Back to the basics. This was one of those pomades that I started out with since it was readily available and relatively cheap. Tres Flores Molding Pomade was my go-to water based pomade back in the day, and I really enjoyed using this stuff then. Today, we’ll be taking a look at what it can do for my hair as it is now, which is definitely much longer than it use to be when I messed with this stuff. Tres Flores Molding pomade is comparable to Murray’s for what it represents in the oil-based world – a cheap alternative to higher end water based pomades. It comes in a 6 oz plastic container, which is a bit more than your average pomade. More pomade for less money? That’s a good sign so far.
Twisting off the green lid will release an aromatic and floral scent. The scent is soft to the nose, almost like the scents from lotions with fragrance. It’s not as strong as Tres Flores Brilliantine (I refer to this as the original in the video), but it’s very apparent.
To sum it up, it feels like a lotion but acts like jello. When you knock on the can, you get that weird aluminum “ting” to it. Scooping it out, you’ll notice that it’s smooth – so smooth that it resembles a cream in texture. However, the consistency of the product itself resembles jello – very solid yet not.
3-4 scoops worth of Tres Flores did well for my hair. Rubbing the pomade will decompose it to a watery lotion, which in this case makes the application process very smooth on dry hair. There were no signs of tugs nor resistance.
Slickness is a downward slope. Initially, with the product feeling wet and heavy in your hair as you apply it, you get a good slickness. There’s no signs of strays and your hair is held tightly. However, as the day went on, I did notice that the slickness started to diminish and gave way to strays, a very loose hold, and an overall lack of control.
It started with some shine, but that was probably just the water in the product. As time passed and the product dried, it left my hair with a matte look.
This pomade falls into the medium-strong realm of water-based pomades. Although the pomade dries out in a sense, it provides a good hold for quite a bit of time. Is there flexibility in the product? Not too much. Once you style your hair and as soon as you let it dry out, the product begins to dry and that’s where it’s “strength” comes from. Endurance
After 8 hours, the product started giving me quite a bit of stray hairs. Is this fixable with the application of more product? Probably. That’s the case for most products. However, the raw endurance of the product did get me through a majority of my waking hours. I did not enjoy the dry feeling that I got in my hair at the end of the day however.
I didn’t expect the product to be flexible in terms of being able to recombed throughout the day. And I was right. I tried to recomb a portion in the back of head, and it led to a dried, fuzzy mess. It felt like I teased my hair.
Quality of Buildup
None…it’s easily washable even with just your sweat.
Water = game over.
This pomade gets the job done for what it’s worth. I’m not going to use this product as my go-to, but it makes for a nice introduction to the water-based pomade world; it helps with degreasing the buildup you get from oil-based pomades; and it can be a cheap alternative for those lazy days (i.e., finger combed slick back). With a nice aromatic floral scent and medium hold, Tres Flores offers good potential for maybe those with shorter, thinner, or straighter hair. What I didn’t like is that it “dried” out and hardened up a bit, but I didn’t expect too much to begin with.