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The Best Pomades for Every Hairstyle

You don’t need a pompadour to use pomade.

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Pomade is buried deep in the aesthetic canon of classic Americana, right next to straight razors and Clubman talcum powder. Near forgotten, this old-school staple is making a resurgence thanks to young barbers that value its unique combination of finish and hold. It marries the wet aesthetic of gel with the pliability of wax.

Traditional pomades are oil-based. Purists argue that styles will last longer with this class of product, but scalps be warned — oil-based pomades are notoriously harsh and take multiple washes to remove. The new trend in grooming (but also general hair wellness) is water-based pomades, which can be stripped with a single rinse and still offer a range of control. So whether you’re after a sleek side-part, or prefer it naturally matte with a touch of texture, these are the best pomades to try now.

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Best Overall Pomade
Forte Series Pomade
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Best Upgrade Pomade
M3 Pomade
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Best Affordable Pomade
Strong Hold Pomade
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We're not going to overwhelm you with an exhaustive list detailing 75 different hairdos. Instead, here are 22 pillar styles, simplified.

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All-Purpose Hair Pomade
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Clay Pomade
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Baxter of California
Chuch California Volcanic Clay Pomade
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Classic Pomade
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Imperial Barber
101 Proof Classic Pomade
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Blind Barber
Deluxe Pomade
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Classic Pomade
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American Crew
Superhold Pomade
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Strong Pomade
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Cool Grease
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Fiber Grease
Wave and Groom
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Premium Gloss Pomade
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