Jack Henry | Clay Pomade

Almost an entire year ago, we took our first peep at Jack Henry Clay Pomade and for those who missed the review, it was some noteworthy shit. Simple in formula — like SUPER simple — yet the performance was remarkably refined. So, now with the new reformulation, let’s take a look at how they’ve improved the recipe (or not, we’ll find out).

Design

Super minimal visual changes to the jar labeling. For all intents and purposes, it’s the same four ounce jar — made of amber glass and full of pomade.

Scent

Still lavender and only lavender. Like the pomade itself, it’s a simple and pure scent but no less lovely than any other more complicated fragrance we’ve seen.

Consistency

This is still the weakest aspect of the pomade. You’ll see this in the video, but it takes some serious effort to scoop out some pomade. Using it in the winter? Yeah. It’ll make it even harder to scoop out.

Application

Luckily, it gets much more manageable once you get some out of the jar. Breaking it down in your palms is very easy, and applying it to your hair is also pretty do-able. Only thing to note is that the product tends to catch and stick to the first section of hair it touches. It’s not necessarily grippy. Combing it through is all good too.

Shine

Same as the other formula. Just a slight touch above neutral.

Texture

The texture has changed a bit since the original formula. What once only provided coarse texture, it now spans a little over onto the fine side of texture. That also asks you to be more conscious of strays.

Strength

I’d say the strength is just a tad more than the previous formula. If it can style my hair in its current condition, then I’m pretty sure it can handle your hair with few issues. The hold lies somewhere between medium and firm but still more towards the medium. The weight is a little more present in this formula, but the dryness from the clay cleans things up to make it feel light.

Control

It remains an intuitive pomade to use. I feel like there have been a limited number of variations or types of oil-based clay pomades that we’ve seen. They can be pliable and super greasy but beautifully coarse like Baxter of California Clay Pomade — that tends to comes with an overly complex formula. We’ve also seen ones that end up just like a slightly-not-as-shiny grease like Shear Revival American Gardens. While Jack Henry keeps a formula simple like the latter, the performance comes closer to the former but remains like a waxy grease.

Endurance

The endurance remains mostly the same as before. Despite what many others may think, changing the endurance or resilience of a pomade is much more complicated than just upping the hold a bit. Rather than hope and pray for untouched hair, this is a texturizing product at the end of the day. Embrace the feels.

Restyling

Finger comb it to a beautifully textured pompadour. Given the oil-based foundation of this pomade, it helps the pomade stay in your hair throughout the day. You can reliably work with it late into the day — whether it’s hot or raining.

Greasy

Nope. The clay really cleans it up.

Dryness

Nope. Mixing the clay and oil helps keep things balanced.

Rinsing

Like an oil-based, expect a build-up and not to get it out until 2-4 washes with shampoo.

Conclusion

I don’t think there were significant changes due to the reformulation. If you’re still looking for the original Jack Henry Clay Pomade, then you should be able to find it here. At the sacrifice of scoopability (yeah, definitely a real word), you’ll find an oil-based clay pomade that super clean and moderate in almost all regards — making it very balanced.

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