DICK JOHNSON | GROOMING TONIC (+ORIGINAL POMADE)

Last iteration of their Grooming Tonic with their OG Pomade. Had to cover the entire spectrum of mixes. Most of the design/application is going to be copy and paste, but the rest in terms of performance will be edited specifically for the OG Pomade.

Design

The GROOMING TONIC comes in a 200ml plastic squirt bottle with an aluminum top. Labeling is a bit better as you can better read the instructions on how to apply, but the ingredients remain tiny.

Another copy/paste from the previous review…well…because it’s essentially the same design:

“Gold accents on a black background. Can’t really go wrong with that. It’s a tad busy and the font is a bit hard to read, but overall still ornate to distinguish itself as a Dick Johnson product. Reminds me a bit of the Suavecito design and colorway, where dark backgrounds meet a yellow tonal highlight. “

Putting the 3 products next to each other is fairly neat.

Scent

Pure grapefruit.

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Consistency

Olive oil. It’s thin and watery, but you still have a light sensation of thickness.

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Application

Super easy to apply. It’s mainly water so it will run through your hair quite easily. It’ll go on wet at first, and you won’t get too much hold, but once dried (naturally or with a blow dryer), it’ll give you the dryness/hold.

Shine

Some in the beginning, but that lasts for less than 5 minutes. Or at least down in CA where things dry up quick.

Texture

None at all. It’ll appear to give you a bit in the beginning, but once dried, it is a dry/matte product. Mixed in with the Dick Johnson Original Pomade, we get a bit more of a slick texture, where things are more neat and fine.

Grooming Tonic only

Grooming Tonic only

Mixed with the Original Pomade

Mixed with the Original Pomade

Strength

Combined with the Original Pomade, it’s got a solid medium/strong hold. More towards the strong side. Cool thing is that your hair still feels fairly soft and smooth and flexible still.

Control

It was hard for me to obtain a good control utilizing the grooming tonic alone. This may be more suitable for those with shorter hair or thinner hair. In combination with the ORIGINAL POMADE, we can alleviate the issue. With the OG pomade mixed in, we achieve a greater amount of control and the added bonus of slickness.

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Endurance

This was one of the problematic things with the GROOMING TONIC or lighter products in general for me. I tend to run fairly warm, and with the summer, I tend to perspire a good amount, and that tends to break down the products in my hair. Mixing in the OG pomade, I was able to achieve a better enduring application than when I used the FIBRE WAX. Unsure how that works on the micro level, but my assumption is that the FIBRE WAX has a different makeup with them fibers. Overall, endurance lasted all day, where a small amount of hold and slickness disappeared nearing the end of the day.

Restyling

Easy peasy. The OG pomade, again, is restylable without the usage of water. You won’t be able to create a whole different comb, but to put things back in place, it’s possible.

Greasy

Ever so slightly.

Dryness

Fairly dry but not to the point of being crispy, alone. With the OG pomade, you don’t get any dryness.

Rinsing

Easy. Can use only water if the GROOMING TONIC is used alone.

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Conclusion

I typically don’t use tonics, so my experience is a bit limited on how to full utilize tonics; however, after asking around and watching videos, it doesn’t seem too complicated. If anything, it has my lazy days a lot lazier since I find using this to keep things out of my face has been very convenient. Will it be used as the sole product? No, but in combination with the Original Pomade, we get a slick outcome with a better endurance. Better yet, we’re able to achieve prolonged slickness when reapplying the grooming tonic. For some reason, these two worked very well together. I’ll definitely be incorporating the grooming tonic when I can, especially with the Original Pomade.

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