Best Pomades for Asian Hair
Looking for the best pomade for Asian hair? I’ve had the same problem, but many of the guides I’ve read are by people who don’t know the struggle of Asian hair.
Asian hair can be difficult to style because it can be straight and thick. This means is if you’re looking to do styles like the slickback undercut or pompadour then you’re going to need a strong pomade to keep your hair under control.
Using the right product makes all the difference, I’ve gone through so many products that just didn’t work with my hair. Sometimes I had to use huge amounts of product on my hair just to get it in place. Then when it finally stuck, it became crusty and gross.. It wasn’t a good look at all..
Best Pomade for Asian Hair and You
As someone with who’s gone through the same struggle I wanted to make it easier for the rest of you so I created a list of the best pomade for Asian hair which worked for me.
Layrite Super Hold
In my opinion, this is the best pomade for thick Asian hair because the hold is awesome and it lasts me through the day.
My biggest worry was hitting the gym with my hair styled because it used to get messed up by the end of the workout. But with Layrite I haven’t ran into this problem.
I have a slickback undercut so it used to be a struggle to keep my hair under control with other products. But the hold for this is very strong and it lasts all day, even in warmer temperatures.
There is a bit of shine when you use it but it also depends on how much water you use when you style it. I found that when I used it on dry hair the shine would fade throughout the day. Another bonus with Layrite is the subtle smell of vanilla so you can still use cologne without having to worry.
Imperial Classic Pomade
The Imperial Classic Pomade is one of my favorite pomades after the Layrite. I usually use it when I want a tighter hold on my hair because the hold on this pomade is very strong. For example, when I use a comb I can keep my hair solid and close to the scalp.
So if your hair is as stubborn as my hair then this should do the trick. Be warned, it’s going to be difficult to restyle it throughout the day without a comb. The only way to restyle it is if you use water.
The pomade itself has a faint watermelon scent that disappears when it dries. It also gives a nice shine so if that’s your thing then try out the Imperial.
American Crew Pomade
This is another popular pomade for Asian hair because of its strength. As you can see strength is an important quality for all of these pomades. I went through too many products that just didn’t hold my hair right.
The smell is very subtle for this pomade and the shine is decent as well. Compared to the Imperial it is easier to manage and you can run your hands through your hair and restyle it.
Overall, this is a great pomade if the others didn’t work for you.
Personally, I’m a bigger fan of water based pomades as opposed to oil based pomades because I prefer how much easier it is to wash out. However, Goon Grease by Lockhart’s is an awesome product for those who are looking for a thick oil based pomade.
It has a pleasant but noticeable cucumber smell that stays with you throughout the day. It goes into the hair easily and it has a great hold that keeps your hair in shape.
This is perfect for people who are looking for a good amount of shine. It also works better than a lot of other products I’ve tried in the heat and I’ve found that it lasts throughout a day.
It’s best used for slickbacks, pompadours and side parts. It is definitely the best pomade for Asian hair on the market that I’ve tried out of the oil based pomades.
Suavecito Firme Hold
Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold 4 oz
I tried both the Layrite and Suavecito when I first started styling my slickback but I found the Layrite to better suit my style. While Suavecito is not the best pomade for Asian hair on my list, it is still great because of its strong hold.
When opening this jar the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks like a jar of jelly Coca-Cola. The smell is subtle and reminds me of cologne. What I love the most about this pomade is how strong the hold is. It gives my hair a medium shine and can easily get me through the day.
Like other water based pomades you can restyle it by using a little bit of water. Another great thing about this pomade is the fact that it doesn’t get into my eyes when I sweat.
Extra Hold for Your Hair
When I first started styling my slickback my hair would always split in the middle along the hairline and I would constantly have to readjust it.
I’ve had many other people tell me they’ve had the same problem, especially others with thick hair. What worked for me was using a hairspray to keep it in place.
This is how my hair looks now when it is done.
Got 2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
I’ve gone through a couple hairsprays that didn’t really do much. But this is some serious stuff. After I styled my hair I would spray a couple sprays of this and it held my hair in place perfectly, so if you’re having problems this stuff is a life saver.
Final Thoughts and Tips
Overall, the best way to manage and style thick hair is to use a pomade with a strong hold. These are a list of 5 of the best pomades for Asian hair that I’ve found worked for me and the slickback style.
For the slickback hairstyle you should also try growing your hair for close to a year (depending on your original length) or until it is at least 4-6 inches long. Also, make sure to tell your barber to thin out your hair if you are looking for more volume.
If you have any other products or experiences to share about the best pomade for Asian hair then let me know in the comments. Thanks!
I’ve also written a post about other types of hair products for Asian hair if you prefer to try other products such as wax and gels.