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3 Methods to Wash Out Oil-Based Pomades

March 04, 2014

In a previous article, I talked about why I'm a proponent for all natural oil-based pomades, despite how they can sometimes be a little more challenging to get out of your hair. I'd say it's fair to follow up with a little information on how to successfully remove them. To some degree, oil in your hair is good for it, particularly all natural oils like those used in Whiskey, Ink, & Lace Pomades. And you will have some oil left in your hair from using oil-based pomades, no matter what. It's the nature of the beast, so if you are wanting to go for that greaser, pomade look, it may be something you learn to live with. Most do, and they don't mind at all. It takes work to look awesome. I've tested these methods to wash out the pomade a number of ways: in my own hair and to clean up the equipment after making the pomades. So here's how I do it:

1. The Dish Soap Method

Grab some clarifying shampoo or good, strong degreasing dishwashing soap. The degreasing kind is fine, but watch those chemicals. Try and stay as natural as possible. The majority of guys you'll talk to who use oil-based pomades will recommend Dawn Dishwashing Soap. Turn that shower on hot! Before getting your hair wet, massage some of the soap in, from root to tip as best as you can. Rinse under the hot water. Then reapply more soap and do it again. Rinse and repeat until your hair stops feeling as greasy.  It may just take a few gos, but that should get it out.

2. The Shampoo Bar Method

I've noticed that Whiskey, Ink, & Lace pomades wash out very easily with Whiskey, Ink, & Lace shampoo bars. What a coincidence... Seriously, though. Often while I'm making the pomades, I'll get oil on my hands, and this stuff is thick so regular hand soap doesn't cut it. I actually use the scraps from the beard shampoo bars to both wash my hands, as well as the dishes and equipment used in making the pomades. They cut through the grease wonderfully. So my personal recommendation would be to grab one of those bars and give it a try for yourself. Just suds up that bar and apply, apply, apply to that grease in your hair, working the suds from root to tip and rinsing in hot water.

2. The Lighter Oil Method

Whiskey, Ink, & Lace pomades contain shea butter, which is the oily part that tends to leave a residue. You can break down the shea butter with a lighter, thinner oil, such as grapeseed or coconut oil. You can apply that oil, then rinse with hot water, and follow up with your regular shampoo. I've not found this to be as effective as the other methods, yet, but someone may be more fortunate than me.   If you have any other successful methods, please feel free to share with us by leaving a comment below!  

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