How to Use Pomade

Men’s hairstyles have evolved over the years, giving the ladies a run for their money. For hold, volume or texture, a styling product is required.

What is pomade?

You may have heard of the term “pomade” but do you know what it is? Pomade is a greasy substance used to style hair. Men started using this product in the early 20’s and the pioneer pomades were oil-based. For whatever hairstyle you wish to achieve, pomade is versatile enough to deliver.

Pomades come in different types; water based and oil based. They also come in a different options; different levels of shine and hold. Choose pomade that will be suitable for your hair type and the hairstyle you wish to achieve.

It is mostly recommended for hair to be damp before applying pomade. This is because too much water in the hair will dilute the pomade, especially water based pomade. For oil based pomade, too much water in the hair will prevent it from sticking to the strands. Drying the hair too much will make it harder to distribute the pomade evenly to the hair.

Generally speaking, some pomade give a shinier look when applied to damp hair while a matte look can be achieved when pomade is applied to dry hair.

Applying Pomade

  • Pomade is better when applied to clean hair, so before applying pomade, wash your hair with regular shampoo.
  • Dry the hair with a towel or hair dryer to make it damp.
  • Take a dime-sized amount of pomade from the jar. It is better to take little and later add some more if it is required, you don’t want too much, it creates a shine that is unnatural. Rub the pomade together like body lotion till it warms up a bit because pomade tends to be hard.
  • Rub the pomade with both hands with both hands into your hair, all the way down to the roots until it is evenly distributed. You can further comb the hair to distribute the pomade if your desired style requires combing.
  • Depending on the style you desire, comb the hair backwards, sideways or upwards or use your hands for styling using best pomade.
  • The beauty of pomade is that it can be restyled all day; it doesn’t dry up like Gel. So if you feel like doing something else, with a little water and your magic comb, you can create magic!

Remember to always use a little amount of pomade especially when using oil-based pomade. These tend to build up as they do not wash off completely with regular shampoo so by the second or third day of consistent use, you should have enough pomade in your hair.

Also, wash your hair with regular shampoo every night to reduce the amount of pomade (oil-based) in your hair; this allows your scalp to breathe a bit and reduces the risk of breakouts.


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