How to Get Pomade Out of Your Hair

How to Get Pomade Out of Your Hair

Before we get into how to get pomade out of your hair, it is important to know what pomade is, which type of pomade you are using, and any other tips, products, or tricks that may be used to getting that stubborn pomade out of your hair. Read below to find out more about the stuff that you are combing through into your beautiful mane.

What is Pomade?

Usually consisting of waxy or greasy texture, pomade is a hair product that was very popular during the 1920’s to the 1950’s. During the roaring 20’s you saw the emergence of the classic cut with a perfect part on the left or right side of the crown. You can see these classic type of hair styles in different feature films such as “The Great Gatsby” and “Lawless”. Both of these movies use pomade to style their hair to get the desired classic side part.

Types of Pomade: Water-Based vs Oil-Based

The type of pomade you use really comes down to personal preference. There are 2 types of pomades, oil-based and water-based. These 2 types of pomades hold different characteristics that may benefit you based on skin type, how long you want the product in your hair, and how easy you want the product to wash out. Below is a description of what each type of pomade is and how it acts, as well as why you should choose one from the other. One thing to keep in mind is that although there are 2 different types of pomades, one is not superior over the other. Read on to see which one is better for YOU.


Oil-based pomades are traditional pomades characterized by petrolatum, petroleum, mineral oil, or any ingredient that is oil based. It is not able to be dissolved with water, which means that the pomade will stay in your hair even after you wash it. This will result in you not having to apply a whole days worth of pomade because you already have some in your hair.

Why Choose Oil-Based over Water-Based?

Oil-based pomades have fewer chemicals and never dries, which allows you to work through it all day if you want. It also comes in all sorts of variations of shine and holds for the type of hairstyle that you want.
Because you don’t have to apply as much pomade the day after you have initially applied it, there is value in that you won’t be using as much if you had to restart each application everyday. Added to the fact that oil-based pomades are also less expensive, those 2 characteristics bring tons of value if you’re looking for something more budget-conscious.

Washing Out Oil-Based Pomades with Homemade Treatments

  • Olive Oil and Dish Soap needed
  • When it is time to wash out the hair, apply one spoon of olive oil and massage it carefully into your hair
  • Olive oil breaks down the pomade making it easier to remove.
  • Comb through your hair.
  • Without rinsing out the oil, add some water and dish soap to your hands and then onto your head
  • Comb through your hair.
  • Use hot water to wash everything out
  • After care: shampoo & conditioner because the dish soap will dry out your hair

NOTE: If you don’t want to use the homemade method, scroll to the bottom of the page labeled “Pomade Degreasers” to see my recommended products.


Water-based pomades are the modern version of pomades. They are widely used because of how easy it is to get out of your hair and the rising trend of men’s hairstyles. If you see that water is an ingredient, or if the term “water-soluble” is on the container, then you know that it is a water-based pomade.

Why Choose Water-Based Over Oil-Based?

Much like oil-based pomades, water-based pomades come in a variety of holds and shines to get the hairstyle that you want. One big concern about oil-based pomades is that when you sweat and it gets onto your skin, and based on your skin type, there could be irritation of the skin causing breakouts and/or acne. With water-based pomades, irritation of the skin is less frequent but not 100% gone. Again, it all depends on your skin type and what works for YOU.
Another reason to choose water-based over oil-based is because oil pomades are hard to wash out. After you apply the pomade and get to the desired hairstyle, the water-based pomades will dry and maintain it’s shape.

Washing Out Water-Based Pomades with Homemade Treatments

  • Very easy, just add water to water based pomades
  • Water based pomades will break apart when added with water
  • Use your favorite shampoo and/or conditioner
  • Towel dry

Pomade Degreasers:

In the case that you do not want to use the homemade method to get the oil-based product out of your hair, you can use the products below to get rid of the gunk. I have also added the Amazon link for your convenience.

1. After getting out of the shower, instead of applying the pomade, apply Groom and Clean instead. Wear it all day and when you’re ready to wash it out, just take a shower like you normally would and wash the remainder of the pomade out. You will notice that the Groom and Clean and pomade mix together and wash out seamlessly out of your hair.

Groom & Clean Greaseless Hair Control, 4.5 oz.
  • Groom & Clean by Suave greaseless formula cleans away grease, dirt and dandruff flakes from your hair, while giving you the natural hold and control you need
  • Suave

2. Not as strong as I’d like, but with the combination of the Groom and Clean or the olive oil method, you should be able to get all that hair grease out of your hair, especially with the heavier pomades.

DAX Removing Shampoo Deep Clean Formula 14 fl oz + FREE Dax Short and Neat Pomade
  • 14 fl oz
  • Removal of hair product and oil build-up
  • Fresher, cleaner hair
  • FREE Dax Short and Neat Pomade 1.25 Oz

3. Again, not as strong as I’d like, but will get all that gunk out of your hair on a couple of passes. Something to consider if you’re looking for a pomade degreaser that will work for you.

ORS Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo, 12.5 Fluid Ounce
  • Vitamin E imparts sheen as it helps protect the hair & scalp during shampooing
  • Olive oil rich in essential fatty acids infuses moisture directly into the scalp & hair shaft
  • Creamy aloe shampoo which includes Olive oil, Aloe Vera, panthenol, & lecithin

Recommended Pomades:

Oil-Based Pomades:

Bayolea by Penhaligon's Hair Pomade 3.3 oz

Penhaligon's - Health and Beauty

Currently not available

Superior Hair Dressing Pomade

Quidsi - Health and Beauty

from $2.99

Lockhart's Hair Pomade Goon Grease Heavy Hold 4 ounces

Lockhart's Authentic - Health and Beauty


Water-Based Pomades:

(Read my review by clicking here!)

Layrite Super Hold Pomade, 4.25 oz

layrite - Health and Beauty


(Read my review by clicking here!)
Suavecito Pomade Firme Hold, 4 Oz

Atlas Supply Chain Consulting Services - Misc.

$12.99 - 4 $12.95

(Read my review by clicking here!)

Getting pomade out of your hair, whether it’s oil-based or water-based does not have to be difficult. With the techniques and products mentioned above, you’ll be sure to hair a clean set of hair whenever you want.

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