Top 10 Men's Hair Pomades and Waxes

Top-Rated Pomades and Waxes To Keep Your Hair In Check And In Place

Top-Rated Pomades and Waxes To Keep Your Hair In Check And In Place

Guys need a little assistance to keep their looks in tact, too. That's why the Rank & Style algorithm recently sourced the best hair pomades and waxes for men. With a little searching, you'll find there are huge communities looking for the best product available to create a perfectly coiffed head of hair—whether a natural or more striking look. To achieve either, there is no shortage of styling products to choose from, from clay-based pomades and water soluble waxes. Which one you choose is simply based on personal preference. If you tend to rock a pompadour, you'll want something with a stronger hold, whereas if you simply want some texture, a light wax will do you just fine! One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of conversation happening around the products that follow—so dive in and take your haircut to the next level! Opening image: @americancrew

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July 24, 2018

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Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade
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Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade

BEST FOR: This is one of the strongest, most pliable holds you'll find out of a clay pomade. 

ABOUT THE BRAND: Reuzel is a line of grooming products born out of an old school men-only barbershop called Shorem in the heart of working class city Rotterdam. 

Layrite Natural Matte Cream Pomade

LOVED FOR: This is a lightweight, water soluble shaping cream meaning it will be easier to wash out when you're ready. It's said to "hold like wax and wash out like gel."

USERS SAID: "I find it to be better than the pomade or clay out there. Key to this product is using the proper amount. You really only need a little bit. This will allow your hair to be held in place and free-flowing i.e. you can run your fingers through it."

Imperial Barber Grade Products Classic Pomade

HELPFUL TIP: This pomade also you to adjust the hold strength depending on the amount of water in your hair. For a lighter hold, apply with water or on damp hair. The  strongest hold can be achieved with a slightly heavier amount on dry hair.

ABOUT THE BRAND: The team behind Imperial Barber Products have spent a combined 30 years in the Los Angeles, London, and New York City barber culture where they each worked to perfect the craft of classic American men’s styling.

American Crew Pomade

BEST FOR: Crew is the pomade of choice for many curly hair men (though it's still totally useful for those whose locks are straight!).

USERS SAID: "I would recommend this to any man that wants a more suave look, more 'refined' and professional - Now when I enter a room, my hair talks for me — it says, 'Don't mess with this guy - just look at his beautiful hair. It is glorious.'"

TIGI Bed Head B for Men Matte Separation Workable Wax

LOVED FOR: Guys who live in humid climates will appreciate how this product will stand up to the wet, hot heat.

WHAT IT DOES: Pliable wax gives matte definition, while cera caranauba and a blend of polymers provide separation.

Dove Men+Care Sculpting Paste

BEST FOR: For such a low price, this Dove product offers an easy point of entrance for someone just entering the hair styling game.

WHY YOU NEED IT: No special orders required here. You can find this at your local drugstore. It couldn't get any easier. 

Old Spice Spiffy Mens Sculpting Pomade

USERS SAID: "While this pomade isn't a super strong hold pomade it does the job for my short, straight and manageable hair. I wasn't looking for the Don Draper effect but rather a product that would hold its shape yet allow me to play with my hair a little bit throughout the day so I wasn't constrained so much."

HELPFUL TIP: Don't overdo it with this (or any pomade, for that matter) because excess product will result in looking like dandruff. 

Baxter of California Clay Pomade

HELPFUL TIP: Emulsify dime-sized amount of product in your hands, work into hair from front to back until you've reached the desired look. Pomade roughens up and lends a natural, matte finish to textured styles.

FUN FACT: This pomade won the category of Best Hair Wax in Details Magazine, May 2012.

Smooth Viking Pomade

USERS SAID: "Back in the day I used to use Roal Crown pomade which was great stuff, but greasy as all get out. I liked the hold and the shine but I always just felt greasy. I tried a few other products but all we meh. Then I saw this "water based pomade". This stuff is fantastic. Good hold, great shine, and no grease! Way better than anything I have tried from Crew."

ABOUT THE BRAND: If you're bearded, you'll want to check out Smooth Viking's beard-care products that it first started with.

Suavecito Pomade

BEST FOR: Pompadours, slick backs, and side parts. If you sport a strong hairstyle and even thicker hair, this is the pomade that will support it hour after hour. 

USERS SAID: "I have been suavecito for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it. I have thick islander hair and I work in the Casino industry so I have to look presentable and the only product that does the trick the way I like it is suavecito. I love the product and the smell of it is a great."

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