Pomade vs. Gel: Which Is Better?

March 01, 2018

Pomade vs. Gel: Which Is Better?

When talking about men’s hair grooming in general, expect the age-old question of pomade or gel to surface. Truth be told, pomades and gels are not created equal. We used to think that we just have to keep on doing a lot of experiments to determine which of these two products will help us achieve the style that will complement our lifestyles. Over time, the industry bombarded us with so many options and we have learned that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to styling the hair.

So, if you’re going to ask us which is really better between a pomade and gel, we’re going to give you a rundown on how each product can benefit you. 


If you’re looking for a hair product that will keep your hairstyle locked in place the entire time, a hair gel is your best bet. It is the most popular “heavy hold” hair product out there because it literally hardens the hair so that not a single one would be out of its place during wear.

It usually appears to be translucent in colour and is lightweight as far as the consistency of the formula is concerned. Back in the day, hair gels provide ultra-shiny, wet look to the hair but they now come with medium-shine and matte finishes.

We recommend gels for guys who have fine hair because it creates a look of fullness and texture. Those who are adventurous when it comes to hair styling will benefit from the strong hold that gel offers. Create quiffs, pompadours or a slicked-back hairstyles without having to worry about your hair losing its style as the day or night goes by. Our favourite hair gel at the moment is Gentlemen Republic Refined Gel. This 100% alcohol-free hair gel offers hard hold with hard shine which turns even the simplest of men into a stylish gentlemen of the nobility. It washes easily with water, too. 


If workable hairstyles are your thing, then you can rely on a pomade to do just that. Pomades date back to the early 19th century made from animal fat and lard. Fast forward to the 20th century, they became available with better ingredients like petroleum jelly and beeswax. Today, pomades now come in water-based formulas which means they are no longer greasy and they can easily be washed off with water.

Pomades don’t set or dry out completely which means you can actually restyle your hair throughout the day. The hold it provides is light, medium and strong. Even those with strong hold are still pliable enough to be restyled. It’s ideal for casual quiffs, side parts and messy looks whilst providing either matte or shiny finish. They also add moisture to your hair and scalp and help you tame flyaways. Our best bet for this type of hair product is the Gentlemen Republic Classic Pomade. This 100% alcohol-free classic hair pomade is water-based and provides medium hold and medium shine to help you maximize your styling needs all day long.

Once you decide what hairstyle to go for, you can easily determine what product to use. You might as well have a gel and a pomade in your grooming arsenal to get the right style anytime you want.