A while back I needed to get a new (vegan) pomade, and spent a few hours looking at the different options.
Here were the top 4 that I ended up considering, I’m pretty sure any one would’ve been fine.
There’s a mix of water and oil-based pomades, and also a mix of hold strengths, so you should be able to find one suitable for you.
Boardwalk is a “vegan” company. I typically prefer buying from companies that specifically cater to vegans, as you can be more confident that they make their products ethically.
Ultimately, I went with the “original” pomade that Boardwalk makes. I’m happy with it so far.
They also make a strong hold pomade if you have long or thick hair.
Both are water-based, which helps them wash out easily, even without shampoo. It lasts the day without any problems for me, and I haven’t had any flaking from it.
As far as scent goes. It has a very mild scent, which I personally like, but I know others might prefer a little more. In that case, go with a different brand.
The Mailroom Barber is another vegan company, and I was strongly considering their pomades as well.
They sell 3 plant-based pomades in total.
The “natural” pomade comes in 3 holds (light, medium, strong) if you’re looking for a specific hold.
One big difference between The Mailroom Barber’s pomades and others is that they have more powerful and unique scents. Each product has a different scent, but they’re mostly inspired by the outdoors (hard to describe, but think trees, woodsy, winter, crisp, etc.).
Another difference is that these are oil-based pomades. If you have a dry scalp, they can actually help moisturize your hair and scalp.
However, it’s not going to rinse out as easily as water-based pomades.
Anchors makes a variety of hair products, but they’re not all vegan.
This “courage clay” pomade does happen to be vegan though, and it’s a high quality pomade.
It seems to be best known for having a strong, long lasting hold.
Rodante Beverly Hills makes a line of products, but not all of them are vegan.
This pomade, however, is vegan, and gives you another option if you need a strong hold pomade.
It’s water-soluble, so it rinses out easily.
I don’t know how important it is, but Rodante always seems to make a point that their products are TSA approved. If you’re a frequent traveler, this is probably important (I’m not, so I wouldn’t know).
I think between these 4 brands, you should have plenty of options for a vegan pomade. Feel free to suggest any others if you think I missed any.