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Pomade Vs. Wax: Know Which One Deserves to Be Your Styling Agent

Pomade Vs. Wax
Pomade and wax are men's hairstyling products. The following article brings forth the difference between the two.
Aastha Dogra
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018
When it comes to looking groomed, gorgeous, and hot, women have some competition now. Yes, today's metrosexual men want to look as appealing as could be. They are willing to put in all kinds of efforts to do the same. The result is seen through the mushrooming of men's salons all over, and the market flooded with all kinds of cosmetics, especially for men.
When we talk of men's cosmetics, hairstyling products are the most sought after ones. Hair wax, hair gels, hair mousse, pomade, etc. are used by many men to ensure that they do not ever have a bad hair day. These hair care products provide a good hold to the men's hairstyles, thus keeping them from getting messy throughout the course of the day. But which one of these is the best? For all those men who are confused as to which one to go for (hair wax or pomade), given below is a comparison between the two.
If you have ever used pomade, you would know that the shine and luster that it lends to the hair is unparalleled. It makes the hair a bit greasy, and is thus the right choice for all men who have dry hair. If you look at the ingredients of pomade, it's mostly made up of mineral oil, wax, and petroleum jelly. From these very ingredients, it gets its moisturizing, nourishing, and hair care qualities. You would be surprised to know that as pomade contains beeswax, many hair wax manufacturers in the market are actually selling hair wax under the name of pomade. As it is, there is not much difference between the two.
Hair Wax
For those of you looking for a styling product that can hold a hairstyle, wax is your answer. Hair wax can keep the hair in place for a longer time, providing it with a better hold. That's why, wax certainly wins hands down, especially for people with oily hair, as pomade can increase the greasiness in their hair even more. However, wax does not get easily distributed in the hair. In fact, you would need to warm it up between your palms, before applying it. It may dry out the hair after a few hours of application, as unlike pomade, it does not contain oil.
Which is Better?
If you compare the two, hairstyling wax and hair pomade, both have their pros and cons.
  • Hair wax is dry, and may dehydrate your hair. On the other hand, in the long run, pomade keeps the hair healthy-looking due to the presence of oils in it.
  • Wax provides a better hold, thus making it perfect for hairstyles like spikes, in which the hair stands on the head. Pomade may not provide a hold that good. So, if you have a hairstyle in which the hair simply lies flat on the head, go in for a pomade.
  • Wax can be easily removed with a single shampoo wash. On the other hand, a pomade is so greasy, that it takes a number of washes or de-greasers, such as lemon juice and olive oil, to take it out of the hair.
As you can see, both these hair styling products have their pluses and minuses. While wax is better in case of convenience of use, pomade scores for being better for the health of your hair. The comparison above will help you make an informed choice with regards to your hair styling needs.
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