Hair Pomades or Hair Wax … What Should you Choose?
The hair industry is flooded with an insurmountable amount of men’s grooming products, it can be mind-boggling trying to figure out the right ones to choose. We should know because, the Artisan Barber has an assortment of men’s grooming products ranging from hair pomades to shaving formulas and beard oil. Our clients ask us all the time about the best products choose. So, we compiled a quick Q&A and to help make the process less complicated.
Pomades gives the hair a shiny and slick appearance. They are ideal for side parts slick back styles, pompadours, and etc. Unlike gel, pomades are more versatile and usually range from medium to high shine. It allows you to style and keep your hair in place all throughout the day without the hard, dried out feel.
There are two types of Pomades - water-based and oil-based. Oil-based pomades contain petroleum or coconut oil, which can condition the scalp.. The downside of using traditional, petroleum pomades is that they also be more difficult to wash out. At the Artisan Barber, we only use paraben-free, pomades. The advantage of using water-based products is that it is much easier to wash out with water.
We recommend using our Coconut Pomade because it's paraben-free and it contains natural ingredients, such as beeswax, which is much healthier for the hair. Beeswax has a plethora of benefits. For example, it soothes, moisturizes and promotes hair growth naturally. Our beeswax based pomades are compatible with all mens hair styles and it’s perfect for texturizing, molding and it holds all day.
Then there is Baxter Hard Water Pomade, which adds a nice shine and gives you more control, minus the stiffness. Both of these pomades are easier to manage compared to traditional pomade brands.
If you want to achieve a matte finish, with a moderate hold, wax is a good choice. You’ll find hair wax is thicker than gel, without the sticky, hardened feel. The only challenge here is that most waxes are oil-based, so it maybe a little more work to wash out.
To apply, first shape your hair in the direction of your desired style, while it is still drying. Then take a small amount of wax, and evenly distribute it on your fingers. When your hair is dry, apply it, starting at the nape of the neck to prevent it from gathering up at the front of the hair. We recommend our Mint Wax for a light finish.