Have you recently bought some pomade and aren’t sure how to use it?
Maybe you have been recommended some pomade to style your hair and don’t know where to start? Or are you curious and want to know more?
No matter what the reason is that brought you here, we have the answers for you!
Pomade has been a popular way to style men’s hair for generations, with the likes of Elvis and the Fonz using it to secure their signature locks.
But how can you use it in the 21st century? Can pomade be the answer to a secure and super slick hairdo?
Or will it make you look like a greasy, slimy weirdo? We won’t lie to you, there’s a fine line between the two, and it can be too easy for your slick do to look terrible.
It’s this reason that many people avoid using pomade. But what if we told you there is another way? That’s right, we have a handy guide for you to follow!
Keep reading to find out how you can use pomade to create a fantastic and stylish hairdo that will make you the envy of all your friends.
Just keep reading to find out more!
What Is Pomade?
Before we dive into today’s article, let’s have a quick recap for those that need it!
Pomade is a waxy and greasy feeling water-based substance often used to style hair.
Pomade gives your hair a slick and shiny appearance and tends to last a lot longer than other hair products on the market!
It can take a few washes to get all the pomade out of your hair, so it’s perfect to help you create looks that stay in place no matter what!
Pomade offers a strong and secure hold that hairspray and waxes can’t compete with!
Sure it might make you think of Elvis, but trust us, pomade is still around for a reason, it keeps your hair in place and it is relatively easy to work with!
These days, there are a few different types of pomades you can choose from.
These include gel pomade, clay pomade, fiber pomade, oil-based pomade, and wax-based pomade.
The type of pomade you use will impact the appearance of your hair and how you can style it.
All of these types offer a strong hold and will make your hair look slick and shiny!
They vary in terms of thickness and how they feel in your hair, with fiber pomade offering a more lightweight texture than oil or wax-based pomade.
When deciding which type of pomade is best for you, we recommend trying out a few different types to see which you like working with best.
Now that we have briefly established what pomade is, let’s move on to why you came here today and figure out how you can use it in your hair!
How To Use Pomade?
Let’s get straight into it! Below we have a step-by-step guide you can follow to use pomade in your hair.
Don’t forget you can adapt the guide to suit the hairstyle you want to create, whether that is a natural-looking quiff or some super tall spikes, you can use pomade and our guide to create them!
Step 1 – Select Your Pomade
First up, you need to select the pomade you want to use. Choose the type of pomade you want from the list we mentioned earlier, but also the strength of hold.
Pomades come offering a light, medium, or stronghold, so make sure you select the right one!
If you want the hairstyle to last a few days, opt for a strong hold pomade, whereas if you plan to wash the style out in the evening, opt for a light hold.
You will also want to select your finish here too. You can choose from a matte or shiny finish, depending on the style you want to create.
Often, people select a shiny finish to create a sleek and shiny look on their hair!
Step 2 – Wash And Dry Your Hair
Once you have your pomade, you will want to get your hair prepped. Pomade generally works best on clean and towel-dried hair.
So hop in the shower and give your hair a good clean! Take a towel to dry it, but make sure you leave your hair slightly wet.
Pomade is activated by water, so leaving your hair a little damp will make the task of styling your hair far easier!
Step 3 – Start With A Small Amount
It’s hard to say how much pomade you will need as it depends on how much hair you have. So start with a fingernail amount and add more if you need to.
Generally, with pomade, less is more, so start small and only add more pomade if you need it.
Take the pomade and warm it by rubbing it between your fingertips in circular motions.
You want the pomade to be spread evenly along your fingertips for a super easy application.
Step 4 – Start At Your Roots
Now let’s get that pomade in your hair! Start at your roots and work your way from the base of your hair to the tips.
Massage the product into the base of your hair.
We will get on to creating the style you want a little later, so for now, focus on getting that warmed pomade in your roots!
Step 5 – Make Sure You Cover All Of Your Hair
No matter the style you are creating, you will want all of your hair to be covered by the pomade, so make sure you target each strand!
How long this takes depends on the style you are creating and how much hair you have, so remember to be patient!
Just make sure there is enough pomade in your hair to create the look you want to achieve.
Step 6 – Comb
Next, grab your comb and distribute the pomade throughout your hair.
Most of it will stay at the roots, but that will allow you to control and create the style you want!
Use the comb to move your hair into the style you want, whether that is a slicked back look, a just got out of bed style, or some spikes.
The comb will help you remove any excess pomade too, and distribute the pomade evenly so all of your hair is styled and set perfectly!
Step 7 – Dry
To finish, you will want to set your style and dry your hair. The quickest way to do this is with a hair dryer.
A dryer will help to lift your hair too, creating more volume!
You can use the dryer on a low setting if your hair is almost dry just to set it in place, keeping your comb in hand to touch up the style if you need to.
And there you have it! Seven steps that allow you to use pomade to style your hair. We bet that was far easier than you thought it would be!
Don’t forget to have a comb handy and to start with a small amount of pomade for best results.
If you do get stuck, don’t forget to refer to this guide, or check out some tutorials on YouTube where you can follow along while other men style their hair!