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Tommy Gun's Barbershop Guide to Pomade

Pomades have been the go-to men's hair styling product for generations. Pomades are perfect for dressing up your hair, whether it be for an important meeting in the office, meeting your mates at the pub, or when you need to look your best for a date. There are A LOT of pomades out there, so here is our grooming guide to make sure you pick the right one for you.

Shop Tommy Gun's Barbershop range of Pomades here.

What is a pomade?

Put simply, pomade is a word used to describe hair styling products that hold your hair in place. Traditionally, pomades have been thick styling products that add high levels of shine and would hold hair in place all day long. Now, pomades come in a lot of shapes and sizes, from lightweight matte pomades all the way through to products that draw inspiration from what your granddad used. One thing is for sure, finding the right pomade for your style is like winning the lottery.

Types of Pomade

The most traditional type of pomade is an oil-based pomade. Oil-based pomades offer high amounts of shine with a strong hold that can be reworked throughout the day. These pomades add a greasier texture to the hair and are ideal for classic looks. These types of pomade are a little harder to wash out, so make sure you choose a deep cleaning shampoo.

Water-based pomades hit the scene in the 2000s, and once they landed, barbers haven't looked back. Water-based pomades are far easier to use than their oil-based counterparts without sacrificing hold or shine. These products have a great balance of hold, shine, and reworkability and wash out with ease, making them convenient for everyday use.

Matte, Fiber, and Clay Pomades have recently gained a lot of popularity as men's hair styles trends shifted to more natural looks. These pomades maintain the creamy or waxy texture of a traditional pomade but offer a more natural, low shine finish. These are ideal for people wanting to keep their hair tidy but maintain a natural finish.

Best hairstyles for Pomade

Pomade can be used in every hair type and any hair length. Pomades work best in creating classic looks like side parts, slick backs, combovers, and pompadours.

How to use Pomade

Using pomade can take a little practice, but once you have your routine dialed, you'll be rocking that fresh-out-of-the-barbershop look every day. As always, if you have any questions about how to style your hair, be sure to ask your Tommy Gun's Barber.

Firstly, start with freshly washed hair. Freshly washed hair ALWAYS makes styling easy. Towel dry your hair for best results.

Start with a small fingernail-sized scoop of your selected pomade and spread it across your hands until it is completely emulsified.

Next, rub your hands through your hair, ensuring you apply the pomade down to the roots. Now, style your hair for a looser look, or use a comb for a tight and tidy finish.

Best Men's Hair Pomades

There are a lot of great hair pomades on the market; it is hard to pick just one. Everyone has their own personal preference for pomade, but here are Tommy Gun's Barbershop favorites.

Reuzel Pink Pomade Grease

Reuzel Pink Pomade Grease
  • Traditionally formulated oil-based pomade
  • Medium hold with a high shine
  • Reworkable hold
  • Apple fragrance

Shop Reuzel Pink Pomade Grease

Layrite Superhold Pomade

Layrite Superhold Pomade
  • Incredibly high hold
  • Medium shine
  • Water-based
  • Mild cream soda scent

Shop Layrite Superhold Pomade

Uppercut Deluxe Matte Pomade

Uppercut Deluxe Matte Pomade
  • Medium hold
  • No shine, matte finish
  • Crème Brulee fragrance
  • Water-based

Shop Uppercut Deluxe Matte Pomade

Imperial Blacktop Pomade

Imperial Blacktop Pomade
  • Industrial strength hold
  • Enhances dark colour in hair
  • Low shine
  • Rinses our completely

Shop Imperial Blacktop Pomade

Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade

Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade
  • Strong hold
  • Lightweight, low shine finish
  • Paraben free
  • Hybrid water and oil base

Shop Baxter of California Hard Cream Pomade

King Brown Heavy Hold Paste Pomade

King Brown Heavy Hold Paste Pomade
  • Strong all day hold
  • Low shine finish
  • Light bay rum fragrance
  • Water based

Shop King Brown Heavy Hold Paste Pomade