DIY Hair Pomade

DIY Hair Pomade
Like I’ve said before, I’m on a mission to make all my family’s cleaning and beauty products.  I’m doing one product at a time and a friend introduced me to a recipe for DIY hair pomade by blogger Mommypotamus.  I must say, I LOVE this recipe.  Who knew I could save so much money and eliminate toxins by making my own hair pomade?? 
When I was married, my x love this recipe-he’d probably still use it if I’d continue to make it for him!  He was spending at least $20 every time he went for a hair cut so this recipe was quite the victory for us!  Plus, this is perfect for using on a baby boy!  It gives just enough hold and spike and is very gentle for a babies sensitive head.  Putting a toxic hair pomade on a soft scalp is just not a good idea!  Interested in the recipe??  Read on!

DIY Hair Pomade

2 TBSP Shea Butter (find it HERE)

3 TBSP Beeswax (find it HERE)

4 TBSP Jojoba Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Scotch Pine Essential Oil (find it HERE)

5 drops Rosemary Essential Oil (find it HERE)


1. Fill a pot half full with water.
2. Place a glass bowl with a spout in the pot.
3. Turn on stove top to medium
4. Melt Shea Butter and Beeswax
5. Mix in Jojoba Oil.
6. Remove from heat and let cool for about a minute
7. Add essential oils
8. Pour into container.
This recipe made about 3 oz.  I added Scotch Pine Essential Oil and Rosemary Essential Oil. Rosemary is great for hair growth and shine while pine gives a woodsy, manly scent.

DIY Hair Pomade

xx, Jenni


P.S. Go HERE for more DIY hair care!


DIY Hair Pomade


Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Jennifer K
    February 25, 2014 / 9:10 am

    Is that a mint leaf in the jar?

  2. Laura
    March 29, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    Could sweet almond oil be used instead of jojoba? I don’t have that on hand right now. What is the benefit of jojoba?

    • March 30, 2014 / 4:04 pm

      Laura, I use jojoba because it’s actually a liquid wax. It’s a bit thicker than most carrier oils. I have made this without it and substituted a different carrier oil-it worked but if you are looking it use it for short “spiky” hair it just doesn’t have the hold. Thanks!

  3. Ollie
    August 4, 2014 / 10:08 am

    Hi Jenni! Could you use castor oil instead of jojoba oil for someone who wants to encourage hair growth? 😉 A product that holds the hair in place is important, but it doesn’t need to be spiky. Thanks!

    • August 4, 2014 / 4:29 pm

      Ollie-I’m not sure it would work the same. Jojoba is used because it is actually a wax in liquid form. You could try it but it might not be as stiff. Thanks!

  4. jane
    April 22, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    do you happen to have a diy scalp scrub? i have minor head psoriasis so its dry and a bit flaky. using home remedies is helping but im searching for a scalp scrub also. do you have any recipes in mind?

  5. Ash
    August 20, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I have bees wax and shea butter, but I didn’t know that I also NEEDED jojoba oil….
    Do I really need that for making this hair wax?
    Is there anything else I can use in replacement of it?

    To the person who has psoriasis.
    What people don’t know – is that psoriasis actually will not go away until you get rid of your candida.
    I have candida and psoriasis and it always clears up when I am trying to control what I eat, while I’m trying to get as much good bacteria as possible.
    All health basically comes down to good bacteria.

    Just thought I would leave some help as this is where the real information in this world and to give something back to the world to help other people.

    • August 20, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Ash-I use jojoba because it technically is a wax. But, if you don’t need a super firm hold I would try something like olive oil or even coconut oil. I think it’s a good chance that it will be just fine without jojoba oil specifically.

  6. Michele
    October 6, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    I’m looking for a shampoo and conditioner/rinse for silver hair. I have found shampoos with tea in them, but I’m afraid the tea will make my hair look discolored. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • October 12, 2015 / 4:41 pm

      Michele-I actually don’t-I did THIS post about a shampoo/conditioner I really like but I don’t know if they have anything for silver hair.

  7. Cris
    December 10, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    Is this hard to wash off? (because of beeswax)

  8. Kara
    February 17, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    After step 8 do you mix it? Other recipes I’ve seen say to mix.

    • February 21, 2016 / 1:34 pm

      Kara-I leave it smooth. There’s really no need to mix it up once it’s melted.

  9. Nan
    May 20, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Can you add emu oil to it, if so how much? My hair is in really bad shape and won’t grow. Looking for a pomade that can help with that.

    • Jenni
      May 23, 2016 / 7:35 am

      Nan, I’m not sure because I’ve never worked with emu oil-I chose jojoba because it’s exactly a wax rather then an oil. You might have an oilier product if you add it but I think it’s worth a try. If you do, you can always remelt it and add more beeswax. If you want to use emu oil you should use it as a leave on conditioner. Just put it in your hair and let it sit. Then you can determine if it needs to be washed out or you can just leave it.

  10. Brianna
    June 8, 2016 / 8:19 am

    Hi! I read your reason for using jojoba oil but we aren’t able to due to an allergy. I had a couple ideas of what other things I could use and wanted your feedback. I love using Grapeseed oil but could also use coconut instead of jojoba. My other thought was maybe I could add aloe Vera gel and/or gelatin? I found another recipe that called for these. Do you think added either of these would help with the hold since we can’t use jojoba?

    • Jenni
      June 8, 2016 / 10:44 am

      Brianna! Hi! I chose jojoba because it is technically a wax and I felt like it might effect the texture but jojoba oil feels nothing like a wax and I believe you could substitute grapeseed or coconut oil and come out with a great pomade. Aloe or gelatin won’t work because you would end up with a big bacteria problem and probably a texture issue as well. Hope this helps!

      • Iman Essam
        October 4, 2017 / 10:36 am

        Dear Jenni, is it possible to replace white fir EO and use any other oil that would be
        suitable for a 5-year old girl whose hair is wild and frizzy?
        Thanks a million for your precious recipes

        • Jenni
          October 10, 2017 / 5:11 pm

          Iman-For sure-I add white fir because usually men are using this DIY and I was trying to make the scent a bit more manly! Use any essential oil you like! Lavender is always a great option plus it’s calming!

  11. Ang
    September 30, 2018 / 2:07 pm

    Is this hard after being made and hard to scoop or works like a balm or actual scoopable to touch like the ones in the store?

    • Jenni
      October 5, 2018 / 6:48 am

      Ang-It’s harder and less scoopable.

  12. Eli
    July 14, 2019 / 7:25 am

    What is the benefit of ingredient scotch pine? Is it purely for scent?

    Is there an alternative to scotch pine, as I can not locate.


    • Jenni
      July 14, 2019 / 8:02 am

      Eli-It is for scent. No other benefit so if you can’t find it, just omit it!

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