Gripping the pole is a really big challenge for most people who are just learning how to pole dance. It takes time for the grip in your hands to develop the strength to hold your body weight so, in the meantime, most beginner dancers fall back on grip aids when the first start out.
Common grip aids come in pastes, liquids, sprays, and powders.
You should always use a grip aid that is designed for sports. Most beginners think they can use baby powder as a substitute and this is a huge mistake! Don’t’ do it! Baby powder is not a suitable grip aid for pole dancing. This can lead to slipping and unnecessary bruises.
A good grip aid can do many things for you including drying out the hands if you are sweaty, creating a light moisture for a “tack” if you have dry hands, and anything in-between.
Most people have different skin types and live in different environments containing a wide variety of temperature and humidity levels; these two factors will affect which grip aid is right for you.
Never use oils or lotions! Not even on the same day you practice pole!
Don’t even use them on the same day you choose to dance. Lotions and oils can leave a filmy residue on your skin. Just because you put it on in the morning doesn’t mean you are in the clear when you attend a class that evening. As your body heats up, your will sweat our the oils from the lotion onto the pole.
It’s best to NOT apply any oils or lotions to your body from the time you shower to the time you do pole practice.
If you simply can’t go without lotion, consider switching to a natural aloe-vera gel for moisture. I have ditched using lotion all together in my life. I love pole that much.
Another important factor is the finish of the pole and the climate of your individual area. Humidity combined with your unique skin type against the various pole finishes available will all play a factor in your ability to grip. Chrome is most widely used and slicker than brass poles. Cold poles are harder to grip as well.
Your best grip will happen right at that point when you’re warm and just about to break a sweat; not sweating, and not cold.
Experimentation is best. Yes, it is a headache to try a product that may not work, however; there is no other way to go about it unless you know a local studio that has everything in stock for you to sample.
Common products include:
When you are pole dancing at home, experimentation with various products will be your best bet.
Try several different products and try combining them together for your individual needs.
If you have a super sweaty body and want a natural way to dry off BEFORE applying grip aids, try Dirty Girl Poletice.
It is worth the added expense and doesn’t skimp on this important part of learning to pole dance. Your safety is important and you want to be able to grip as best as you can, especially in the beginning.
As time passes and your hand strength improves, you may find that you don’t need the grip aid at all anymore.
A good clean pole and clean hands may be all you need.
Keeping your pole clean is also key.
Your hands have naturally occurring oils which can build up on the pole as you dance. Clean your pole regularly with disinfecting wipes or a natural glass cleaner that doesn’t contain essential oils.
Baby wipes have been comely suggested to clean your pole but are not recommended since some baby wipes have lotions built into the wipe to soften the babies skin. Those lotions will make your pole slick – not what you need!
I prefer Seventh Generation cleaning wipes. They are disinfecting, earth friendly, natural, and easy to use is a jiff!
You can also use alcohol to give your pole a deep clean and strip it of oils and other debris.
As a last resort or for extended training periods, grip gloves with tack are a perfect solution.
When your pole is clean and you have tried it all, just keep working at building your hand strength and don’t give up. Nobody said pole was easy and part of the whole body workout is your grip. Give it time and play it safe!