* Save bad hair days before they start
* Trusted, affordable pomades that work great
* Leather jacket not technically required
You don’t have to drive a 1957 Chevy or only listen to the bands you can find on the jukebox at “Cafe 50s” to appreciate a good hair pomade. Not just for greasers, punks and rockabillies, the power of pomade is that it makes for the single quickest way to get out of a “bad hair day.”
Woke up looking like the nutty professor? Well, a good pomade can take you straight from mad scientist to Mad Men territory in less time than it takes that famous 409 Chevy to clear the flying mile. Here are some great hair day rescue products to have around. Best of all, these pomades are all super affordable – no salon pricing here!
1. American Crew Fiber – BEST REVIEWED
This trusted American Crew Fiber pomade comes in a handy 3-oz jar, goes on thick and dries clear, with added texture. It’s well-known for its long and flake-free hold. Work a dime-sized amount between your palms, then distribute and spread with your fingertips.
American Crew Fiber
2. Smooth Viking – EDITOR’S CHOICE
It’s smooth sailing with this medium-hold styling pomade from Smooth Viking. One of the easiest to mold and style, it leaves you with a sophisticated sheen without looking overly “greasy.” Users like how flexible the hold and the added shine makes your hair look healthier.
3. Suavecito – BEST VALUE
A classic, Suavecito’s Firme strong hold pomade is great for those challenging but sexy slicked back looks. It’s water soluble, yet packs a hold firm enough to keep your hair in place while riding around in your drop top GTO. This is a favorite of both barbershops and fancy salons, alike. Super easy to use (a little goes a long way), it deserves a spot on your bathroom counter too.
4. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade – ALSO CONSIDER
This deluxe water-soluble pomade has a strong hold with a subtle finish; stiff as a board, but proverbially light as a feather at the same time. Warm a dab or two in your hands before applying, so it distributes evenly without clumping up.
5. Layrite Natural – HONORABLE MENTION
This is a lightweight, flexible shaping matte cream that’s just the thing for when you have an unruly piece of hair and no time to go the whole nine yards getting ready. Soft, clean and shaping without greasiness, it’s a pomade that can handle business and pleasure alike.