Hair waxes are often misclassified because in some parts of the world there are no words for pomades, gels, or pastes. These hair products automatically get lumped into generic “wax” category, which adds to the confusion. Waxes, in their truest forms, do not harden over time and typically have a shiny finish.

Waxes are most comparable to pomades, but have a lighter hold. They typically have medium to high shine, but lack in the overall hold. Like pomades, waxes are ideal for hairstyles that require a comb such as the pompadour, classic side part, or ducktails.