Pomade is a product used in styling hair, and is intended to make hair manageable and give it a shiny appearance. Pomade is different from mouse and gel, although just like mousse or gel, it can be used on almost all hair types to achieve different styles. Pomade is applied to clean, damp hair, which is then styled using either the fingers or using different type of combs depending on hair length and style desired.
There are two types of pomade
Water-based pomades are water soluble, and unlike their oil-based counterparts can be easily washed off. Most of them have a lighter hold, in comparison to oil-based varieties, and hence are perfect for Summer. It should be noted that water-based pomades are more expensive. Despite this, there are more preferred to their oil-based counterparts as the latter have been associated with acne and skin breakouts. However, there are some who swear by the oil-based pomades, especially because they contain less ingredients than the newer water-based ones.
What to look for when selecting pomades.
Although the pomade varies from brand to brand, oil-based and water-based pomades should give a similar look. The three most important features of any pomade are flexibility, shine and hold. On matters flexibility, regardless of the texture of the product, pomade should be easy to apply and style. Some products allow for re-working, which is simply that hair is not too stiff and can be restyled after a few hours. Pomade should give off a good shine, and should last relatively long. An equally important thing to look out for is whether the product delivers as indicated. For instance, if the product is described as offering a firm hold, then the hold ought to be firm. Any other features such as non-greasy texture, good smell, an affordable price are definitely a bonus! Here is a review of five of the best pomades.
Suavecito Pomade Original Hold is one of the best, and highly-rated pomades, and rightly so as it delivers on the easy hair styling that it promises. Unlike other pomades, Suavecito is ideal for almost all types of hair including thick, curly and wavy hair. For this reason, it is particularly heaven-sent for people who have been disappointed by other brands. It is recommended for use by both men and women.
Suavecito Pomade Original Hold can be used to perfectly bring out a number of hairstyles, and you can create a really good wet look by applying water to your hair during styling. For a water-soluble pomade, it has a rather long lasting hold. A little Suavecito should last you for quite a while, particularly if you are not in the habit of washing pomade out every day. It doesn’t flake. Suavecito has a moderate shine, not a flat or dull look which comes with other brands. And the shine lasts equally long too.
One incredible feature of Suavecito is that it washes off easily with just water, which is very economical as you get to save on shampoo. Other than that, the American made Suavecito Pomade Original Hold has a pleasant smell. The price is affordable. In fact, in light of all its features, the prices is rather cheap. On the contrary, some users have complained that the smell is a bit manly and strong. But this is a small price to pay given the lightweight, easy manageability and firm hold which the product delivers with such ease.
Reuzel Hair Pomade, Red is made by one of the oldest pomade manufacturers in the world. Although manufactured in America, Reuzel products are formulated in Holland. The red Reuzel is water-based pomade, and which the manufacturers claim has a very strong hold and very good shine. If you do are a fan of fruity or plastic smells that come with most pomades, then the Red Reuzel pomade should woo you over with its pleasant but subtle cola’ smell.
It can be used on almost all hair types including thick and wavy hair, and goes really well with colored hair, as it brings out the shine without dulling the color. One of the to-die-for features of this product is that it can be used for both light hold and strong hold. For light hold, the manufacturers recommend applying it to damp hair. If a stronger hold is intended, the product is applied to blow dried hair. However, there have been complaints that the hold is really not as strong as indicated. The price is affordable. And you’ll find that the product is very economical – you just need to a little to achieve the desired effect. Reuzel Hair Pomade Red also washes off really easy. On the downside, the pomade might be a bit difficult to spread on dry hair. However, what is to love about Reuzel Hair Pomade Red is that it’s easy to use and wash off, and has very good shine.
Made in Australia, Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is a water-soluble, medium shine and moderate hold pomade. Despite what the manufacturers describe as a moderate hold, Uppercut is best if a very strong hold is desired. It is ideal for almost all hair types, and is suitable for very course hair.
What to expect from uppercut include an all day long hold, even in unfavorable conditions. This is a product you can wear to the gym without worrying that your hair will be messed up by sweat. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade doesn’t score very high on usability. It tends to harden. The product is a sticky, and it takes a lot of time and effort to remove off your hands after application. It is equally difficult to wash off hair. It will not come off with plain water, but you should be able to have it out with good old shampoo and conditioner. For this reason, it is best to avoid applying too much on hair, and avoid excessively combing the hair during styling.
Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is not as lightweight, as it gives hair a greasy texture. But it does have a very pleasant coconut smell. One advantage of Uppercut Deluxe Pomade over other pomades is that it has a very firm hold, and it can hold hair for longer than a day. Additionally, hair can be re-worked once it dries. Once dry, just spritz a bit of water and you can be able to re-style it. How economical! Unfortunately, Uppercut is also one of the more expensive products in the market, with a 3.5oz container going for about $17.
Overall, if a very strong hold is desired, and the difficulty in applying, styling and washing are to be overlooked, then Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is the perfect pomade.
American Crew Pomade for Hold and Shine is actually one of the products specifically designed and recommended for people with curly hair, and it works well for other hair types too. Unfortunately, it contains a rather long and worrisome list of ingredients. However, two of these ingredients are lanolin and ginseng root, which are known to have tremendous benefits for hair.
American Crew Pomade for Hold and Shine is very easy to apply and comb through hair. The shine is very good, and the hold is firm. However, the hold is not as strong as when compared to other products, and it is not uncommon for hair to fall out after a few hours. You might want to supplement with a holding spray if you want the look to stay for long. Although the texture is good (the product is lightweight and doesn’t stiffen your hair), it does tends to flakes up. American Crew Pomade for Hold and Shine has a mild and pleasant scent.
One disadvantage of this product is that the container is a bit small, which doesn’t compare well with the 4 oz containers offered by other brands. With American Crew Pomade one should expect about 2.4oz of product. Considering the price per unit of product, then this has to be one of the more expensive pomades. In addition, there are concerns about the genuineness of the product, amidst complaints by consumers of counterfeits. Unfortunately, these claims have not been verified, and it is unclear if the manufacturers have modified the appearance and texture of the pomade.
What Layrite Deluxe Original Pomade promises is a light weight, easily washable pomade, with a firm hold and medium shine. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver on all of these. In comparison to other products, the hold is a bit light. This means that you will need to use more, if you would like a stronger hold, or supplement with a stronger hold product such as a hair spray. It is very manageable, and is easy to apply and comb through hair. It is also lightweight, and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on hair. Layrite Deluxe Original Pomade doesn’t give off that flaky look.
One of the things to love about the Layrite Deluxe Original Pomade is that it is reworkable, and hence it is possible to re-style your hair during the day. Unfortunately, the shine is modest. But this is okay as the product does not promise a very high shine. Layrite has a subtle fruity vanilla smell, which is ideal for people who are turned off by stronger smelling pomades. Also, Layrite Deluxe Original Pomade washes out very easily, and the price is affordable. On the downside, it might not be as effective for people with thick hair types, although it works wonders for those with fine hair.
Which is the best pomade?
It seems each pomade has various advantages and drawbacks. Layrite Deluxe Original Pomade and American Crew Pomade for Hold and Shine, for instance, seem to be medium level pomades. Not a lot is promised and not too much is offered. The pomades are really easy to use and they wash off easy, and the texture is light. However, concerns about counterfeit American Crew pomade is not something that could be taken lightly, given the horrible effects that such counterfeits could have on your hair and general health. Layrite on the other hand, doesn’t have such a strong hold, and is perhaps not ideal for persons with coarse hair. A key feature of pomade is applicability, which Uppercut really skims on. As much as Uppercut Deluxe Pomade’s hold might be better than what American Crew, Layrite or any other pomades offer, it doesn’t help much if the pomade is really difficult to work through hair, and gives hair a greasy texture. By far the biggest turn-off of Uppercut is that it is very difficult to wash off.
Ultimately, it comes down to two pomades; Reuzel Pomade Red and Suavecito Pomade Original Hold, which are both very promising. They are both made by trusted and reliable manufacturers. The ingredients seem proper, and they both guarantee a lightweight pomade which is easy to apply and results in good hold and good shine. They both deliver on these. And they are both easily washable.
However, Suavecito seems perfect for literally all hair types which gives it an edge over Reuzel. The strongest features of Reuzel is that it has good shine and good hold. However, let’s not forget that it is a bit difficult to apply on dry hair. Suavecito, however, seems to offer more, with easy applicability for dry or wet hair, better hold and a good shine. By far, the best pomade has to be Suavecito Pomade Original Hold.