Tips for styling your hair with pomade

Hair Pomade evokes a wealth of history and style unrivaled by any other word. Perhaps, but that’s not what we’re here for. As an alternative, we will help you get the most from what many consider to be the best product for men’s hairstyling. Pomade can make you think of classic greasers like the Fonzies and Elvis of old. You might even associate it with old-school greasers of yesteryear.

After outgrowing the look of gelled spikes and mohawks, you need something to give you a more professional appearance. Whether or not mousse and hair spray are good for your hair, we could write volumes about them, but why? Pomades are versatile and timeless, so they make the perfect tool for anyone.

What is Pomade?


Hairstyling products like pomade provide users with a lustrous shine and a lasting hold. The lanolin, beeswax, and/or petroleum in pomade hold your lustrous locks in place all day long. In the marketplace, you can find pomades formulated for specific kinds of hair and styles.

An Introduction to Hair Pomade

Pomade has been around for centuries but may seem like a fad today. Pomade is an ointment used before it becomes a hair product. Oil, lard, and beeswax have later been added to pomades (yes, bear fat was traditionally used). Hair pomade became mainstream after the 1930s thanks to companies like Murray’s Superior Pomade and Royal Crown Hair Dressing. Many men decided to emulate this look after seeing movies like Cary Grant and Rudolph Valentino with their combed-over looks. Later, teenage girls became interested in hair pomades during the World War II era, which gained popularity when Elivs and the rock-and-roll era took over.

There are a variety of pomades


Pomades have evolved over the centuries so that barbers and hairstylists could fulfill the needs of their clients. Pomades can be selected based on hair type and desired style.

We recommend using oil-based pomades.

Pomades (or petroleum-based) aren’t just for Jets and Sharks. Pomade with oil in it is amazing because you can control how oily it is depending on how much you use. Petrol jelly is used to make oil-based hair pomades despite their name. Hair pomades are highly shined thanks to this ingredient.

Despite not moisturizing your hair, petroleum jelly creates a protective coating. Consequently, split ends become less visible. Hair pomades may be used to straighten curly hair as well as soften it. You can restyle your hair throughout the day, not only does it add radiance to your mane, but it also adds health to it.

Whenever you want a fresh look, you can comb your hair with petroleum because it doesn’t dry. An oil-based pomade can be difficult to remove with only one wash. Shampoo usually won’t do. Let’s see how to remove it with a few tips. The duck-­­­tail or pompadour are perfect hairstyles for an oil-based pomade.

Pomades with water are also suitable.


Oil-based pomades are often too sticky, so water-based pomades are an excellent solution. One shower is all it takes to rinse this formula.  It does dry fast though. Once it’s done, you must love the style, because if you’re not pleased with it, you’ll have to wash and style it again.

Water-based pomades can provide a stronghold, but they cannot be easily combed during the day. Windy days could present a problem due to their inflexibility. Rainy days are impossible to style.  The hold provided by water-based pomades is strong enough to support taller hairstyles, especially quiffs and comb-overs.

Waxed pomades provide a softer hold.

We recommend our wax-based pomade if you’re looking for a medium hold and matte finish.  Some people prefer their hair shiny, while others prefer it matte. It enhances the look of your hair and gives it a natural matte finish. Unlike oil-based pomade, matte pomade has a stronger grip, however, your hair will not feel crunchy (yes, we’re picking on gel again).  A little more product can boost your hair’s shine, according to Lloyd Ellman, Director of Operations at Public Goods.  Although wax-based pomade does not dry out as rapidly as water-based pomade, it does dry out after a few hours. This limits how quickly you can style your hair later.  Looking for a casual look? Let your hair stay messy! Bedhead is cleaned up with wax-based pomades without looking too effortful.

Clay Pomade

The clay-based pomade, also known as putty, paste, or hair clay, combines the qualities of pomade and gel. It offers a strong hold but may leave your hair feeling tacky. It gives a matte finish similar to wax and adds texture and structure to unruly hair.  A pomade made from clay can feel clumpy, similar to gel. Pomade that is oil-based is harder to remove than pomade that is water-based, as well as wax-based.

Fiber Pomade

It’s usually based on water, but it is very thick. Fibers added to the grease create a texturizing effect and allow the grease to be more flexible and lightweight. One of the most popular products for men who want the look of bedhead, this has a matte finish and a stronghold. There are a variety of fibers available. Water-based silica fibers make up the fibers inside Imperial Barber Products Fiber Pomade. Due to its stiffness and waxy texture, fiber pomade is not suitable for men who like to manipulate their hair by hand. When used, fiber pomade makes hair hard and dry. A little goes a long way with fiber pomade.

Gel Pomade

How about gel pomade? Are you familiar with hair gel? Pomade crafted from gel and water is called gel pomade. Hair gel is lighter and smoother than hair cream but hardens and dries quicker. While gel pomade is more precise than regular hair gel, it hardens in the same way. Gel pomade is the best choice if you want spikes that are carefully sculpted.

Holding Lightly, Mediumly, or Firmly: How do they differ?

We’re talking about “holding power” when we discuss the strength of a hair product. Holding power can be classified as light, medium, or strong (or maximum).


You can still move your hair while using a pomade that has a light hold. You’ll still be able to move your hair in the breeze, but it won’t become frizzy and disheveled (unless that’s how you want it).


You can still move your hair around with a medium hold, but it more or less keeps your hair in place. You can add texture to your ‘do with medium hold pomade, but it’s not suitable for shaping it.


Men looking to maintain their look all day long, come rain or shine, should consider Stronghold pomade. Since gravity pulls your hair in a certain direction, your hair will naturally fall in that direction. Whenever you wear a tall combover or high quiff, it’s important to use a hair pomade that will hold your hair in an unnatural upward position.

The Best Way to Use (& Remove) Pomade

You can scoop pomade with your fingertips because it is usually packaged in a stout tin or cylinder. Directly applying pomade to dry hair is not recommended. Right after you get out of the shower, you should apply most pomades to clean, damp hair. Dry hair can still be applied with pomade, but it will be more difficult to do so evenly.

A penny-sized amount of the product can be rubbed between your fingers after being scooped from the can. Your roots should be your starting point when you stroke your damp hair. The style should be finished off with a fine-tooth comb if you are using oil-based pomade. You can make your hair look messy by ruffling it with your fingers when using wax or hair clay.

What to do when you want to remove your pomade

Even with shampoo, most men know how difficult it is to remove oil-based pomade. In fact, men use it because it is so difficult to remove.  It is easier to restyle your hair after taking a shower with oil-based pomade.

However, if you’ve opted for oil-based pomade and are struggling to wash it out, try this:

  1. You should wet your dry hair.
  2. Make sure to massage our citrus and basil-scented plant-based dish soap into your hair to break up grease.
  3. Wait for 15-20 minutes before washing.
  4. Take a shower afterward.
  5. Apply a strong shampoo and conditioner to your hair right away.

Using your normal shampoo and conditioner, you can wash out wax and water-based pomade.

The most common pomade hairstyles are as follows.

There are many different styles you can achieve with pomade. With hair products like this, you can sport some of the most popular styles:

  • Pompadour, is a style inspired by Elvis. Long hair is curled or waved above the forehead in this hairstyle. It looks professional when the hair is pomaded with oil or wax.
  • Quiff –Hair above the forehead is drawn up and back in a quiff, a play on the pompadour. Use an oil-based pomade for a clean look. Wax or water-based pomade can be used to add texture to a quiff.  After applying the pomade, use a blow dryer to keep your hair in place. This method works best for those with medium-length hair.
  • Ducktail: Hair is pulled from the sides of the head down toward the neck in this style. For this look, use pomade formulated with oil.
  • Spiky-A stronghold is required for spikes even on short hair. Grab the hair between your fingertips with wax or water-based pomade and pull straight up.
  • Bedhead- Using a wax-based pomade on the bedhead will give it that “I just rolled out of bed” look. Tussle your hair into place by coating it in pomade.
  • Natural Waves- The best way to add texture to natural waves is by using wax-based pomades. Utilize a round brush or comb to style your waves after applying the pomade.

Do you need a pomade?

Definitely. You can do practically anything with pomade, which is why we outlined six different types of pomade above. Pomade is a better alternative to hair gel. Wax-based pomades are another option for those still in love with hair wax.  How do you choose the right pomade? Your hair type and the style you want to display will ultimately determine whether you use a bob or a cut. You are the only one who can decide.

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