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A small pot of hair wax

Hair wax is a thick hairstyling product containing wax, used to assist with holding the hair. In contrast with hair gel, most kinds which contain alcohol, hair wax remains pliable and has less chance of drying out. Consequently, hair wax is currently experiencing an increase in popularity, with many manufacturers releasing versions that are referred to as pomade, putty, glue, whip, or styling paste.

Hair wax has been used for many years and in fact, a waxy soap-like substance was invented by the ancient Gauls as a hair styling agent and was not used as a cleaning agent until many years later.


The following are some of the ingredients typically found in commercial hair wax products.


Some stylists prefer making their own blends of hair wax customized for their clientele. Various recipes exist, including some with "secret" ingredients. Many recipes contain the following core ingredients:

  • 1 part beeswax
  • 1 part aloe juice

Ingredients can be blended together in a double boiler and brought to a boil.

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