Monday, January 19, 2015

Black & White Genuine Pluko Hair Dressing Pomade

After my first foray into pomade territory when styling my hair I was approached by Black & White to try their old favourite Black & White Genuine Pluko Hair Dressing Pomade. Having been impressed with my first try of pomade due to both the ease of styling and the results I couldn’t wait to try this one. 

Black & White Genuine Pluko Hair Dressing Pomade

Rather than slap it on once and then jot down my thoughts I’ve been using the pomade now on and off for around four weeks so it has been applied and used to style as my hair has grown from around two inches in length to three. To hold three inch spikes in place, and keep them in place this needed to be good. 

The pomade comes in a 50ml tub and is available from a number of stores - I’m not a price comparison website for man stuff (although there is an idea) but a casual search showed that it is available from Superdrug here for £4.65. At that price it isn’t going to break the bank.

Black & White have been around since 1922 and this is what their website says about them:

‘Black and White Wax is the definitive hair styling icon. With over 90 years of styling throughout the decades, it remains at the forefront of hair styling. From creating on trend looks straight from the catwalk or emulating the cool styles directly from the streets, the list is endless.

With celebrity fans such as supermodel Linda Evangelista and Hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson, Black and White Wax is the quintessential styling product you must have to achieve today’s must covetable looks – male or female.

There’s a reason why Black and White Wax is still going strong decades later – its original, unchanged pluko formula is versatile and pliable; ideal for sculpting and creating texture for an all-day hold.

Black and White Wax is available from Superdrug, Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s and from our website so there’s no excuse for you not to be in possession of the best wax in the world!’

First of all, this smells amazing. It has a lovely rich coconut fragrance (think Pina Colada) that lingers for a good ten to fifteen minutes after using it (I seem to have gotten over my dislike for coconut since I started blogging).

Given the ingredients of petrolatum, paraffin, Zinc Oxide and parfum I expected quite a thick texture but was mildly shocked that it looked like and had the texture of Vaseline! Weird city people, weird city. 

Rather than put me off it struck me that this would make it more pliable, and I was right (I’m always right - always good to remember) smoothing and warming between my palms was simple and applying it to slightly damp hair made the application a breeze. 

The pomade clings to each strand as you massage it from root to tip - and using my palm I brushed from one side to the other until my hair had stood up. Once this was done I styled a few larger spikes. All of this was done in under three minutes (something of a record for me styling my hair).

Even an hour after applying I could alter the style, the pomade is simply that pliable. Top marks for application.


Yes, I am praying for decent photographs....

See, I said it looked a bit like Vaseline!

It smooths and warms to become really pliable


Feel free to call me a chinless wonder....

The hold was also brilliant and it lasted for well over ten hours with a lovely matte finish to my hair once it had completely dried in. Result!

Now, it can’t all be good and for me hair styling products are a pain and I like to be in and out of the bathroom in minutes. While styling with this pomade is a breeze the petrolatum sticks to your hands and when you try to wash it off you find that its waterproof making your hands look and feel greasy. For me this was a big downside until we encountered biblical like rain earlier in January 2015 - while I could be liken to a drowned rat that had been doing backstroke down the Thames my hair stayed in place. Bonus! 


The residue basically makes your hands waterproof lol

This is a reasonably priced product that smells wonderful and delivers a long lasting hold. The matte finish on my hair makes it look like I’m not wearing any product and that I like. On the downside it takes an age to wash your hands after styling. 

I’m impressed and found that the hold didn’t alter despite my hair getting longer and you can’t argue with that.

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43 comments:

  1. Great review, my son's like their hair spiked. Will definitely buy some of this thanks

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  2. There doesn't seem to be a lot on the market for women with really short hair so I often end up using products meant for men, I'll have to check this one out, ta!

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  3. oh this sounds like something that my son would like to add to his ever growing collection of hair products

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  4. My son has just started wanting spiky hair but it is a nightmare trying to get it to stay in during a long day at school - will have to give this a try!

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  5. This seems interesting although the residue would in all likelihood annoy me a lot. Great review though! :-)

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  6. My partner would love this its right up is street.

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  7. I've just got this. Going to try a sleek ponytail look.
    Laura | A Life With Frills

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  8. I love products that have lots of history behind them. Great that this keeps working so long after first using it.

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  9. Wow look like a great product. My husband has been looking for a product like this.

    xo kerker
    Beauty & Things

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  10. My youngest loves pomade. He likes the matt look on his hair

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  11. This sound's like such a good product, will definitely tell the mr to try it out x

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  12. Looks like a great product, I think the Mr would really appreciate the strong hold

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  13. It holds so well - will suggest to my boyfriend whether he's interested in it :) Thanks for sharing!
    | Life as a Petite || Fashion, Crafts & Lifestyle Blog |

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  14. Not heard of this brand before, glad its working well though.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  15. never heard of this, will have to get my brother some

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  16. I love that it works on such TALL hair, and that you gave it a proper thorough workout before typing up your findings

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  17. The brand is new to me but the product itself sounds great! Another product I will recommend to my friend who runs a salon.

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  18. This looks awesome, will definitely have to show my boyfriend - he's always trying different gels and waxes

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  19. Great review, I am glad it was such a good product x

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  20. I love the word pomade! Glad it worked, and that it's all weather too ;)

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  21. Looks like something my other half would like, residue always seem to be a downside though

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  22. I've never heard of this brand before! It sounds like a great product :) xxx

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  23. Sounds like a great product! I have never heard of the brand before though!

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  24. hehehe definitely a good hold! I hate seeing men's hair looking all shiny due to gel, matte finish all the way!!!

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  25. I've started to use a stronger holding cream and it's great. Currently using American Crew Forming Cream; it's a little expensive but you only need a small amount and it lasts a few months! Good call on the matte finish too.

    Ben | www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com

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  26. Great review. I always struggled to find something that would last that long.

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  27. Your hair looks great, I love that it is still working with longer hair.. must get some for my son

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  28. I know my mates with quiffs are big fans of pomade for keeping their style looking its best!

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  29. The scent sounds lovely! I hate the feel of hair product on my hands so that would drive me mad though haha

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. Wow that was a hair transformation!
    Great review - you have proved the product really does do what it says on the tin!

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  31. I will recommend it to my boyfriend. He will love it :)

    http://notebookofclaire.blogspot.gr/

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  32. I used to use this when I had short hair, back in my punk rock youth! ;)

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  33. Oh not heard of pomade before! Sounds great

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  34. oooh i alsmost have the same pomade ...so handy. i USE it every morning.
    It keeps your hair conditioned. Thanks for sharing this :-)

    Have you seen my new look : ' FORMAL WINTER '

    Greets Jon

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  35. Will pass this on to my brother he loves anything hair care related and trys all the products!

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  36. Good to know this does the job its supposed to do! Nice review!

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  37. Great detailed review. Really good that the hold is so long, shame about how it leaves your hands though

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  38. Hair pomade... something new to my ears... but seems a good product.

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  39. This looks ideal for my OH a very good product :)

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  40. Sounds like a great product - may get some for my teenager to try because ordinary products have no affect on his hair.

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