There are certain hair styling products, like hair spray and hair gel, that you’ve practically known how to use since birth. But what about a hair pomade? Pastes and pomades are a staple you should be familiar with since they’re perfect for adding texture and shape to your hair—regardless of whether you have short, medium, or long hair. And while hair pomades are typically thought of as a men’s hairstyling product, in reality, anyone can get in on the fun. So, what are you waiting for? Below, we’re sharing how to choose the best hair pomade for men and women, along with how to use one once you make your pick!
WHAT IS POMADE?
Let’s cut to the chase: What is pomade? Hair pomades are a type of hairstyling product that works to hold, shape, and provide your strands with shine. They also add texture to your hair for a fuller appearance. Most hair pomades are formulated with a gel-like or waxy formula, but they are also available in cream formulas.
IS POMADE BAD FOR HAIR?
If you’re worried pomade is bad for your hair, listen up. Pomades primarily work on the surface of your strands to smooth and shape, much like a hair gel or putty—they aren’t bad for your hair. In fact, certain formulas can even provide moisture or, if you’re battling greasy hair, help tone down shine for a mattified look.
The key is to follow the instructions listed on your pomade to get the desired results. One move that can make a pomade seem bad for your hair is applying too much product. Doing so with any type of hair product can result in buildup and weighed down strands. Make sure to use only what you need, and don’t forget to clarify occasionally to get rid of buildup.
IS HAIR GEL OR POMADE BETTER?
Now that you know all about this hair essential, you’re probably wondering about the pomade vs. gel debate. And to be honest, it truly depends on your personal preference. Pomades are known to keep strands in place and can complement almost any hairstyle you can dream up. Since pomades have various formulas with a myriad of benefits, you can sculpt the perfect look with every use.
On the other hand, hair gel provides an excellent hold and pairs well with certain hairstyles like spikes and slicked-back hair. It also washes out pretty easily, making it a go-to product for many. It really all depends on what you like and the look you’re going for.
HOW TO PICK THE BEST HAIR POMADE FOR YOU
Before we get into how to use a hair pomade, you’ll want to know how to choose the best hair pomade for you! You should consider your hair type, experience with hair pomade, and desired look.
STEP #1: PICK YOUR FINISH
When you’re ready to style your hair, you’ll want to choose a pomade with a finish that best suits your hairstyle, as well as your hair type. Take your pick from the hair pomade options below.
If you have oily hair…keep shine at bay by using a pomade with a matte finish! We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste, which is formulated with beeswax and provides a matte finish.
If you have dry hair…reach for a pomade that adds shine. This will help make your dry strands appear more moisturized. Try the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Hair and Beard Cream, which has a natural light shine finish and is formulated with ultra-moisturizing, non-greasy polymers. Bonus: If you have a beard, you can use this pomade to style and nourish your facial hair, too!
If you have in-between hair…grab a pomade with a natural finish. This will give your hairstyles the extra oomph that you’re looking for without giving either a matte or shiny finish. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, which helps to build volume and fullness for a tousled and texturized look.
STEP #2: PICK YOUR HOLD
Generally, with hair styling products, there are three different types of hold available: light, medium, and strong. While you may be tempted to jump right to using a strong-hold pomade, you’ll want to take your experience into account. If you use a strong-hold pomade and run into any styling mishaps, it will be harder to fix your hair, so make sure you’re comfortable using a hair pomade before reaching for one with a super strong hold.
If you’re a hair pomade novice…grab a pomade with a light, flexible hold. This will give you the freedom to move your strands around post-pomade and fine-tune your style.
If you’re a hair pomade pro…feel free to use a pomade with a strong hold. You know what you like when it comes to styling your mane with a hair pomade, so why not take advantage of a long-lasting hold!
If you’re somewhere in-between…consider using a medium-hold pomade. You have an idea of how to style your ‘do, but may need a little leeway when it comes to perfecting your look.
HOW TO USE POMADE TO STYLE YOUR HAIR
Ready to create some hair magic? It’s time to learn how to use pomade!
STEP #1: PREP YOUR STRANDS
Like we mentioned above, you can use a hair pomade on freshly washed or dry hair. If your hair needs a bit of a refresh before you start, use a little dry shampoo! Spritz your scalp and roots, brush through, and you’ll be good to go.
STEP #2: GRAB YOUR POMADE
It’s time to reach for your pomade! One of the best things about styling your ‘do with a hair pomade is that the look is totally customizable. Keep in mind that a little product goes a long way. Start with a dime-sized amount, rub it between your palms, and work it through your hair to create your desired shape. You can slick your locks back or add some piece-y, messy texture for a bedhead look. It’s totally up to you!
STEP #3: SET YOUR STYLE
This step is optional, depending on the hold of your pomade. If you opted for a light or medium-hold pomade, you may want to set your style with some hairspray once you’ve perfected your ‘do. If you need a little extra staying power, grab the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray and spray your style.
WHEN SHOULD YOU PUT POMADE IN YOUR HAIR?
While many people think that hair pomades are reserved for slightly damp hair, you can actually use this hair staple anytime you want. Whether you’re fresh out of the shower or working on dry hair, you can put a hair pomade to use.
SHOULD YOU USE POMADE EVERY DAY?
If you have a go-to hairstyle that works best when styled with a pomade, like a quiff or pompadour, you can use one every day. The only thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that applying more pomade on top of pomade will certainly lead to weighed down hair that will start to look dirty. This means you should be applying your pomade on clean hair, don’t just keep building on top of what you’ve already applied throughout the week.
Next up: Learn how to use another must-have hairstyling product. Here’s How to Use a Texture Spray.