Despite water-based pomades getting more attention in recent years, traditional oil-based pomades still garner increasing fan base in the pomade market thanks to pomade connoisseurs and brewers around the world.
When it comes to choosing between water-based and oil-based pomade, it really comes down to your personal preference – you really should get your hands on an oil-based pomade if you’ve never tried one before. Bear in mind that these two types of pomades are not mutually exclusive – we’ve seen forumers mixing both types of pomades by applying water-based pomade on top of a base layer of oil-based pomade.
Here’s a quick comparison of the pros and cons:
|Oil-based Pomade||Water-based Pomade|
|Base Ingredient||Petroleum, Beeswax, Plant Oil||Water|
|Strength||Generally stronger than water-based||Not as strong as oil-based and you have limited options for strong water-based|
|Restyling||Easy to restyle as it doesn’t get dry||It dries fast|
|Rinsing||Petroleum-based pomades are hard to wash out. Natural oil-based pomades are easier.||Very easy with water|
|Endurance||Generally better than water-based in any weather||Not good in humid and hot weather|
|Side effect||Acne, clogged pores and clogged hair follicles.||No side effect.|
|Other Notes||Natural oil-based pomades (not petroleum/wax-based) helps to nourish scalp. Some users commented that oil-based pomade works better with their naturally oily hair.||Water-based pomade can be too drying for some people’s scalps.|
If you’re looking for really strong oil-based pomades to tame your unruly hair (e.g. like mine lol), here are the best recommendations based on user reviews, rating and feedback:
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