beard pomades and waxes on barbers desk

Looking for some of the best beard styling waxes? Well, great, you’ve come to the right place. We have curated down a list of the nicest facial hair styling products you can use to sculpt your beard; you know, when the ordinary beard oils and beard balms just aren’t enough.

As per usual for our reviews, we have paid close attention to the actual ingredients of the products, as that’s ultimately the most important factor in all beard care products.

Since the facial hair is driven by androgenic hormones, as beardsmen we have to make sure that we are using things on the mane that have a positive or neutral impact on the hormonal balance of the whiskers.

That means our reviews will always exclude products and brands that pack their stuff with antiandrogenic testosterone and DHT lowering compounds; such as rice bran oil, safflower oil, amla oil, sweet almond oil, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil.

(Yes, we know that some of the huge brands use those, but they really shouldn’t).

Of course, when it comes to beard wax, it has to be much stronger than your ordinary balms or oils. Those two are mostly to nourish and health the skin underneath the facial hair, whereas beard pomade, clays, waxes, and gels are primarily used for sculpting and styling the mane.

↓ No time for full review? Here’s a quick comparison table. ↓

Preview
Our Wax Choice
Seven Potions Beard Wax 1 oz. Natural And Organic Beard Styling Wax For Medium Hold. Shape And Nourish Your Beard While Looking Natural. Doesn't Make The Beard Stiff (Woodland Harmony)
Our Clay Choice
Hair & Beard Wax by Percy Nobleman, A Hair Wax & Clay For Men
Our Pomade Choice
Layrite Superhold Pomade, 4.25 oz.
Product
Seven Potions Beard Styling Wax
Percy Nobleman Beard Styling Clay
Layrite Super Hold Beard Pomade
Our Score
9.4 / 10
8.6 / 10
7.8 / 10
Designed for Beard
Size
1 oz.
1.75 oz.
4.25 oz.
Price
$13.97
$14.00
$18.00
Prime Status
Our Wax Choice
Preview
Seven Potions Beard Wax 1 oz. Natural And Organic Beard Styling Wax For Medium Hold. Shape And Nourish Your Beard While Looking Natural. Doesn't Make The Beard Stiff (Woodland Harmony)
Product
Seven Potions Beard Styling Wax
Our Score
9.4 / 10
Designed for Beard
Size
1 oz.
Price
$13.97
Prime Status
Where to Buy
Our Clay Choice
Preview
Hair & Beard Wax by Percy Nobleman, A Hair Wax & Clay For Men
Product
Percy Nobleman Beard Styling Clay
Our Score
8.6 / 10
Designed for Beard
Size
1.75 oz.
Price
$14.00
Prime Status
Where to Buy
Our Pomade Choice
Preview
Layrite Superhold Pomade, 4.25 oz.
Product
Layrite Super Hold Beard Pomade
Our Score
7.8 / 10
Designed for Beard
Size
4.25 oz.
Price
$18.00
Prime Status
Where to Buy

What are Beard Styling Products

man with sculpted nice looking beard on black background

Below is a quick list of the differences between beard wax, clay, pomades, and gel.

  • Beard Wax: Think of beard waxes as rather similar to beard balm, but with a much stronger hold. You don’t need to apply a lot and can use beard oil before applying.
  • Beard Clay: Similar to hair clay, beard clay is matte-finished and usually gives no shine at all. Perfect for blonde and ginger beards who don’t want any more shine.
  • Beard Pomade: Somewhat of a hybrid between fibrous waxes and oil or water-based gels. Beard pomade is best suited for men who look for an old-school look.
  • Beard Gel: Think of hair gel; a water-based liquid that is like a see-through glue for hair. Now think of something like that for beard use. That’s beard gel for you.

The Best Beard Waxes, Pomades, Styling Gels & Clay

Now that you know the difference between the beard sculpting & styling products. Let’s finally look at our review of the best beard waxes, pomades, clay, and styling gel.

1. Seven Potions Natural Beard Styling Wax

tin of beard styling wax

When it comes to beard waxes, we firmly believe that the Seven Potion’s Medium Hold All Natural & Organic Beard Wax is the best one out there.

Not only does it provide superior hold compared to oils, balms, and most other facial hair wax products, it also contains organic ingredients that help condition the beard.

If you’re someone who struggles to keep their facial hair in shape but doesn’t want to risk using any chemical-laden hair waxes on it to give it the shape you need, then, by all means, give Seven Potions a try.

At Beard Resource, we are absolute nerds when it comes to the ingredients and the science behind them, and the biggest reason we chose this beard taming wax to be the best of the best, are in fact the ingredients.

Just take a look at what’s inside:

coconut oil, palm oil, beeswax, jojoba wax, peach kernel oil, cocoa butter, avocado butter, palm free vegetable glycerin, vitamin E, cedarwood, sandalwood, and fragrance

All-in-all, the product provides a good medium hold for the facial hair so you can sculpt it the way you need. There’s also no man-made chemicals, parabens, or silicone, in the tin.

2. Percy Nobleman Beard Styling Clay

percy nobleman beard clay

Percy Nobleman makes some “premium” grade men’s beard products. And when I say premium, I mean that they’re sometimes expensive. Like their beard kit & grooming box, which is one of the most expensive ones on the market.

Well, they also have a “Gentleman’s Beard Styling Clay Wax“.

It’s not really proper clay product as it does give you some shine and the ingredients make it really look like more of a beard wax, but hey; they label it as beard clay so we go with that then.

Pros:

  • Does provide a good hold.
  • Majority of the ingredients are good.

Cons:

  • Has some sunflower seed oil in it.
  • Rather expensive and not proper “beard clay”.

3. Layrite Super Hold Pomade for Beard & Hair

layrite beard pomade

As far as I know, there aren’t specific beard pomades out there.

Yet, a lot of guys are using pomade in their facial hair, especially if they have thick, curly, coarse, and unmanageable beards.

Granted, a pomade won’t give you similarly natural look that you get from beard wax or clay, but that’s not the goal here. For anyone to really go out of their way to apply hair pomade to the mane, has to be looking for a supreme hold. When wax or clay just won’t cut it, you simply need to bring out the big guns.

And that’s where Layrite’s Superhold Pomade comes into play.

I have used it on my hair, and at some point, this thought popped into my head;

“why couldn’t I style my beard with this too?”

I have a quite coarse and curly beard, so often times I have to apply so much balm or wax to my facial hair that when it finally has the style and hold I’m looking for, I have used a third of the tin and my beard’s all greasy looking.

With a strong holding pomade, just one fingertip worth of the stuff will be enough to sculpt the facial hair into place.

Pros:

  • Provides a super strong hold.
  • Not really that expensive and lasts a long time.
  • The only thing that works for really coarse and thick beards.

Cons:

  • The ingredients are not all natural.
  • It’s designed for use on hair, not the beard.

Granted, a pomade like this isn’t 100% natural and it won’t provide the conditioning benefits like the Seven Potion’s beard wax does. But hey, if you want the hold, then you got to get the hold. Simple as that.

Conclusion on Beard Styling Products

This concludes our review of different beard styling waxes.

But hey, you forgot the beard styling gel?

The reason we chose to exclude it from our recommended products is simply that the beard pomade is a better alternative, and in 99% of men, a gel is too runny and unnatural looking to use on beard. Just stick to beard wax, clay, or pomade instead.

When it comes to styling and shaping the facial hair, you should also take a look at our review of the best beard shapers.

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