Shortly after finding and really enjoying Layrite Super Hold, I stumbled across Suavecito.
Suavecito comes highly rated, is commonly recommended an alternative to Layrite, and is nearly half the price.
So, being the product junkie that I am, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a jar.
Now that I've been working with this pomade for a couple of weeks, let's dive in and see if it lives up to the hype.
Scent and appearance of Suavecito pomade
My first thought when I unscrewed the lid and caught a whiff of this pomade was that it smelled like the 1990s.
Not necessarily in a bad way, but similar to the grooming products made specifically for men at that time.
I asked my wife what she thought and her reply was “it reminds me of middle school cologne, maybe BOD man body spray.”
The color of this pomade is reminiscent of root beer and transparent enough to see all the way to the bottom of the jar.
Texture of Suavecito pomade
Suavecito feels like thick hair gel, but not as thick as Layrite Super Hold or other pomades.
When you rub it between your hands, it spreads easily, has a smooth texture, and isn't at all sticky.
Application of Suavecito pomade
In contrast with some of the heavy duty pomades out there, applying Suavecito is a breeze.
It doesn't pull your hair during application, has a generous work time, and isn't so heavy that it causes your style to go limp.
Shine of Suavecity pomade
The label doesn't state the intended shine level but I would give it a solid “medium shine” rating.
It definitely isn't matte, but isn't anywhere near oil slick.
Hold of Suavecito pomade
This depends entirely on how much you use.
When using an almond-sized amount, Suavecito does a great job of holding my hair in place. Which, for reference, is about two inches long on top.
Using a heavy application, I would call it a medium/strong hold.
However, if I use just a pea-sized amount, I can get a more natural look with a hold leaning more to the light/medium end of the spectrum.
Re-stylability of Suavecito pomade
This product does “set” like a gel, so restyling with your fingers doesn't really work the same as it does with wax, clay, or grease pomades.
Since it's water-based though, you can “reactivate” it with water and re-style at any point throughout the day.
Longevity of Suavecito
This stuff will last as long as you need it to.
When I use a fairly heavy application, it'll still be holding strong after a full 24 hours, despite being slept on.
Wash out ability of Suavecito pomade
Couldn't be easier. All you have to do is hold your head under the water, rub with your fingers, and it'll be gone in seconds.
You could even rinse it out in the sink.
Weaknesses of Suavecito pomade
I would actually classify this as a gel rather than a pomade.
In my mind, pomades provide a flexible hold while gels harden as they dry. Since this product dries like a gel, it doesn't do well with disturbances.
Driving with the windows down can do some damage and there isn't anything you can do about it until you can get yourself to a sink.
In addition, while I've had great success using the Layrite to style my mustache, the scent of the Sauvecito is a little too much to consider using so close to my nose.
My experience with Suavecito
For the look below, I applied an almond-sized amount of Suavecito to blow-dried hair, rubbing it in different directions for even distribution.
Then all that was left was to comb it the way I wanted. Nothing else to it.
If it's a light hold you want, just apply a small amount to dry hair and style with your fingers.
Once it dries, you can run your hands through to loosen the hold a little bit.
You'll be left with a soft, effortless look.
The Verdict on Suavecito
I've been so fond of Layrite Super Hold lately that I've been using it exclusively.
That being said, Suavecito has had quite an act to follow, but it's actually starting to grow on me.
Despite a few shortcomings, I give Suavecito a solid 3 out of 5.
Now, that's not on a sissified scale where anything decent gets a 5. I genuinely think this product is better than average and 3 out of 5 is a solid score.
I'm starting to like the scent and, at about $10 a jar, Suavecito is significantly cheaper than a lot of the other pomades out there.
If you're looking for your next product, I would definitely recommend you try this out for yourself.
Let me know how you like it in the comments!