So, you’re lookin’ to up your recommendation game, huh?
There’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders as a barber, but perhaps none quite so substantial as the pressure to have a solid list of suggestions and recommendations when your clients ask.
And when it comes to pomades, a list of reliable products that you 100% back can be tough to curate and create.
Tack that fact onto the very blatant reality that you probably don’t have a ton of time, energy, and resources to go traipsing through the pomade product world on the internet to test and try the perfect ones, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for recommendation disaster.
The good news? This doesn’t have to be the case.
How can this be? Because we’ve got your back. At the National Association of Barbers, we’re big on providing badass barbers like you with the support you need to get further in your career–and sometimes that means we’ve got to be the guinea pigs testing our products, so you don’t have to.
All that to say, we’ve got a hot list of pomades here that we think are worth a go for your very own personal recommendation list for your clients. Why these? You’ll want to read on and find out.
First Things First–Why Pomades, Anyway?
Obviously, we don’t need to tell you why pomades are useful in the hair care and styling game.
But what we wanted to do was offer a lil disclaimer about why we think it’s so important to have a go-to list of recommendations for pomades specifically.
Let’s just rattle our reasons off.
For starters, pomades are super approachable for new-to-styling clients–gifting them the right recommendation can be the difference between boosting their confidence to style their hair on their own and dashing their dreams of ever being super suave without assistance.
Secondly, pomades are really popular with clients–and it seems like they’re continuing to make a trendy comeback. Gone are the days of gels and mousses, friends. Pomades are in, and they’re here to stay–so you might want to get on board.
Thirdly, it’s crucial to have a list of go-to products that you stand by because, odds are, pomades are one of those things your clients will ask about.
If you don’t have some shortlisted recommendations, that might not look super great for you as a professional barber (but that’s just our two cents).
Long story short, pomades are a must in the biz, and by having a ready-to-go list of recommendations, you’re doing yourself and your clients a significant favor.
The Must-Recommend Pomades That are Changing the Hair Game
Fellow Barber Strong Pomade
Sleek and straightforward, this pomade has won all kinds of adoration and accrued an enormous cult following for its trendiness. This pomade offers a firm hold, shiny finish, and an easy-to-wash-out promise for those seeking a solid pomade. The best part? It’s moderately priced for what it delivers.
Reliable? Check. Proven over time? Yep. Affordable? More than you could believe. This $5 product doesn’t behave like a $5 product–and that’s what makes it so appealing. Designed to help support any style or shape, this pomade offers the structure every person needs to take their look to new levels. This pomade is praised worldwide by professionals and amateurs alike with the way it holds hair in place all day long without making things too greasy or funky.
Suavecito Original Pomade
Though this pomade is priced on the lower-end, it certainly doesn’t offer a budget-level hold. Suavecito is a long-time favorite of barbers because of how reliable it is. It’s also an easy recommendation for clients who don’t want to drop mad cash on a hair care product.
OUAI Matte Pomade
This pomade is all about taming unruly ends and curly hair to offer a long-lasting hold that’s tough to take down. Primarily relying on beeswax and kaolin clay, this mid-priced pomade is a must for those who want a reliable hold without getting too much structure.
Jack Henry Clay Pomade
A top contender for many best pomade lists out there, the Hack Henry Clay Pomade has a pretty substantial cult following. And even though the packaging plays a role in this adoration, it’s really about the product itself. This product offers a solid hold without making hair crunchy. This is the pomade to recommend for clients looking for something soft and sleek.
Layrite Superhold Pomade
For a strong (and we mean strong) hold, this pomade is hard to top. Equipped with an herby, almost woodsy scent, your masculine clients will likely get a kick out of this baby. Classified as a high-hold, water-soluble pomade, this bad boy is all about keeping things high and tight, so offer this one up as a strong hold suggestion to clients who need extra help with control.
Lovin’ this list? We hope so. If you’ve got a pomade that you think is hard to beat, we’d love to add it to this list. Drop your recommendations in the comment section below so we can get a peek at what you think is best.And remember, articles like this pop up on our blog every week–so don’t miss a single one. Subscribe to NAOB right here, right now to get a heads up when we drop hot content like this!