Wax & Pomade

Hair styling products are must-haves for beautiful hair. Styling wax, hair gel, pomade, defining paste and hair putty all work with short hair, long hair, curly hair and straight hair to define your hairstyle. Hair wax and styling products provide control, smoothness and shine when applied to dry hair.

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What are hair wax and pomade?

Whether you want to build texture, add shine, create movement or hold a style in place, a good hair wax or hair pomade can help you achieve it. Both are popular styling products that can be used on all hair types, from short hair and curly hair to long hair and straight hair.

But what's the difference? With the extraordinary amount of styling products available, it can be difficult to tell the difference between hair gels, pomades, style waxes, pastes and more. To help you pick the right product for your desired look, we've put together a quick guide:

  • Hair wax: Hair styling waxes are preferred for adding messy texture and choppy movement to hair and holding hairstyles in place. They tend to dry out over a few hours, which makes them more suitable for oily hair, and they can be reworked throughout the day.

  • Pomade: Pomade for hair comes in two main types: water-based and oil-based. Traditional pomade is made from petroleum and provides strong hold and shine. It is popular for creating classic styles like pompadours and quiffs that can be restyled throughout the day. Modern water-based pomades are easier to wash out and offer more versatility. They can be used to achieve the same slick look as oil-based pomades but with less shine and more versatility.

  • Gel: Hair gels can be used to provide intense hold and texture for hours on end. They can set the hair until it is rock-solid and leave it looking shiny and wet.

  • Mousse: Hair mousses are aerated creams that can be applied to wet or dry hair. They are typically used to add volume or create subtle textures that can be brushed out easily.

  • Clays: Hair clays are like waxes but are made with clay ingredients. They have a thicker, grittier texture and can be used to add hold and movement to short hair. With no shine at all, clays provide a softer, more natural look.

  • Hairsprays: A hairspray adds the final finishing touch to a hairstyle. Use it to hold your style in place, add extra volume and smooth down flyaways for ultimate perfection.

Which is better, hair wax or pomade?

The answer to this will depend on the hairstyle and finish you want to achieve. If you want a relaxed, modern look with plenty of texture and movement, go for a styling wax. If you prefer a sleek, classic look with shine and no hair out of place, a pomade can help you achieve it.

Hairhouse has a range of styling waxes and pomades for creating any hairstyle you need. We have hair wax for men and women by Australian and global hair brands, including Paul Mitchell, Juuce, NAK Barber, American Crew, muk, Schwarzkopf Professional, Amoris Beauty and Fudge.

Pick up some NAK Barber Surf Wax for a messy beach look or try Paul Mitchell Dry Wax to create a natural look with medium hold. Dial up the texture with Juuce Wake Up Wax Spray, which delivers a matte finish. Tame flyaways and enhance updos quickly with Amoris Beauty Hair Styling Wax Stick.

For a sleeker look, try one of our pomades. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade comes in a range of holds and finishes, from light and casual to tough and shiny. Choose Deluxe Pomade for strong hold and high shine or Matte Pomade for medium hold with no shine. We also have Pure Original Pomade with super strong hold, Davroe Matte Pomade for a timeless, low-sheen look and DAPA Pomade.

For a textured, matte appearance, Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Mess Up Matte Paste works well. Fudge Matte Hed provides a firm hold and a dry, matte finish to define and texturise your hair. If you prefer maximum shine without the grease, try muk Slick Muk Pomade.

Is pomade stronger than wax?

Hair wax generally holds better than pomades. However, you can find pomades with a superior hold that will give you the height you need when creating a timeless hairstyle, such as a pompadour.

Pomades can also add a flattering shine to your hair and remain reworkable throughout the day, whereas styling wax will eventually dry out. If you're looking for a strong-hold pomade, check out Pure Original Pomade, KMS Hair Stay Molding Pomade or American Crew Heavy Hold Pomade.

Is pomade good for your hair?

Using a high-quality pomade every day is typically safe and won't damage your hair. It's important to note that water-based pomades wash out easily, while oil-based variants may cling to your hair and can clog hair follicles.

To prevent frizz and build-up, use a good shampoo to thoroughly cleanse your hair. We recommend V76, Redken, American Crew and System Professional.

Can hair wax and pomade damage hair?

These days, hair wax and pomade formulas are expertly crafted to be gentle and nourishing for hair while providing ultimate hold and style flexibility.

At Hairhouse, you can even find products free from harsh chemicals, including those that are sulphate-free and paraben-free. We also offer vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free options. These include evo Shebang-a-bang Dry Spray Wax, NAK Hair Dry Zone Matte Wax and Paul Mitchell Soft Style Foaming Pomade. We also have products with natural oils and extracts like keratin and argan oil to pamper hair while you style!

How do you use hair wax and pomade?

To create a casual look with hair wax, follow these steps:

  1. Scoop a small amount of wax into your palm and rub your hands together to warm it up.
  2. Start applying it from the back of your head and work your way to the front.
  3. Use your fingers to style your hair as desired—add texture, spike it up or slick it down. Keep building more volume until you're happy.

To use a hair pomade to create a timeless look, follow these steps:

  1. Warm up a small amount of the hair styling product in your palms and apply it to towel-dried hair.
  2. Begin by working it into the roots with your fingers, then use your palms to evenly distribute it through to the ends.
  3. Take a comb and run it through your hair until you have the desired height and look.
  4. You can use a hair dryer to set the style and apply hairspray for extra support.

Can you use pomade on facial hair?

As pomade provides shine, it's best kept to the hair as it can make facial hair appear greasy and weighed down. For a well-groomed look, our American Crew Moustache Wax, made from beeswax, is specially formulated for facial hair. It can be used to tame, nourish and style your moustache with a strong hold and a pleasant, long-lasting fragrance.

Find this and other best-selling hair waxes and pomades at Hairhouse to help you create flawless looks that never go out of style! Shop them online now with hassle-free shipping, or visit your nearest Hairhouse and let our friendly team assist you.

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