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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 product you should know how to use since they’re perfect for adding texture to and shaping your tresses—regardless of whether you have short hair, medium hair, or long hair. And while hair pomades are typically thought of as a men’s hair styling 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 you and how to use one once you make your pick!
Before we get into how to use a hair pomade, you’ll want to know how to choose the best hair pomade for you! To choose, you should consider your hair type, experience with hair pomade, and desired look.
When you’re ready to style your ‘do, you’ll want to choose a pomade with a finish that best suits the look you’re going for, as well as your hair type. Take your pick from the hair pomade options below.
If you have oily hair…keep things matte by using a pomade with a matte finish! This is best for those who have greasy, oily hair as it will help balance out any unwanted shine. 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 look 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!
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.
Now that you know how to pick the right hair pomade, you’re ready to learn how to use one!
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 the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo and you should be good to go.
It’s time to grab 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 piecey, messy texture for a bedhead look. It’s totally up to you!
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 hold, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray and spray your style.
Next, learn how to use another must-have hairstyling product: Here’s How to Use a Texture Spray.