Pomade is a greasy or waxy substance that is used to style hair. Pomade makes hair look slick and shiny, and does not dry it out. It lasts longer than most hair care products, taking up to several washes to remove. The original pomade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries consisted mainly of beeswax, and petroleum jelly.It have been used extensively in the manufacture of modern pomades and properties of pomades make sculptured hairstyles.
Unlike hair wax and hair gel, pomade does not dry, and can last much longer. Pomade is used to style hair giving it a darker, slicker, shinier look, and are often associated with the slick men’s hairstyles of the early to mid-20th century. Because of its greasy or waxy nature, pomade can last through several washing’s, although it is easily removed using de-greasers such as high-detergent, or any shampoos designed for oily hair.
Pomade is often used with Afro-textured hair to keep it from drying out. All these products come in various textures and consistencies, and essentially achieve the same effect as either hair wax or pomade.
Traditionally, the difference between hair wax and pomade was that pomade gave the hair a slicker, shinier appearance, while wax did not. Today the difference between pomade and hair wax is becoming somewhat ambiguous especially since many heavier pomades contain beeswax.