DIY Hair Pomade (Sculpting Wax)

Natural DIY hair pomade with a few simple ingredients. Style your short hair with ease with this natural pomade recipe. Follow my tips below for making your own hair styling products.

Ingredients you will need: beeswax, olive or avocado oil, and vegetable glycerin.

diy pomade in a glass container on a blue napkin with essential oils and measuring spoons behind it

This post was updated March 2019

DIY Pomade Backstory

I have been wanting to make this for the hubs for awhile now and couldn’t find the courage to do it! Well it finally happened and I am very happy with the results! Its pretty darn easy too!

When we first started switching to natural products I would just switch out each of my old products as they were used up. Pomade is one my husband has had a difficult time replacing.

He couldn’t find a good alternative to the conventional product he was using. The only one that he found he liked still contained petroleum based products and perfume. Two things we try to stay away from. 

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Tips for making DIY Hair Wax:

  • Allow the ingredients to completely cool.
  • Blend before it totally solidifies.
  • Use beeswax pellets to make this recipe even faster or just grate beeswax with a cheese grater.
  • Add essential oils if you want a pretty smell. But that is totally optional.

diy pomade in a glass dish on a blue napkin

DIY Hair Pomade Recipe


  • 2 Tbs packed beeswax pellets (or grated beeswax and pack it in measuring spoon)
  • 2 Tbs + 2 tsp of olive or avocado oil (coconut oil might work too)
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • 2 Tbs vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (optional)

How To Make Hair Pomade:

Step 1:

In a double boiler or microwave slowly heat wax and oil together until melted, mix well.

Step 2:

Add in vegetable glycerin and stir stir stir. Pop in the freezer for like 2-5 minutes. You don’t want it to be frozen, just to harden just enough.

Step 3:

Add cornstarch and essential oils and mix it really well. You can scoop the mixture into a food processor essential oils (optional) and blend. Or use a whisk. Place in a container with a lid.

It may start to separate a bit, just mix it up again and you’re on your way.

How To Use Pomade:

Use on short hair to sculpt and style!  Place a small amount on your fingers and rub through your hair. Style the way you like it.

It lasted my hubs all day and its all natural yay! Sometimes you  may get a clump, try to smash it between your fingers or  Just pick it out. No biggie!

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Which essential oils are good for hair and work well for pomade?

Depending who you are making this for you may want to change the essential oils. For men: cedarwood and rosemary would work awesome.

While lavender smells beautiful they may not want to smell like a flower. For women: peppermint and lavender are an amazing combination

  • Lavender- can help increase the thickness of your hair by increasing the number of hair follicles (source).
  • Cedarwood– can stimulate hair follicles and reduce dandruff.
  • Peppermint – this study showed peppermint essential oil can significantly increase hair growth.
  • Rosemary– can stimulate hair follicles and help grow longer, thicker hair and can help with premature baldness (source). Also helpful with dandruff.

Do you think you can talk your husband or friend with very short hair to try this? I thought it would take a lot of persuading, luckily it didn’t!

diy pomade in a glass container with a blue napkin



  1. I have shoulder length hair and recently my stylist had me add hair oil (I use Argan) to my styling wax type stuff. It’s been doing what it needs to do for my fine hair. I will try this too. There are probably other uses for this….

  2. Hi Amy,

    I just got done cutting my boys hair tonight, and my son wants to add some texture to his hair with wax, but I’m big on natural stuff around here, as in we even stopped using shampoo a couple years ago. So of course buying hair products is not going to work for mama, lol.

    I would love to give this a try, and if it works, woo hooo,,,, totally awesome!!!

    Thanks for sharing, and glad I stopped by.
    I am following you on Pinterest, and love your boards.

    Have a wonderful day, and stop by anytime to say hello if you can.
    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I’ve started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support!
    Hugs, Bella 🙂
    Bella’s 40 Day Challenge

  3. I am going to try this today, but also infuse the oil with rosemary which is said to help with hair growth.

    Thanks for the great idea!

    A.K.A. Funky Momma of Funky Momma Creations

  4. wow this is great! im always looking for natural products for my husband’s hair! cant wait to try this!

    1. Well I thought just the oil and beeswax was to hard and a little to greasy. This give it the texture of pomade and helps the hair be more sculptable!

    2. Hi Amy I was wondering if theres a substitute for glycerin for this recipe? I havent got any at home =/

  5. More then likely cause she is a hair dresser & uses some of the top brands of Pomade Out their…..tho she does like most of my handmade goodies like soaps & whipped lotions & scrubs so ya never know in-till you try.Right??

  6. Is your husband still happy with this? I just found your recipe, and as I am running out of my store-bought and have very short hair myself…..I am thinking about giving this a try. :O)

  7. Hello 🙂
    I’m sorry if someone has already asked this question. Is it had to wash it out the pomade? It seems like the wax might be tought to remove.


  8. I was wondering about the ease of washing it out as well. I’m growing my hair out a bit (from a buzzcut) and would love to try this, if it doesn’t leave a build-up.

  9. Your products look great, you’ve put a lot of heart into this. I’ve been searching endlessly for the right jar and yours looks really close. I want a 10ml glass jar with straight walls. Have you come across anyone who carries this kind of jar?

  10. Does this product make hair greasy? I have a short pixie cut and usually blow-dry but sometimes let air dry and don’t want greasy look 🙂 thanks! I make my own lotions, scrubs and powders and had been wanting to make my own hair product too

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