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Hair Tonic + Oil Based Pomade: A Match Made in Heaven

Hair tonic, often overlooked in modern hair care, is making a comeback—and for good reason. Historically used in barbershops, hair tonic provides a range of benefits that form the foundation of healthy, manageable hair. Oil-based pomade is a classic styling product known for its ability to provide a strong hold and high shine, perfect for traditional styles like pompadours and slick backs. When used together, hair tonic and oil-based pomade complement each other perfectly, creating a hairstyling regimen that combines the best of both worlds.

What is Hair Tonic?

Hair tonic is a liquid hair care product designed to enhance the health and appearance of your hair and scalp. Hair tonic has predominantly been used by barbers as an aid to the hair cutting and styling process. Although it does still serve that purpose today, it can also be used for daily, at-home styling. Hair tonics have a lightweight, liquid consistency that allows for easy application and absorption.

The Suavecito Hair Tonic has an alcohol-free formula enriched with Rosemary Leaf and Nettle Leaf extracts, which help to nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair. It is also infused with Horsetail Extract and Witch Hazel, which help prevent split-ends. This product is designed to protect and upkeep your hair health.

Suavecito Hair Tonic

Hair Tonic

  • Rosemary and Nettle Leaf extracts nourish scalp and strengthen hair
  • Horsetail extract and Witch Hazel help prevent split ends
  • Light hold and natural shine
  • Works as a heat protectant
  • Refreshes hair and breaks down existing product
  • Original Suavecito scent

When to use Hair Tonic?

Hair tonic is a versatile product that can be used at multiple stages of your hair care and hair styling routine. Here are a few ways we recommend using it:

  • Scalp Treatment: Massage hair tonic straight into the scalp after washing and conditioning. Massaging with the tonic can stimulate blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth.
  • Styling Prep: Tonics can make it easier to style by softening and hydrating the hair. This preps the hair for heavier styling products like pomades or gels. They also add a layer of protection to your hair against heat tools. 
  • Styling by Itself: Some hair tonics, like the Suavecito Hair Tonic, offer a light hold that can be used on their own for a natural, slightly controlled look.
  • Cleansing: When you are ready to wash out the products in your hair, hair tonic can be used to help break them down without stripping or breaking your hair strands.

Why Hair Tonic + Oil Based Pomade Work Great Together

When determining how to best use hair tonic to fit your needs, take note that it acts as a particularly great precursor to an oil based pomade. Applying hair tonic first creates enhanced manageability: it hydrates and softens your hair, making it more receptive to the pomade. This means less tugging and pulling, reducing hair breakage and ensuring a smoother application.

Oil based pomades, like the Suavecito Oil Based Pomade, give hair a polished, glossy finish that is difficult to achieve with other products. This is a heavier product that provides medium hold and can be used on all hair types. Some might find this kind of pomade more difficult to work with when compared to water-based pomades, so applying hair tonic first helps you to achieve that high-shine look with more ease.

One of the advantages to using a traditional Oil Based Pomade, is that the product remains in your hair for multiple days. Hair tonic is a great tool for re-styling. So if it’s later in the day, or even the next day, and you want to freshen up your hairstyle, hair tonic is a reliable product that will add hold and pliability back to your hair, without weighing it down.

Oil Based Pomade

  • Traditional petroleum based formula
  • High shine and medium hold
  • Great for traditional hairstyles
  • Stays pliable throughout the day
  • Works on all hair type and textures
  • Original Suavecito scent
Suavecito Oil Based Pomade


Incorporating hair tonic into your hairstyling routine can significantly elevate your grooming game. If you are an oil-based pomade user, or have been curious to try it, the two products pair perfectly. The tonic prepares and conditions your hair, while the pomade offers the hold and shine needed for a polished look. Together, they ensure your hair remains healthy, stylish, and manageable. So, next time you reach for your styling products, remember that sometimes, two really is better than one.