Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade Review
Baxter of California is a well-known name among the bourgeois. It is a high-end line of men’s hair, body, face and lifestyle products. Unlike American Crew who simply just makes a claim to the name of men’s products, Baxter is loyal to the purpose. Their products look nice, perform well, and smell amazing.
We’ll be looking at their cream pomade today. As with many products we look at here on this blog, this product is not aimed at the Rockabilly market. I am attempting to use it to style a pompadour while also observing its performance to pass judgement and speculate its versatility beyond my own hairstyle. Initially, I hoped that it would be comparable to some other pomades like Anchors Teddy Boy Original, but I was afraid it would be horrendous like Uppercut Featherweight. It ended as a nice in-between, adequate to style a pomp but with great potential for other hairstyles.
As clearly shown, the hard cream pomade comes in a beautiful jar. It’s a 2 ounce thick-glass jar with a polished plastic twist top. Labeling is printed directly onto the cap and information taped and concealed underneath.
The smell of the pomade is no different from the rest of their hair product line. As far as I’m aware, all the pomades have the same scent. It’s a nice soft and refreshing citrus smell — not an overly sweet or immature fruity smell. Baxter of California has THE best taste in fragrance and aromas. This expands beyond their hair products and is especially embodied in their candles, deodorant, and shower products. The “CNG” soap bar they made in collaboration with Unionmade…I need that scent recipe. I need a pomade with that scent.
The pomade appeared as though it would scoop out like Teddy Boy Original, but instead, it felt a lil more like V76 by Vaughn. As you can see in the photo above, it sheds away more than it scoops out which hints to its performance — not sticky.
The product smears into a real nice cream. It’s kinda like a dry-ish pasty cream…and this makes it reasonable to apply. It’s not like a traditional water-based pomade as we’re accustomed to…so it’s not all wet and shit. Given that it’s a product meant for texture and firm hold, the pomade has a dry-ish feel. This means you should apply quickly.
Even as a product meant for texture (opposite of slickness), you can force it to hold everything together.
The shine was nonexistent. It won’t make your hair matte though. I hate when products do that. Instead, it will allow your hair to shine naturally. I appreciate that over making my hair all matte and shit.
Just look at the pictures. It has good enough strength. Fosho.
Given the nature of this product, I already knew beforehand that it would like not be able to handle a pompadour all day — especially with the length of my hair and the heat wave we’re currently experiencing. If this was a normal strong hold water-based gel-pomade, then this would be a huge issue. But as a cream pomade and intended for texture with nice hold, this is more understandable.
I would advise it. If you need coarse restyling (i.e. something that involves hand-combing resolution), then you’re all good. But if you looking to restyle to the precision of a comb, you’ll have issues.
It dries…BUT not to the extent of your average water-based pomade. It does NOT crust up. Instead, it settles…and you won’t get the locking-in feature we experience with gel-pomades.
This has never been an issue with any water-based pomade…actually, except with Uppercut Featherweight which was difficult to wash out…and Suavecito which dries the hell out of your hair. Hard Cream Pomade washes out easily and my hair seems to stay healthy.
This product would be best suited for a special-occasion/night-pomade for me. It is clean and light pomade that is adequate for a pompadour, but more importantly, shows great potential for versatility.