What Pomade Should I Use?

barber styling man's hair

What pomade should I use?’ Don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the first guy to ask this question - especially if you’re new to the world of hair styling products.

Finding the right pomade for your hair doesn’t have to be a challenge. The process becomes a whole lot easier when you understand the subtle differences between products - that’s where we come in. 

If you’re wondering ‘what pomade should I use?’ Look no further. In this blog post, we’ve covered everything you need to know about choosing the right hair pomade for you - check it out! 

How To Choose A Hair Pomade 

barber styling man's hair with pomade

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s cover the basics. Learn how to choose a hair pomade with these three simple tips below

Consider Your Hair Type

The first thing you’ll need to consider when choosing a hair pomade is your hair type. Is it thick or thin? Guys with thinner hair should avoid those heavier oil-based pomades because they’ll weigh down the hair and make it look greasy.

If you are working with a thin hair type, consider grabbing a lighter, water-based pomade for styling. 

Consider Your Hairstyle

When it comes to choosing a pomade, some products can offer a stronger hold than others - which is why it’s important to take a moment to consider the hairstyle you’re trying to create. 

For example, guys chasing a neat, polished slick-back, side-part, or pompadour will need a product with a firm hold. On the other hand, if all you want is a relaxed, messy, natural look, you can settle on a much lighter pomade. 

Once you figure out what you want to do with a pomade, choosing the right product becomes so much easier. 

Shine Or No Shine? 

Lastly, you’ll need to consider what sort of finish you’d like for your hair-do. 

For guys hoping to recreate those slick, classic styles you’ll need a product with a high shine. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a much more natural or modern look, opt for a product with a matte finish. 

What Pomade Should I Use

For any guys still wondering ‘what pomade should I use?’, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve highlighted the five types of pomades to choose from. Take a look! 

Matte Clay Pomade

matte clay pomade

First up, we have clay pomade. Just like any traditional pomade, these products provide the hair with a medium to strong hold for styling - but with a matte finish. This unique feature makes clay pomade the perfect choice for guys chasing a natural-looking hair-do.

Because these products typically aren’t as dense as gel pomades, they’re best suited for blokes with thinner hair or shorter styles. 

If you’re on the hunt for a premium product, you can’t go wrong with this Matte Clay Pomade by Milkman. The creamy formula dissolves into the hair instantly, leaving behind a medium to firm hold with a matte finish. It’s perfect for guys chasing a styling product with a natural look. What's more, Milkman Grooming Co added collagen boosters and powerful hair conditioning agents so you can nourish your hair while you style it.

Gel Pomade 

gel pomade

For any fellas out there hoping to create those timeless slick-backs or side-parts, a gel pomade is a must-have. These products typically stiffen after being applied to provide a firm hold with a shiny, textured finish to accompany

Because gel pomades typically have a heavier weight, they’re best suited to guys with a thicker hair type. If your hair is thin this pomade will gather those thin hairs into clumps and your scalp will be more prominent.

Wax Pomade 

What we love about wax pomade is that it provides a firm enough hold to keep your hair in place, but has enough flexibility for you to make adjustments throughout the day.

If you’re working with classic hairstyles like slick-backs, pompadours, or side-parts, wax pomade can also offer a sleek, high-shine finish to complement the look.

Because wax pomade is also a heavier product, it’s also recommended to guys with a thicker hair type. 

Cream Pomade 

styling cream pomade for men

If you’re looking for a styling product with a much lighter hold, styling cream is the answer. 

As the name suggests, these products are much creamier than clay or gel pomades and provide the hair with a subtle, gentle hold. 

Plus, since they have a ‘low-shine’ finish, it’ll seem like you aren’t using any product at all. Bystanders will just assume you naturally have an awesome head of hair. 

This product is perfect for guys with longer hair styles and just need some light-medium hold to keep the fly aways at bay.

Styling Powder 

barber using hair styling powder

Styling powder isn’t typically a go-to styling product for guys - perhaps because they aren’t aware of how truly great these products are. Seriously, fellas, they can take your hair-styling routine to a completely new level. 

Not only will they provide your hair with a light, natural hold, but they can also add volume - perfect for those days when your hair is looking a bit flat or thin on top.

The best part? You only need a small dash to reap these rewards.


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