With all the different brands of pomades out there fighting to win over greasers and rockabillies alike, it’s tough finding “the best” pomade. Although, there is no “best” pomade, since everyone has different hair styles, lengths, types, etc etc. But, there are some pomades that are better than it’s competitor, price wise… which makes a difference when re-buying said pomades.
So let’s start off with the light pomades…
When it comes to light pomades, I think of Deluxe, Black and White, Sweet Georgia Brown (purple can) and Royal Crown. Now, I consider SGB (p) and Royal Crown to be one and the same. Except SGB smells better. Those two have the best sheen out of the bunch, but also have a lack of hold. And with pomade and pompadours, you want hold. So I’d say, those two are out. Now I know I said Deluxe is more of a wax than a pomade, but by the end of the day, it works like a pomade. Between Deluxe and Black and White, I’d have to give the hold factor to Deluxe.
Price wise, nothing beats Royal Crown. Shit, it’s like $3 for a 4oz tub. Everything else is on the pricier side. SGB and Deluxe are within the same price range, at $8, and Black and White coming in at an averaging $10+, (depending where you find it.) But, Black and White, for a couple dollars more than SGB and Deluxe, gives you more for you money. At 7oz, this is the most amount of pomade you can get in a single tub, aside from the 32oz tub of Layrite.
More bang for the buck, Black and White wins this one. Hey, when it comes to pomade, more is a lot. If that makes any sense, in any language…
Next up, we got some medium weight pomades. DAX, Murray’s Super Light (still haven’t tried this, but from what I’ve seen, read and heard, it’s pretty much a medium weight pomade…) and Sweet Georgia Brown (blue can.) Now, this is a tough one, as I am a fan of both DAX and SGB (b.) As for Murray’s Super Light, it seems as if it is a greasy DAX, so that’s how I’ll judge that one. Sweet Georgia Brown is the expensive one of the three, coming in at $8. Both DAX and Murray’s Super Light are both around $3, give or take.
Hold wise, I have to give it up to DAX. It’s one of the better, readily available pomades around. Plus it has a pretty good sheen on it’s own. But only gets better with some assistance from Sweet Georgia Brown (b,) for some extra sheen and sweet scent.
Luckily, all of the pomades in this category are relatively affordable. So I have to say that the’re all worth their weight. But, if I had to choose one, I’d have to go with DAX.
There aren’t too many appealing heavy pomades out there. Murray’s Superior still reigns supreme. If you want to put High Life (heavy) into the picture, you can as it has a pretty strong hold. But it is a wax, and as waxes would, it flakes. So in short, Murray’s Superior all the way.
Now, for the newer pomades. Washable pomades are all the craze! And with their popularity also comes a higher price point than the other pomades. I have yet to see a pomade like these to be around or under $10. For some reason, they just won’t be at that price point, and people will still buy them at their prices.
At $22, Grant’s is the most expensive pomade out there. Not just for the washable ones, but all of em. I haven’t seen any other pomade to be near or around this price. And at $15 +/-, Layrite comes in at 2nd place being the next most expensive pomade. (Black and White is also the same price, on some sites.) Grant’s comes in a 4oz tin, which is shorter than all of the other tubs and tins, so it looks like you’re getting a lot less than you are. But Layrite also comes in a 4oz tub, and it seems like you get a lot more for your money. Maybe it’s the short tin of Grant’s that gives this effect.
But between the two, coming out on top is none other than Layrite. They just really knew what they were doing with their stuff. They are indeed pricey, but you really do get your $$$ worth when it comes to Layrite.
There are still a ton of other pomades I have yet to try. And many others I wouldn’t buy again, after finding their better counterpart. But in the end, Murray’s Superior, DAX, Sweet Georgia Brown (blue,) Black and White, and Layrite have all have met their expectations. Coincidentally, these five pomades are also the only pomades I have multiples of. Seeing as they are the ones I do use the most, so why not keep some stocked?
Hopefully this has helped some folk decide which pomade they should try next, stick with, and keep on buying.
Until the next one, pomp hard.