Pomade vs. Brilliantine

By Jaxson

  • Pomade

    Pomade (; French pommade) is a greasy, waxy, or a water-based substance that is used to style hair. Pomade generally gives the user’s hair a shiny and slick appearance. It lasts longer than most hair care products, often requiring multiple washes to completely remove. The original pomade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries consisted mainly of bear fat or lard. Lanolin, beeswax, and petroleum jelly have been used extensively in the manufacture of modern pomades. Stiffening properties of pomades make sculptured hairstyles such as the pompadour possible; while long lasting moisturizing properties make it popular with individuals with Afro-textured hair.

    In perfumery, a pommade is a plant extract obtained by enfleurage.

  • Brilliantine

    Brilliantine is a hair-grooming product intended to soften men’s hair, including beards and moustaches, and give it a glossy, well-groomed appearance. It was created at the turn of the 20th century by French perfumer Édouard Pinaud (a.k.a. Ed. Pinaud). In English-speaking markets Pinaud’s name is associated with the Clubman tradename in men’s toiletries. He presented a product he called Brillantine (from the French brillant meaning “brilliant”) at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. It consisted of a perfumed and colored oily liquid.

    Brillantine was used as the French title for the film Grease in Quebec, Canada.

  • Pomade (noun)

    A greasy or waxy substance that is used to style hair, making it look slick and shiny.

  • Pomade (noun)

    Any medicinal ointment.

  • Pomade (verb)

    To anoint with pomade; to use pomade to style (hair).

    “He pomaded his hair until it looked like a piece of shiny plastic.”

  • Brilliantine (noun)

    A hair pomade, making the hair shine brilliantly.

    “1921 “I wouldn’t regret it,” said Linda, “if I took Eileen by the shoulders and shook her till I shook the rouge off her cheek, and the brilliantine off her hair, and a million mean little subterfuges out of her soul. Gene Stratton-Porter, Her father`s daughter [http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=603552087&tag=Stratton-Porter,+Gene,+1863-1924:+Her+father`s+daughter,+1921&query=brilliantine&id=StrFath Chapter 4.]”

  • Brilliantine (noun)

    A smooth shiny, luxurious fabric, often of alpaca or vicuña.

    “Sunday June 11, 1916 No. 112. Bathing Suit of Brilliantine in Navy Blue and Black, trimmed with white mohair braid and buttons (no bloomers). Special 3.95 — The New York Times, [http://memory.loc.gov/service/sgp/sgpnyt/1916/191606/19160611/0010.pdf *.pdf]”

  • Brilliantine (verb)

    To apply brilliantine to the hair.


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