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A Brief Pomade Vs. Gel Comparison

Kanika Khara
Hair gel and pomade are the two most commonly used hair styling products. But what is the difference between them? Read on to know.
Gone are the days when people used to think that hair styling and haircuts are meant only for women. In fact, over the past few decades, things have changes significantly and today's men do not hesitate in trying different styles for their hair. The truth is that, today there are different ways with which one can style their hair.
There are many hair styling products for short, long, textured hair like gels, pomades, mousse, etc. used to style or set hair for that perfect look. But with so many options, you will get confused deciding which hair product is best for the hair and how these products differ from each other.
Many with this confusion end up buying products not good for the texture and style and further if used for a long period of time it can damage our hair. One such perplexing situation is differentiating between hair gel and pomade.
As both are hair care products for men, people tend to consider them similar, and often use one in place of the other.
Let us understand the difference and the significance of both these products:

Hair Gel

It is a hair styling gel that sets your hair in style and shape. Though it works well for both short and long hair, it specially works for short hair or any look that requires more clarity. This helps to keep the style all day long, even in humid days, without giving it a crusty wet look.
Amongst products like wax, pomade, mousse, hair gel is strongest of all. Hair gel should not be applied excessively or it will give a wet and crusty look. Lesser the gel applied, better is the outcome. While applying, take some and rub it in your hands, apply to towel dried hair. Sculpt and style your hair with fingers for a desired hair style.
Different gels available in the market vary according to their 'hold' power like light hold, extra hold and stiff hold. Good hair gel shapes your hair and takes proper care. Since there are certain gels that contain alcohol which can dry/damage your hair, be careful while buying a hair gel and go for he one with hair moisturizing properties.


It is a greasy substance used for styling, spiking and smoothening hair. It is a mix of hair gel and wax that provides a light hold on hair without making them look very greasy. Unlike hair gel, pomade usually contains nourishing and conditioning elements.
It works great for short spiky styles instead of long hair and works to keep hair in place without stiffness. Like hair gel, pomade should be applied neatly else your hair will look oily. Only a small amount is enough to set and style your hair. Rub some pomade on your fingertips, apply to your hair and simply style and sculpt the hair with your fingertips.
To sum up, both these hair styling products are similar in many ways and give you the look you desire. Depending upon your hair texture and length, one can choose any between them.