Non-Greasy Homemade Hair Pomade and Texturizer

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Homemade Pomade Hair Texturizer

Homemade pomade skips the parabens, formaldehyde, and fragrance of commercial pomades. Just a simple, natural, non-greasy hair texturizer!

It seems like I’m always doing something different with my hair.

From long and wavy to short and layered, I absolutely love to try new things. Currently, I’m sporting a long pixie cut, which means I have to use a texturing product or I’ll end up looking like my toddler.

I went to the store to pick out some products and I was shocked. Parabens, formaldehyde, fragrance, and many other undesirable ingredients were in every product that I wanted to buy.

This is particularly scary because my son loves to put his hands (and mouth!) in my hair. I would never want to risk his safety or health just because I want to look stylish. So instead of purchasing those products, I decided to go home and find a natural solution.

I knew that I would need a non-greasy, firm-hold homemade pomade that could help keep some volume in my hair all day. Plus, I wanted something that was non-toxic and easy to wash out.

Homemade Pomade Ingredients

After doing the research, I narrowed down my list to just four ingredients: beeswax, coconut oil, bentonite clay, and sandalwood essential oil. Each ingredient serves a specific purpose which I’ve broken down below:


This helps make this homemade pomade less greasy and gives it a nice firm hold. If you find that you need more hold, simply add one more tablespoon of beeswax to the mixture. If you need less hold remove one-half tablespoon from the recipe.

Coconut oil

This not only conditions hair but helps repair it. Plus it fights dandruff! One of my favorite things about coconut oil is that it will be soft and pliable in your hands, but will harden back up on your hair. Its melting point is 76°F. This helps to cut down on the greasy feeling but will leave your hair shiny and soft.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is a gritty powder made from naturally occurring volcanic ash. Many people use it in face masks and for other external beauty treatments. It is extremely important to make sure that you get a good quality bentonite clay (look for a gray/ashy color as opposed to white or chalky colors). In this homemade pomade recipe, the bentonite clay helps to give the pomade a gritty, fun texture to play with.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

This is my favorite essential oil for hair care. It helps to condition and repair hair without drying. Bonus: it smells amazing!

Don’t have the time or desire to make your own? If you really want a good, natural pomade, but just can’t make it yourself, DIY Natural recommends checking out the all-natural (for real!) pomade from this company.

Homemade Pomade Hair Texturizer

Homemade Pomade Recipe

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Homemade pomade skips the parabens, formaldehyde, and fragrance of commercial pomades. Just a simple, natural, non-greasy hair texturizer!
Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Estimated Cost



  1. Begin making your homemade pomade by melting the beeswax in a double boiler. (I improvise and use a glass Pyrex mixing bowl in a pot of boiling water.)
  2. Add the coconut oil and stir until melted.

  3. Turn off the boiler and add bentonite clay.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly while continuing to stir.

  5. Stir in essential oil.
  6. Pour into a container. (I use a small mason jar, but any container works fine.)

Recipe Video


A very little bit of this hair texturizer pomade will go a LONG way. I've barely even dented my jar and I've been using it every day for two weeks.

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Variations for this Hair Texturizer

For a homemade pomade with MORE hold: add one more tablespoon of beeswax to the mixture.

For LESS hold: remove one-half tablespoon from the recipe.

Want a less oily pomade? Add one teaspoon of vegetable glycerin when you add in the coconut oil. You’ll have to stir the mixture as it cools though because the glycerin will try to separate. This will also help add more texture.

Now you know how to texturize hair with a natural homemade pomade!

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About Katie Vance

Katie is a wife, mother, aromatherapist, and lover of all things DIY. She offers consultations and gives simple aromatherapy advice at Katie Vance, Aromatherapy Simplified. You can also find Katie on Facebook.

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  2. Debb Bennett says

    Hi there I am interested to know the shelf life of this recipe. Thank you Debbie

    • sam says

      HI just wondering if you ever got a response? I tried this but after a couple days it was hard.

  3. Doris Dye says

    Do you apply this to your hair when wet (after shampooing) or after blow drying?

  4. Celine says

    Debra, how do you apply this texturizer on your hair, do you rub it on the scalp all over or just apply to the hair roots and hair only.

  5. Sophie says

    I have looked for bentonite clay and did not find it (I can’t order from Internet). Could I replace it with another type of clay?

    • Ginger says

      I am wondering if this pomade would hold up in our desert heat. Coconut oil melts at 75°, and temps here can reach 116° . I would love to try it, but don’t want to make it and waste the Ingredients.

  6. Diann says

    I have been using organic aloe vera gel to help give my hair some natural volume and style.

  7. Andresa says

    Perfect timing with this article! I’ve just gotten a new hair cut that is quite layered. However, I don’t use products in my hair so the style has only looked “okay”. Except for that particular essential oil, I have all the ingredients. Well, I don’t have vegetable glycerin either, so I’ll have to hope that it’s not too oily in the summer heat & humidity.

    One question… I don’t wash my hair every day though I do get it thoroughly wet each day. Do you know if this pomade will reactivate from day to day or will I need to reapply it?

    • Katie Vance says

      Great question, Andresa. It will stay in your hair from day to day although some might rub off. I normally add a little extra on the second day.

      • Glenna says

        I just joined.
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        I have core and a bit of body. As I’ve gotten greyer, it has more body. I try to encourage the body of it. Done all I want with curling. Prefer wash, dry allow to air dry n goes styles.