Show Your Hair Who’s Boss: A Guide to Murray’s Pomade

Is your hair stubborn? Can’t get that side part where you want it? Want your hair off your forehead but it keeps falling back down? You need to bring out the big guns. Enter Murray’s Pomade. Your hair doesn’t stand a chance against this thick, sticky, petroleum-based monster! My hair is very stubborn. If I have it pushed up for a while and then want to try a side part, I can’t get it to lay down correctly no matter how much I try to bend it to my will or bully it into submission with other products. And yet, it only takes one application of Murray’s to get everything in order.

To apply, use your finger to scoop a dime-sized blob from the can.  Rub this between your palms to warm it and apply to DRY hair. Style using fingers or a comb depending on the look you're going for.

You’ll hear horror stories about Murray’s, and for good reason. Most of it’s true. Luckily, through trial and error, I can address a lot of these concerns.

It doesn’t wash off of your hands! This is very true. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve washed my hands up to 10 times with dish soap and the Murray’s remained strong. The secret? Motsenbocker’s Lift Off. This is a citrus-based hand cleaner made for cleaning oil-based paint off hands and brushes. It can be found at most home improvement stores or on Amazon.

It doesn’t wash out! This is also mostly true. I actually see this as a benefit and take the opportunity to roll with the punches. I’ve found that it takes about 3 or 4 washes to get hair squeaky clean following a Murray's application. This means that on Day 1 you have a slick, proper look. Day 2 is sort of a medium hold, not too hard, not too messy. Day 3 is natural looking but still manageable. On Day 4, you have to decide if you want to recommit or go with another product.

It gets on everything! My wife used to hate this stuff. It was on the bath towels, the hand towels, the sink, the pillowcase. The hand cleaner discovery takes care of the sink and hand towels issue. For the good of my relationship, I decided to use an old, not-fit-for-company towel to dry my hair after I showered. If I wasn’t showering at night, I would use an old towel to dry rub my hair to save the pillow case.

It feels like rubber cement and pulls my hair out! Again, it’s true. If you apply Murray’s to wet hair, for some reason it pulls like hell and literally feels like you're ripping your hair out. In contrast, applying to dry hair is a breeze, comparatively speaking.

I have to heat it with a blowdryer to get it out of the can!  Nonsense.  Unless you're storing it in the refrigerator or keeping your thermostat set to Meat Locker, you should be able to simply shove your finger in and pull out a glob.

Additional Notes

Despite the photo on the lid, this product is suitable for nearly everyone and every hair type, with the exception of the finest, stringiest of white guy hair.

I wouldn’t think of this as a daily product you’ll use forever. It’s best for training a new style or for special occasions when you want a really slick pompadour or side part.

It's not ideal in really hot weather. Since it's oil-based, high heat and humidity can cause the Murray's to melt and your style to go limp. On the bright side, you can go swimming and just restyle with your fingers when your done.

To quote Dave Chappelle, “one can is a lifetime supply”. Especially if used infrequently, this could very well be a one time purchase.

Got any Murray's tips or horror stories of your own? Leave them in the comments section!

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  • Reply
    May 20, 2017 at 6:32 am

    “It’s not ideal in really hot weather. Since it’s oil-based, high heat and humidity can cause the Murray’s to melt and your style to go limp. On the bright side, you can go swimming and just restyle with your fingers when your done.”

    actually, it is great for hot weather as well cince it has a higher melting point, other roducts would just melt and plaster all over your scull and forehead, very messy. murray’s is not free from this problem (no pomade is), but it is the most sustainable one.

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      May 31, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      I’ve had much better luck with pomades like Layrite in hot weather. Murray’s may have a higher melting point but it’s also very heavy and causes my hair to go completely flat.

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