5 of the Best Pomades for Men: Editors’ Picks

Alyssa François | 22 April 2016

Smooth, sleek, and under control, that’s what a successful hairstyle is made of.

Pomade is the go-to styler for many men, providing men’s hairstyles with a sleek, shiny and smooth finishing touch. Back in the day, this old-fashioned styling tool was developed and formulated in a way that left hair stiff-looking and greasy. Yuck! Today’s pomades can create a sleek look with touchable hold sans the oily residue. Developed with water-soluble ingredients that are easy to wash out, you can really have fun with your ’do without worrying that you will be looking greasy for days. From styling your high fade pompadour to your fine and hard part, or wanting to add texture to your hairstyle, we’ve rounded up the best pomades for men below:

Editors’ Picks: Best Pomades for Men

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Men need hair styling tools, like a pomade to score cool styles. Choosing the best pomades for men to style your hair will help you achieve an amazing look. Photo credit: Dvora

Shine and Control

Try: Axe Clean Cut Look Classic Pomade

Give the long top of your dapper undercut or your comb-over some control. This may be the OG of pomades for many when it comes to creating structured styles in minutes. Music to your ears if you’re always mad-dashing out the door, right? Add this to your hair to give your style some shine and control. This classic pomade provides a medium hold that’s ideal for short to mid-length hair. Stay sharp, fellas!

Sleek and Shiny

Try: Axe Smooth Look Shine Pomade

Does your quiff need some shine? Grab this pomade for a neat finishing touch to your look. Ideal for short to medium-length hair, Axe Smooth Look Shine Pomade can add shine to straight and sleek hairstyles. This formula holds like their classic variation but also adds volume and the right amount of shine.


Try: Dove Men + Care Defining Pomade

Give your city slicker-inspired hairstyle some definition and smoothness. This pomade will help you define your style as it provides a light hold without leaving your locks looking or feeling greasy. This also keeps hair neat and in place all day. Perfect for the active guy on the go, and fits your routine well, from your morning workout straight to the office. Add a shiny finish to your hairstyle with this one!

Touchable Hold

Try: Suave Classic Styling Pomade

If you’re channeling your old man these days with a nice, clean side part or a college contour, you may want to give it a finishing touch with a styler that provides some serious definition. From the Suave Heritage Edition, this pomade can give your hair some hold without that crunchy feeling. The soft consistency of this pomade gives you the ability to mold your style and create definition while also creating texture. Thick and curly hair types can benefit from its smooth finish due to its ability to define your hairstyle and texture.

Firm and Flexible Hold

Try: Bed Head by TIGI for Men Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade

If you’re rocking a long, pushed-back style or a faux hawk-inspired front fringe, the hold on those strands better be strong before your style gets blown with the wind. For a firm hold that still allows long-lasting malleability (in case you want to touch it up at some point in the day) in your hairstyle, this one may need to find its way into your medicine cabinet. Bed Head by TIGI for Men Slick Trick Firm Hold Pomade gives firm control and boosts shine. Formulated with a mix of semi-solid ingredients, it leaves the hair easy to manage and flexible enough to style. Finish off your hairstyle with a greaseless, polished and sleek feel with this styler. If you want some added panache, cocktail this bad boy with other stylers from Bed Head.

Which of these from our best pomades for men edit are you going to try on your hairstyle?