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Doing Drugstore: Murray's Pomade

Doing Drugstore: Murray's Pomade

If you're into the vintage pin-up or rockabilly look, you'll love Murray's Pomade, a haircare staple that's been around since 1925. George Clooney reportedly uses the stuff (so maybe he's not a Dapper Dan man?), but many Murray's products are lady-friendly. If you've ever wanted to mimic Dita Von Teese's sleek, shiny waves, here's an authentic product line to help you.

Now, Murray's isn't stuff you'd want to use every day, unless you're willing to spend the considerable time it takes to get the stuff out of your hair. Pomade, by definition, is meant to stay in the hair, and removing it involves a hefty amount of clarifying shampoo. But if you want a special retro 'do, this stuff does the trick. You might want to try Hair-Glo ($3), which adds shine and lets you slick your hair into a sleek retro style. A tiny bit of the product goes a very long way, so your $3 "investment" will last a long time. Have you tried pomade? If not, would you?

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Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Ha, Karla Sugar, I did the same thing with a colored pomade once for Halloween and it would not come out. Ladies (and gents!), the trick to getting the pomade out of your hair if you overdo it is.... Baby powder. Put it in your hair - it will absorb the grease, then wash. Repeat as necessary. Trust me, it works!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Ha, Karla Sugar, I did the same thing with a colored pomade once for Halloween and it would not come out. Ladies (and gents!), the trick to getting the pomade out of your hair if you overdo it is.... Baby powder. Put it in your hair - it will absorb the grease, then wash. Repeat as necessary. Trust me, it works!
fashionstar fashionstar 8 years
My uncle had this stuff in his bathroom for probably 20+ years and there was still some like half a jar left. My brother bought some to help him get waves like Nelly, but I've never used it cuz it's so thick. I might use some for a piecey look though I read that Chris McMillan Cameron and Jen Aniston's stylist loves it for the messy look.
Aziajs Aziajs 8 years
I've heard a lot about Murray's so I tried it. I hated it. It was like yellow wax. Very hard to work with and it did nothing for me. I have tried pomades before. I used to wear my hair very short and I styled it everyday/every other day with water-based pomade for a wet look. I have actually tried at least a dozen. I like them. I still use them from time to time.
mer569 mer569 8 years
Murray's is great stuff, especially if you have short hair and want to piece it out. It is difficult to remove though!
Karla-Sugar Karla-Sugar 8 years
oh my gosh, one year for halloween I went as "rain" and I got this blue pomade to slick my curly hair down and make it look wet. That stuff DID NOT WASH OUT. It was a nightmare.
pandcsmama pandcsmama 8 years
After my oldest daughter was born, I lost a lot of hair along my hairline. When it started to grow back in, it was a nightmare. Murray's (in the orange jar) was a god-send. I would just tap my fingers on the pomade (any more than that was a disaster) and then pat them on my "fringe" and those annoying little fuzzy pieces were going to stay in place until the next time I washed my hair. Seriously, though - just tap a few fingers on the product, do not dig in or you will regret!
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
it looks like it has lanolin in it, judging by the label. so couldn't you just put carmex on your hair? :) my dad tells me how in the 50's they used to put mayo on their hair to make it sleek and shiny. yuck!
krampalicious krampalicious 8 years
murray's is HANDS DOWN the best bedhead styling product for short, unruly hair. a teeny little bit and you've got a wonderful mop with loads of shine, and it really does last FOREVER. if you have thin hair, beware though. LOVE IT.
jmmst49 jmmst49 8 years
I have used pomade before. I would use a little on the ends to give my hair a piecy look. It also used to help me keep my curls in. However I HATED trying to get it out of my hair.
sailingstar457 sailingstar457 8 years
eh, it looks kind of weird to me. i personally would not like to look like one of marilyn manson's old girlfriends...
sailingstar457 sailingstar457 8 years
eh, it looks kind of weird to me. personally, i would rather not look like one of creep marilyn manson's ex-girfriends...
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