How long does it take for a pomade to reach its full hardness?

Hello guys,

I have been reading that it takes up to three days for waxes, butters and even oils to reach their final texture/hardness, so in short I have to wait three days before testing a new product. Is this a myth or is there real science behind it? It really annoys me to wait three days before trying my new formulas. Can anybody break this down? From my common sense, the new product doesn't really change once it fully reaches room temperature.
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  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    that depends on which waxes you use in the formula, the congealing point of the formula, and how much shear is applied below that temperature

    in general I find products like this have fully hardened by the following morning
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
  • I use candelilla, carnauba and hydrogenated castor oil. Does 3 days apply to these waxes?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    This may be ingredient source and manufacturing process dependent. You can easily find out by making a batch or two and taking measurements over time. 

    There are a lot of unknowns in the cosmetic industry and a lot of information that people believe that is probably not true. Many things just haven't been rigorously tested. 
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