Hair gel simply won’t due if you are going for a more distinguished, slicked back look. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t need that hair gel anymore. Pomade does an excellent job of keeping your hair in place. It gives your hair a characteristic shine that only pomade can provide properly. Best of all, it can be used with all hair types.
What Exactly is Pomade?
Pomade used to be the term for oil-based hair products, but the word has been broadened to incorporate many different types of waxy substances—many of which are water soluble. Pomade never stiffens, and is great for keeping hair in place for long periods of time. There are many different kinds, so in order to figure out which one you need, you should decide what you want it to do to your hair. If you want some separation, you’ll need something with more wax in it. If you want a “greaser” kind of look, a medium hold pomade will do great.
Dampen Your Hair First
Before starting, your hair should be damp. If it’s totally dry, the pomade won’t distribute as evenly and will be harder to work into your hair. If your hair is totally wet, the product will get diluted and disbursed more thinly than it should. However, some are designed to be used on dry hair. Check the label on your pomade to be sure whether it should be applied damp or dry. How damp or dry your hair is during application can also affect the shine and overall look of your hair.
How to Apply Pomade to Your Hair
Take up to a dime-sized amount (less is better when first starting out) out from the container and rub it together in your hands. You’ll need to warm up the pomade through the friction of rubbing your hands together before applying it. This makes it softer and easier to bond with your hair.
Work the pomade into your hair from the roots as if you were applying a conditioner. Pull your fingers upward to evenly distribute the product. If you are using a comb, do the same upward motion to spread it out from the roots.
Shape and Style with Your Hands or a Comb
Once the product is thoroughly worked into your hair, it’s time to style it the way you want it to look. If you’re trying to slick it back, a comb will be very helpful. If you’re going for a messy look, you can simply use your hands to shape your hair and make it look the way you want it before going anywhere. You may have to apply more toward the end of the day or even in the middle of the day to keep its shape.
You can use a hair dryer to help activate the product after applying it to damp hair. This is certainly not required, but some find it easier to shape hairdos with help from the heat of a hair dryer. Whether you use a hair dryer or not, doing it yourself is very easy. As long as you don’t apply too much, you can’t go wrong with a can of pomade.
How to Remove Pomade from Your Hair
If you did apply too much, you can use a bit extra shampoo and wash your hair thoroughly. You don’t need to go overboard, but make sure you get the roots. Removing the product at the end of the day is as simple as washing your hair, so try some pomade for your hair and see how you like it!