Every man wants to look his best, and part of that look is his hair. Hair products for men have been around for a very long time, and pomade is just one of many choices out there. It is important to note that it is not necessarily sold by that name specifically. The consumer must look at the ingredient list to know if he has a paste, wax, cream, or oil based product.
What is Pomade?
You may be asking yourself that very question. It’s a hair product that has been created to form that greased up look. It isn’t really new in fact, it is used to be made out of bear fat. Today, there are basically four types of pomade that are available. The petroleum based, lanolin, beeswax, and the water based. Pomade is not just for hair, it can also be used as mustache wax, and has different consistencies for different types of hair and uses, such as protection for curly hair that has problems drying out and getting frizzy.
After bear fat was discontinued, the original drugstore pomade is made from a petroleum jelly base and may contain added fragrances to enhance the product’s marketable attractiveness. The petroleum based pomade is challenging to wash out, and make take a couples washes to accomplish that task, making it less desirable for those who like a faster method of cleaning their hair. The other type is water based and is healthier for the scalp. Some people just prefer the original kind and stick with the petroleum-based product.
Quick Overview Best Pomade
Provides great hold for any style
Perfect for both short hair and long hair.
Medium hold with high shine.
Applies smoothly and evenly
Layrite Super Hold
High holding water-based pomade
Creates timeless, classic styles.
Old Spice Spiffy
For a Clean Cut Look, matte finish.
Looks great all day long, great shine.
Dapper Dan Deluxe
The perfect flexible pomade
Gentlemen Republic Stiff
High Shine and Water Based
Heavy Holding Pomade, water soluble.
Medium to firm hold, Good shine
Ideal for short to mid-length hair
The American Crew Hair Styling provides an excellent hold, shine, and control. This is perfect for controlling straight or curly hair. It has a 4.3 rating on Amazon.
Suavecito can grip your hair just like a wax, yet it is water soluble. You will surely enjoy its unique and light scent. This pomade works best on classic, retro, modern as well as old-school styles. Just add water if you want to have a wet look shine. This product has a rating of 4.4 on Amazon.
This Jax provides medium hold with a high shine on your hair and can hold well. Since it is concentrated then you only need a little amount and it can go a long way. It has a rating of 4.7 on Amazon.
Imperial Classic is the strongest water-based pomade in America. By applying it evenly and smoothly, you will be able to adjust its hold strength depending on the water in your hair. If you want a lighter hold then apply it with water. If you want to have the strongest hold then apply more on dry hair. This classic one is also water reactivatable which can let you re-style with a little amount of water. The best part is you can enjoy an amazing hold by rinsing it out. It has a rating of 4.4 on Amazon.
The Layrite Super Hold is a good quality product. This water-based pomade has the ability to hold like a wax. However, it can wash out like a gel. It can provide high shine to achieve a polished look. This pomade can control the curliest as well as the thickest hair. It can keep your hair in place and keeps you looking good all day. Layrite Super Hold is very versatile. When your hair is dry, it can give you the strongest hold. This one will not dry on your hair, so you can re-style your hair anytime without losing control. It has a 4.5 rating on Amazon.
Uppercut Deluxe gives you medium/strong hold with medium shine. This product is water soluble which is perfect for different styles. You will love the light coconut scent combined with vanilla. It can wash out easily and does not leave any residue. It gives you the ability to control. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is made in Australia. This product has a 4.2 rating on Amazon.
The Old Spice Spiffy gives you moderate hold with a matte finish. This product can give you a clean cut look. If you are a smooth talker then you need a smooth style. If you have a clean cut and polished look then you are ready to talk to the ladies. This pomade will give you a perfectly controlled hair. It has a 4.2 rating on Amazon.
The Reuzel is water-based. It has a subtle scent of cola and gives you a high shine. It holds like a super glue and it can shine like a fresh coat of paint on your car. It can be rinsed out easily. For a stronger hold, be sure to dry your hair before applying the pomade to your hair. For a lighter hold, just towel dry your hair and apply the pomade. This pomade has a rating of 4.4 on Amazon.
The Dapper Dan Deluxe gives you a medium hold. It is water based and very flexible. It has a clean and fresh scent. It can hold your hair all day and you can restyle whenever you want. This product has a 4.5 rating on Amazon.
The Gentlemen Republic Stiff can give you a 24-hour hold and shine. It is made from a professional formula with a humidity resistant. This pomade is 100% alcohol-free and it has no flakes at all. This product is made in the U.S.A. This is one of the best-rated products on Amazon with a perfect rating of 5.
Shiner Gold gives you a heavy hold. It is packed in an aluminum screw top container. This pomade is water soluble. Although this pomade is created specifically for those who have thick and wavy hair, it is also perfect for any other types of hair. You will love its coconut scent. This product is made in the U.S.A.
The Steadfast gives you a medium to firm hold plus a good shine. It can wash out easily with water. You will truly enjoy its subtle rugged scent. This pomade can let you do the style that you want on your hair. You can re-style whenever you want while maintaining a nice hold. It has an Amazon rating of 4.3.
Axe Classic gives you a medium hold and a shine finish. It is perfect for short hair as well as medium length hair. It can make onlookers turn their heads. You will only need a little amount and it can go a long way. It can perfectly control your day throughout the day. This pomade can make your hair look polish and not wet. This product has a 4.5 rating on Amazon.
Pomades, Hair Gels & Wax: What’s the Difference?
Pomade vs Gel
Of course, there are other products out there. Hair gel is a very popular option for men. A gel is considered to be the most lightweight of all the hair products, unlike pomades or waxes, and is possibly much more suited for thinning or balding men. However, it does dry to a crunchy mass and can make hair seem like it is plastic until the gel is washed out. Washing gel out is easy, which also means that men using gel in rainy or humid climates is not recommended. In this case, it is best to stick with something that is not easily destroyed, like pomade.
Pomade vs Wax
Wax is another viable option in hair care products for men. Wax tends to be thicker, which is great for thin hair but at the same time also heavier and tacky feeling. However, a wax is not shiny like pomade and is even harder to wash out. Historically, the difference between pomade and wax is that while pomade gives hair a shiny, slick, wet look and wax does not. Both wax and pomade can be restyled, which is a plus for both products, however, pomade is easier to work with.
Pomade vs Paste
Hair paste is the next option to look at. Essentially, a paste is the same as wax as far as thickness, heavy feeling, and tackiness, but it is easier to wash out and won’t feel stiff like gel. A paste is also one of the words that pomade is marketed by. The difference is in the ingredient list.
The hair product a man chooses to use depends on how much he wants to work at keeping his image and hairstyle. The choice to use pomade is not as popular as it once was however, it seems to be making a return to the male culture with such hairstyles as the ducktail and quiff. Hair styling product usage among men who prefer a pomade, do so because of several reasons, such as; it doesn’t get sticky, crusty, flakey, or wash out with the rain. However, washing this product out could be a challenge. There seems to be a trick to it, though. It has been suggested to try shampoo made for oily hair, dish soap, or olive oil to get the product out of the hair. Otherwise, pomade can remain in the hair through several showers. Whichever hair product a man chooses to use for his hair, the obvious choice is to use whatever you are comfortable with. Pomade is a good choice and should not be overlooked on the hairstyle product shelf of his favorite place to shop!
Hello dear readers. I have been cutting hair since I was born. First practicing on my siblings, and later at school. After years of education and training, I was finally able to open my own salon with my girlfriend (soon to be wife) Lize and it’s been a crazy ride ever since. We noticed people needed more than just a haircut but also advice on how to wear different styles and work with different types of faces and hair. This is why this blog become so popular when we decided to help our good friend Nick dress to his full potential. Looking forward to helping more men out there with their hair!