SUAVESMITH | CLASSIC POMADE

SUAVESMITH, like Gerson and Co, originates from Singapore. Reading their about page, you get a sense that they’re approaching the grooming game with a modern theme. The cool thing is that they give back to the community - 1% of their annual profits is donated to charities working with children diagnosed with cancer in Singapore. That’s about as much as I know about them - it’d be cool to have a “come up” story on how the name SUAVESMITH came about.

Design

Simple dual toned prints on circle stickers slapped on a 3.3814 oz (or 100mL) aluminum tin. Sizing most likely due to air travel and the limit being 100mL for TSA. On the front, it’s got the logo centered, and naming orbiting around. On the back, there’s a lot of print, and in the video you guys can see that it’s tiny. However, modifications have been made to revise this on the new production of tins.

Scent

Soft cologne - hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but it resembles a lighter cologne smell. Nothing overbearing, especially for me since I’m allergic to super dominant scents (walking through the Nordstroms or Macy’s cologne/perfume section is a war zone for me).

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Consistency

Very similar to water-based pomades in the line of Suavecito. Layrite, Prospectors Gold Rush, or Dapper Dan. For me, its thickness and viscosity is reminiscent of when I used Prospectors Gold Rush for a hot minute.

Application

A copy and paste - “Smooth with no tugging. This, again, is very similar to other gel pomades. The water existent in the product itself allows for an easy application. Goes on WET. Stays wet for a while before drying out and leaving your hair frozen in place.”

Shine

Small amount of shine once it has set in place. There’s a small amount of Castor Oil among other oils/moisturizing agents, so my guess is that’s what is giving the product that bit of shine.

Texture

You can be flexible with this. Sometimes I’ll do a slickback for the hell of it, while other times (like in the video), I’ll just let it wave the hell up since that’s my hair’s natural tendencies anyways. It does however, harden up so you should take that into consideration if you’re looking for more of a relaxed look. This bad boy is meant for more slicker textures.

Strength

Definitely a strong hold. No doubt about it. You only need to be weary of what I call “the drying out” phase of application. Once dried, the Classic Pomade will harden, and restylability will be a bit more difficult.

Control

Same thoughts as the Strenghts. SUAVESMITH’s Classic Pomade allows for nearly complete control. In my case, the waves did overpower the product, but that’s mainly because … that’s how my hair is at shorter lengths (3-4 inches).

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Endurance

Standard endurance like with most water-based gel pomades. Strays will pop up throughout the day. I use water to restyle a portion or two if this happens.

Restyling

Sprinkle on a little water on your comb and it’ll help tame down the strays. The hold is a bit lighter, but you can still stretch the pomade out a bit longer.

Greasy

Ever so slightly.

Dryness

It hardens, meaning it’ll dry out.

Rinsing

One good cleaning with shampoo will do you well.

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Conclusion

Overall a standard water-based pomade. The difference is that there’s a bit of wax/oil in here to promote restylability, which can come in handy for harsher conditions. I would describe this as a consistent and steady product - I know exactly what to expect and how it will perform for my hair. The scent was favorable and shine was subtle. If you’re looking for a solid water based pomade in the Singapore area, I’d recommend this; however, that’s my perspective without experiencing it in more humid conditions. I’ve gone to the gym with it and it’s lasted fairly well, so hopefully that gives you an idea of what this pomade can do.