Extra Grip for slippery pole dancers!
In most cases, if you get slippery, sweaty hands when you pole, it’s something that gets better with time, especially when you have mastered the moves that at first made you panic and sweat.
That said, if you’re trying to learn a tricky move or you need to be on top form for a performance in a hot room, just wiping your hands down and keeping the pole clean might not be enough.
We have covered tips on how to prevent slips on the pole (you can see them HERE), but sometimes, you just need to CHEAT! And reach for a grip aid! But which is best? Different ones do different jobs, and all are useful in different ways so it’s best to try and sample each if you can to find out what works best for you. Below is a quick guide of products you can try and how they work.
Becoming more popular amongst pole dancers, leather gloves with their fingers cut off give you added grip.
Many Candy & Chrome students are choosing this as the best grip aid for them, although we try to encourage that they should be used only as a learning aid, so the student does not become dependant on using gloves all of the time as gloves are not ideal for spins.
We have a pair of the Mighty Grip Gloves for you to try out in class, which are the PVC tacky ones – these are great for climbs and holds but not so good for spins as they tend to rip. If you want to be able to spin as well, then we recommend the Mighty Grip leather gloves.
Chalk is used by climbers to help them stick to rock faces, but it’s also great for helping you stick to your pole. Climbing shops sell chalk in blocks, as balls and as a liquid.
Liquid chalk is the best for pole dancing as you won’t have any problems with dust. Just rub a little on your hands (or thighs) and allow it to dry before jumping back on your pole! Be careful not to use too much liquid chalk, or you’ll end up with unsightly white patches on your skin. You can just buy any brand off ebay, but the ones we recommend are specifically designed for pole dance. You can find out more about what brands are available and how we rate them HERE.
Sports Grips & Other Products
Traditionally these are designed for tennis players and golf players to help them grip the handles of their equipment. Of all the available brands, these have been tested the most by pole dancers and have been rated highly all round.
There are now of course some pole sport specific products available too, and you can learn more about them HERE.
Not exactly a ‘grip aid’ as such, more of a ‘sweat block’! An antiperspirant does not give you extra grip, although if you suffer from mega sweaty hands, this product will enhance your grip by keeping the sweat at bay!
If you suffer from Hyperhidrosis, and live in the UK, you may be able to get a medical strength product on prescription from your GP that could help, however there are regular products available, and you can find out more about them HERE.
There are some products available now that are specifically for the body and NOT hands. This is great because most people tend to have clammy or sweaty hands that need a drying agent like all of the ones above, or something to help them stick. But what if your skin is TOO DRY. The cardinal sin of pole is to moisturise, but of course if you are dry on the legs or arms, you’ll loose precious grip!
There are a few products specifically designed for pole, I haven’t tried them all yet, but the one we like is:
Dew Point Pole
Dew Point Pole naturally moisturises your skin while increasing your grip on the pole. With this revolutionary new moisturiser you no longer have to choose between dry skin OR the pole… you can have it all! However it does feel a little weird on your skin at first. Dew point is So light you won’t know it’s there, but you’ll definitely know when it’s not!
* Oil free
* Not Tacky, Greasy or Chalky
* Moisturizes without being slippery
* A grip agent that is actually good for your skin
* Available in Light, Medium and Ultra
* Perfect for pole dancing, silks, aerial hoop and more!