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The 5 Best Pomades for Asian Hair. 2020 Guide

The struggles with having Asian type hair is real.  It’s thicker and fuller because it has twice the diameter then Caucasian hair.   If you want to style it, you need a good hair product to do so.

I discovered pomade, and I can’t tell you how awesome this stuff is and how it has changed my hair life.  All pomades are great but it depends on your hair type and what style you are going for.  

I explain further in the article about that if you would like more in-depth information.  There are dozens of hair products to use, I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to try so many of them.

To pinpoint the product that works best for Asian hair is difficult because everyone’s hair is unique.  

But what I can do is let you see some of the pomades that worked for my thick wavy hair.

If you’re in a hurry, check out what I have been using daily because of how it holds my style for long hours during the day.

Our Favorite Pomades!

How to pick a pomade to 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Is your hair dehydrated and dry?  I would recommend trying a heavy pomade like reuzel.
  3. Want your hair to have volume, use pomade on damp hair and then blow-dry while using a comb to get the height.

Table of Contents

While putting our top 5 list together we try to gather 1 or two from each of the following type of pomade.

  1. Water-based
  2. Oil-based
  3. Wax or Clay

See the comparisons and read further reviews below.

Best Asian Hair Products

#1.Suavecito Firme Hold Pomade

Suavecito Pomade Original Hold - 4 oz

Suavecito is a fantastic smelling water-based pomade.

One of the more sought after pomades because it’s made by people who use it.  With their formula, you get long lasting hold, great smell and a product that you can use to style any hair.

  • Water soluble, washes it out easily.  No greasy mess.
  • Holds great, strong enough to last all day.
  • Applies in your hair very easy.
  • Smell is like a hint of cologne and cedar.
My Rating:
5 out of 5

Easily the most talked about pomade out there because of their heavy branding.  You might have seen these guys at concert festivals, tattoo conventions, biker bars, where ever cool dudes are gonna be, they will be there.

Their story goes way back in to the 90’s where the rockabilly scene was kicking off.  As it turns out, pomade was only available if you ordered it from overseas. 

So they eventually realized they could make their own, so they did and they made it to work for them!  My barber introduced me to them, and I have been a big fan as so many others are as well.

Suavecito Pomade

I like to say this is the perfect pomade for thicker hair.  As I mentioned 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.

What I like

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.

What I don't like

This product is for thick hair and it works really great.  That being said, I wouldn’t recommend this for thin hair.


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#2. American Crew Pomade

American Crew Pomade, 1.75 oz, Smooth Control with High Shine

American crew pomade, is a high end styling pomade. 

Smells clean and works for thick hair that you want to style up with volume. 

  • Water soluble, washes it out easily.  No greasy mess.
  • Holds great, strong enough to last all day.
  • Applies in your hair very easy.
  • Smell is like a hint of cologne and cedar.
My Rating:
4.5 out of 5

American crew is a very high-end pomade.  It’s especially great for thick hair.  It has excellent strength and holds high volume styles.

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, like Suavecito.

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.

American Crew Pomade

I found this pomade to have the many quality’s I was looking for to help contain wavy thick hair.

It smells really nice, subtle and not overpowering and gives you a medium to matte shine.

What I like

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 stronghold 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.

What I don't like

It’s doesn’t have that high sheen look to it after applied.  I know some people who like to have a little more shine from a product like this.

This is a matte finish, which is also ok for not looking too over the top.

Small jar and a little pricier than others.


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#3. Layrite Super Hold Pomade

Layrite Superhold Pomade, 4.25 oz

Layrite Super Hold is a mens grooming product that has exceeded expectations for the past twenty years. 

A great smell and great hold for thicker hair.

  • Hold like wax, washes out like gel
  • Medium hold
  • Medium shine
  • Water Soluble
My Rating:
4.8 out of 5

Layrite is a super cool product, possibly one of my favorite weapons I like to use.  First recommended by my barber at the time, I have been a fan for of Layrite since.

What I like is it is a higher end pomade, that has a reputation for having a great hold that looks natural and smells nice, not too over powering.

I watched a video once on how this product is made.  It is made in small batches and put in a refrigerators to cool down.I like that this is a hand-made, small-batch product.  But moving onto my review.

Layrite Super Hold Pomade

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.

What I like

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.

What I don't like

Non I can think of, overall this is the great pomade for what you are looking for.


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#4. Imperial Classic Pomade

Imperial Barber Classic Pomade, 6 oz

A mens grooming product the exceeds expectations for the past twenty years. 

A great smell and great hold for thicker hair.

  • Hold like wax, washes out like gel
  • Medium hold
  • Medium shine
  • Water Soluble
My Rating:
4.8 out of 5

Here is the Imperial Classic Pomade, known for being tough on stubborn hair.  They like to call it “industrial-strength hold”, which I presume means that it can put a hold on even the THICKEST hair!

I’ve tried lots of these that claim to have that strong firm hold, but imperial classic does indeed have that super strength that doesn’t leave your hair crunchy like gel and hairspray.

Imperial Classic Pomade

With having thick Asian hair , I found that Imperail is the premium of the pomades I have tried.  Having the best hold of them all, without any dry flakes showing up, this one works for our type of hair.

Advertising that it has the toughest hold, would make one think, it is probably really difficult to apply.  But actually, it is just fine.  A small amount and splash of water works well when applying to your hair.

It goes in pretty well, using a comb will help, and I do think it is necessary.

What I like

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.

What I don't like

None I can think of, overall this is the toughest pomade for thick hair.


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#5. Fisticuffs Tuff Hold Pomade

The 5 Best Pomades for Asian Hair. 2020 Guide 1

Fisticuffs is another great tough pomade for thick wavy hair.

It’s a water-based product, so it is very easy to work with and can be re-worked when needed.

  • Tuff Hold
  • Barbershop Scent
  • Long lasting
  • High Shine
  • Water-Based
  • Easily washes out
My Rating:
4.8 out of 5

Fisticuffs also are known as “Tuff Hold” is another great water-based pomade for thick hair.

I first came across this product from one of my friends who rocks a great pompadour.  You know, one that was really high, and slicked back perfectly.  He told me I had to try it!

Fisticuffs "Tuff hold" Pomade

My first impression is I just love the jar (2020 update, new artwork is not as cool), 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.

What I like

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 for Asian hair.

I’ve seen some cool looking Pomps and flows, but worked well for my quiff.

What I don't like

Fisticuffs doesn’t have much I don’t like.  For the price of this jar versus the others, you get a great product for a really decent price.


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Other Asian Hair Products I Recommend

There are hundreds of hair products you can choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to 5 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.

best pomade for asian hairNow that you have read the reviews above you cas 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.

The key to these top 6 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 overpowering, but I also like a naturally sweet aroma.  You get that with those five for sure.

Product FAQ Section

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.

Final Verdict

I have listed some great tips that are 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.  Thanks for considering pomade, we hope you found a new product to use.

You can read our other article about the best pomade to use here.

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Today’s 5 Best Pomades For Curly Hair

Of all the hair types, curly hair is probably the trickiest to work with.  Using the best pomade for curly hair is the key to accomplishing a great style.

Below I will go through only the best pomades to help you make a decision today.

But before I dive in, I want to go over how to identify your hair type.  This is important for several reasons.  You might need a heavier or liter pomade, you may need to apply a lot or a little.  With that in mind, only you know your hair and from there you are one step closer.

Pomade for thick curly hair

Thick curly hair is naturally amazing but does tend to do its own thing as it wishes, depending on the weather and conditions of course.

Knowing that it is going to take a stronger product to control the curls, a heavy pomade would be recommended in the industry.

An oil and wax-based is a great way to control the curls.  You can also go the water-based route, applying more product throughout the day would control your hair nicely.

Pomade for thin curly hair

Thin curly hair is more delicate to work with, so a lighter pomade is recommended, such as a water-based pomade.

Using a lighter product in small amounts will make a noticeable difference in your hair.

Depending on the style you are going for, or if you just want to keep the curls from curling, use with a little bit of water to thin the product before applying.

What ingredients are in Pomade for curly hair?

The main ingredients are wax, jelly, dye for color, and fragrance for scent.  Many companies make several strengths of pomades and others are versatile and make one that is great for everyday use.  I have listed a couple of those in the top 5.

Beeswax is not a recommended ingredient in pomade for curly hair.  although it can do wonders as far as hold goes, product build-up will occur if used daily and that can lead to several issues, such as hair loss.


Top 5 Best Pomades For Curly Hair

One of the best products in the industry right now.  Made in the USA, this pomade is for hair that is complicated.

Use Suavecito for curly hair and get a stronghold, great smell, and a touch of shine for many hours during the day.

Suavecito is a unique pomade that has a creamy and has a lite application, making it easy to comb into curly hair.  But just as important is the hold, this stuff lives up to its name, it’s strong but not stiff like gel.

It holds your hair in place without looking like it is glued down by gel or hair spray.  Or You can read the full Suavecito pomade review here 

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A little bit of Layrite goes a long way.  A super-rich and thick pomade distribute nicely and even through your hair.

This is a personal favorite of mine because it works well with my thick hair and curls. Holds like a strong wax, but washes out easily like a gel.

Smells decent as well, with a mild- vanilla fragrance.

Known in the barbershop as a healthy hair product to use while having a reputation for having a wonderful firm hold, this product is worth the extra few dollars.  Read our Layrite Pomade review here

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Reuzel is a company from Holland, and they were thinking about everyone’s hair when they made these 4 different colored tins.

Each color can represent a different level of hold and shine which is great for curly hair.  They have medium to high hold that will last all day.

The Reuzel Blue is perfect for curls because its formula is water-based and strong similar to wax.  The nice thing is it holds great, works well with thick and thin curls long after you applied it.

There is so much to say about Reuzel, I recommend you read our full Reuzel pomade review here.

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That is Elvis on the lid with his iconic hairstyle.

American Crew Pomade is defiantly a higher-end product.  Similar to Layrite, the wanted to have a superior barbershop product that works for all hair types.

A water-based product uses natural ingredients but that doesn’t compromise the hold or shine.

The scent is typical of a high-end salon product, smells good, and isn’t overly scented.  American crew strives to help men with their hairstyles and overall confidence.

Giving men and women the resources they need to look and feel good.  Read our full American Crew Pomade review here.

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Smooth Viking pomade is the product that will help control your frizzy curly hair.  It gives a stronghold without making your hair look hard, crispy, or greasy.

Easy to work with, just apply a dab in your hand, mix with a drop of water and work it into your hair.  Rinses out just as easily too. Smooth Viking’s formula is great for thin and thick curly hair.

A little goes a long way.  Smells great too!  Read more Smooth Viking Pomade reviews at amazon.com here.

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Although these 5 are the best pomade for curly hair, there are tons in the market.  I choose these for being the most credible, I tried them all and I agree.

Pomade is affordable so you can easily try new ones, but I know once you try one of the 5 above, you will stick to the brand for a long time.

You can read more of our reviews of the best pomade for men here.

Using Pomade for curly hair

Use these products with damp not wet hair.  This makes it apply easier.  You can then use a hairdryer to dry into place.

Curly hair is going to take a little more work with the pomade and hairdryer.  You will probably have to reapply a couple of times while combing and drying.

Is pomade good for curly hair?

In general, using pomade will not hurt your hair, as long as you are showering at least the next day after use.  Proper care will help keep your hair healthy.

Pomade is probably the best hair product to use for curly hair.  Pomade takes control of the curls and gives them and natural control and shine.

Especially in the summertime, when hair tends to get frizzy at times.


The best pomade for curly hair, in my opinion, is Suavecito Strong Hold, but truthfully any of the above are fantastic.

They are affordable and available online with 1-day free shipping.  Give one a try today, you won’t be disappointed.

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Goon Grease Review – Hair Pomade

You might get tired of hearing about this product, but if you don’t, it means you haven’t tried it yet! Lockhart’s Goon Grease has rapidly become one of the most exciting brands on the market and deservedly so.

I wanted to write a Goon Grease review to really convince you that this stuff is the best.

The Goon Grease Review

Lockhart's Hair Pomade Limited Edition Goon Grease, 4 Ounce by Lockhart's Authentic

The tin of this pomade is round and quite wide, holding 4 Oz. of product, pretty much the basic pomade tin.

What I like about it is that the side of the tin is covered with a sleeve made out of vinyl, which protects the packaging a lot. Those of you who ordered pomades online know what I’m talking about.

The design of the packaging is original and fun, focusing on the necessary information and the now-iconic name of the pomade.

The font of the name is toxic green and gooey looking, while the rest of the label has a clean look, black lettering against a cream background.

The look and feel

This product has a fun, unexpected color. You don’t get to see this color in pomades every day. They have really nailed it presentation-wise.

The smell is interesting because currently, they give you two choices in fragrance: the original lemony smell – Citrus Cologne, and a musky newer variant (Cinnamon Sandalwood).

I love how they thought of giving the client a chance to choose the type of perfume.

Often I love how a product behaves and performs, but the perfume really puts me off, and I have to give it away. With

Goon Grease, you can choose if you want a fresh, crisp scent or a musky, earthy one.

But the truly amazing thing about this pomade is the way it applies to your hair and how it holds.

This is a strong holding pomade, so you would expect it to be thick and difficult to blend in your hair.

Goon Grease has the texture of a medium-hold pomade, and it’s waxy, greasy, and almost like a balm when you heat it in your hands.

The hold

Although it applies like a charm, this thing holds perfectly. Even on the second or third day, with a little build-up, you can enjoy that first layer of the product.

It re-styles wonderfully, `and it holds well without making the hair hard and crispy. It also has a wonderful amount of shine, making it perfect for your every day handsomeness!

I hope my Goon Grease review convinced you to try it.

Goon Grease is as heavy as it gets from Lockhart’s.

This authentic pomade will definitely keep your hair in place and will give you the classic, slicked back look that a lot of people who use these products are looking for.

It has great conditioning properties in addition to its powerful styling abilities, so your hair is very well protected during the day, and you don’t have to worry about not only sloppiness and flyaways, but you also don’t have to worry about damage from the environment as much as you would otherwise.

How To Use Murray's Pomade And Bonus Review 2

How To Use Murray’s Pomade And Bonus Review

Being a vintage collector and person who loves pomade, I wanted to try some of the classics.  My first exploration starts with Murray’s.  I found it at the drug store for super cheap.  After reading this how to use Murray’s pomade, you may want to try it yourself.

How To Use Murray's PomadeWhile doing some research on this, I came across this article in Men’s Health magazine.  That was a pleasant surprise, being that my first impression of this product wasn’t that great.

For a big-name magazine to put out an article of their favorite grooming products of the year and mention Murray’s, kind of changed my first initial opinion.  Let me explain more.

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A little Murray History

Let’s go back to 1926 when this product was born.  Now I would assume they had limited ingredients and that is why this has only three!  Petrolatum, Mineral Oil and Fragrance (perfume).

We are talking about some heavy-duty oil and you will notice that once you pop to top.  By the way, keep some grease cutter soap handy, just to clean up.

This stuff can really hold up to my thick hair, I’m talking strong.  If you rock the pompadour style, I would highly recommend this, with just a small bit of advice.  I talked about it being a bit heavy on the oil, so take that into consideration.

Think about washing it out of your hair before going to bed.  You would defiantly have an oil spot on your pillow in the morning.

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Not So Easy To Use

Here is the deal, this tin of pomade is an average price of $2.50.  It’s cheap, its good but it does have it’s downfalls.  One of them being, it’s not so easy to work with.

When I tried it, it was hard, it was sticky.  Trying to put it in my hair took some practice.  When I did get it to evenly go through my hair, I had to use a blow dryer to get it to work into place.  Ok, so it’s a bit more steps than my usual products.

How Does It Smell?

My first impression of the scent wasn’t good.  It is a like a musky oil smell with a hint of vanilla.  Strangely addictive after the first time using it.  To be honest, it isn’t my favorite smell in the world, but it is timeless and does have its classic appeal.

Shine Or No Shine?

The pomade was thick, it is oily so I figured it would leave a dull shine in my head.  But actually, it had a lot of shine, nothing too over the top.  Being an oil base, it doesn’t dry out, so I noticed the shine lasted for a really long time.

Cheapest Pomade On The Market

After reading my review, would you be surprised if I told you the cost is about $2 for a 3oz jar?  Well, it is, and you get almost twice as much as you would a jar of any new product.

This is s simple 3 ingredient pomade that has been around since 1925.  You really can’t beat the reputation or the cost.

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With so many hair styling products it can be overwhelming.  I’m going to convince you why pomade in this article.  You will see pomade vs clay, fiber, wax, gel, and paste.

When it comes to styling their hair, men are often conservative and stick to the first product they have come across in middle school.  That was so true, but let’s get over that and check out two new ones, pomade vs fiber.

Pomade vs the rest (hair styling products!)

For the sake of your look and everyone else’s eyes, take some time to get to know other types of products than the gel you were overusing in high school.

pomade vs fiber

Luckily for you, today’s market is very competitive and innovative and it can get quite intimidated by a newbie at the beginning.

All those pomade, clays, waxes, putties, muds… So many funny names that you don’t know anything about.

Before plunging in the supermarket shelves and blindly picking boxes and cans of product, let’s see what some of the better-known categories do.

Pomade Vs Fiber: what’s the difference between them?

I chose to talk about pomade vs fiber because they are not so marketed and might confuse anyone who did not do previous research.

Also, they do quite different things, and you can choose one of the two, depending on your hair type and style.

What does a pomade do?

Pomade is perfect when you want to obtain that old-school, greasy look you know from Elvis Presley, James Dean and the cinema classics in the ‘50s.

The recent fashion trends incorporate retro looks, rockabilly, and classic hairstyles and clothes. Pomade is mandatory if you want to represent that era.

They hold the hair with a flexible, greasy formula and they provide plenty of shine.

You know that image of the rebel bad boy with sleek, shiny hair, which runs a comb through its locks while seducing some innocent girl?

This is what you can do with pomade; it can be restyled over the day and played with. It’s very appealing to guys that have a thing for classic, meticulous grooming and clothing styles.

It almost becomes a ritual and a way of life reminiscent of the old days.

What does a fiber product do?

Fiber is a resinous product that is thicker than pomade and holds better. It works differently with your volume and textures, and it is said a lot that it’s perfect for shorter hair.

A lot of guys with excellent hair use it because it coats the strands and offers body and texture.

After applying, you can smooth it out and comb it, not so smooth as with pomade though.

It is most versatile if you apply it in layers and create shapes and details with it, like spikes or messy, bed-hair. Compared to pomade, fiber gives you a more matte finish, and it looks more modern.

It depends on the type of hair you have if pomade works better for you or if you should go with fiber.

I would recommend pomade to guys with dry and thick hair and fiber to the ones with thin, oilier hair. Try them out and see how you like them both.

We review pomade vs fiber, but we also have comparisons for:

The world of men’s hairstyling products can be overwhelming with the huge variety of creams, pastes, gels, waxes, pomade, sprays and mousse.  We can help sum up two, pomade vs paste.

The market keeps coming with innovations and hybrid products so that a beginner can get lost in all the names on the shelves.

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To make things easier, we will describe two ordinary hair styling products that often get mistaken for one another: pomade vs paste.

We will see what each does and what to expect when styling your hair with them.

A lot of men use the two products interchangeably, even though their purpose and effect are different.

They might look similar in the box, but the formulas are different, and they will behave differently.

Pomade Vs Paste

Pomade was initially made out of bear grease, and later, in the ‘50s, petroleum was their main ingredient.

Modern pomade can be water-based, and this changes them a lot since they are more user-friendly.

They can also be combined with wax for a more subtle look, but the purpose of pomade is to give shine and control.

Pastes, regarding composition, are also oil or water-based, but they also contain silicone.

Compared to pomade, they are less waxy and have higher water content. We will see how this affects the final result.


Unlike other hair products, pomade does not dry out or leave a flaky residue. pomade vs paste

Because it has soft waxes and oils in its composition, the hold will always be flexible. It is meant to be restyled throughout the day, if necessary.

The paste is much more rigid when it dries out and gives you a more natural, matte look.

You can obtain a bed-hair, messy look and play a little bit more with the shapes and details.

Pastes can also work as a base for your hairstyle and give you volume and texture before you go in with another finishing product.

Shine and hold

Today, a lot of classic style pomade is used to recreate retro looks, like rockabilly and rock’n’roll styles.

Pomade is perfect for pompadour, slicked backcombs and any hairstyle that is neatly attained with a comb. Greasy pomade doesn’t have such a stronghold and only work with sleek hairstyles.

Pastes are the most versatile of all hair products because they give you a natural, matte finish and have medium to a stronghold.

If you want your hair to shine, you can add something on top, but you will get all the benefits pastes to have.

The bottom line is, you need to research what each product does and also experiment yourself with different brands and types, you see who wins pomade vs paste.

They might not want both works for you, so you need to see the difference between them and choose what’s suitable for your hair.

In the world of well-groomed men, you will come across clashing opinions many times, and hair styling products can trigger many discussions and mini-battles.  Like pomade vs clay, which is better?

pomade vs clayIt’s understandable since anybody will defend the product that works best for them and the market is so chaotic and overcrowded with definitions and names.

Let’s take a step back and compare two of the most used categories of hair products: pomade vs clay.

What each one of them does and how to pick the proper one for your hair type and needs.

Pomade Vs Clay

Pomades are dedicated to the classic looking fellows, like the ones sporting pompadours, ducktail, quiffs and other hairstyles that are obtained with a comb.

The pomade is perfect for this style because it has a medium to a stronghold, but it’s flexible enough to be restyled many times during the dayPOMADE VS THE REST! (CLAY, FIBER, WAX, GEL, & PASTE) 4

Pomade are petroleum, water or wax-based and they behave differently depending on that, but the result is the same: slick, clean hairstyles with a certain amount of shine and flexible hold.

This category of products is mostly recommended for individuals with dry hair because it can be greasy.

The classic pomades have very simple formulas, and most of them are petroleum, so they can clog pores and trigger acne to persons prone to it.

It is also hard to wash out from your hair; this is why the newer generation of pomades are water-based and more user-friendly.


Even though you might see a wide range of products classified as clay just because of their thicker consistency, actual hair clays have bentonite or other clay powder in their composition.

pomade clayThis allows them to absorb a lot of water and increase their volume.

Clays have many health benefits and are very good for your skin and hair.

Unlike pomade, they don’t strip away natural hair oils when they are removed, which eliminated some scalp health issues.

Also, clay has healing properties, making clay use delicate care for your scalp skin. Obviously, it is very recommended for people with sensitive skin.

Regarding styling, clays are best known for their ability to add volume.

Because they retain so much water, they give your hair body and texture and a firm hold.

One of the more significant differences between clay and pomade is the finish: the clay is matte or semi-matte, while the pomade will always give you a certain amount of shine.

Decide for yourself which one to try out or, even better, take a sample of both and play around with them. While my review can help you imagine how they will perform, it’s always best to test them yourself.

You might be surprised by the results.

When it comes to hair styling for men, there are a lot of strong opinions about what to use and which look is better than the other.  We’ve narrowed down the battle of two, pomade vs gel.

pomade vs gelA lot of times I have seen pomade and gel being compared and put together.

Even though they do have similar properties, there are a lot of differences between them and I would like to go through them.

There is no point to have a pomade vs gel discussion without knowing first what each of them does.

Pomade Vs Gel

Gel for styling is a controversial subject, as some people might see it as tacky or low-class. Gels don’t deserve this reputation, but its improper application can look quite disastrous.

The main point of styling with hair gel is to obtain that slick, wet look that was popular during the ‘80s and ‘90s. Besides giving you a good amount of shine, this stuff holds strongly. For those who need every hair to stay in place for the whole day, a gel will not disappoint.

You can also create spikes and different kinds of details in your hairstyle, but be sure you get it right from the first try. Once gel hardens, you cannot restyle it again.

You will have to wash it out of your hair and start again from scratch. One of the best things about it is that it washes out quite quickly, which can also be a disadvantage if you are an active person and sweat or spend time in the heat.

It is not very pleasant to get your gel mixed with sweat and drip in your eyes.

Another minus point for the gel is that it sometimes dries with white flakes. To avoid that, use a light gel for lighter hair and use less product than you usually do.

Try to spread it evenly in your hair, of course by putting it on wet hair.

Benefits of using pomade?

Unlike gel, pomade does not mix with water very well. At least, not the classic pomade Elvis Presley and James Dean were using back in the day.

Those are petroleum-based products that will stay in your hair until you wash it twice or even three times.

You will not have the surprise of product infused sweat getting into your eyes, but you might have acne problems if your pores get clogged.

Another big difference between gels and pomade is that you can go in and restyle your pomade do many times a day. It has a flexible hold, and you can repair any mishaps with a pocket comb.

You will also look pretty old-school rock’n’roll doing it. With gel, you cannot do that, as it hardens terrible and holds your hairs together.

I don’t want you to think that pomade is better than gel or the other way around.

Both products do exactly the jobs they are assigned to do, you just have to choose exactly what you need and use the product correctly.

Go on and experiment with both and make your own educated decision.

With so many hair styling products for men on the market, it’s no wonder a beginner, and even more, experienced men are baffled by what to choose for their locks.  Mainly pomade vs wax, what is the big difference?

pomade vs waxThere are so many definitions, names, and promises coming from smart marketing and advertising, that, with all the catchy-ness of the product, you don’t know what it does.

I want to show you how to differentiate between two of the most used categories of men hair styling products: pomade vs wax. We will see what each of them does and which one to choose for your hair and your needs.

Pomade vs Wax

POMADE VS THE REST! (CLAY, FIBER, WAX, GEL, & PASTE) 5Pomade is, next to wax, the oldest form of hairstyling for men. Since ancient times, the Romans and Egyptians have been using oils to hold their hair and get shine.

Modern pomade takes this concept to a different level, but its purpose remains the same.

More classic pomade is petroleum-based and is very greasy.

It’s the stuff James Dean, and Elvis used on their hair to give it that perfect shine and hold.

Some of the newer pomades are often water-based and easier to clean off, but the effect remains the same: slick styling for comb obtained hairstyles.

A lot of times pomade has a very shiny finish and can be restyled throughout the day using a comb.

What you can do with wax

POMADE VS THE REST! (CLAY, FIBER, WAX, GEL, & PASTE) 6Waxes are also one of the oldest forms of hair styling products. A wax will contain, as the name says, lanolin wax or beeswax.

Unlike pomade, it can only be applied to dry hair, and it has a very strong, crisp finish.

While a pomade is quite flexible and can be combed through multiple times, the wax dries out after a while, holding a crisp look with a lot of details.

The great thing about wax is that it can be used to obtain cool details in your hairstyle, like spikes or individual strands of hair.

Compared to pomade, wax has a more matte finish, and it does not grease the hair so much. It is suitable for men with oily hair, while the pomade works great for those with dry hair.

Who wins, Pomade vs Wax

Ultimately, the ideal thing is to get both types of products and test them.

There are so many types of pomade and waxes that you can find both mediums to work great for your hair type.

Just experiment with both and see what the final result looks like.


So there you have it, five different styles to compare from.  And as you can see, pomade is much more versatile and will make you look sharp, and bonus, smell good.

For further reading on the best pomade, check out the link.  Thanks for stopping by!


Top 10 Pomade You Should Be Using (New 2020 Version)

Being new to the wonderful world of pomade, you’re probably wondering how to pick a decent one to use.  Behold hairyfoo’s Top 10 Pomade list!

Buying pomade is a little like buying a bottle of wine from the store.  What do I mean?  I mean, you have 100’s of choices and if you’re like me. You usually just pick the one with the coolest label.

Here we just saved you a bunch of time and money by just giving our Top 10 pomade for men list.  We took our best pomade sold from hairyfoo.com and put them on the list below.  Have a look and let us know what you think?

New to using hair pomade, we got you covered!

Top 10 Pomade Comparison List

Let’s go over oil-based and water-based pomade

Overall, these are the best to use for many types of hair.

But what is the difference between oil and water base?  The most simplistic answer I could give is if you want the classic slick back pompadour hair go OIL.  Or if you want the greaser look or something along the lines of having your hair shiny and not move too much.

But be warned, using oil does come with some side-effects such as acne from utilizing this pomade too much.  And of course the risk of drying out your hairs natural oils.

If your hair is starting to thin, be careful when applying the product, always use a comb to avoid hair coming out.

And one other minor issue that needs mentioning, it’s messy and hard to clean out of your hair.  Dawn dish soap seems to help clean the grease out of your hair and hands.

The Pro’s would be, often oil base is cheaper and will provide a tight shiny hold!

So what about water based?  To start off, it is SO much better for your hair.  The science involved in creating the right formula that can manage your beautiful head of hair is outstanding.

Most styling products are water based these days.  Which says a lot.  The plus side to this is, it is clean, it does the job it says it will do and it smells so nice!  That’s right; all brands have there unique scent which makes them annoying or pleasant.  So, as a rule of thumb, you better like the smell because you have to wear it.

The cons would be, water base tends to lose its hold after a few hours.  Re-applying fixes this, but in turn, you will use up more pomade doing so.  I go through about a can a month sometimes more, like in the summertime.

Things to consider

We’ve provided you with the ultimate top 10 pomade list, but if you’re not sure what you are looking for consider this.

  • Oil/Water – We just went over oil vs. water based pomade, but consider this first.
  • Smell – I mentioned earlier that you want this to smell good, to YOUR liking because you will be wearing it all day.  Most brands are too overwhelming and for example, I was hesitant about using old spice because I hate how their aftershave smells.  However, I bought it, I tried and loved it.  The smell is way different.  Also, I’ve tried the Axe pomade, this one does have a more cologne smell to it, which can be too strong.  Brands will differ, and some will smell better than others.  So, read about the scent or if you have a chance try and smell before you buy.
  • Hold – Obviously important because really, this is the reason why we graduated from hair gel to pomade.  Some are formulated to be stronger but I would say the average is about a medium hold, which is still pretty good and will not make your hair look crunchy at all.  If you need that stronger hold, look for a firme or “tough” hold.
  • Shine – There is no doubt that pomade is shiny on its own, it’s just how the product works.  However, there is a scale of 1-10 for shine.  I would say most pomade is at 3-5.  You can get more or less if you like, brands will advertise this because it is a buying category.
  • How long will it last – This is a good question.  Oil will last a day or two.  And water base has to be reapplied and reshaped maybe a couple of times a day.  The water-based will eventually dry out.  So, if you apply before going to the gym and working out, you will have to reapply.  Not a deal breaker, just thought it was worth mentioning.

How much pomade should you put in your hair?

TOP 10 POMADEEvery person is different, we have different chemistry and different hair.  By that, I mean experiment!  Start small and rub in both hands and then rub it all over your hair.  You want to get it all over and in to be effective.  Let me warn you, don’t use too much!  That’s when you know you messed up because your hair looks unwashed and greasy now.

Will pomade work with your hair?

Most likely yes, it’s a great hair product for many different kinds of hair.

  • Thick Hair – Let me be honest, this is how I got started using this stuff.  I have thick hair and I would use glue like a gel to help, but then my hair looked like crusty crap.  With thick hair, you can run into trouble applying too much pomade will lead to that unwanted greasy look.  So, use with caution.  Read Best pomade for Asian hair.
  • Thin Hair – Depending on how thin, you can use pomade, but it wouldn’t add too much dimension just mainly keep it in place.  But be careful you don’t pull hair out when applying.
  • Long Hair – Worth mentioning, sure why not.  However, you might go through a gallon of product to get your desired look.  Anyone reading this, please comment on your thoughts.
  • Curly Hair – Maybe pomade was made for this type of hair.  But regardless, it works, and it works well.  Tame those frizzy hairs and get a more textured hairdo.
  • Short Hair – Limited to a nice combed look, parted or slicked back.  You won’t be able to do much for textured unless you grow it out.
  • Straight Hair – Pomade works, but for straight hair, the problem there is it doesn’t naturally layer.  Which is fine, but if you desire some volume you may want to look at a different style product, such as wax or clay.

I wouldn’t worry too much about getting any of this out of your hair unless you go the oil base route.  Generally, this washes out easily.

Top 10 Pomade

There are many awesome brands and many awesome kinds of pomade to use.  I do have a favorite but I also like to try new ones and save some for special occasions.  So if you’re new, you won’t go wrong using this top 10 pomade list as a guide to get your hands on a good hair styling product.

Not sure if Pomade is for you, read why it might be better than wax and gel.

I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment and let me know what you’re using!

american crew pomade review

American Crew Pomade Review – Is It a Winner?

To be honest, I was skeptical of this brand, it seemed to clean, a too high-end salon for me.  But after some research, I found some cool Elvis label that made me change my mind.  Here is the result, my American Crew Pomade review.

The AC brand was created to give men hair products that would bring men back into salons. When neighborhood barbers were replaced with salons geared toward women in the 80s and 90s, a lot of men stopped going to salons.


  • Natural ingredients provide a super stronghold
  • Great for any style hair, thick, thin, curly
  • Smells great, using natural scents.

American Crew pomade strives to help men with their style and feeling good about themselves.

This company is changing the men’s style game and is giving men the resources they need to look good and feel good.

This is already a good enough reason for me to use this product because I believe that this company serves a good purpose and is changing the perspective on men’s style.

It is a versatile water-based formula for hair. Perfect for styling short or long hair and gives medium hold while providing a high shine. Generally, it is a great alternative to use instead of styling gel if you want something that is a little less stiff.

Holds your hairstyle all day long and is super easy to work on your scalp. It smells amazing and comes out with just a little shampoo.

It is the perfect hair product!  Ok, now on to the American crew pomade review from hairyfoo.com.


How to use American Crew pomade, step by step:

  1. It works best when the hair is a little damp because it is a water-based formula. If you towel dry it before you use the product, it should be perfect and it will give maximum hold.
  2. A little goes a long way. If you use too much product your hair will look like a greasy mess. Instead, start with small amounts and use more if you need it. Start with a teaspoon or so and then add more if necessary.
  3. The trick to using pomade is to massage it into your hair like shampoo. This way you will get all of your hair covered and it will look more even and natural.
  4. Style your hair however you want! The possibilities are endless with American Crew Pomade and you can create tons of different types of hairstyles with it. It should hold all day!

This product is honestly incredible. Whether you’re using it to shape a hairstyle or get rid of flyaways, it is perfect for whatever you need it for. It has a great consistency. It’s easy to use, not too sticky and washes out easily. It smells amazing and is great for everyday use.

I love that it keeps my hair soft and healthy-looking instead of stiff and flaky. It was in perfect condition when I received it and I use it all the time. I will definitely be buying more when it runs out!

American Crew Pomade with medium hold and high shine. Works well with curly hair and provides a modern, flexible alternative to styling gels. Use it to create the classic, slicked back looks or for control in any hair type.

American Crew Pomade Review Conclusion

I bought this at target because of the Elvis throwback cover it had on it.  I honestly walked away from this many times because it seemed too high-end salon style for me.  And to be honest, the price was kind of step.

However, I listed many attributes I liked in this American crew pomade review, hold, smell, shine.  All very important in deciding if this is good or not.

Overall, this is a great hair product for a sophisticated person.  I would recommend this for females and males.  Have you tried this, do you want to contribute to this American crew pomade review?   Give us an email, and let us know what you think.

Every Man jack Pomade review

Every Man Jack Pomade Review – Found At Target

My every man jack pomade review. I found self at the bottom of my pomade tin, empty and desperately needing some.  So I ran to target and found every man jack pomade.  I decided to give it a try, it was cheap enough to take a loss if it sucked.

Every Man jack Pomade review
Every Man Jack Pomade Review

What is interesting about this pomade is that it is on the lower cheap end. I decided I needed to give it a try anyhow coming in around seven dollars and available at target.

Everything looked normal about it. It really looked thick, like an oil base to me, but surprise, it’s water-based.

Every man jack Pomade Review

every man jack pomade reviewI put it in my hair it goes through pretty easily. It just seems a little on the thin side.  I have thicker hair, so my honest Every man jack Pomade Review is it is not for thicker hair.  It left a shine and under medium hold.  Smells pretty good though, that would be my positive thoughts.

I would say, for the same price, go for the old spice spiffy pomade.

What it does have, is a decent shine. It’s a little slick with shine. The other part I don’t like is that you hold really wasn’t there.

Holding in place somewhat but it definitely has the freedom to move around done.

The smell is interesting I can’t put my finger on it says it’s got a minty smell. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite smell but it’s not a terribly overpowering cologne stench.

Here is the deal, I was in a pinch, and I sure as hell am not going to use gel anymore.  The good thing is, you can get this at target as well as old spice.  But I would recommend you go with spiffy.  If you do have thinner hair, then I could give you the thumbs up for it.

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Uppercut Pomade Review - Holds While You Sweat 7

Uppercut Pomade Review – Holds While You Sweat

This Uppercut pomade review is about a water-soluble product appropriate for a diverse range of designs. Its distinctive formula means it will wash out simply leaving no residue.

It is thick like a gel but don’t be fooled.  Uppercut offers control and definition. Developed by barbers who know what will work.

Traditional is turning into an ability of the past, but we are bringing it back with a clean, masculine complete to that men can relate.

Inspired by the timeless style of the 1950’s barber search, uppercut barber provides is a trendy nevertheless ancient approach to male grooming.

Uppercut Pomade Review

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  • Keeps hair in place, a nice hold for active people
  • It is water-based, you can easily restyle if needed
  • Only need a little bit to style your hair, saves money!
  • Smells great
  • It washes out pretty easily


  • Its sticky and adds an extra step, getting off of hands when you’re done.
  • Active biker or jogger, dust might get caught in your hair, only experienced that once though.

I’ve used American Crew Fiber within the past, which was sensible to keep my hair in the shape I need it (I actually have swish hair so it’s arduous to shape it and keep it that means).

However, my hairstyle would not stay maintained if I exercised or rode my bike for a while.  I wouldn’t expect it too unless it was an oil base.

I was wanting a product that maintained my hair

uppercut pomade reviewParticularly through sweat and water. I was pretty skeptical when I found Uppercut since I never heard of it before.

I ride a bike, therefore, I sweat a lot, but my hair keeps its form for the most part using this.

The product smells like something just like lite coconut mixed with vanilla.

And while I compared uppercut deluxe pomade vs others, I noticed there was a price difference of course.  Mainly only a few bucks less than the bigger companies.  So why was this?

I simply checked out some Youtube video to see their uppercut pomade reviews and realized then I just ordered a tin.

The cool factor about Uppercut

You don’t want to use that a lot of, or at least I feel that I will use less of the product compared to when I was using American Crew Fiber. Conjointly, if your hair is misshapen at any moment, you’ll fix it with the product that’s already in your hair.

I felt that with American Crew Fiber, I had to redo the front with more product simply to stay my hair up.

When it comes to Uppercut Deluxe pomade

I usually go with the water-based ones. The first pomade I have tried years ago was a Brylcreem oil-based one I borrowed from my uncle’s cabinet. Many of you probably know that we’re talking about old-school, heavy stuff here.

uppercut pomade reviewMy application skills were close to zero and naturally, the process didn’t go well. I had trouble styling my hair, getting the product to do its job and then washing it off.

The whole experience was so off-putting that I stayed away from pomade a long time after this.

This lasted until I tried water-based, modern pomade. I have been using these for 2 years and I think I got pretty good at it. I know enough now to start writing reviews. I will begin with my favorite product so far, so I give you the [easyazon_link identifier=”B005IC3C1O” locale=”US” tag=”hairyfoo-20″]Uppercut Pomade[/easyazon_link] Review:


uppercut deluxe pomade review

Like other water-based formulas, this brown-reddish product has a semi-transparent, thick gel-like consistency. I would compare it to marmalade, but not as sticky.

Easiness of application

While it does take a bit of skill to distribute it evenly through your hair, you can work with it smoothly.

Being soluble in water, it allows you to adjust the styling using a wet comb.

You should move relatively fast and not let it dry completely, though.

Medium-strong hold

My hair doesn’t need a super-strong hold since it’s fine and straight. The problem with my type of hair is actually finding a product that doesn’t feel heavy.

Uppercut Deluxe holds my hair enough to look sharp, without feeling greasy or gooey. The finish is semi-matte and a little crisp, so the style will stay in place.


For me, the smell is a wonderful bonus. It reminds me of cookies baking, it has a subtle, warm sweetness that got a lot of compliments.

I actually have to let go of a lot of men products because they have incredibly strong smells, which I tend to avoid. Also, I have smelled petroleum-based pomade on other persons and it really lingers with you, not pleasantly so.

I hope you found my Uppercut Pomade Review useful.

While this pomade can force you to give up a few bucks extra, I believe it’s worth it. It does have a lot of buzz around it because it has a lot of pluses compared to others. I am definitely a loyal customer.

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layrite pomade review

Layrite Pomade Review – Original, Styles Like Wax

You won’t find a better pomade that can even compare to this one.  We tried it, we loved it and you can read all about our Layrite pomade review, here!
Layrite Pomade Review - Original, Styles Like Wax 8
This thick super-rich pomade distributes evenly throughout your hair.  A little goes a long way.

Stays pliable for easy restyling and reactivated to a gel-like consistency with water. Control the amount of hold and shine by the amount of water you add while styling.

Important features

  •    Holds like wax and washes out like a gel
  •    Firm yet not stiff and flaky
  •    Smell has a light pleasant scent
  •    It gives a medium shine

Mild appealing vanilla fragrance. Works exceptionally well on both fine and extremely thick hair without flaking.

Layrite Classic Original

layrite pomade reviewIt is indeed true that with great hair, comes great responsibility. Pomade recently has since been considered a tasteful touch of class and tidiness.

It leaves you looking slick, shiny and nice. Pomade is a definite way to make sure that your hair stays in shape irrespective of how thick or dry it is.

Traditionally, oil-based pomade was the product to use because of its long-lasting hold. But soon people got discouraged because of its oily and greasy feel.  

Coupled with the fact that it requires a great amount of time and effort to rinse off.layrite pomade review

How does water base work?

Eventually, water-based pomade came into play.

It offers as much shine and control for your hair and the additional ease of washing off with a single rinse.

With the recent water-based pomade out on a daily basis, it is difficult to make the best decision.

A decision that your hair will thank you for for the long haul.

We present to you layrite pomade review. This happens to be one of the best pomades available on the market today.

Lay-right seems to be the best description of this piece of art. It lays your hair just the right way you need it to be.

Layrite Pomade Review

Layrite Original Pomade is a firm hold, medium shine, water-soluble pomade that “holds like a wax, yet washes out like a gel.”

Create slicked-back styles, high pompadours, smart businessmen’s cuts, Mohawks, spikes, das, flat-tops, and extreme styles such as Mohawks.

Developed for use at the world-famous Hawleywood’s Barbershop.  They are famous for traditional, classic and retro styles.

Whatever your hairstyle is, with this stuff a little goes a long way.

Holds like a wax, yet washes out like a gel. For men serious about their hair, this rich dressing works great with both fine and thick hair.  

How to use

  • Scoop the desired quantity into your hands and rub gently between your palms until smooth.
  • Apply to your hair thoroughly. Then style as desired.
  • Add water as you style or apply to damp hair to achieve a slick wet look that firms up as it dries.
  • Apply to dry hair for a more natural style with less shine. Add more, a little at a time, for an even firmer hold.
  • Apply just a tiny bit into your dry hair and it will secure it in place throughout the day.
  • And without the brittle feel of a gel or hairspray.

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Layrite pomade review video

Buy, Layrite Original Pomade


Water, cetereth-25, PEG-7 Glyceryl cocate, propylene glycol, polysorbate-20, PEG-7 Hydrogenated castor oil, PEG-8 methicone, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, fragrance(parfum) Red 4 (CI 14700) Yellow 5 (CI 191140)