Pomade vs gel: A guide for men
Wondering what are the differences between hair gel and pomade? Read our quick guide to discover what the best product is for giving your hair the style, protection and care it needs.
What are the benefits of pomade?
One main benefit of pomade is that it’s really easy to wash out your hair. That’s because, unlike gels, pomades don’t dry out – and that includes high-shine pomades that give you the classic slicked-back greaser look. This also means pomade is softer and more pliable, which makes it easy to reshape and restyle on-the-go. So, is pomade good for your hair and better than gel? If you want that flexibility throughout the day, absolutely.
What are the benefits of hair gel?
Compared to pomades, gels are better at holding hair in place and tend to have stiffer and stronger-hold formulas (but lighter-hold gels are also available). Gels are mostly water-based (avoid alcohol-based ones) and contain polymers that bind your hair together after the water evaporates after application. But is gel bad for your hair? The main drawback of gel is that it can’t be restyled once set. Some gels can become flaky, too.
Hair gel vs pomade: The final verdict
If you want a slicked-back look that you can style whenever you want, try an oil-based pomade like Dove Men+Care Polishing Pomade. It gives you a medium hold with a shiny finish, all without leaving your locks and scalp feeling greasy.
If your hairstyle requires maximum hold or a spiky look, choose a gel like Dove Men+Care Alcohol-Free Taming Gel. Infused with caffeine, it gives you shine with a strong, high hold and leaves your hair looking thicker and healthier.
But if you want a style that looks drier, more natural and a bit messy, use a water-based pomade rather than gel to get the flexibility you need. In this case, Dove Men+Care Molding Paste is best for a matte, natural-looking finish.
Want to know how to keep your hair feeling fresh and healthy before styling? Discover our RE+AL Bio-Mimetic Care routines.