Saturday, March 21, 2015

#3 DIY Pomade

Some commercially made pomade
Hair is important for rockabilly men.  My boyfriend is surprisingly particular about his hair.  Pomade is a styling wax that is a near essential for rockabilly men.  Most people just buy their pomade online or at the store, but why not try making your own?  This could be a wonderful gift or home project.  If you can't find containers locally, try

Lonely Hepkat's Pomade Mix

Makes approx. 1 cup

My ingredients
5 TBSP Beeswax
4 TBSP Coconut Oil
3 TBSP Olive Oil
2 TBSP Jojoba Oil or Argan Oil (both excellent for hair)
1 TBSP Castor Oil (to stimulate the hair) or Tea Tree Oil (super cleanser, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal)
3-4 drops Essential Oil for aromatic purposes (optional)

1. In a small pot, melt the beeswax and coconut oil on medium-low heat.  Don't let your wax boil.
2. Whisk in the other oils until they are fully incorporated.
3. Add in your essential oils and whisk lightly.  You can choose whatever smells best to you.
4. Check your mixture for consistency.  If it's not thick enough, add in a tablespoon of beeswax.  If it's too thick, add in some extra coconut oil or olive oil.  If you want to let it cool, then check it - it's fine.  You can reheat your pomade and continue on with the next step.  I put a little (a spoonful) in the fridge for a minute and checked it.
5. You'll need a tin or jar to hold your pomade.  Be sure that you can reach the furthest corners with your finger, otherwise it's no good.  Check at local craft stores and be sure it can hold water first.  Pour your pomade into a container and let it cool.

Cutting Beeswax
Beeswax and coconut oil

All oils together, melted, beautiful

I actually had problems with my first set of tins that I had purchased at JoAnn Fabric.  I tested them out with water and water leaked all over the place! I tried sealing up the bottom using my trusty glue gun, but the glue didn't hold up to the oils.  I highly recommend testing your tins or getting solid single-piece made items like tins made from one piece of metal or small glass jars or single cast plastic.

Hot pomade in tins

Nearly cooled pomade

Of course, I made some pomade and have it up for sale at the Lonely Hepkat Etsy Store.  Each pomade tin holds 2 oz of pomade.  I call it "I'm Hair For You, Darling".

Something fun that can also be done is to make your own custom label.  Here are a few actual brands of pomade that might help inspire you.

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