Editors Note: Thanks for the review, Pat! Much appreciated and I know the cats will dig it! Read on:
So a while back, Jan turned me on to Hawleywood’s Layrite Pomades and I decided to give them a shot. At about $15 for a 4oz. tub, I was thinking to myself this stuff better be magic. It honestly has been for me and I don’t plan on switching brands any time soon. The one thing I did notice on the website was their Grooming Spray, and at $9.99 it’s a bit more expensive than your standard Aqua Net or White Rain Hair Sprays, but I personally think it’s worth it. Instead of an aerosol can it comes in a plastic pump bottle that is deceptively small. I bought it a few months ago, and have yet to run out, using it on an almost daily basis.
It’s basically a really light hairspray, too fine for any major hold by itself, but it gives great body to your hair. Now, the directions tell you to apply generously but I personally can get away with a light coating of 5-6 solid sprays. I comb it through while blow-drying my hair and immediately see a lot more height and body than I did before. I’d say I have pretty thin and light hair, being a pasty Irish guy and all, so most products just do more harm than good. Since I fade my sides with basically no guard, most of the hair I style is on top of my head. Using this though works like a dream for me. With a nice blow-dry and a quick comb through of the grooming spray it almost seems like my hair doubles in size. Once it’s nice and dry I slowly build up the amount of Layrite Pomade in my hair, spreading it in my hands and working it through as thoroughly as I can. A few quick comb-throughs to make sure I’m properly coated, and I’m ready to style.
Layrite Grooming Spray kind of worried me at first, as I figured using a hair spray along with pomade was pretty self-defeating. I mean why not throw in some L.A. Looks hair gel and be THAT guy? I’ve heard a lot of people talk about hardening, but honestly I haven’t had any trouble. Since Layrite Pomades are water-based, if you apply them to damp hair they will likely harden up a little bit. I didn’t notice any hardening though with the Grooming Spray, but the key is not to over do it. If you follow the instructions on the label, you’ll get a good result, but it may take some experimenting to find how much you should use for your own hair.
After a few months of experimenting, I’ve reached my decision. If you feel like dropping the $10 bucks on it, go for it. I definitely recommend using it if you have fine to medium hair like me, and can’t seem to use any heavy pomades without it just flattening your hair. Hawleywood’s Grooming Spray used underneath a solid coating of one of their World Famous Pomades will get the job done, and you’ll smell damn good in the process.