It’s frustrating to spend so much time practicing your moves on the pole only to be thwarted by slippery skin!
You should definitely work on increasing your grip strength, as it’ll allow you to become an even better pole dancer, but at the end of the day, all the grip in the world won’t save you from sweaty palms.
Different solutions work for different people, which is why we’ve compiled a list of some of the very best pole dancing grip products.
1. Dry Hands
Not everyone likes the feeling of sticky products! Although they definitely enhance your grip, they can be extremely uncomfortable and unnatural-feeling for some dancers.
Dry Hands does exactly what its name implies. It keeps your hands dry! It’s so effective, it actually repels water, which is why many outdoor athletes turn to this formula.
In addition to not being sticky or slimy, it also doesn’t leave a powdery residue behind. When you wear it, it won’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all! Just make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before you apply it, and allow it to dry before you approach the pole for the best results.
The best part of all, it’s long-lasting, so you won’t have to reapply it multiple times during practice. Its long-lasting formula also ensures you don’t spend a small fortune on bottles and bottles of the stuff.
Tite-Grip boasts a non-sticky formula as well, but they also have two products to choose from. Tite-Grip I is the original formula, but it’s also the strongest. It is the best choice for people with severe perspiration problems. If you use a little too much, you’ll know right away because it will leave your hands white. Tite-Grip II is a milder formula, but it’s also the most popular. It’s creamier, making it easier to apply.
Their products work for between 4 to 6 hours, but you do have to be mindful about when you apply it. In order to get the most out of the product, you need to apply it a full 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to spin around the pole.
Tite-Grip is one of the most popular grip products on the market, and they even market directly to pole dancers, unlike some other brands.
3. Dirty Girl Poletice
If you’re looking for a multi-faceted product that sounds a bit like it was created with pole dancers in mind, then the Dirty Girl Poletice line is for you.
Both versions of their product are chemical free and natural. They do not contain parabens, preservatives, artificial fragrances, dyes, or aluminium zirconium, making them much better for the skin.
The original product comes in a jar as a powder. You simply wash your hands with a non-moisturizing soap and pat dry, leaving your hands a little damp. Rub the powder into a mud-like mixture in your hands and let it dry until it’s completely white. Then, rinse with water.
If that process seems a bit involved for you, try the Poletice Pink. Simply apply the product and let it air dry for 30 seconds. When you purchase this product, a portion of your payment will go to breast cancer research.
No matter which product you choose, you can expect to enjoy a full eight hours of protection against perspiration.
Instead of turning to harsh, unnatural chemicals, iTac2 looked to nature to design its products. It starts with 100% natural organic Australian beeswax with additional plant-based esters that make this product comfortable to wear. ITac2 says it’s a lot like wearing an invisible pair of gloves.
Most products on the market strive to reduce or eliminate sweat and perspiration completely. Instead, iTac2 focuses on enhancing grip by creating a product that actually works better when it gets wet. As a matter of fact, the 2015 World Champion High Diver, Jahir Ocampo, uses iTac2 when he dives!
ITac2 is marketed to athletes, but there is also a special line just for pole dancers. You can choose between the regular strength formula or extra strength formula. You can purchase small tubs or deodorant-like sticks of the stuff. They also carry pole cleaner.
Everyone is different, so don’t be afraid to give a few of these a try in order to find the one you like the best. After you use one of these products, your routines will never be the same!