Alright, so in the past few months, there has been a HUGE amount of people I’ve seen getting sidepart comb overs, combover fades, and cuts along those lines. Styled super cookie cutter like, with shaved in parts, no tapering, and super sloppy styling and shit. I’m not mad about it, instead I kind of just want to help everyone haha. I take my hair and grooming quite seriously, so it’s nice to see more guys actually caring about shit like this. Looking well put together instead of bums.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about hair products, and styling and shit along those lines, so I figure instead of answering the same questions over and over again like I have been, why not make a post about it and direct these new souls without direction. I figure it’s time to pass on my gained knowledge from my trial and error as well as things I’ve learned from friends along the way on this hair journey of mine for the past two years. Now at the moment, I don’t style my hair with a part/combover but instead a high and tight pompadour, but products, the tools, and the upkeep for the most part is the same. In this post, I’m going to cover the products and tools I use personally.
I’m going to start with the big topic: POMADES
When it comes to pomades, you’ve got two options, water based or oil based. There are different pros and cons to either choice like any other situation in which you’re given a choice, but I will say that neither one in this case is a bad choice.
I won’t say that I prefer water based pomades, but I will say they are more convenient, so that’s why I end up using them more often. Water based pomades are very easy to wash out. Pictured here is my dream team, Suavecito Firme and Dax Super-Neat. Now, the hair creme is technically not a pomade, it’s really a product that I use as a “top coat” over the Suavecito to make my hair shinier and it helps to make water based pomades act a little more like oil based pomades when it comes to combing feel, while still keeping the feature of being very easy to wash out. Some people will disagree with me when I say that water based pomades are really just thick gel, I call it pomade for convenience sake, but real deal pomade always has been and always will be oil based.
There’s a lot of history behind oil based pomades, it’s a product that’s been around for a little more than a century now. It’s literally just oil , wax and a fragrance ingredient. The ratio of oil to wax determines the hold of the pomade. But the ease of making the product has lead to a large amount of home brewers. That means there’s a much larger selection of oil based pomades than water based. It also makes it easy to support small business this way. Now, a lot of people tend to stay away from oil based pomades because of how difficult it is to get it out of their hair. BUT I need to say that pomades were originally never designed to be completely washed out of your hair. In the 20′s, bathing wasn’t a daily activity, so men needed a way to keep their heads smelling good and have their hair hold style. These days, people “build up” their pomades, by just using residual pomade left after showering and fresh pomade to keep hold in their hair. This may seem gross, but it’s actually really healthy for your hair, working as a conditioner in addition to your natural sebum. (Secretions from your sebaceous glands that are found in the roots of every hair in your body. Sebum is the reason hair gets oily when you don’t wash it for a few days, and is the best conditioner for your hair.) The pomades I use are The Classics 40′s medium hold (both tins are the same hold, just different scents. Black is vanilla, and silver is cherry pipe tobacco), and Murray’s black beeswax. I really only use the beeswax as an add on for extra strength sometimes because I have pretty thin straight hair and don’t absolutely need a strong product to hold it in place. Now, if you don’t care for anything I just said about oil based pomades, and you just want the easiest way to get it out, I’ve got that for you too. The other product I have pictured here is my secret weapon in getting oil based pomades out. The name of the game when it comes to removal is DILUTION, thinning out the pomade till it is just oil that can be taken out with shampoo. Groom&Clean, It’s just mineral oil and lanolin in a paste form. You’ll see a lot of guys try using shit like olive oil and peanut butter, and pam to get pomades out. I’ve used that shit, nothing works as well as groom and clean.
Here’s my full method:
-Use groom and clean in the morning and style hair
-Just go the day with the G&C in my hair
-Before I shower, slick my hair back
-Apply conditioner in the shower, rinse out with hot water
-Shampoo, lather rinse repeat as many times as I feel it takes to get it out
-More conditioner, and leave it in for a while
-Continue with shower, and rinse out the conditioner at the end.
*This is what works for me, it doesn’t work 100% ever time, and everyone’s hair is different so it’s not guaranteed to work for you.
Another reason I enjoy oil based pomades is because they allow me to restyle my hair throughout the day. So you can style your hair, wear a hat if you want, and style it again when you get to where you’re going. And if it rains, you don’t actually have to worry about your hair, your head will get wet, but you can just slick your hair back, pat your head dry with a paper towel and restyle it no problem.
Like I said, both have their pros and cons.
Now on to the next topic:
Keeping a slick cut isn’t just about the styling. You need clean edges too. I take care of my sideburns and hair on the back of my neck neat just with the razors I shave with.
Now I don’t use my straight razor for the back of my neck, just for my sideburns and my small amount of facial hair haha, but you get the deal.
Now for the last topic.
I’m only really particular with one of my combs, and that’s my main comb. I’ve made a post about it already in the past, it’s a Kent 16T comb, I like it for how deep the teeth are; they really help in building a good pomp without getting in its own way by hitting the hair with its body while passing through the hair. The other two combs I have pictured are just cheapo whatever combs I’ve had around the house for decades. I use the longer one sometimes because it has finer teeth and that’s good for making things stay down that usually wouldn’t. And the shortest one is one I keep in my pocket while I have oil based pomade on for maintenance throughout the day.
The other thing that I use when using oil based products is sleepwear for my head haha, most people don’t thing about this, but it’s pretty important when you’re using a product that you keep in over the course of a few days/nights.
Either choice here is a good one, just know that either one is going to have a thin coating of pomade in it when you wake up, hell it might not even stay on if you’re an active sleeper haha. I’ve heard the most comfortable thing to sleep in is a do rag though, I just haven’t brought myself to buy one haha. For sleeping, just slick your hair back nice and neat, and then put on your head wear carefully so it will sit flat under your choice of head wear. The beanie is self explanatory, but if you use a bandana, thug life it, and tie it in the front, and tuck the top flap under that knot, it’s just more comfortable that way if you sleep on your side/back.
That’s it for this post folks, STAY SLICK!