A good hair day starts with a great cut and the right styling product. But that doesn’t mean you need to get fussy or fancy about it. A little water-based pomade can go a long way when it comes to looking your best. Not a product guy? Don’t worry. Pomade is easy to use and very versatile. It can de-frizz loose waves, tame unruly curls, define a classic side part, texturize shorter cuts, tousle messy fringe and keep a pompadour looking sharp.
Take a dab of product, about the size of a nickel, and warm it up in your palm to soften. Using your fingertips, work it evenly into your do. Start from back to front, front to back, root to tip–whatever moves you. Just make sure it’s distributed throughout your hair leaving no visible clumps.
We’ve gathered the best pomade for men just for you. Whether you’re already a pomade pro or you’re ready to become one, make one of these your new favorite.
For messy styles with a medium shine try Layrite Original Pomade. It provides all-day hold for all kinds of hair. It’s an extra-thick gel out of the jar, but once warmed up in your hands, it’s easy to spread with your fingertips or a comb. Dial in the hold and shine that’s right for you. Apply to damp, towel dried hair for a more workable hold and high shine or apply to completely dry hair for a stronger hold and lower shine.
Channel your outer Don Draper, minus the helmet like hold, with Dove Men + Care Defining Pomade. You’ll win the business when partnering with this pomade boasting a lighter hold and just the right amount of shine. It’s perfect for creating clean, preppy side-parts and polished boardroom styles.
If your hair is a medium to longer length try building up layers of pomade before setting the style. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade will give you a strong hold without getting crunchy of stiff. Count on this high-shine, no-flake, medium hold goop when slicking back your do or defining your pomp.
Shorter haircuts need love too. Define your classic cut with some casual texture. Work in Byrd Matte Pomade and give your style some personality without looking like your trying so hard. This pomade will give your hair that effortless cool; I woke up like this vibe. It dries to a matte finish and washes out easily.