We have been styling our hair with products for thousands of years. Wikipedia tells us that fat based gels, have been found on mummies. Over time we were able to improve on the styling products, but we as consumers are still faced with a plethora of options when trying to decide what's best for my hair?
Two of the most common products widely available to the modern man are gel and pomade. There are some key differences and advantages between the two, however neither one is necessarily better or worse.
Gel is probably the cheapest and easiest thing to use since it's designed to do just one thing; hold. The modern man has only a small window of opportunity once applied to work with his hair until the gel dries up, locking everything in place and preventing further adjustments. This is great news for those with very short hair styles like the spike up but take note; if the modern man's woman should run her hand through his hair she would be welcomed with a handful of unpleasant sticky white flakes ( ͡º ͜ʖ ͡º). All things said gel is also the easiest hair product to wash out (unless you're using something like gorilla snot.)
Alternatively a versatile option is pomade. Available in a variety of different based waxes and oils, pomade is ideal for almost all hair types because it offers the freedom for the modern man to continually restructure his hair all day, create texture. Also, a good pomade never flake. By applying it to wet hair more product will be required, the finish will have more shine, but ultimately will have less hold. Conversely, applying pomade to dry hair will require much less product and will produce a less shiny finish. Pomade's fortifying property tends to stiffen hair and allow for sculptured hairstyles like pompadours and quiffs, while long lasting moisturizing properties are ideal for Afro-textured hair. Pomade is a lot more time consuming to completely wash out and may still leave behind residual product, however this is actually desired since it helps give the soft clean hair some form and enables shape sculpting after a shower, which is useful for the modern man with longer flow who need hair away from their face.
At the end of the day, our personal preference is pomade because it allows us to mold hair in several different ways using the same product, just by adjusting how much we apply or whether or not we use a blow dryer. Keep in mind that a brand of pomade can look, smell or feel completely different than another and that pomade can come in a variety of different holds. Visit us at GQ Hair Studio for your next cut and have any one of our friendly barbers explore any further questions you may have when trying to decide, what's best for my hair?
By: Allen Butterfade