Why Pomade Should Kick Your Hair Gel to the Curb

Dudefluencer: Pomade vs Gel

Do you hate that crunchy, white flaky feeling you get every time you use hair gel? No matter how often or hard you shake your head, not a single hair moves an inch making your hair look unnatural.

Do you want to keep your hair in place while also smelling good and staying soft?

Dudes, there is a way, and all it requires you to do is ditch the hair gel on your bathroom sink for some pomade. We’ve studied shampoos and their effects on hair, but what you use to style your hair is essential. It’s time to kick your hair gel and spray to the curb and dude up your do with some pomade for stylish, natural-looking hair.

What is pomade?

Pomade is a hairstyling product designed to keep your hair in place while maintaining its natural softness and shine. 

Made from various substances and available in different types of hold styles, pomade has become the go-to hair styling product for barbers across the nation. 

Just be aware, a lot of hair products now use pomade as a catch-all term for anything, so make sure you know what you’re getting before putting it in your cart.

What’s the difference between pomade and gel?

As kids and teenagers, hair gel is frequently the go-to hair styling product. It’s easy to use with challenging hair, cheap, and won’t get all frazzled if you’re running around the playground. 

Unfortunately, at the same time, you can expect hair gel to harden up, become crunchy, and cause flakiness every time you touch your hair. 

A gel is excellent if you have a notoriously tricky hairstyle like a mohawk or spiky hair. For all else, though, pomades are the way to go.

For pomades, you can expect a slightly less stronghold, but the ability to restyle your hair whenever you’d like after use and an evident lack of flakiness during its use. 

For those who have side parts, a pompadour, or really anything that doesn’t require a large number of hairs standing straight up, pomade will make your hair look shiny and naturally coiffed.

Why should I switch?

The biggest reason you should switch from hair gel to pomade is that you should want your hair to look as natural as possible. That means no longer freezing any wild hairs in place, instead of letting your flow live a bit.

And especially no more flakiness.

Another reason you should switch to pomades is that the best hair gels on the market are made with many chemicals. These chemicals help hair gels dry faster and remain harder throughout the day.

While at the same time, organic pomades like our Brooklyn Grooming Vegan Pomade are actually healthier, better for your hair, and make your hair look more natural. Plus, you know that everything you’re putting onto your body is eco-friendly, so you can look good while helping the environment.

What should I look for in a pomade?

So you’ve decided to make the switch, now you need to figure out what to look for in a good pomade. Focus on these two things when making your decision.

The right type for your hair.

Do you want to shine or no shine? Tight hold or loose? Greasy hair or dry hair?

Whether you realize it or not, all of those choices actually matter when it comes to picking out the suitable pomade.

For those who want a shinier style, you’ll want an oil-based pomade. The petroleum jelly inside helps make your hair look wet and shiny all day long.

If you want something that washes out quickly, then a water-based pomade is the way to go. It’s a bit of a stronger hold as well, but be warned, water-based pomades make it a bit more challenging to restyle your hair during the day.

A good all-encompassing pomade would be one made from vegetable wax and butter. This allows your hair to be conditioned while also keeping your hair in place and looking natural.

Choose a pomade made from natural ingredients.

While there are plenty of hair styling products on the market, the best pomades are made from natural ingredients. They allow your hair to flow more naturally while also keeping the number of foreign chemicals on your body to a minimum.

Using pomade is simple and easy. Still, like beard oils, you should learn how to properly use pomade to get the maximum benefit.

How to use pomade in 3 easy steps.

1. Towel dry your hair, but leave it a little wet.

Slight dampness goes a long way when applying pomade. After your shower, run the towel through your hair a couple of times until it’s just a little wet. This way, the pomade will activate fully.

2. Put a dime-size amount on your finger.

Once your hair is all set, scoop out a dime-size amount of pomade onto your finger. You’re going to then rub it in between your hands, so it’s even all throughout.

3. Focus on the roots.

Massage the pomade into your roots, and maneuver your hair into whatever style you’d like. If something isn’t working, you can always wet your fingers and start over.


Now that you know everything you’ll need to know about pomades, it’s time to kick those pesky hair gels to the curb to maximize style, function, and eco-friendliness. Want to get started right away for pomades and all your other essentials? The Dudefluencer Store is now open.

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