The struggles with having Asian hair are real. It’s thicker and fuller because it has twice the diameter than Caucasian hair. This article is about the best pomade for Asian hair and how to style it for many trending looks.
One day I discovered pomade. I can’t tell you how awesome this stuff is and how it has changed my hair life.
All of these are great and it depends on your style and what you are going for. But I would recommend any of those. American Crew you can find at your local target, and it’s ok but pricey. For your best deal, I would order online and get twice as much for the same price.
Best Pomade For Asian Hair
The key to these top 5 is “the hold”. You see, having that thicker hair means you need stronger and longer lasting hold. Unlike gel and hairspray, this will hold a nice slick back or parted style for a lot more hours.
The scent is very important for me as well. I like a nice cologne smell that isn’t over-powering, but I also like a naturally sweet aroma. You get that with those five for sure.
Let me go over and give a brief review of them.
What Pomade Should I Use?
I like to leave this up to you because it depends on what you want your hair to look like and do. But here are a few tips to help you decide.
- If your hair is naturally oily, choose a matte finish. This is because some pomades have more shine to it and that makes look almost wet, but if it’s slicked back, it looks really good.
- Is your hair dehydrated and dry? I would recommend trying a heavy pomade like reuzel.
- Want your hair to have volume, use pomade on damp hair and then blow dry while using a comb to get height.
Asian Hair Products I Recommend
There are hundreds of hair products you can choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to 6 of my favorite go-to pomades. Why do I use pomade and not gel or hairspray? Pomade is more professional, it’s what salon and stylist use on their clients.
As you read the reviews below you will see why these are the most popular among people with very dark thick hair.
If you are wanting to have more control and ability to style, use any of the recommended below.
Over the last two years, I have used pomade to create professionally styled hair like a slick back, pompadour, and even a quiff.
Suavecito Firme Hold
I like to say this is the perfect pomade for complicated hair. It was recommended by my barber, I liked it so much I went back a bought a jar for myself.
It is a water-based that has the strength of gel and hairspray. The nice thing with it being water subtle is you can easily restyle with just a little more water
The color is a transparent-brownish tint, not my personal favorite. I like clear or reddish tints. Either way, it makes no difference.
The smell is a nice lite cologne sent. Just enough to give a good smell to a passing stranger.
My favorite thing about Suavecito is the hold. My thick hair needs something really strong.
I also liked the shine was about a medium and lasted for most of the day. My dark hair has a shine of its own, so I really don’t want to amplify it anymore.
Suavecito Firme Hold is really great for thick Asian hair.
American crew is a very high-end pomade. It’s especially great for thick hair. It has excellent strength and holds.
My first impression was this is a very salon product. It feels like a product. Whereas some pomades have that DIY, made at home stuff. To be honest, it was such a nice clean bottle that I thought it may have been something my mom bought.
But I’m not trying to knock it. I gave it a chance and was surprised.
I popped the top and got a burst of a subtly scented cologne. It is sort of clear and sticky.
It went into my hair fairly easily. I just put a dab in my hand and tossed in my hair. Combed it in, and it worked nicely.
It has a very strong hold and the shine wasn’t that bad either. Overall, this is a great product that may cost you a few more dollars. But I think, if you need a stronghold that isn’t a gel, go for this.American Crew Pomade
Layrite Super Hold
Layrite is a super cool product, possibly one of my favorite weapons I use. I watched a video once on how this product is made.
It is made in small batches and put in a refrigerator to cool down. I like that this is a hand-made, small batch product. But moving onto my review.
It comes in a nice big white container. When you open it the first thing I noticed was the color of the pomade. It is bright orange, super cool. For once the smell didn’t hit me, it was the color.
But the smell is nice almost natural vanilla. No cologne here, but that’s ok, this gives you the option to use some if you like and not have double trouble smell.
This is a water-based product that went into my hair easily. Small dabs in you my hand in and it absorbed well in my hair.
A good comb-through to get my slick-back undercut style. I notice this is super great for thick hair. It holds a lot better than suavecito firme hold.
This does have a good shine to it, almost more than others. But I think the less water used could tame it.
Overall, Layrite Super Hold is one of the best pomade for Asian hair.
Here is the Imperial Classic Pomade, known for being tough on stubborn hair. They like to call it “industrial strength hold”.
I’ve tried lots of these that claim to have that strong firm hold, but imperial classic does indeed have that super strength. It reminds me of this gel I used when I was younger. That usually left my hair feeling like glue was in it.
The weird thing about this stuff is you would think it would be tougher to apply to your hair. But actually it goes in pretty well, using a comb will help, and I do think it is necessary.
It’s a water-based pomade, that rinsed out easily and clean. Re-apply later in the day with some water and you’re good to go.
It comes in a nice jar that is pretty simple. When you open it you’ll notice the clear thick product. The smell is simple, and unlike others, it has a faint fruity smell, almost like a melon.
Over all, I give Imperial Classic a 9/10 for hold and shine.
Fisticuffs “Tuff Hold”
Fisticuffs also known as “Tuff Hold” is another great water-based pomade. I first came across this product from one of my friends who rocks a great pompadour.
He told me I had to try it, “it is the best product for Asian hair”. Although he is only half-Asian, he inherited the thick head of hair. So, I trust his opinion and gave it a try.
My first impression is I just love the jar, it has that psycho-billy badass feel. I do get the sense that this is really strong stuff.
It has a nice clean, fresh barbershop smell, like sandalwood. It works really well for styling and has a strong “tuff hold”. A lot stronger than layrite.
This is an affordable pomade, much cheaper than salon-style products.
My review, this stuff is awesome, has a great stronghold and smells really awesome.
Works into your hair well and stays for many hours. Restyle when needed.
Now I’m not sure this is will be your style, but I do think it is my top 5 pomades.Fisticuffs “Tuff Hold” Pomade
Gatsby Supreme Hold
Gatsby is now on my list, and I don’t know why it took so long, this stuff has been around a really long time.
Use a little of gatsby supreme hold and get creative with your hairstyle. I tried a pomp and I was blown away with the results. Here is how it went, I washed my hair and then blow dried it for 10 seconds. I put a little dab of Gatsby in my hand and ran it all through my hair to the point I could comb it anymore.
Now, I finish blow drying into place and that was it. It took 2 minutes and stayed in place for a long time!
This stuff is so strong, yet it washes out like nothing. I would say it felt like a wax product but it’s not its pomade.
Should I Wash Out Pomade Before Bed?
The answer is No, but sometimes yes and here is why.
Depending on the type of pomade you use will make that decision for you.
Oil-based Pomades are a definite yes. Because it is oil based, that means its heavier and greasy. This will likely mess up your bed sheets and also, could cause you to break out with acne. One of the many reasons I don’t ever use oil based.
Water-based pomades are the way to go, they are lighter and dry out. That why overtime you will have to reapply some pomade during the day. Rarely have I had to do that unless I go out at night.
I don’t wash the pomade out before bed and I have no issues, but I only use water-based.
I have listed the best pomade for Asian hair that is very popular today. I have no doubt that if your hair is thick, any of these will do the trick. You may need to ask yourself what kind of style are you going for. Slick back, undercuts, pompadours, k-pop hairstyles, etc.
From there you can figure out how strong your pomade needs to be.