Pomade for Thick Hair Comparison
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Pomade for Thick Hair Buying Guide
What is a Pomade for Thick Hair?
You may have noticed a recurring theme in the above reviews – thickness and consistency. These are the most important factors to consider when looking for a new pomade, though many folks may have no idea of the difference between thick and thin pomades. If I’ve lost you, let me further explain so you may know which type of pomade is right for you.
Do you need a thick pomade?
Upon first glance, a thicker pomade may resemble that of a very waxy substance. Of course, this gives it a great hold. One gram of thick pomade will have much more hold than one gram of another pomade. Of course, this translates over well to thick hair. Thicker pomades come with their own list of advantages which are most apparent when used on thicker heads of hair.
For example, thick pomade tends to be very frugal. Because of its sheer amount of hold, it makes sense that you wouldn’t need apply as much of it to get a great effect. Of course, we can all appreciate a bit of frugality in any product. It also gives you more control over how much you put in your hair and to what ratio it is applied (more in the front, less in the back, etc.). This makes it great if you don’t mind taking the time to get just the look you’re after.
Do you need a thin pomade?
As great as the above sounds, thinner pomades also come with a few benefits. In contrast to those of the thicker variety, thin pomades may more closely resemble a gel than a wax. As such, you’ll find them much easier to work with. Think of the difference between cold butter and melted butter; with thin pomade being the melted butter. On the other hand, you’ll find you have less control over the ratio at which your pomade is applied throughout your hair. In short, this means that the effect you get from your pomade will always be consistent. While you have less say in the final result, you’re also much less likely to encounter any issues due to the presence of human error. In short, you’re guaranteed a satisfactory head of hair, but never an amazing or lackluster head of hair. Consistency is what thin pomades are all about.
Unlike thicker pomades; however, thin pomades aren’t always the most frugal solution. This is because they just don’t have as much hold. One gram of thin pomade won’t be nearly as effective as one gram of thick pomade. Of course, this is compensated by the fact that thinner products can be more abundantly applied to the hair. It is this particular characteristic that makes said products so easy to use in the first place. From your wallet’s perspective; however, this isn’t the greatest characteristic. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not ease of use is higher on your list of priorities than frugality.
Types of Pomade
There are two main types of pomade – water-based and oil-based. Let’s take a look at how either type varies from the other, ensuring you know just what you need in your next product.
- Oil-Based Pomade – The “original” pomade, if you will. Oil-based pomades, believe it or not, actually have less manmade chemicals in them. While the chemicals in water-based pomades haven’t exactly been shown to be detrimental to your health, oil-based products are better if you’re the type to prefer products of a more natural nature. These pomades give you more control throughout the day due to their greasy nature. After applying it, you’ll be able to constantly fidget around with it throughout the day, allowing you to quickly fix your hair whenever a mirror may be present.
- Water-Based Pomades – Because these pomades have less of a grease factor about them, you’ll find that they “lock in” your look more so than their oil-based counterparts. This means that your hair has less of a chance of getting messed up after you apply the pomade in question. In the event that your hair does get messed up; however, you’ll find it much harder to fix. This is because water-based pomade dries more readily. If you’re confident that your hair won’t get messed up, such pomade is your best choice. If you’re the type to constantly fidget with your hair in front of mirrors; however, you may find it leaves you rather limited.
Common Pomade Features for Thick Hair
While the usefulness of any of the pomade features we’ve covered thus far is based entirely on subjectivity, there are a few features you should always look for in pomade made for thick hair. Keep an eye out for the following characteristics in any pomade you purchase.
- A Great Hold – Now, whether you choose to go with a thick or thin pomade will change the amount of hold you can expect. However, it always helps to find a product whose hold is great relative to its overall thickness. The Smooth Viking we covered earlier is a good example of a pomade whose hold is quite large relative to its thickness.
- A Great Shine – If you didn’t want any shine, you would have used gel instead. Even water-based pomades can and should have a great shine about them. No matter the thickness of your hair or the thickness of the pomade itself, a product’s shine is a great representation of its overall quality.
There are two very big factors to consider when picking out a pomade – its level of thickness and its base ingredient. Thick, thin, water-based and oil-based pomades all have their own merits and drawbacks. Of course, by picking out the right pomade for you, you can be sure you’ll get all pros and no cons. Keep all of the above considerations in mind when shopping for hair products and you’re sure to have the sleekest head of hair on the block.