After so many years of faithful service, I broke it off with my hairspray. I wanted more variety and I got tired of waking up to that same look every boring morning. It was limiting me, not letting me be adventurous and versatile. So, I went out on the town, and found something that met my needs. Pomades, one of the most resourceful categories of hair products.
Pomades have taken over my medicine cabinets, and in my case, under the sink cabinet’s as well. These delightful, colorful whipped hair dressings are the archenemy of fly-aways. Medium pomades take an extra bullet to become our sculpting gel. The extra strong pomade becomes clay to form your hair into, well, just about any shape your hair-chitectural mind can conjure up.
Let’s do a quick run down of some of the pomades you might come across at your local drug store.
- Murrays Pomade has been around since 1925. It’s heavy, greasy and will stay in your hair for a LONG time. It has the thick consistency of Vaseline petroleum jelly. Because Murray’s is so thick, you’ll have to soften it up with heat before you can use it.
- Brylcreem has been one of my grandfathers favorites for decades. Its mineral oil/beeswax base provides maximum sheen and all-day hold, while keeping your hair soft and pliable. Plus, it leaves your hair smelling delightfully clean. Most people have to use more than just the suggested “little dab” in their hair, depending on how thick or heavy your hair is.
- 3 Flowers Pomade is not just for men! It adds shine to straight hair and keeps frizzes away. The pomade has just enough hold to keep them in line. My only warning is that you should use sparingly, to much can leave a greasy look.
- Schmiere by Rumble 59 is absolutely one of my favorite brands. This German based company has created a pomade for just about every type of hair imaginable. The pleasant scents of their pomades, the variety of what they offer and the effectiveness of the hold makes them worth going out of your way to buy. Rumble59 Schmiere – For greasy guys and sophisticated ladies!
So what do you do once you’re done for the night, dazzled the crowds with your hair-tastic good looks and are ready to degrease? Many turn to a product called High Life Degreaser Shampoo. It is specially formulated to remove hair greases, pomades, waxes, and creams. There is no shampoo that completely rids the hair of any of these types of products, but hair experts advise adding Groom & Clean to your hair cleansing routine. This is a water based grooming product that not only can be used for styling your hair, but when left on the hair for at least a few hours prior to washing it, it actually helps cleanse the hair of dandruff and break down gels and waxes. I’d recommend making this an addition to your degreasing process in order to gain cleaner and fresher locks.
Remember to always wash your hair and rid your glamorous frock of anything that can transfer to your pillow and onto your skin. All hair products contain ingredients that can irritate your skin and cause breakouts. If you are using a product to set a style or pin curl over night, wear a shower cap or bandana to help keep your skin fresh and clean!