Best Pomades of 2015

Links are provided with each winner if you are interested in purchasing. Promo codes are also mentioned if applicable and for sponsored products, links will be directed towards the sponsoring retailer. All these products have been reviewed and available for read on this blog.

M O S T   I N N O V A T I V E   P O M A D E

 

There is only one homebrewed pomade that can be credited with sparking the entire homebrew movement towards water-based pomades and that is O'Douds Water Based Pomade. This pomade captures the unique characteristics of an oil-based pomade, yet the primary ingredient is water. Some may call it water-based by technicality. You get an almost identical performance with medium to heavy oil-based pomades without the greasiness. Additionally, as time passes and this product is further developed, we see it become ever more formidable and easy to wash out.

O'Douds Water Based is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

B E S T   W A T E R - B A S E D   P O M A D E

It was too long until other homebrewers attempted to create their own water-based pomades in response to O'Douds. Many gave up after days of frustration, confusion, and failed attempts. However, a few others released their own variation on the water-based pomade concept, but none could match up to Shear Revival Crystal Lake. If you had not seen the story unfold, you would have never known that Crystal Lake and O'Douds WB were even connected in any way. This pomade is so insanely different from anything else we've seen, and it offers great control with an unbelievably light weight.  

Shear Revival Crystal Lake is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

B E S T   O I L - B A S E D   P O M A D E

I'm not sure if we'll ever see Lockhart's Authentic knocked on their throne as the King of Oil-Based Pomades. They offer consistency, great customer service, and integrity. You can consider Goon Grease to be the flagship product from Lockhart's Authentic. It is a heavy hold and weight oil-based pomade that is easy to scoop and offers good shine. This is not additional characteristics commonly found with oil-based pomades.

Lockhart's Authentic Goon Grease is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

B E S T   C L A Y   P O M A D E

Clay Pomades may be a new concept to us here on The Pomp, but it's also something I personally use on the daily. They offer the user the ability to style a beautifully-textured loose and finger-combed pompadour. The best one yet is clearly Lockhart's Matte Clay. The price per ounce is far better than other high-end clays on the market, and its performance is on par with pre-existing formulas.  

Lockhart's Professional Matte Clay is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

B E S T   G E L - P O M A D E

Gel-pomades have been around for a while now and tend to always be at the center of making internet arguments. Nevertheless, they are an accepted product that typically offer strong hold mixed with unmatched convenience. Our favorite one here on The Pomp is Railcar Finegoods Supreme Hold because of its amazing scent and solid characteristics. Most gel-pomades perform identically or at least, very similarly. So, it's the small details that come into play, and no other gel-pomade is more refined than RFG Supreme.

Railcar Finegoods Supreme Hold is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this product.

B E S T   S M E L L I N G   P O M A D E

I know a good handful of you may disagree with me on this one, but I'd like to choose The Mail Room Barber X Cody Calhoun Nolde Forest Pomade to be the best smelling pomade. It isn't my favorite scent in the world, but this pomade has done an unmatched job to capturing the aura of a forest. Many people have tried it and many have fallen short. The smell of this pomade is dominated by pines, yet it has a strange musty and dampness to it that just really captures the spirit. It's good.

The Mail Room Barber Nolde Forest Pomade is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

B E S T   F O R E I G N   O I L - B A S E D

I wanted to add this and the next category in order to give praise and shout out to the pomade community at large, outside and beyond the US. The Daimon Barber has always been a notable craft pomade label from the UK, and I consider his No. 2 Hair Pomade to be the pinnacle of his line. It's a pretty damn greasy product, but the control you get from this pomade is unmatched among other oil-based pomades. There's just something to it.

The Daimon Barber No. 2 is available for purchase by clicking here.

B E S T   F O R E I G N   W A T E R - B A S E D   P O M A D E

While we were fiddling out thumbs over here in the US about gel-pomades vs. water-based pomades, Japan had already possessed a hybrid of the two through Fine Cosmetics' Cool Grease Line. Their best product is Fiber Grease. It is a strange jelly-like water-based pomades that never dries and possessed a long-lasting wet shine. This pomade may not really possess much fiber characteristics in my eyes, but it is one hell of a high-performance pomade.

Fiber Grease is available for purchase by clicking here.

M O S T   I N N O V A T I V E   B R E W E R

Clearly, in unison with creating the most innovative pomade, the Most Innovative Brewer awards goes to Clayton Douds of O'Douds Apothecary. Yes, they recently just changed their name. Pictured above on the left is Clayton and Ian on the right. This guy came up out of nowhere under two years ago, yet he has broken down barriers and lead innovation into what was once a stagnant community. Cheers.

Once this dude's website is actually reconstructed, you'll be able to see it by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

M O S T   I M P R O V E D   B R E W E R

I still remember when Zachary first released The One Who Knocks. It was a standard oil-based pomade and what good but nothing out of this world. Then, all of a sudden, he released Crystal Lake pomade out of nowhere and is immediately shot to the top. Crazy. Zachary West of Shear Revival is definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future.

See all his creations by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.

P E O P L E ' S   B E S T   P O M A D E

Lastly, this is what you guys chose to be the best pomade of 2015. After opening up the votes to you all, we received almost a thousand different selections as what is the best pomade out right now. Period. You guys chose Shear Revival Crystal Lake. Second runner up and by a very VERY close margin was O'Douds Water Based Pomade. 

Shear Revival Crystal Lake is available for purchase by clicking here, and the promo code THEPOMP is available for use on this site.


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