While we do think that hair styling products should be used in moderation, pomade is ‘the good stuff’ (when you use a wise amount rather than drowning your poor hair in it). It’ll help you mould your hair into shape that you’re proud of.
As there is an abundance of options constantly competing for your money, we’ve done the hard job and narrowed it down to the best 5.
The 5 that will not disappoint. The 5 that’ll bring you the look you’re after – whether it’s a ‘bad-ass messy-head’, or a neat and tidy ‘good boy’ hairstyle.
First – What’s a Pomade?
Those of you who are not experts in hair products or may not use that much product on hair, maybe wondering what a pomade actually is. Let’s answer that question before moving on: a pomade is a hair styling product, which was originally associated with oil-based, high-shine products that help create the slick look – like pompadours and side parts.
Now, however, a pomade is used for a number of different looks – because there are pomades for every kind of hairstyle. Some pomades will even have ingredients like fiber or clay in them to enhance the hold – nothing like the original pomades Elvis used.
How to Use a Pomade?
No matter what the pomade type is, you’ll need to rub it between your palms to warm up and emulsify the product before applying to your hair. Tip – apply to wetter hair rather than dry to achieve more shine – while a dry application will give you a more matte finish.
Let’s take a look at our top 5 pomades – and what looks they can help you achieve in 2018!
Wild Shake pomade by Gatsby Moving Rubber is right for you if you’re after medium shine and strong hold. It’s designed to create messy and spiky hairstyles for hair that’s short to medium-length. It’ll hold your hair in place for a whole day. The only tricky thing is getting it out – that itself can be a bit of a mission. You’ll need to shampoo your hair once or twice.
You’ve probably heard of American Crew products? The brand itself makes hair styling seem uber trendy. American Crew products are super easy to use and aren’t as exclusive as some other brands may be – you’ll be able to find AC products pretty much everywhere. American Crew Defining Paste is a pomade that’ll create medium hold without much shine, so if it’s matte hair you’re after – grab one at your nearest store or Amazon. It’ll work on short to medium hair and create volume and texture.
Now, this is one of the classic pomades that has been around for longer than many others. It can be used on any hair type and on all hair lengths (to medium). The pomade will help you achieve strong hold without the unwanted stiffness – as well as high shine. It’s perfect for classic, retro styles – think pomps and combovers. Plus, Uppercut Deluxe Pomade smells like vanilla coconut pie – so you’ll be an absolute treat to be around!
What we love the most about this Redken pomade is that it’s very versatile and works on all hair types – from fine to thick, and straight to wavy. It’ll give you medium hold and low shine – and can be the perfect weapon for controlling unruly, thick hair. You can also apply it on dry hair throughout the day to refresh the look.
Now, if there’s one pomade that’ll do the hard job and completely transform your coarse thick or very curly hair into a style you’re after – it’s the Layrite Cement Matte Hair Clay. This extra strong hold pomade is like cement that’ll hold your hair in place for the whole day – and help manage the thickest locks. Application will be easier if your hair is damp – but for the strongest hold, you’ll want to apply it to dry hair. It’ll work wonders with messy and textured hairstyles with lots of volume.