The Mail Room Barber | XXX

We first reviewed The Mail Room Barber Co.'s first product Classic Pomade back over a year ago, and more recently the Nolde Forest about half a year ago. Now, they've released a new line of oil-based hair pomades with light, medium, and heavy holds. I decided to review their  Heavy Hold today with my hair in its current situation, and I'll follow up with the others after my haircut.

Design

Robert is one of our market's few brewers who are also designers. So, their jars, website, and visual presentation are always on point. This jar's design is consistent with the other pomades in their line -- minimalism, type-based design printed on clear labels. 

Scent

The scent is officially cedar and sandalwood. We can notice the cedar in the foreground and the sandalwood in the background. 

Consistency

It is actually very stiff. We usually expect this with heavy hold and strong hold oil-based pomades. Especially with the top layer of a homebrewed jar, you'll have to put some serious force into it. 

Application

Once you get it out of the jar, breaking it down will be pretty straightforward. I was very impressed that there was literally no beads of wax in the pomade. This can not be said with most other high-wax-content oil-based pomades.

Shine

A solid notch above neutral. 

Slickness

It's a pretty slick pomade, but surprisingly not too greasy. This is similar but not as surprising as Shear Revival Music or Misery. No stray hairs with this one.

Strength

I would describe its hold as a firm - not necessarily up to a strong hold and definitely far from a medium. 

Control

It's been a long time since I've used an oil-based pomade. In fact, it's been long since I've used a something aside from a clay. So, it's always nice to change things up and revisit an oil-based pomade. They often exhibit not necessarily the best control, but they are always easy to work with.

Endurance

The pomade is pretty effing solid. It has a medium-heavy weight to it, so the pomp you can form will be sturdy. It might not be as high as you ever seen, but the pomp is solid. Mine lasted about five to six hours before it started falling apart.

Restyling

Restyling it is a breeze. Stay soft and malleable. Also, the wax does a surprisingly good job keeping its hold. The experience of restyling it during the day is almost as good as in the morning.

Greasiness

Not greasy at all.

Rinsing

I know its advertised as a one shower to remove product, but I've honestly need more like 2 showers. If you get really aggressive then yeah, you can probably get it out in one go.

Build-Up Quality

All wax. All strength.

Conclusion

I would choose this pomade over the Classic Pomade by The Mail Room Barber Co. In comparison to their original pomade, this one is much cleaner. The simple formula change makes this oil-based pomade drier and allows the wax to really come out in a good way. 

If you're interested in checking out this pomade, be sure to use our promo code THEPOMP to save some money on your order.