchors Teddy Boy Matte. As shown below, it is in more general terms…a water-based dry matte wax. The smaller jar is the 2.7oz. while the larger is the 4.5oz. jar. Nicely packaged in a blue color scheme — a color rarely used in this market.
Inside is, as you can see, a beautiful off-white cream. The scent for Teddy Boy Matte is very similar to that of Shape Maker Pomade. You’ll find a cherry-like scent that is accented by a menthol sensation — this is actually in all truth, reminiscent of cherry-flavored Robitussin.
The most interesting part is the texture of the product itself. Honestly, it feels like toothpaste. This makes it super easy to evenly distribute in the hair and just as smooth to comb through. It is unlike the Original (aka Shape Maker). The Original has a more brittle texture, but the Teddy Boy Matte is smooth as hell. It is a pleasure to apply this pomade.
Time. This pomade is advertised a reduced hold and reduced shine variation of their original pomade. Thus, it will take more time and skill to style with this pomade. It is most comparable to a lightweight oil-based pomade in its characteristics. This is a trade-off…for more time, you will get a more natural pompadour.
Slick. I heard others having issues with the original catching all their stray hairs. I’ve had the complete opposite experience. It seems for those with excessively thick and wavy hair may have problems trying to stay real clean with this product. But honestly, you can trust in the pictures that this is some seriously slick shit.
Strength. It is only a slight step down in terms of hold in comparison to the Original. Control, however, is virtually the same.
Simply put. You must try either this or the Teddy Boy Original. It not only receives my seal of approval, but I personally recommend you to try this. Not just for you hair, but to break down assumptions about water-based products.