If you’re here to up your wave game then you’re at the right spot.
This list is created in order for you to find the best wave grease products that are available on the market to help you in getting those much-beloved 360 waves.
Our top picks
Too long; didn’t read? Here are our top picks in order to save you some time.
Are you ready to step up your wave game with the top wave grease hair products money can buy? Please read on to get more information about the 15 best pomades, oils and other products that you can use to get waves.
The hair products are reviewed and ranked on how strong the hold is. How healthy they are for your hair and scalp, the ingredients and finally, how good they smell.
1. Coldlabel Premium Wave & Scalp Butter
Natural versus unnatural wave hair products debate?
The Coldlabel wave and scalp butter is the best of both worlds and definitely our recommendation. One of the most nutrient rich wave grease available without sacrificing a strong hold.
Consisting of high-quality ingredients such as organic beeswax and oils, helping you in getting a light natural shine. The product helps to soften your hair so it stays low and in control.
Are you just starting out or do you want to switch to full organic products? Do not worry, this hair butter is 100% petroleum-free. No mineral oil, white paraffin, lanolin, and artificial colours. All the good stuff to keep your hair nutritious and in place without the bad stuff.
2. Xotics Sweet Jamila Shea Glaze
Sweet Jamila Shea Glaze is not only a natural wave grease with a very pleasant smell but can also be applied to your skin. It is a blend of 100% Shea butter and essential oils. Making it great for moisture and grooming properties for most black men and women hair and skin types.
The perfect product to put in your hair before a brushing session to keep your hair soft and moisturized. Do note that this product does not keep your hair in place. I recommend purchasing another product from the list if you need a product for styling purposes.
Like the name states, this product consists of Shea butter. Which is great for moisturising dry skin, treating acne and blemishes and reduces skin inflammation. Don’t forget about the anti-aging and skin elasticity benefits. Other than Shea butter, the products contain great oils such as jojoba, hemp seed, olive, sesame, and sweet almond oil.
3. Suavecito Strong Hold Pomade
The pomade is super light and holds your hair in shape for many hours.
The water-based pomade that is known for being used for comb-overs and slick-backs. Do not worry, we’ve tested it for waves and they do the job.
This product is water-soluble, wash it out just with water without any hassle. You know that it is not healthy to use shampoo on your scalp everyday right? With this pomade, you can stop using shampoo every day just to get the grease out of your hair.
We all know it’s all about brushing your hair to get those wavy patterns in your hair. You can still brush your hair with ease by using Suavecito.
Pro-tip; Make sure you get their Strong/Firme hold product, I’ve included the link below.
4. Layrite Superhold Pomade
Layrite is well-known for its superior hold which will surely keep your waves down throughout the day.
If you like the smell of Vanilla then you’re definitely in for a treat. Layrite has a strong Vanilla scent that does not go away throughout the day. Do keep this in mind, get it if you like the smell, skip it if you prefer a product with no smell.
The hair product is petroleum-based which means it will be hard to wash out. It is also not the most lightweight product so applying the product might not be the easiest task. Brushing with the product in your hair can be tough. It is a great hair grease to put in your hair throughout the day since it keeps the shape of your hair.
5. As I Am Double Butter Cream
This great hair cream has a bunch of great oils and proteins. The choice for anyone who wants to keep their hair and scalp super healthy in the long run.
The product contains cocoa and shea butter, castor, jojoba, and wheat germ oil. In order to keep your hair healthy, shiny and moisturized. Don’t forget about the sugar beetroot, vegetable glycerin, wheat protein, panthenol, and lanolin. It also keeps your hair very soft.
Use this product before and after brushing sessions and before you get a good night rest. It doesn’t have the strongest hold so I recommend getting another product to keep your hair in place and shiny throughout the day.
6. Lusters S-Curl 360 Wave Control Pomade
360 Style is famous in the 360 wave game.
The super lightweight product is the perfect option for brushing sessions. You can also use for going out since it has a nice shine and a solid hold.
I recommend using it if you’re a beginner. Use the product to keep your hair down. I wouldn’t use it for the long run since the product has chemicals in it. This could damage and dry out your hair and irritate your scalp.
7. WaveBuilder Cocoa & Shea Wave Butter
A solid product that is more on the liquid side gives your hair shine and no residue.
Easily apply this product since it is more liquid than solid. This makes brushing your hair a breeze. I recommend applying this product during brushing sessions and after to keep it in place.
Some people have reported that the product made their hair dry after applying the product. Do keep this in mind if you already have issues with having dry hair. Other people reported that the product made them breakout. This could be due to the product containing chemicals such as petroleum. It is known that this liquid could irritate some that have sensitive skin.
Use this product with a lotion or something that keeps your scalp and hair moisturized.
8. Roller Coaster Waves Premium
The product that is used by many to create dope 360 waves.
Super light which makes it easy to apply in your hair. The consistency is much more liquidy than a traditional pomade. I definitely recommend it to you people out there that hate the greasy feeling that a normal pomade gives you.
Use it for defining your waves during brushing sessions. Roller Coaster lacks a good hold. With this in mind, I recommend this product for people who are building up their waves and are looking for a product to help during brushing sessions. Use another product with a stronger hold to keep your waves shiny and in place throughout the day.
9. Uppercut Deluxe Pomade
The famous black and red tin can with 2 gents boxing it out. The pomade that is famous for greaser hair can also be used to get some sick waves.
I really liked the smell of this pomade but I understand that it is subjective. It has a strong coconut, vanilla and coffee smell – sounds unique but, trust me, it smells GOOD.
The product is water-based which means that it easily washes out.
Get it if your hair requires a product that has a strong hold. It does lose its hold by the end of the day. But hey, you could always re-apply the product right?
Doesn’t have the brightest shine. It has more of a matte finish. I recommend getting this if you prefer more of a low-profile look.
10. Imperial Classic Pomade
Used by many barbers around the world, for good reasons.
The hold strength is quite strong but it does have a low shine. If a high shine is your thing, on to the next one. This pomade is the strongest one that this brand carries and I can assure you that it will hold the toughest hair down.
It is a little bit pricier than the other ones listed on this page but you do get what you pay for. The water-based pomade has got great ingredients, washes out easily and can be applied to your hair with ease. Get this one if you have money to spend on extra quality.
11. WaveBuilder Brush In Waves Lotion
One of the best choices in this list for brushing sessions.
Not really a wave grease, it’s more of a hair lotion. WaveBuilder also brands the product as a lotion that you apply to your hair during brushing sessions. It softens the hair and helps in defining the waves that we strive for.
We all don’t like the super greasy feeling some of the heavier shine products give us. This is the reason why I really love this product. It’s light, non-greasy and has no build-up at all. All of these pros with a nice sheen to it.
It sounds like this hair product should be on the top of the list right? We definitely recommend it for brushing sessions but sadly the way it holds your hair is quite weak.
Use this product for brushing sessions and combine it with one of our other recommendations that has a stronger hold.
12. SoftSheen-Carson Sportin' Waves Pomade
SoftSheen is definitely not kidding about the “Maximum Hold” branding.
You might know this classic already. The black tub is more known in the scene but get the gold one for ultimate hold. This thing is tough, and I mean that
We had to include this product in the list because it does what you expect it to do. This is definitely the budget option since the price is the lowest of all the mentioned alternatives.
It does come with some cons though. To offer such a great price they had to choose ingredients which are not the best option. The product consists of petroleum jelly and mineral oil which can clog your pores, resulting in skin breakouts.
This product is tough. It’s quite hard to wash it out and it may take several shampoo sessions to get it fully clean. I recommend it to use it once in a while for occasions that require a maximum hold.
13. Ocean View Hair Pomade
Such a great, solid water-based pomade with a high hold and a great smell.
The product does not have the best shine. I highly suggest combining it with natural oil if you prefer a high shine. It is also light so you can easily brush your hair with the pomade in it.
It can be hard to get your hands on one of these tubs. I don’t know if they produce Ocean View pomade in high quantities but the world needs more of it. Click on the link below to check if the pomade is still available.
14. Murray's Superior Hair Dressing Pomade
One of the strongest hold pomade with a high sheen and a great smell, a classic in the world of men hair products.
I had to include this product since it is probably the most well-known pomade. Very affordable, superior hold, high shine and a great natural smell. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, it is an oil-based product and we all know that oil and water don’t go hand in hand. It is one of the hardest products to get out of your hair. Expect to rinse it out a few times during cleaning sessions. The consistency is very thick, brushing is not the easiest gig.
Murray’s does what it does best. Give your hairdo an extreme lockdown by holding it in place. Not even a storm can get it out of shape.
15. Reuzel Extreme Hold Matte Pomade
Reuzel is a newer brand compared to the others mentioned in the list, but certainly not to be underestimated.
The Dutch brand called Reuzel has a strong line of hair products for men. I highly suggest getting the Extreme Hold Matte Pomade. You can recognize it by the black tin casing with the iconic pig on the front. Pomades used to be made from pig fat after all (don’t worry, this one does not).
The price is slightly higher but definitely worth it if you want a healthy superior hold and no shine. The pomade has an extreme hold which will keep your hair in shape for the full day. The product is also water-soluble which is a game-changer for a pomade that is this strong.
Too bad it has no shine but that’s subjective of course. Some people prefer no shine. Get this pomade if you prefer a non-shiny look!
How to get waves
First of all, products don’t get you waves, but they certainly do help a lot. The hard truth is that the more you brush, the more you get waves.
Most natural products are light products and they don’t have too much hold to them. They are not gonna lay your hair down as good as an unnatural product. If you really want 360 waves you NEED something to lay your hair down.
When you first start, your hair will stick out and you need a do-rag to keep your hair flat as a dime. You can get waves with natural products and the choice is all yours, but do keep in mind that they are not as effective and may take more time. However, natural wave products help in keeping your hair and scalp skin healthy in the long run.
Our recommendation is to do a combination of both natural and unnatural products. Use stronger unnatural wave greases once every few weeks, use the natural one more often.