Thursday, December 8, 2011

Product Review:The Pomade Shop's Growth Essentials Rosemary Pomade-Vanilla Scent.

Growth Essentials--Rosemary Pomade (Sample Size)
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Product: The Pomade Shop's Growth Essentials Rosemary Pomade-Vanilla Scent.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, jojoba oil, emu oil, sulfur, rosemary oil.

Description/Claims (from The Pomade Shop):
Our rosemary pomade has been renamed as "Growth Essentials" because a key element of rosemary is its ability to relieve dry and flaky scalps. Relieving dry scalp=less breakage. Less breakage=more retention. More retention=longer hair!!!
Nourish your scalp with this rich blend of coconut oil, jojoba oil, emu oil, sulfur, and rosemary oil. Your hair will thank you by growing longer and stronger.
Coconut Oil: a light oil that penetrates the hair and helps to prevent protein loss.
Jojoba Oil: a liquid wax that closely matches our natural sebum.
Emu Oil: an anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates the hair's natural growing ability.
Sulfur: keeps the hair cells alive and forms new healthy cells.
Rosemary Oil: an essential oil that fights against hair loss, and reduces dry and flaky scalps

Where to buy it:

First Impressions:
The first thing I noticed about this product was the smell. I didn't smell vanilla at all; I thought it had more of a menthol-smell to it. (Very similar to Vick's) The smell wasn't overwhelming, but I was concerned whether it would make our hair smell like Vick's (it didn't) or fade and leave that fresh, natural smell that draws me toward other products with all natural ingredients. (It did.)

The pomade has a smooth, almost silky, non-greasy texture to it. It is not at all reminiscent of the Vaseline-y pomades that I have tried in the past. Honestly, I thought there was no way it would be able to hold a style together.

On Ally's hair (3B):
I almost did  not use this product on Ally's hair, since it is in box braids and there is no reason to smooth anything down. Then I realized that I could use it on her scalp to condition it and help out with the slight dandruff that began to develop after I cowashed her braids this weekend. So I took a very small amount of the pomade (It only takes a VERY small amount to do the job.) and I massaged it into her scalp where she was flaking and itchy. Ally said she felt immediate relief, and a few applications over the next 2 days, the redness/irritation had subsided quite a bit.

On The Princess's hair (2Bish):
OH how I LOVE this product on The Princess's fine, wavy hair! I found that this product definitely works best on damp/wet hair, as it is easier to smooth and evenly distribute through the hair. I washed her hair, added a leave in conditioner, and styled it in a cute protective style with the Growth Essentials Rosemary Pomade. I did not use the pomade on her scalp.

Here is the style on day 1:

And on day 3:

There were slight frizzies, but it still looked great! (And I have to mention that her night cap slipped off on both nights 1 and 2.)

On day 4, I removed the braids and was left with an AMAZING braid out. I did not apply any product after braiding her hair 4 days prior, and look at all that shine and definition!

The Princess's braid out felt amazingly soft and healthy, I may have just found my new favorite product for braid outs on her hair! When I think of what I expect out of a pomade,the most important factors are hold, shine, and moisture retention:

For The Princess's hair, I give this Pomade:

4 out of 5 stars for hold.
5 out of 5 stars for shine.
5 out of 5 stars for moisture retention.

On Li'l Bit's hair (4A):
As with The Princess's hair, I started with clean, moisturized hair, and used the pomade for hold when braiding Li'l Bit's hair:

See those baby hairs? Well, I intentionally did not pull them into the braids. To protect those sensitive little hairs and allow them to grow without breakage, I smooth them down before braiding, then I normally use a cream or pomade to lay them down every day. I appreciated how well the pomade kept Li'l Bit's braids smooth and shiny; even my husband commented on how shiny  and healthy Li'l Bit's braids looked. I found that the pomade did not have what it takes to adequately tame those unruly baby hairs, though. They just kept on poppin' right back up!

3 out of 5 stars for hold.
5 out of 5 stars for shine.
5 out of 5 stars for moisture retention.

Summary:The Pomade Shop's Growth Essentials Rosemary Pomade-Vanilla Scent held up to its claim for us, helping to soothe Ally's chronically flaky scalp and providing great hold for braids on both The Princess's and Li'l Bit's hair. It left their hair smelling fresh and clean. It made for an AMAZING braid out on The Princess's hair as well. It did not, however, hold down Li'l Bit's hair as much as I would like, but I am extremely satisfied with this product and would recommend it none-the-less.

*Note: I was provided with a sample of this product from The Pomade Shop for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for my review; all opinions are my own.


  1. Sounds like great stuff :) I like the ingredients :)Great review


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