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 can be greasy, waxy, or a water-based substance that is used to give style. Pomade gives the user’s hair a shiny, slick appearance, and does not dry it out. It lasts longer than most hair care products. 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.

Best Pomades For Thick Hair

Smooth Viking Pomade for Men – With “super hold and supreme shine,” this highly ranked pomade is excellent for thick and coarse hair as well as curly. The water-based product is easy to apply and wash out and never feels sticky, greasy or waxy. It is known for all day hold for tough to style hair and can even create a mohawk. Apply it to wet or dry hair.

Union Firm Hold Pomade – This USA-made product provides a natural shine that never looks greasy and all day hold. The water-based can be re-activated with a touch of water and rinses out easily. And satisfaction is guaranteed so you can’t go wrong giving Union a try.

Project M Epic Mint Pomade – Not your usual hair product, this subtly mint-scented pomade can also be used on facial hair. The medium hold tames thick hair for slick or moveable styles or apply to dry hair for more strength. With UV protection, soy proteins, and B5, Mint Pomade protects and conditions hair.

Suavecito Brilliant Creme – This brilliantine and hair creme softens hair with lanolin and holds with beeswax. With a light hold, this styling cream is for looser looks, especially this summer’s trendy textured crops. Apply to damp hair for even more shine. Also works well for fine and curly hair.

Murray’s Light Pomade & Hair Dressing – Created in 1929, this is a true vintage pomade. Oil-based pomades have stronger hold than water-based ones but tougher to clean hair. Containing aloe, lanolin and coconut oil, it is a lighter alternative to Murray’s Original Pomade and easier to work with and wash out. The wax can be difficult to remove from the tin so rub well between hands before use. At only $2.49 a tin, you can’t beat the price.

Best Pomades For Curly Hair

Styling products work best in tandem with the right shampoo and conditioner. Curly hair tends to be dry because the scalps natural oils can’t move from root to tip the way the day with straight hair. A combination of minimal shampooing, as infrequently as once a week, and a leave-in product like Baxter of California Daily Moisturizing Conditioner, will keep hair moisturized and tame frizz. Now you’re ready for some product. Heavy hold products can be used for slick styles with plenty of wave while lighter hold products define curls.

Baxter of California Cream – The light hold and pliable finish is ideal for setting curls in loose styles. Apply to dry hair for a matte finish or wet hair for shine. For more hold, try award-winning Baxter of California Hard Creme.

Bumble and bumble Semisumo – This high shine, light hold product is all about workability and definition without weighing hair down. For guys with curly hair, it is the perfect tamer and finisher, defining curls and fighting frizz. Use Semisumo for styles that maintain curl.

Suavecito Firme Pomade – This is the product for slick styles like the combover oromp. The maximum hold makes it easy to comb out curls and adds some shine. It also can be used for loose, messy looks. Just use your fingers to style instead.

REUZEL Red – “Shines like a fresh coat of paint on your favorite vintage car.” The medium hold product is strongest when applied to blow-dried hair and lightest when used on damp locks. The water-based formula rinses out easily and can be reformed with damp hands.

O’Douds Heavy Hold Traditional Pomade – For something different, O’Douds features a forest scent. Another great product for creating slick looks. Curls won’t form after the product is applied to for straight styles, apply to straightish, wet hair. Towel dry hair, comb hair into place and finish with more product.

This is an oil-based product so does not wash out easily. It is also hard in the jar so use a nail to get product out and rub well between hands to warm it up before applying.

Best Pomades For Fine or Thin Hair

Styling aids will have the most impact when you start with a good shampoo or conditioner targeted to your hair type, whether it’s fine, thin or thinning. Used consistently, they will densify and strengthen hair. Styling also makes the most of fine or thin hair. Blowdrying adds volume that makes hair appear fuller and guides hair into place. The final product will lock down your look.

Guys with fine, thin or thinning hair should look for matte finish products. Usually lightweight products are the best option but stronger hold styling aids can thicken up hair and add texture. Here are our top picks in order form lightest to strongest hold.

Imperial Barber Matte Pomade Paste – With a matte finish that doesn’t weigh hair down, no one can tell you are wearing product.  It provides texture and definition, making it work for tousled or slicker styles. This is perfect for guys new to using styling aids.

Lock Stock & Barrel Pucka Grooming Creme – This products hits all the key points for fine or thin hair – volume, texture, and thickness with a  pliable light to medium hold. It creates invisible hold with a touch of shine so this is excellent for combed styles as well as natural looks.

Krieger + Söhne Forming Cream – A rare combination of lightweight and strong hold, simply apply more product for more hold. This forming cream gives all day, touchable hold with no shine and a whiff of piña colada.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream – Flexible resins create a moveable texture with long-lasting hold. This product can be used for slick styles, natural looks or texture. The product dries matte but will have some sheen when applied to damp hair. Try it with Paul Mitchell Thickening Shampoo for even more thickness and volume.

Baxter of California Clay Pomade – This award-winning product adds texture and pliable definition to fine hair. Apply it to dry hair or almost dry hair for a natural matte finish. Clay products work best for messy or textured hairstyles.

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