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DIY All-Natural Hair Styling Pomade That Rocks!

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After I made the Coconut Lime Ocean Waves Hair Spray, the Hippy Husband practically begged me to come up with an all natural styling pomade that he could use on his rockin’ awesome mo-hawk.  I heard from my Facebook readers that they would definitely love for me to make a pomade. With that, I whipped up what I thought would be the most amazing hair pomade ever…but it turned out more like a hard lotion bar. Hmmmm…what was I doing wrong?

It didn’t take too much time before I realized that I needed to change my ratios of wax/oil and to whip it with my electric hand mixer, once it set. That was the trick that did it! The end result was just like the pomade that I had once paid $10+ dollars for.

The Hippy Husband tried this out on his hair and said it worked perfectly! It lasted all day long and had just the kind of hold he was looking for. I chose not to add any essential oils to this recipe, just because the coconut oil and the beeswax have a nice light scent when combined. If you would like to add some scent to this, you could add 10 drops of rosemary or lavender. Both essential oils help to stimulate hair growth and are great for use in hair products.

 

Rockin’ Awesome Hair Styling Pomade

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Tbsp. beeswax 
  • 4 Tbsp. Shea butter (you can substitute this with unrefined coconut oil if you like, but shea butter is less greasy)
  • 4 Tbsp. jojoba oil (you can use almost any other carrier oil here, such as olive, almond, apricot kernel, or even vegetable glycerin.)
  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder or non-gmo corn starch (optional, takes some of the grease out from the oils. If you like a little bit of glossy shine then don’t worry about this option, I left this out and the Hippy Husband loves it.)
  • 2 vitamin E pills (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a double boiler, (I usually use a pyrex bowl in a sauce pan of boiling water as my makeshift double boiler) melt the beeswax and shea butter, stirring every so often.
  2. When the beeswax and shea butter is melted, allow to sit on heat for 20 minutes to process the shea butter.
  3. Mix together arrowroot powder and jojoba oil in a small bowl, until arrowroot is dissolved into the oil. If using Vitamin E to lengthen the shelf life of the pomade,  poke the vitamin E pills squeezing the contents into the bowl and let cool until hardened.
  4. Remove shea/wax mixture from heat, and add arrowroot/jojoba oil mixture.
  5. Using your hand mixer, blend the hair pomade until it begins to turn into a pudding/taffy life texture.
  6. Scoop into metal tins and store in a cool dark place.
  7. Use only a small pea sized amount on hair. A little goes a long way!

What other hair products do you want me to hippify? 

Don’t feel like another DIY project (or don’t have the time)? You can purchase this Head Trip Hair Pomade, in my Etsy Shoppe! By shopping in my store you are supporting an eco-friendly home based small business. I personally handcraft every single item that leaves my shoppe!

 

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48 Comments

  1. Hello! I whipped this up today and let it cool on the counter before whipping it. Once whipped however it was still a little runny, unlike your picture shown here. It’s definitely a pudding consistency but I was hoping for more of the taffy consistency you described. Did I not let it cool long enough maybe or should I add more beeswax? I put it in the fridge for now to cool more and then I’m going to re whip it and hope it helps. Thanks!

    • Hi there! It can take hours for it to set to it’s true consistency. I always find it set the next day! I whip it while its cooling because it can tend to cool quickly and with the beeswax it’s much harder to whip when it’s cooled. Body butters whip easily when cooled but that is because they usually don’t contain beeswas. The heavier hold that you want (i.e. more beeswax) the harder it will be to whip when cold. To get the best consistency I like to whip it while it’s warm, until it turns into a taffy state and then put it in the containers and let it cool on the counter over night to come to its final consistency! I hope that helps!

  2. I find your blog very interesting. My dad is a beekeeper in the Caribbean, and he just throws his beeswax away after harvesting; so this could be a potential revenue stream for us. My question is , can we replace the coconut oil with castor oil ?

    • you would want to replace the jojoba oil with the castor oil. It’s best to replace the liquid oil with a liquid oil!

  3. Hey Christina,

    I’m after some advice, I mixed up a batch of pomade yesterday roughly using your recipe and now it’s cooled it seams to have small hardish lumps in it. Have you ever had this before? Everything had combined before placing into the contain, it was 100% in a liquid state. I just used 1/3′s, bees wax, shea butter and coconut oil.

    Thanks

    Gethin

    • Hi there Gethin! I can tell you exactly what it is lol. Shea butter is a grainy butter. When it goes through temp changes (like change of seasons or change of house temps) it gets gritty. To try and avoid this as much as possible, leave the melted butters/beeswax mixture on the heat for 20 minutes after it’s completely melted. I actually take this a bit further with the pomade that I make in my shoppe, just to avoid little lumps. As soon as I am done melting I use my hand mixer in a bowl and hand mix it like a whipped body butter until it’s like a pudding consistency. Then I scoop it into containers. Whipping it helps the shea butter to be more consistent too BUT if your tin goes through any temp changes your shea will get lumpy again. It’s not gone bad, it’s just the shea butter. It is totally safe to remelt it and rewhip it if you just can’t stand the lumps. Let me know if you need any more help!

  4. Hi Christina,

    I’d love to try out this recipe, but I’m a vegan so beeswax is not a option for me. Could you suggest any substitute with the same effects and characteristics as beeswax?

    Thanks!

    • You can use CARNAUBA WAX in place of beeswax! I haven’t personally used it myself, but I do know from reading that it’s a harder wax than beeswax, so I would do a test batch with less wax than is called for in the beeswax recipe, to get the right texture!

  5. I made some of this yesterday after running out of my old hair stuff. I’ve only only used it one day so far, but I’m already loving it! I have chin length hair and need something to “dirty” it up, for lack of a better term, so my hair doesn’t get too pouffy. Thanks for posting the recipe! I’ve also used some on my hands and it’s really nice an not overly greasy.

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  7. How many grams of pomade will this recipe make. Also for a strong hold should i apply more beeswax?
    Thanks!

    • yes, if you want a stronger hold use more beeswax than the rest of the recipe. I would also suggest trying shea butter instead of coconut oil, that’s what I use in my shoppe. It will give a stronger hold and still condition the hair nicely! Happy crafting!

    • Hi there Amy! This makes a little over 3/4 cup so either three 2 oz. tins or just get a 8 oz mason jar! those jars work great for salves, butters, and whatnot!

  8. Hi, I’ve been using different kind of pomades and finally found the right one, Beeswax. But living in Finland there isn’t many providers and prices are 3-5 times so finding out that making it by my self is so easy is a relief to me. :D So thank you for this recipe! I just need to acquire some beeswax from friend of mine, who is a beekeeper and I’m ready for some cooking. But to the question, if I use shea butter, do you think that vitamin E from it is enough to lenghten the shelf life? And what do you think how long does this last (stored in dark and cool place) before going rancid, with or without vitamin E?

    Best regards,

    Petteri Pesonen

  9. My wife made this when she developed a fragrance allergy. We have been using for over a year now and we love it!! We have not experienced the buildup described, so I assume it is the lighter ratio described above. We have never done the mixer step, but will try on our next batch. Thanks!

  10. Does the pomade come out super thick and stiff? If not how do I make it so? My hair goes a little past my nose and I was wondering if it would keep my hair up.

  11. Does the pomade come out super super thick? If not how do I make the pomade thicker and stiffer. My hair goes down a little past my nose and I was wondering if it would keep my hair up. Sorry about posting the question three times but it wasn’t appearing on the page.

  12. Does the pomade end up super super thick. If not how do I make the pomade thicker. and stiffer. My Hair goes down to my nose and I want it to hold my hair up.

    • Hi Fahad! the stickiness will come from how much beeswax you use, if you would like a firmer hold use more beeswax and coconut oil/shea butter (I use shea butter, jojoba oil, and beeswax in the one that I sell in the shop. my ratios for my recipes for the medium and heavy pomade that I make are 3-2-2. So for my medium pomade it’s 3 shea butter, 2 beeswax, 2 jojoba, and my heavy switched the shea butter and beeswax.) Does that make sense?

  13. oooh nice , just made it and waiting for it to cool cant wait to apply C: thanks for the brilliant recipe , totally recommending the simple yet the best recipe to everyone !!!f

  14. I discovered that if you put all the ingredients in a small mason jar and use that as the container for the double boiling — there’s no clean up! I actually put the mason jar in the microwave and with 30 second increments (watch it until the beeswax is just melted), everything was combined just fine. I think it’s stated — a little goes a loooong way. I don’t have any problem washing it out of my pixie (sometimes spikey) hair cut. I skipped the arrowroot and then added lavender essential oil. This is a most excellent recipe.

  15. Hey Christina! I made your pomade, and I’m having a few guys test it out for me. So far the feedback is that they can’t get it out of their hair in the shower. I’m guessing it’s the beeswax mostly. What do you recommend for helping wash this stuff out? Thanks so much.

    • Hi there! Beeswax breaks down in hair if you use olive oil in your hair! You would of course want to rinse it with hot water and then shampoo a couple times to get the oil out and in the end you’ll have very conditioned hair! It’s best when using beeswax based products in your hair, to use a minimum amount because if this. my husband uses my pomade every day on his mohawk and it works really well, but it does build up over time because of beeswax.

  16. I’m a guy growing my hair out. I’m in my 40s and work in a business professional
    environment so I have to keep it pretty tidy which is proving tough as
    it grows out (thick and wavy/curly). I like this pomade so far. My hair is a tough customer and this pomade is doing OK … my hair ends up winning by the early evening. I really like how it is conditioning my hair. My old pomade and no-poo combination were going a bad direction — hair was soft and felt nice but was looking really dry after it was rinsed and dried. So I “rebooted” and started using this. I haven’t done my first wash since starting to use this but I have rinsed it in the shower and that, as expected, really did nothing. So I’m guessing I’m going to need to clarify weekly to get this stuff out and would like to do that as no/low poo friendly as possible. I’d like to know more about how you or your husband have adapted hair routines after incorporating this pomade. Thanks!

  17. Hi Christina I was hoping if you could help me make a pomade of my own. My goal is to make a pomade that smells like sweet potato pie. Do you think it would be alright to put sweet potatoes and cinnamon in my pomade mixture?

    • Hi Troy! HMMMM….that will be one you’re going to have to play around with. If you want to use sweet potatoes in it, you’d have to use dried/powdered sweet potatoes (water introduced to the recipe would mean you would need a preservative as well as an emulsifier)….the only thing I would be concerned about is whether or not it will stain because sweet potatoes have a high amount of beta carotene so they can stain stuff orange sometimes. You’ll want to strand test with it after you are done making it. If you have a dehydrator you can slice the sweet potatoes and then dehydrate them. After they’re done drying out, just throw them in your food processor/blender and turn them into powder. I would hypothosize that that powder could be substituted in where the arrowroot powder is in this recipe. For the essential oils, a combo of cinnamon leaf, nutmeg, and vanilla absolute would probably give you the spicy sweet scent that would come from sweet potatoe pie. You will have to tell me how it works out because I am now curious lol. I imagine that all the vitamins and minerals in sweet potatoes (if it doesn’t stain your hair) will be really good for your scalp and hair.

    • making a water based pomade would require preservatives which most people who read my site don’t want to use or have to purchase. An oil based pomade doesn’t require any preservatives because there is no water in it! Makes it last a whole lot longer and is easier for people to make at home! Thanks so much for your question :)

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  19. CORRECTIONS, SORRY :-) I really like a pomade called “Fiber” by American Crew because it’s super thick and works very well on my fine hair. Since I prefer really thick pomades, should I skip the hand mixer step?

  20. I really like a pomade called “Fiber” by American Crew because it’s really think and world well on my fine hair. Since I prefer really thick pomades, should I skip the hand mixer step?

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  22. Couple of problems.. The pomade itself is great but its greasy as hell to make and its nearly impossible to clean up your kitchen tools due to the beewax. And its also difficult to get out of your hair. I don’t think it’s worth the mess.

  23. I want to see this mohawk! :)
    Do you know of any good hippified leave in conditioner/detangler? I use an organic spray for my daughter’s curly hair but just saw on the Skin Deep site that some of the ingredients could be a problem. I was thinking about something with rosemary and chamomile in it, but I haven’t started mixing anything up yet. Thanks so much, I love your blog!

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