Gels, Pomades & Waxes

Gels, Pomades & Waxes

There is just no excuse for a bad hair day anymore, and this whole concept has fully migrated to the male population, mostly due to the proliferation of so many great products for male grooming to match the range available to women since forever. While many of the styling products available to each gender have more in common than most people might imagine, their prevailing distinction can be found in the scents, if nothing else. Also, there are many shorter styles that sport a product visual, with perhaps more men’s styles concentrating on the slick look than women’s. Bad hair days are almost impossible, especially because of grunge styles encompassing the more edgy fringe non-styles. The nice array of different products for both men and women is an inspiration when it comes to coming up with some new styles since these products support creating them. The only thing is that they all look great, have compelling names and trendy packaging, but they’re not all created equal, and knowing which product is best for which hair type is just as important as getting the right product for the job you want it to do. Not all the best products come with a high price tag and are only sold in pricey boutiques, either. First, you must know what each classification is meant to do for hair. Let’s look at a basic breakdown.

Gel Styling Products
Gel styling products have been in use a really  long time, with your grandmother’s go-to brand sold and used everywhere. And as far as strength of hold goes, how is “rock solid” for ya? Unlike pomade or wax, gel will rinse right out with water.  Today’s gels come in both light and firm holds, with the lighter formulations being best for finer hair types. A little bit goes a long way. Gel is an excellent way to boost volume when applied just to the roots. It’s the best product to use where hold is essential. You may not be able to get a comb to go through it, but it’ll hold.

Pomade Hair Products
Pomades come in two types: water-based or wax-based. In remembering the iconic retro pompadours and ducktails, these were possible, thanks to good old pomades. As you might have noticed, pomade is rather easy to spot, with its sort of greasy-looking effect on the hair, which is actually of great benefit to anyone suffering from dry hair. This product for styling hair was behind the retro term “greasers,” with its slicked-back appearance. You can increase and decrease the intensity of its appearing greasy by the volume you use, as well as by applying it to dry hair versus wet hair. When applied while hair is wet, less shine is lost, but so is some hold. Conversely, when applied to dry hair, pomade offers killer hold, but less shine. Throughout the day, one benefit of pomade is its ability to stay comb-able and style-able. Water alone will not remove this typically petroleum-based formulation, however, newer pomades are water-based, and can be removed much more easily, with only water being used. These are less shiny looking and offer stronger and stiffer finishes. A dab of pomade warmed by rubbing between palms is how it’s applied, and like gel–a little goes a long way.

Wax Styling for Hair
Unlike pomade, wax offers a far less greasy looking effect while adequately holding any hairstyle. Wax will eventually dry out, but until that time, it will remain “restyle-able.” Once dry, however, the style created with wax as a holder is a done deal. Because of the formulation of wax styling ingredients, wax is the method of enabling those dramatic spikes and mohawks to stand at attention. Wax helps to create and hold a lot of detailed effects and add texture in superior ways. You apply wax as you would pomade, but always to dry–never wet hair.

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