In lieu of ordering something online I found some Dax Wave and Groom for $5 at a Real Canadian Superstore. I picked it up, despite reservations about the name. I have waves and I don’t want them to wave more. Unlike a lot of guys using heavy pomade these days, I use mine to tame my wild, coarse waves, but not for a Mad Men-esque hairdo. I go for more of the messy James Dean look. Because my hair is thick and poofy naturally, I need some oiliness to make it submit. Basically, having my hair too clean makes it impossible to style.
Off the bat, this stuff is heavy. I tried to warm the can under some hot water, but a neighbour appears to have indulged and the hot water was lukewarm. So I resolved to yanked some out and warm it in my hands. It was not as easy to apply as wax or my Sweet Georgia Brown, however it holds better than the latter, which curls up after a few hours. The hold is similar to Redken High Rise wax (at $17 though with no shine) but with the upshot of being restyle-able to a degree as petroleum-based pomades are and a nicer texture. It did its job. Not as much shine as the Sweet Georgia Brown in the red can, but when you have light brownish blonde hair, a lot of shine doesn’t look that great. If I were trying to do a proper greaser pomp, instead of just some vintage tossled quiff, not sure if this would work, or it would require a lot of product, but then, my hair has shocked at least seven people who tried cutting it over the years, which is why I do it myself these days.
On a normal, average person, this stuff could be too much hold because it weighs down the hair and it’s tacky. So if you have thick hair or some wave you want to calm, this will do. I think it could be overkill for people with average thickness or obedient hair.
The smell is non-descript and subtle, which I like because I prefer to wear cologne and deodorant without clashing happening.
I would say 7/10, but it was also super cheap, so it gets a point for price to performance ratio.