Things you need to know about po­made

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For those of you who have been liv­ing un­der a rock, po­made is a waxy prod­uct used to style hair. The slick ef­fect lasts longer than that ob­tained from cus­tom­ary hair gel or foam. Po­made suits short ‘dos bet­ter, which is why it’s more pop­u­lar among men than women.

Po­made dates back to around the eigh­teenth cen­tury. In those days po­made con­sisted mainly of lard or bear fat, and it wasn’t un­til the early twen­ti­eth cen­tury that it be­gan to be made with­petroleum jelly or beeswax.

As with skin prod­ucts, hair prod­ucts – in this case po­made – need time for your body to ad­just. If your scalp is used to shampoo and conditioner, it might pro­duce more oil when you start us­ing po­made. Don’t fret though, since you can just wash your hair as needed.

Po­made comes in two kinds: oil-based and wa­ter­based. Each has its own strengths and weak­nesses. Oil­based po­made can be more dif­fi­cult to wash off, but it lasts longer and is usu­ally made of nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. The wa­ter-based kind is eas­ier to rinse away, but might not be a good choice for the rainy sea­son.

The key to us­ing po­made is to carry out some trial and er­ror. Some brands will suit you, oth­ers might not. The waxy tex­ture can also be a has­sle when you use it for the first time. But hey, prac­tice makes per­fect. So style away and make Don Draper proud!

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