How to Use Murray’s Pomade: Simplified Classic Styling

Have you ever used hair pomade? I always thought of pomade as something people like my parents and grandparents used back in the day. 

Pomade conjures up images of old-timey Hollywood stars with their shiny, slicked-back hair. And yet, this article is all about how to use Murray’s Pomade.

Why is that? Well, pomade is a classic hair styling product and has never completely fallen off the wagon. It is a pretty decent product, especially if you prefer more elaborate, vintage-ish hairstyles. 

Also, old-fashioned stylers and products are becoming trendy again. From curling pins to Old Spice deodorant, Murray’s Pomade is yet another product that has returned to the forefront.

And so, let’s look into how to apply Murray’s pomade.

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How Does Murray’s Pomade Work?

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Pomades tend to be oil-based and Murray’s Original Pomade is no different. Created in 1925, it still comes in an old-fashioned-looking tin and hasn’t changed in size since its first creation. 

It also isn’t the only Murray hair product, as newer stylers include Murray’s hair gel, curl milk, light pomades, beard creams and softeners, and a lot more. The range of pomades (including Murray’s Superior Hair Pomade) Murray has to offer is pretty impressive as well—there’s something for everyone.

Murray’s pomade has a rich, thick texture. It feels very waxy to the touch and gives hair a bright shine. It also has a pretty good hold and is used to mold and set styles like combovers, slicked-back hair, deep side parts, and pompadours.

However, Murray hair wax or pomade is extremely versatile and can be used for other styles as well. It can be used to create waves, set locks, and different braided styles. As you can see, the right hairdressing pomade can create a variety of looks on different hair types.

How to Use Murray’s Pomade the Right Way

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Now that we have a pretty good idea about Murray’s hair product options, let’s look at using the pomade. Knowing how to properly apply pomade can make the difference between a sleek, polished look, and something greasy and messy.

Also, Murray wave grease and pomade can be a little difficult to use, as it is very thick and hard to work into the hair. Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade is particularly difficult for beginners to use.

Simple Styling with Murray’s Pomade:

If you aren’t sure how to put pomade in your hair, this guide will show you how it’s done!

What You Will Need:

  • Murray’s Pomade
  • Stylers like curl creams, milk, or mousses (optional)
  • Brush or comb

What You Should Do:

  1. Begin on damp, clean, and freshly washed hair. Since pomade is already difficult to work with, grease on dirty hair will only make things harder. The moisture in damp hair will make it easier to smooth things out.
  2. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, scoop out a small amount of the pale yellow, waxy pomade. This can range from a pea-sized chunk to a dime-sized dollop. Remember, you can always add more later if needed.
  3. Warm the pomade between your hand, breaking up clumps and creating a smooth product that feels more like thick oil.
  4. Work the softened pomade into your hair, starting from the roots and going down to the ends. Apply it in all directions until all your strands are evenly coated with the product.
  5. Use a little extra pomade to fix any rough areas, frizzy strands, and flyways.
  6. With a fine-tooth comb or Denman brush, brush your hair to the back and sides. This will make sure the pomade is evenly distributed across your hair.
  7. Shape your hair into the desired style. Comb it back, or create a side part. To get waves with Murray’s Pomade, follow this video.

Removing Murray’s Pomade from Hair

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Many people wonder whether sleeping with pomade in hair is okay. It certainly seems easier and more convenient, but is it something you should be doing?

Well, not really. The heavy oil and wax-based product will stain your pillowcases and bedding, leaving them greasy. 

This can cause skin issues like acne and rashes later on. To avoid this, you can sleep in a durag, stocking cap, silk scarves, or satin bonnets.

However, the heavy pomade can also wreak havoc on your scalp and hair. There may be a link between Murray pomade and hair loss as it can weaken the follicles and cause hair fall. Murray pomade and white hair can also be an issue, as leaving it in for too long can promote premature greying.

So, how can one remove pomade from hair? Is there some sort of pomade removal shampoo?

Here’s what you need to do:

What You Will Need:

What You Should Do:

  1. Apply a good amount of deep conditioner and use it to cover your dry, pomade-coated hair. Work it into your hair, and you will feel the pomade start to dissolve.
  2. Use your comb to brush the conditioner through your hair, so that no spot is left greasy.
  3. Once your hair is saturated with the deep conditioner, leave it to break down the pomade for 5-15 minutes, depending on how much hair you have.
  4. Then, wash with your shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water. 


Below you’ll find answers to questions I get asked the most about using Murray’s pomade.

01. Is Murray’s Pomade Bad or Damaging for My Hair?

Murray’s pomade will not damage or harm your hair in anyways as long as it is washed out of hair every couple of days.

02. How Often Should I Use a Pomade for Waves?

There is no hard and fast rule, so you can use pomade to create waves however often you want. This will depend on how often you want to style the waves, as well as the needs of your hair.

03. How Long Does Pomade Last in Hair?

Pomade is a hardy substance and can last for days in hair. So it is a good idea to wash it out after a few days.

04. Should I Use Pomade on Wet or Dry Hair?

Pomade is best used on wet, damp hair. It is very hard to use it on fully dried hair.


As you can see, Murray’s pomade is a versatile styling product. Once you learn how to use Murray’s pomade, you can create slicked-back styles that never go out of style, as well as shiny waves, and retro pompadours.

More importantly, a tin will last forever since you need such a tiny amount. So why not get some pomade and give your hair the shine it deserves?

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