Because I’m bored, and because Back to the Fifties is next weekend, I figured I’d post a little how-to on having a great looking pompadour. Also, I don’t anticipate having enough hair to pull one of these off within the next couple of years, so there’s no time like the present.
I use Murray’s Original Pomade, because it’s sold at Target, Wal-Mart, and pretty much anywhere else. I can’t vouch for the Lucky 13/Murray’s product, and I ain’t payin no $8 for stuff for my hair. Murray’s comes in two strengths, original and Super-Light. As in most other things, stick with the Original.
If your hair naturally grows in any direction other than straight back, start with either soaking wet hair, or straight from the shower and towel dried. Comb it back from your forehead, and if need be you can use a hairdryer to dry it in place. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look right, this is just the first step. Otherwise, let your product-free hair dry in place.
Next, just like you would as if you were putting shoe polish on a rag, rub your fingers around the top of the Murray’s until you have a good-sized glob on your fingers. Now insert it into your palm, and vigorously rub your hands together until you have it evenly spread onto both palms, and slightly melty feeling.
- Note, Murrays is a waxy but petroleum based product, and heat will cause it to go from solid to liquid. You can use friction or a blow dryer on the hot setting to cause it to melt.
Quickly run your freshly melted Murray’s across your hair in the direction you want your pomp to go. This is an almost Fonzie like move, but it’s worth it. Repeat the last two steps until your hair is coated on the outside. Again, this will not necessarily resemble the finished product, but it’s a step in the right direction. Your hair may clump, or look like it’s been coated in plastic, but that’s fine.
To “cure” your hair, take a rag and run it under hot water until it’s thoroughly soaked and almost too hot to stand. Wring some of the water out, so it doesn’t constantly drip, and drape it over your hair. You’ll want to make sure the top and sides of your head are covered, as the heat and steam from the towel will help the Murray’s become one with your follicles. As you feel the rag start to cool, usually 30-50 seconds after you put it on, remove the rag and quickly come your hair back from your forehead.
It is at this point that you can style your pomp to your particular desire. Some will want a pronounced peak at the front, which gradually sinks back to the scalp at the back of the head. Others will go for a more boxy look, like Mutt Williams’ hair in Indiana Jones 4.If you don’t get it right the first time, fear not. Simply repeat the hot rag trick, and you can always take another crack at it. Once it’s good, you can ride down the highway in a convertible doing 90 and your hair will stay mint.
Tomorrow, day two: Murrays and Blue Magic.