It's been like two weeks since my last pomade review for you guys. As I mentioned earlier in an update video, I'm going to be very busy academically this quarter, so I wanted to be transparent with you guys. Either way, I have some limited free time today and that means I got a review for you dirty vatos.
Allow me to present to you, Denis Original Grease (OG). This is a handmade, water-based pomade from Tokyo, Japan. Thanks to Tadashi over at HedgeLion, we are provided an ever-expanding access to the Japanese pomade market and most importantly, at reasonable prices.
Reference the video for a full overview of the presentation where we include the paper box. Skipping over that, we still see a pretty unique jar in front of us. (It is such a pain in the ass to photograph.) The jar is painted a clean matte black with a little bit of luster. There are no printed design work, and the only label is the ingredients/information on the back. The entire presentation of this jar is made by stamping out the lid. This is very cool. It looks alright, but you have to give them credit for trying something different.
After trying the Cool Grease line and now this, I suspect that most Japanese brewers are in love with fruity scents. Mark my words, they all smell like fruits with the exception of the old classics (Tancho, Yanagiya, etc.). Denis Original Grease smells like bananas. I don't like it. HOWEVER, like all the other pomades from Japan, the scent goes away pretty fast -- like those zebra gum sticks.
The consistency of this pomade is pretty cool. This has nothing to do with styling your hair, but when you scoop it out, it feels like a really thick Jell-O. You can see it in the video. I just wanted to say that this pleases the senses.
This is an easy process with Denis OG. It's interesting how these Japanese water-based pomades can look just like Tres Flores Molding (water-based) Pomade, but not dry at all like Suavecito or Layrite. Obviously, they're doing something right.
This was really cool. Despite being a water-based pomade, it doesn't abide to the constraints that we usually expect water-based products to conform under. This pomade gave me absolutely zero stray hairs, and this did not degrade throughout the day.
Shine. True effing shine. It was a halfway between matte and the shine of an oil-based. That puts it at a happy medium.
This pomade is a straight medium. Nothing out of the box in this category. The more important aspect is the amount of control it provides you.
Denis OG provides the user with a great amount of control -- much better than Cool Grease XX. These are two very similar products. Both give the user some bounce to their hair. If they have give proper control, then this bounce can be turned into volume. Denis OG gives you this after a few minutes of styling and even more after a few hours. It has a limited out of grip and stick. This grabs onto the comb, which helps shape your hair to the shape of your stroke.
It didn't perform too well in this category if we judge it off of brute force. However, if we were to take into account its ability to not dry and be restyled, then it is excellent. This pomade can hold up under some basic activities but nothing too aggressive.
It is easier to restyle this pomade than to style if from the beginning. After a little bit of the water evaporates, the pomade gets slightly stickier and has a lil less bounce to it. This makes it an amazing pomade to work with. Just stroke your pomp the right way, and your hair will follow.
Washes out 100%.
This pomade is one of the better ones that Japan has to offer -- no doubt about that. The smell is really unappealing to me, but that scent isn't enough to mask over the excellence of its performance. I would choose this over many of the 'standard' or 'traditional' Cool Grease products.