10 June 2014

Brylcreem: Brilliantly Classic

"It's Bryl!"
After popping into my local gentleman's barber for a quick touch-up, I noticed on the shelf that Brylcreem have recently updated their packaging (at left). It has a nice retro feel to it. And as you know, retro is all the rage these days.

Brylcreem has been around since 1928. I've been wearing it off and on since the late 1980s. It has a very distinctive odour, which I find pleasantly reassuring. I've dated women who said it provokes memories of their father. That might not be a good thing if you have designs on their panties, but I persevere anyway.

As you know, I favour a nice tight short hairstyle with the front slicked back or to the side. It seems to have caught on among the youth. In recent years I've noticed a lot of younger chaps with short back-n-sides haircuts and pompadours, which they comb back with cream or gel. I suspect part of Brylcreem's strategy is is to increase their share of this market. Best of luck to them. In local surf towns, the hair product of choice seems to be Hawleywood's Layrite Deluxe Pomade.

Brylcreem remains a classic of grooming accoutrements for chaps.

5 comments:

Robert said...

Let's see how did that TV commercial go from the 50's...oh yeah...
Brylcreem, a little dab will do ya...
Brylcreem, you'll look so debonair...
Brylcreem, the girls will all pursue ya...
They'll love to get their fingers in your hair...
Wonder if it would be on YouTube

Keir said...

Pity one doesn't find it anywhere here in Germany

Kilroy said...

Keir, there is a German equivalent of Brylcreem (called Brisk). I'm English myself but I have to admit I slightly prefer Brisk. It's a touch less oily.

Anonymous said...

Use of this "grease" was unthinkable in the long haired 70's. But when my shorter hairs spent long days in the sun and surf during the 80's I discovered this product's rejuvenating effect. Good thing my Dad always had a tube handy.

Ordnungssinn said...

It is refreshing to see a generation of better hair cuts.

First step to any revolution is the barber shop.