This has to me among the best styling products I've ever used. It comes in a little orange vintage looking tin. I'm not a huge fan of 30's design or the color orange, and the lid isn't very secure, but I can get past that. The smell is really nice. It has a mild cinnamon-vanilla kinda flavor with a slightly sharp undertone that I can't quite identify (this could be the product itself, but it certainly doesn't smell bad). It's not strong enough to compete with your other scents, so it's not much of a concern. What blows me away with this product is it's ridiculous ease of use and holding power. I'm not exaggerating at all - this stuff cut my styling time in half. Nothing has ever given me such complete control of my hair! I spike the front of my thick, 2-inch hair up, and most products can't even ACHIEVE that, much less hold it. With this, not only do I get some of the strongest hold I've ever gotten, but it's also soft, healthy looking, and natural. I don't think my hair has EVER looked better than when I used this product. Murray's has been around since 1925 for a reason. Do yourself a favor and go see why.
Also, a tip for washing: Before getting in the shower, blow dry your hair while combing it with a fine toothed comb. Take a couple breaks to wipe off the comb a few times. This will get enough pomade off to wash off with regular shampoo (it's still a good idea to clarify once in a while, though.)
Just picked up a jar yesterday. I am so impressed I had to write. My hair is going through trauma, It has been breaking and shedding like crazy(finally stopped now) The result is my hair is much thinner and fragile now. I used this product to smooth down my broken edges and I put a very small amount on my ends and the crown of my head (where the thinning is most noticeable). I am amazed that my hair feels thicker and heavier. It has fused together my broken ends so that it looks much less scraggly and more healthy. Now my style is a little flatter now, but that's ok with me until it grows out again then I can fluff it up.
I love it!
Good for waves, holds hair in place; it's cheap; the tin can be warmed on the stove or with a blow dryer to soften the pomade; i'll buy it again.
This is a very special product especially suited for guys. I consider it a secret weapon on some days when you want to go all out and sleep in the next day. It's greasy. True. A little can go a long way so take it easy. It's old school and was probably mainly intended for African hair. The Beeswax version is fantastic if you can find it (usually in the "black" hair section). There is also a rare but amazing black tinted version! If you have choppy hair and love Rock'n'roll, this is a must have. Adds not just style, but aura.
At $2.99 a tin, this pomade can't be beat. The retro packaging is cute and you can pick it up anywhere. I rub a pea size amount between my palms and scrunch this into my hair for a textured look. If you want a lighter effect here's a trick for thinning the product out. Simply scoop out the desired amount and run a hairdryer over the product for a few seconds to soften. Rub the pomade between your palms and apply.
I don't know why this works better for me than other pomades/waxes, all it is is petroleum and mineral oil, but it just does. My hair is somewhat thick and semi-wavy when not styled. It's not what we call "ethnic", though that's the kind of hair Murray's is aimed towards. I never NOT style it because the waves are not defined and some pieces stay straight. Murray's - though I do use it in conjunction with a serum - has just the right consistency that it defines my waves/curls into pieces and really "holds" throughout the day. While you don't want products necessarily weighing your hair down, this weighs it down enough without sacrificing volume or making my hair look greasy.
What I do is I rub my fingers into the wax and pick up about a nickel to quarter sized amount (I have a LOT of hair). The wax is pretty hard like others have said, but it's manageable and easy to pick up on warmer days or when it's been stashed in my bag all day. I then warm it up and rub it between my hands so it slightly coats my palms and fingers. Then I squeeze a slight amount of serum (I've been using Citre Shine or One 'n' Only Argon Oil) into my palm, and rub again gently, having them melt into each other. Then I run it through my hair and flip my head over and scrunch. Sometimes I don't even need to scrunch, when it dries my hair just comes out more curled and textured. It usually has more of a beach hair effect, with a slight springiness.
I've used serums combined with gels, pomades, and waxes before, and it's never been this effective. Other products have flaked or just left a residue on blah looking hair. I normally straighten my hair, but when people see me go wavy they always ask if I got a perm and what I do or use to get it like that. They're always incredulous when I tell them to get the orange vintage tin with the afros on them, for a buck and change.
Surprisingly, for using petroleum+oil in my hair, my hair doesn't get weighed down or greasy, though it might need a washing every 2 days rather than my usual 3 (which is the case when I use any hair product other than serum/oil). The key is warming it up and adding a bit of moisture so it applies smoothly. Also, apply lightly until you get to the bottom third of your hair, then go to town. It's simple and cheap, and I highly recommend it.
When I was younger I remember passing by the barber shop my brother used to get his hair cut, with tins and tins of this stuff pyramided against the wall, something about their orange tin fascinated me - maybe it was the fact that this has been around since the 20s, or maybe because all the fashion magazines recommended this stuff. When I was 14-15(?) I finally bought my own tin. A LITTLE BIT GOES A LONG WAY! I can't stress this enough. For my long hair I take a pea's amount, warm between my hands and smooth and scrunch my hair to bring out my waves. Nothing gives such definition, using so little. I will always have in my hair arsenal.
YUCK! This product is awful. I bought it based on a recommendation in a fashion magazine. Boy was I disappointed. It should be cheap for what it does and what it does not do. Totally gummy, actually pulled hair out of my head. I really cannot see this working on anyone but a horse. Sorry. :) Oh, possibly my Aussie Shep. or the Lab. Too late, I tossed it.
I was introduced to MSHDP almost 30 years ago at Cinandre, which at the time was THE hot hair place in NYC. (I saved for weeks to go there...) After giving me the best haircut I've ever had, the stylist recommended this humble little product. And over the years, despite buying (and liking) hundreds of other styling products, I always come back to this simple, dirt cheap pomade in the old school orange tin. Ingredients list: petroleum, mineral oil and fragrance. That's it. I especially like it now since my hair has gotten thinner...it adds heft and weight that other gels, creams and pomades don't. It holds my pixie cut in place without weighing it down or making it so piece-y that you can see my scalp. Just scoop a dollop out, rub vigorously in your hands to warm and soften, and start scrunching, piecing and tousling. It's pretty sticky, though...I usually have to wash my hands twice to get it off. It's true. Simple is better. And happily...much cheaper.
A celebrity hairstylist recommended this product for creating smooth, piece-y ends on longer hair, so of course I had to try it. I have long-ish hair that is very thick and coarse, so the fact that this was greasy and thick didn't deter me at first. I tried using a tiny bit just on my ends, and no dice. I tried warming the product in my hands...I tried mixing it with my usual styling cream...I tried using less...then using more...I begged, I pleaded, but no go. Everytime I used it, it left me with goopy, gummy, yuck hair, despite my technique. I am glad that it works for so many people, but it was just not a winner for me.