Pomades, Waxes and Hair Pastes
Knowing the Difference Between a Pomade, Hair Wax and a Paste
Every where you look, in your favorite fashion magazine, daytime drama or the Pinterest hair boards, short hair is everywhere. Cute pixie haircuts to messy shags, shorter styles are in and are here to stay. Every woman I know that has sat in her hair stylist’s chair and said “Let’s go for it!” and chopped off her lovely locks has adored her new found style. Until that is, until it came time to style her hair.
If a proper consultation was not preformed while you were sitting in the chair. By consultation I mean that you were not taught how to style your new ‘do nor told what products would work best, worry not. We’ve got you covered on the products that work best for styling your new short haircut.
In the past, hair waxes had more of a watery consistency, now you will find many waxes are a creamier consistency, which means it usually offers a firmer hold with a medium to high shine factor, such as OSIS FlexWax (a good choice if you like to play around with your product). For best styling results use on dry hair for hold, texture and separation.
Depending on the brand, Pomade’s can be a cream base or a water base, with a medium to firm hold factor and a low to medium shine factor. *some lines offer high shine such as American Crew Pomade and AG Waxx High Shine Pomade. For best results, use on dry hair, for hold, separation and /or texture.
Gel hair products have a watery consistency. Hair gels are available in all hold factors, from soft hold to extreme hold. Gels can be used on wet or dry hair and can be used to add volume and hold. Some Gels are alcohol free = less chance of flaking, such as KMS Hair Stay Styling Gel.
Hair Paste – a thicker, creamier consistency. Most Pastes will offer a high/strong hold factor with little to no shine, such as KMS HairPlay Molding Paste and Joico Flex Control Pliable Paste. Pastes can be used on wet or dry hair – depending on the style you are trying to achieve. Use on wet hair for slicked back styles, on dry hair for separated, pieced styles.
Hair Molding Clay
Hair molding clay is thick in consistency. Hair moulding clays offer a high hold and matte finish (no shine), such as Joico ICE Erratic and Sebastian Craft Clay. Clays can be used on wet or dry hair. The product should be emulsified well into your hands before applying to you hair. *if you like to play around with your style and product – a clay may not be your answer.
Matte equals no shine, but is pliable and easy to work with and apply. Waxes and Pomades with a high shine factor, use too much of the product and your hair will look greasy. Clays offer a great hold factor, they are not always the most pliable. Alcohol free products have less chance of flaking.
All products will list their hold factor/shine factor on the back of the packaging. All Salon Professional product lines have websites with great tutorials and styling tips for your new found short haired self. Happy styling Beauties!
Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.
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