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The top 3 hair styling pomades for men

By Jake Daniels on 31st August 2015

A pomade is an old school styling product that leaves your hair slick and shiny, perfect for a side parting or the iconic 50s style pompadour made fashionable by legendary singer Elvis Pressley.

Pomades are generally on the heavier side and they’re known for their strong hold and ultimate versatility. Simply put, in this modern age there are two types of pomade, which can be broken up into water-based and wax/petroleum-based.

The wax-based products are the traditional types of pomade. These bad boys were originally made with actual grease and fatty ingredients. Nowadays, you might find these products being made with beeswax or some other wax based ingredient.

Water-based pomades are, guess what? That’s right, surprisingly enough they are mainly made up of water. These products are also water-soluble, so are much easier to wash out than a wax-based pomade.

Whether you’re using a wax or water-based pomade, either will provide a high-shine, wet-look effect with long-lasting, flexible hold. Pomade is great for taming frizz too, and is more moisturising than a gel, which can actually be quite dehydrating for the hair, drying to a hard, stiff finish.

So if you’re looking for a vintage style sheen, or you just want a rock solid cut that won’t fall out of place, I would seriously suggest investing in a pomade.

I’ve picked out my all time top 3.

BRONZE

Jack Dean Finishing Pomade (100ml)

Jack Dean Finishing Pomade (100ml)
Jack Dean’s Finishing Pomade, containing camelia and coconut oils, is an excellent way to style hair leaving a subtle sheen.

This is a light hair dressing pomade which contains Camellia and Coconut oils to smooth, moisturise and condition the hair leaving a subtle sheen. This classic pomade is ideal for the ‘comb over cut’ hairstyle. A quality product from a very well-respected brand.

£7.99 from The Shaving Shack


SILVER

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade (70g)

uppercut deluxe pomade
Uppercut provides a strong hold without any stiffness

Create slick, high-shine styles with this water-soluble pomade from Uppercut Deluxe. With strong hold and just the right amount of shine that doesn’t dry out, this pomade has it all. The best bit of all – it washes out without any fuss.

This pomade is perfect for timeless, classic looks – such as high pompadours, side parts or slick-back sides. Get control and definition without the weight of traditional pomades. The most expensive pomade on my list but still worth every penny.

£15 from The Shaving Shack


GOLD

The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade (100ml)

 Bluebeards Revenge Hair Pomade
The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade provides a strong hold

My favourite pomade has to be this water-based offering from The Bluebeards Revenge. It offers industrial strength hold and a high-shine finish for sharp and structured styles that will last all day.

It has a faint masculine smell and a little will go a very long way. As the instructions on the carton point out, ‘No man-sized dollop is necessary’. My tub is still going strong after two weeks of use so I’ll be interested to see just how long it lasts for.

Highly recommended.

£9.99 from ASOS.