Things you need to know about pomade
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!