Guest post by Rachel Harmon
How to Choose and Use Hair Pomade – Women’s Guide
Hair pomade is one of the most popular hair products for men to the point it’s assumed to be specifically made for men which isn’t the case. In fact, if you type the word pomade on the search engine right now, you will probably find our men’s tailored guide on the best pomade for men. These pomades also make great gift items for women to gift the men in their lives; I digress.
Luckily, women are realizing and embracing pomades as a hair styling product, and you should too.
But before getting started, you will need to choose a pomade that suits your hair. Read on to discover the tips and tricks for selecting a suitable pomade for your hair.
1. Know Your Hair Type
Different pomades produce different results on different hair types. One pomade might work for curly hair but not straight hair. Your hair type is the deciding factor. Here is a guide on how to pick a pomade based on your hair type:
Frizzy hair needs a strong hold pomade for the extra hold to keep the stray strands in place. Also, make sure the pomade has moisturising properties since some pomades leave the hair dry accelerating the frizz.
If you want to flaunt those curls, you are better off with an oil-based moisturising pomade that will define the curls, leaving them bouncy and shiny.’
The best pomade for wavy hair should define the waves without creating a heavy or greasy look. Select a medium-hold pomade that is easy to apply into the hair.
The best pomade for straight hair is a heavy, water-based pomade that gives your hair maximum hold. Since straight hair loses style and shape easily, a high hold pomade will keep the shape intact.
You probably want a fuller, choppy look if you have thin hair. A thickening pomade is ideal for your hair type, but make sure to buy a lightweight one. You don’t want a heavy pomade that will weigh down the strands or expose your scalp.
Apart from considering the hold strength of the pomade consider the shine too.
2. Consider Your Hair Length
Another misconception about pomades is that they can only style short hair. Do you know most celebrities who rock choppy hairstyles use pomades? Use the following tips to choose pomade for short and long hair:
Styling short hair requires a heavier, wax-based pomade for a smoothed down and long-lasting hold. You don’t want to leave the house looking all sleek, but by mid-day, your short hair is messy and facing all directions.
Long hair is prone to split ends and occasional frizz. Choose a water-based, medium-hold pomade for a light, shiny finish.
3. Tips On Using Pomade To Style Your Hair
Don’t Overdo The Pomade
Apply the pomade sparingly and add small amounts until you get the desired style. Overdoing it and applying excess pomade will stress you because most pomades can only be removed by washing the hair. You don’t want to start over, do you?
Apply The Pomade The Right Way
For the best results, start with towel-dried hair. Start with the roots and comb when you are done to spread it evenly.
If you want a choppy look, apply a small amount of pomade to your fingers and apply it on your hair strands, working small portions at a time. Start above your ears, smoothing the strands to the back, then cup and squeeze the strands to achieve the desired volume.
Avoid Petroleum-Based Pomades
Petroleum-based pomades are greasy and make the hair look messy and sticky. They also cause buildup that clogs your scalp pores, causing acne. Avoid such pomades for water-based pomades. Also, avoid pomades with parabens as they are harmful to your scalp. If your hair is damaged, consider restoring damaged hair with keratin products.
Pomades are an excellent hairstyling product for women. The key to choosing the best pomade for your hair is first considering your hair type and length. Also, make sure to apply it correctly and use the right amount to achieve your desired style,