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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
I am reviewing three similar products in the included video to compare and contrast the products. I spike my hair/wear it messy and don't love it when it is very brittle/crusty (like when you use most gels). It is important to note that these are demo sizes and not the 3 oz. size. (In the video they are .35oz. I am guessing that this product should last a while because you really do not need much product to get the desired effect. I read a review where someone felt the scent was strong. It is definitely scented and I actually like the scent of all three. I don't feel that it is off putting in the least.

The Barbers Classic Pomade (White Lid) is like thin vaseline. I don't mean that in a bad way it is a way to make your hair shiny and loosely hold it in place. It is not hard at all and didn't meet my needs for spiky/messy hair. If thats your thing then go for it.

The Reformer (Red Lid) is labeled as a texturizer with strong hold and a matte finish. This is why I did the video review. While labeled as a strong hold I don't think it is necessarily so. I like the product and it is not as strong as the Clean cut product which is more waxy. This product is the consistency of drying glue. It Best suited me and I really liked it. It can give that messy look easily while holding your style in place without feeling brittle.

The Clean Cut (Yellow Lid) Product is labeled as a medium hold / Semi-matte styling cream. I felt that it had the strongest hold. Out of the jar it has the consistency of similar wax type products. The end result is similar to the Reformer product but is not applied as easily. It still doesn't appear shiny when on and does not have a brittle finish.

Hope this helps and is probably an overly long review for some stuff you put in your hair but I thought it was necessary. I hate buying stuff that ultimately doesn't meet my needs.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2014
This product held my hair up and perfect through my car accident that totaled my car. I got out the passenger door(drivers side was pinned closed) and when I looked in a mirror to see if i had any bruises or cuts, I saw my hair and let me tell you, it was on point. good job, Paul mitchell. nice product.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
I typically use Paul Mitchel Re-Works to style my hair, and while I am happy with how it works, I don't use it fast enough so I end up wasting part of the bottle when it dries out a bit and loses effectiveness. Also, I find that the longer my hair gets (I keep it short), the more 'gunky' the Re-works gets when styling. Thus, I was looking for something that comes in a smaller quantity (3oz helps for plane travel too) that would have similar results and work a bit better on longer hair. So, based on reviews, I went with the Reformer.

I'll cover the elephant in the room first: the scent. Yes, it is a bit strong and has a bit of a 'medicine-like' note to it (though I find it to be more of a woodsy scent overall). I, nor anyone I asked, found the odor overpowering though. I will admit that once you pick up the scent, it's hard to lose it (you'll never forget you're wearing the stuff).

The main issue I have with this is the hold. It goes on nicely, and is easy to style with, even with longer hair (2 inches, give or take). But, the hold just isn't there with the amount you have to use (yes, I said 'have to'...I'll explain below). It'll hold the hair for a bit, but a strong breeze or any type of humidity is enough to knock the style out of place. Yes, it's easy to re-style without more product, but that shouldn't be what's expected with a strong-hold product. Adding more product to get a stronger hold isn't in the cards, as it tends to leave a white residue the more it is used. I have blonde hair, and it can even be seen in my light hair. Though, it seems that using a bit more INITIALLY instead of going back late to add more mitigates the residue (the layering is probably what causes it).

Also, I actually prefer using this with slightly damp hair. Seems to be easier to get the 'messy' look that way.

Overall, it's not too bad, but honestly not sure I'll purchase it again once this tin runs out in a couple months.

EDIT: Had to take off one star because of another negative for this item. If you live in a bug-laden area, avoid this. It seems to attract bugs for miles. Gnats, flies, even mosquitoes seem to be drawn to the scent of the product. Each time I've worn this and either been in a buggy area or been outside around dusk, it's acted as a magnet that gives a bug zapper a run for it's money. I think I'll definitely pass on getting more of this once it runs out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2014
I have the popular hairstyle where it's short on the sides and back, then fades up to longer hair on top and kinda spiky/swooped - like Adam Levine: http://us.cdn281.fansshare.com/photos/adamlevine/adam-levine-wallpaper-1034979375.jpg

I have tried what some consider to be the top 3 options on Amazon: Paul Mitchell Mitch Reformer, Tigi Bed Head Matte Separation Wax, and American Crew Fiber. I believe Mitch Reformer to be the superior option of the 3 for my hair and style. I am looking for something that I can style outside the range of 5 seconds after putting it in my hands, something that won't shine my hair at all, something that will hold throughout the day, and something that will rinse off easily. Mitch Reformer does all these things, though not so much hold great throughout the day.

The problem with Tigi Bed Head is that it's too sticky and hard to style because of it. It does well with holding throughout the day and leaves my hair with the matte finish, but if I can't style it the way I want, it's not going to pass my test. Rinsing it off takes a little work too, it doesn't come off as easily as the Mitch Reformer.

The problem with American Crew Fiber is a couple things. Not only is it too sticky, leaving it hard to style, but it's also a little more shine on my hair than I want. This was by far the worst to rinse off. There is no way I can recommend American Crew Fiber because of these things.

The solution I have came up with to make the Mitch Reformer hold a little better throughout the day is touch it with a little hair spray and you're good to go. I would definitely recommend Mitch Reformer out of the 3 products I tried. Definitely the best of the 3. And the smell doesn't bother me at all - I actually kinda preferred it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2015
Not a bad product but not great either. It states is offers strong hold but after it I run it through my hair the hold is not strong at all. Even after putting a little more in the hold still isn't great. Once it drys its like there's nothing in your hair. I don't paste me hair down but I do want it to stay in place mostly. I have medium length hair so it might work for shorter or long hair worn messy. But if your looking for a clean look with a strong hold this isn't for you. Pretty disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
This paste is the best I've found. its not revolutionary or anything, and its similar to the Crew ones, just not as sticky. Works good.
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on May 20, 2015
I keep my hair short/medium length year-around but am very particular of how it looks. I like to style it but I don't like the gelled/greasy/"try too hard" look at all. I started using this stuff and along with the Paul Mitchell "Clean Cut" (Yellow top), it's the only product I'll use anymore. It holds firmly (though the Clean Cut holds a bit stronger) while still allowing the natural look (this one looks a little more natural than the Clean Cut, at leat for my hair length). I've been told that it's healthy for your hair in comparison to other products out there. Definitely worth the price!
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on January 22, 2015
This stuff is the best, longest lasting, most reformable product I've tried. I've tried various Gatsby (brand) products, American Crew, Johnny B, and a few other drugstore brands. This is the one that I keep coming back to. I have a lot of thin hairs, 3-4 inches on top, with shorter sides... kind of a classic/"Great Gatsby"-esque look, and this stuff is great. It's not overly shiny, and is less so the more you retouch your hair throughout the day. Less is more when applying, I use a dime size total and apply it in 3 doses as I'm doing my hair in the morning. Lasts all day.
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on January 21, 2015
New favorite hair product (old one was B&B Sumo Wax). Gives me great flexible hold without being too greasy (compared to Sumo Wax). My only complaint is that it smells WAY too strong. Please note, I didn't say it smells bad. I would just rather that my hair product not smell at all.

I found this hair product when I started looking for cruelty-free products. From what information I can find, it seems that Paul Mitchell is dedicated to using NO animal testing. They even decided not to market in China due to their laws on animal testing.
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on March 1, 2015
Good stuff, fantastic way to secretly shape temperamental hair. Doesn't look like you have anything in your hair- this is great stuff. This stuff has worked for me better than cheaper axe branded stuff I got at the drugstore. Guess all hair products aren't created equal. That sucks, this stuff certainly ain't cheap. But it works, works well, and I constantly get "nice hair" compliments when I use it, so I tolerate it's icky price tag.
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