Pomade (also called pomatum) is a greasy or waxy substance that is used to style hair. Pomade makes hair look slick and shiny. Unlike hair spray and hair gel, pomade does not dry and often takes several washes to remove - a special shampoo, though, may be used. Other de-greasers include olive oil, dish washing liquid [http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Murray's-Pomade-out-of-Your-Hair] , and lemon juice.Most pomades contain petroleum jelly (and in fact petroleum jelly can be used alone as a pomade) and mineral oil, and many also contain some sort of wax. They may also contain perfume and coloring agents. A plethora of pomades are still in production today and vary in factors such as weight, shine and scent. The stiffest will have a higher proportion of beeswax while the lightest may have a higher proportion of oils.

Origin of the name

The word "pomade" has origins in several languages. From French, "pommade", meaning "an ointment"; from Italian, "pomata" from "pomo", meaning "apple"; and from Latin, "pomum", meaning "fruit, apple", because the original ointment recipe contained mashed apples. [cite web
title=Online Etymology Dictionary
] Modern pomades may contain fragrances, but they are not often particularly fruity.


In the early 19th century bear fat was a common pomade ingredient, [cite book
title=Home Medicine
author=J. K. Crellin
publisher=McGill-Queen's Press
] but by the early 20th century beeswax and lard were more commonly used. [cite book
title=Wax Craft, All about Beeswax: Its History, Production, Adulteration, and Commercial Value
author=Thomas William Cowan
publisher=S. Low, Marston & co., ltd

Pomades were once much more popular than they are today. They are associated with the slick men's hairstyles of the early to middle 20th century. More modern hairstyles involving the use of pomade include the Duck's Ass, pompadour, and quiff.

An early example of pomade is "Murray's Superior Pomade", originating in the 1920s. [http://www.murrayspomade.com/history.php] Dixie Peach Hair Pomade was a popular pomade in the USA from WWII through the 1960s with teenage boys. In the late '90s, pomade grew from tradition to a general consumer product meaning any sort of solid "hair-styling product"; including waxes, glues, clays, and a variety of substances marketed under the original term.

ee also

*Hair wax
*Moustache wax


External links

* [http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/pomadeacne.html Pomade Acne]

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