Looking good has never been this easy! Lately, the Internet has been buzzing with tutorials on ways for men to style their hair. However, it is imperative that the right kind of product is used while experimenting with the various, funky hairstyles.
This article will help you answer the one question that has crossed your mind very often, “Do I use pomade or gel to style my hair?”.
The answer largely depends on how you want the product to assist you in styling your hair. Below, we have outlined the many benefits of both, the pomade and the gel. Also listed, are a number of hairstyles for you to gain inspiration from.
We’ll first start with pomade. The “Pomade” is an English word, which is derived from the French word pommade, which means ointment. “Pommade” comes from the Italian word pomo, which means an apple. This is because, when the pomade was first created in the 1800s, the main ingredients were mashed apples and bear fat.
Thanks to the modernization of traditional products, this formula was replaced with synthetic substances such as petroleum jelly. This versatile hairstyling product does it all. It can help you achieve a range of different hairdos, from a flexible retro look to a firm spiked up modern hairstyle.
We’ll now be sharing with you, a few reasons that’ll convince you to add the pomade to your hairstyling routine. Click here to learn more about what is a pomade exactly.
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Benefits of Using Pomade
- Most of the modern-day pomades are water-soluble. Which means they can be easily washed out using just water.
- Pomade can be used to style short, long and medium length hair.
- There are different pomades available in the market that work their magic on both, curly and straight hair.
- When the hair is styled using the pomade, it can be restyled during the day by using just some water and comb.
- Not only does the pomade assist you in styling your hair but also helps in nourishing and moisturizing it.
- Great for uppercut hairstyles (click here for our full-length uppercut pomade guide).
Pomade Styling Inspirations
This rockabilly style was made popular by “The king of rock and roll” Elvis Presley. Men of all ages can sport this timeless hairdo for a sophisticated look.
Haircut: The hair should be cut short at the back and the sides, while the top should be kept long. This contrasting ratio is what sets this style apart from others. You can experiment with the length of the top but we recommend leaving about 5 inches of length at least.
Styling: After washing your hair clean, the first towel dries it and then blow-dry it. Once the hair is dried, take little of the pomade and rub it between your palms to warm it. Next, evenly distribute it throughout your hair. After this, all you have to do is place your hand in the middle of your head and push the hand forward while combing the hair on the front. This is done to get the desired volume and height at the front.
Another classic hairstyle that has survived the test of time.
Haircut: For the quiff, cut the hair on the sides and back of your head, short. Leaving the hair at the front, on top of the head, long. The length should decrease as it goes towards the back of the head.
Styling: Once your hair is shampooed and towel-dried, evenly apply some pomade to the hair after warming it between your fingers. Next, blow-dry the hair while making a sweeping motion across one side, on the top part of your head while using a brush.
Follow the same steps but in the opposite direction, to style the other side. To set it, brush your hair upward and back, using a hairdryer.
Now let’s talk about the other very famous hair-styling product, the gel. Like the pomade, the gel too was initially made up of fat. However, the modern gel is created by using chemical-based polymers, which gives it, its viscous quality. This old school product is loved by millions and comes with its own set of advantages.
Benefits of Using Gel
- Ideally used for giving the hairstyle a stronghold. The gel keeps the hair in place on the windiest of days.
- Perfect product for hairstyles where you need a wet, slicked look with the firmest hold.
- Washes off easily with water in just one go.
- Hair gels come in three holds: “light”, “firm”, “strong”, and “extra strong”. This division makes it easier for people to pick a gel as per what they’re looking for.
- It is easily available throughout the world.
Gel Styling Inspirations
Recently, the bedhead look has proved to be a crowd-pleaser. Regardless of what the name suggests, not everyone can wake up with perfectly messy hair. This short tutorial will tell you to have you could master the look with little effort.
Haircut: This style works on any length of hair but looks the best on medium length.
Styling: After towel-drying your hair, apply little of any good quality gel. Work it evenly throughout the hair, till the roots.
Remove any excess gel by gently patting your head with a towel. Use a hairdryer to completely dry your hair and then run your fingers to mess it up to give it that chaotic look.
Subtle spikes look good on almost everyone.
Haircut: Any haircut would work for this style. Overly curly hair, however, would not easily be able to achieve this look.
Styling: Take a dollop of firm hold gel and spread it between the palms of your hands. Apply the product from roots to ends evenly, while hair is damp. Next, simply work your fingers in the hair to define the shape of the spikes.
Pomade Vs Gel
- Unlike pomade, the gel tends to leave flakes when the gelled hair is touched after styling.
- Hair styled with pomade does not turn hard after drying. This makes it easier to restyle it through the day. Gel, on the other hand, tends to make the hair crunchy, which prevents easy restyling.
- Majority of the gels can only provide a “wet look” Pomades, on the other hand, can give a matte and wet look both, depending on the styling and usage of it.
- Extensive use of hair gel could cause significant hair loss.
- Gel causes serious dehydration of the hair, which could give it a limp appearance.
Our verdict is in, and if you haven’t guessed it already, the pomade is a clear winner! Not only does it help you style different hairdos, but it also does so without causing harm to your hair. Check out the most comprehensive guide on the internet counting down the best pomade for men.