DIY Hair Pomade (Sculpting Wax)

Heather Dessinger

This post contains affiliate links.
Click here to read my affiliate policy.

Hair Pomade Recipe (Sculpting Wax)

Tame Flyaways, Add Texture And Channel . . .

A little vintage Hollywood glam with this easy DIY sculpting pomade featuring beeswax, shea butter, jojoba and essential oils. Or – if it’s not your thing – whip up a jar for the hipster guy in your life. Yep, it’s okay if he’s two.

This formula is light/medium hold, husband approved, and super easy. Ready to give it a try?

Homemade Hair Pomade (Sculpting Wax)

(All amounts are by weight)


A Few Essential Oil Options

To Make

  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler over low heat
  2. When the beeswax is melted, add in shea butter
  3. When the mixture is melted, add jojoba and stir until just melted
  4. Pour mixture into a container and allow to cool slightly, then add essential oil

To Use

Rub a small amount between your fingertips until there are no lumps, then work through hair and style.

FREE Ebook: DIY Body Care Gifts Made Simple

Do you want to give gorgeous, handcrafted gifts for family and friends, without spending a bunch of time on them?

Then I’d love to give you a free copy of DIY Body Care Gifts Made Simple – my step-by-step guide to making gorgeous handcrafted gifts without stressing yourself out – as a gift for signing up for my newsletter. I’ll show you how to make vintage labels, luxurious lotion bars, lip balms, sugar scrubs, body sprays and more like a pro. Sign up for my newsletter and you’ll be redirected to the download page immediately!

Related Posts


Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

Leave a Comment

120 thoughts on “DIY Hair Pomade (Sculpting Wax)”

      • Hi Heather, when will you send the revised version?? I am just a bit worried that i am not recieving it 🙂 Sorry for me not being patient B)

          • Hi Heather,

            Great site! I am definitely going to try this recipe. Question for you on fluid ounce vs. weight measurement. All the online shops I’ve searched list Jojoba Oil by the fluid oz. Most sell in containers that are 4 fl oz. Is that enough for this recipe? I plan on weighing out my oil when I get it. I just want to make sure I purchase enough Jojoba Oil for this recipe.

  1. Thank you! I have been looking to make our own styling product. We were using a sticky (liquidy taffy texture) product by Bed Head (Manipulator). Any chance you know of a DIY recipe for that?

  2. Hi Rae,

    Saw your comment and thought I’d help you out, since I’ve found some lovely tutorials for eyeliner, mascara, and powder! Gotta help a girl out 🙂 Unfortunately, I haven’t tried them yet but they seem well-received from comments and are ultimately simple and natural.

    Translucent powder:

    A Blossoming Life also has a natural blush recipe if you’re into that!

      • I’m wondering the same thing. I made this a week ago and it isn’t really holding up as conventional pomade consistency for me. 🙁 It gets really soft almost liquid at room temp so I have to keep it in my fridge. I’m going to try to add a little more wax.


      3 Tbsp. beeswax
      2 Tbsp. Shea butter (you can substitute this with unrefined coconut oil if you like, but shea butter is less greasy)
      2 Tbsp. jojoba oil (you can use almost any other carrier oil here, such as olive, almond, apricot kernel, or even coconut oil.)
      1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder or non-gmo corn starch (optional, takes some of the grease out from the oils. If you like a little bit of glossy shine then don’t worry about this option, I left this out and the Hippy Husband loves it.)
      2 vitamin E pills (optional)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I recently cut my very long hair into a pixie and I was clueless how to style it. I would wake up in the morning with my short hair sticking out every direction but this pomade is AMAZING!

  4. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m anxious to try it! Where do you purchase your ingredients? I’m not sure what companies I can trust.

  5. Diana–I order most of my bulk ingredients at They seem to do a great job of sourcing good quality materials for a decent price. Good luck!

  6. I haven’t seen anyone post a review yet, so I guess I will! I really enjoyed this, hair feels great and looks just the same as store bought….minus the chemical additives. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Linda Franco Parra- I saw on a post once people use 100% pure aloe Vera for hair gel, so I put just a little if that in my daughters (3) hair to control fly aways.

  8. Meadow, the recipe includes links to purchase on amazon. They also sell it at whole foods and fruitful yeild and many other natural health stores.

  9. Unfortunately, our son has a nut allergy and mango is in the cashew family…I know this because our son had a reaction this weekend. 🙁

  10. Hi Heather, I came across your recipe recently and just made it. My husband LOVES it!! Thank you so much. One question though: it came out a little too hard which makes it difficult to grab it with his fingers. How can I make it just a tad softer? Thanks so much for any advice you may have!!

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe. We’ve been trying to gradually eliminate all chemically based beauty products from our home, and the two toughest ones have been conquered, much to my husband’s surprise. He has hair that is soft to touch, but about as tough as wire. He swore he’d never be able to get rid of his commercial sculpting product, as NOTHING but the strongest of stuff works in his hair. This does the trick 🙂 The deoderant in your e-book is another amazing one that we thought we’d never find a natural recipe for. And it works!
    Many thanks!

    • Hi Jennifer, these recipes are intended for personal use only. I am an expert on preparing products for commercial sale, but I imagine it usually involves third party testing to ensure that it is properly preserved, etc.

  12. I love this recipe and bought all the ingredients to make for my husband. Where did you get the container and what size did you use??

  13. Would grapeseed or castor oil also be considered a “dry” oil? I have both of those and wondered if they would work in place of jojoba. I can’t wait to try this! Victory rolls here I come!

  14. Hi Heather –
    I made this and im wondering if you can help me…maybe I did it wrong??
    I weighed everything out and the product ‘looked’ perfect. However, it was VERY hard…and when I let a friend use it/test it…she said it made her hair greasy and had no hold. 🙁 I was really disappointed. Like I said…I weighed everything and melted it all together at the same time, once melted I immediately poured it into the 1oz container I had.


  15. Based on the comments I whipped mine with a hand mixer as it was cooling which made it easier to scoop out. I am not very happy with the hold – do you think adding sugar would do the trick? Sucrose is an ingredient in some commercial styling products I like. I couldn’t easily find out whether sugar is soluble in fat, does anyone happen to know?

    • Hi Ena, unfortunately sugar would not be soluble in this formula. So sorry the level of hold wasn’t what you were looking for!

  16. Hi Heather,
    Having been recovering from Eczema, is it safe to use this recipe for styling my beard. Was earlier using commercial hair styling gels/sprays, but the doc has recommended not to use any commercially available ones.
    Another query, will this formulation hold the hairs in a hot country like India.

    Pls help !!!

  17. Too greasy for my hair, Do you have any recipe for a more clay/matt control? Maybe if i add soy protein and take away some from the shea butter/jojoba oil?

    Also,. When making an eyelash serum with vitamin e oil, castor & almond oil, Do i need to keep it in a refrigerator or does it hold until its empty? I’ve read somewhere on a sketchy website it should be used within 48 hours?

    Thanks for great info!

  18. To anyone wanting more hold & less shine – add a little bit of kaolin clay, maybe 1/2tsp per ounce of pomade. Add more if need be.

  19. Are the measurements fluid ounces or weight? I come from a country that uses the metric system and I’m not sure how to convert.

    • It’s known for a carrier oil. She states that it is considered a dry oil. Most likely there are other dry oils you can use instead of jojoba. Search to find what works for you.

    • I am also wondering this! I don’t use shampoo on my hair, so I’m wondering if the beeswax will come out with my clay and vinegar “shampoo” mixture…

  20. I know this is an old post, but I just came across it. I am in love with TIGI Manipulator but have sworn off as I’ve gone chemical free. Are you familiar with that product? Would this DIY replace it? If not, do you have any suggestions? Manipulator makes your hair very textured and piece-y.

  21. Can anyone help? I made this…misreading the instructions. I did all fluid ounces, not weight. The result is very oily/greasy. I hate to throw it out and waste all those ingredients. Any thoughts how I can doctor it to make it work?

  22. Hi there, I’m just slightly curious I’ve been trying to do this recipe along with many others and I’m not sure exactly what is wrong or what I can do for my hair (thin hair) but I’ve been trying to replicate the hold of the Axe messy look pomade but naturally for my hair, my mixture with just Beeswax, Unrefined coconut oil, arrow root powder and some essential oils is just weighing my hair down and making it look greasy and unclean, hardly any hold but in the container it’s hard as rock, I don’t understand what’s wrong or If my measuring isn’t right. By the way, does anyone know of a natural and non harmful ingredient to use for hold? would appreciate a reponse, thanks.

    • You can use natural occurring clays like kaolin or bentonite it will make the product less greasy and provide a good amount of hold. May be it will work for you 🙂

  23. How do you store the hair pomade? In the fridge or just keep it in a dry, cool and dark place like a medicine cabinet? I’d like to make this for my dad’s Christmas gift this year and would like to know. Thanks!

  24. Is it true to have a modeling clay with a firm hold you just add more beeswax? I like the texture of the ‘clays’ that are out there.


  25. Dear Heather,

    Thank you so much for all recipes you put on your website, i’m really loving them and it’s so helpful! I was wondering what the shelf life of this wax would be, more or less?

    Keep up the good work and be blessed!

  26. I made this recipe 2 years ago as a substitute for a very expensive lavender hair wax and am just getting to the bottom of the jar. It’s kept well in a glass jar at room temperature in my warm climate and I’ll definitely re-make it. Many thanks.

  27. 4 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. However, the hold isn’t quite strong enough for my liking. Is it possible to re-melt the mixture and add some beeswax?

  28. 5 stars
    Hello, so I’m absolutely in love with what you do. Sincerely. Genuinely.
    But I have a question.. I have cancer, breast cancer that has now infected my lymph nodes, yay me lol. All of my hair fell out and it was SO long. 😭 I’m starting to grow a little back and lady, I’m telling ya, I looked silly lol fortunately the regimen I’m on now will let me keep the hair I’m getting to grow back. I’m basically asking if you could maybe make some patchouli pomade? I’ll buy it, 100%. I’ve just not found it anywhere and idk where I’m going wrong but I can’t seem to make it right either. Ugh please help!!

  29. 4 stars
    For an ideal perfume, you may want to try a mix of Sandalwood and Balsam de Peru, the balsam has a heavenly scent resembling vanilla. My issue with the growing popularity of vanilla is that the cosmetic and food industry have sourced their vanilla from the glands of animals. I am also repulsed by that fake vanilla-ish coconut scent that so many commercial hair products and perfumes have.

  30. I have made this Pomade a few days ago, the hold was very low so i added more wax. However when i use this stuff and wash it out it leaves a waxy oily residue in my hair. Is anyone else having the same issue or is it just me?

  31. I’ve been making & using this pomade for about 8 years on my pixie cut and love it. It doubles as a great body glide for runners as well. My question is about the beeswax. The current jar of pomade I’m on is not breaking down right when I rub it in my hands to apply it to my hair. It leaves the tiniest little pellets of beeswax in my hands even though I fully melted it when making the pomade. Is there a difference between types of beeswax and how they act when melted?

    • Hi Autumn, I’m so glad the recipe has been useful to you! I haven’t come across the issue you describe so I can’t say for sure what is causing it. It may be due to some property of the beeswax used in this particular batch, or it could be that the beeswax was cut with paraffin to reduce production costs. If so, it should be labeled but some manufacturers do it without disclosing that info. 🙁

  32. 4 stars
    Will this recipe work without the essential oils? Should I add extra of one of the other ingredient to compensate if I omit the EO’s? I have astma and find that most of them cause me problems. BUT I am desparate for pomade!! Since I was devolped this problem, 10 years ago, my thin hair has become
    flat. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because of the essential oils.

  33. Will this recipe work without the essential oils? Should I add extra of one of the other ingredient to compensate if I omit the EO’s? I have asthma and find that most of them cause me problems. BUT I am desperate for pomade!! Since I was developed this problem, 10 years ago, my thin hair has become flat. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because of the essential oils.