GRIP: MIGHTY GRIP
TYPE: White (dries clear) tacky powder. (Does not dry out skin)
USED FOR: Ideally Dry skin. (Can be used on sweaty skin after an antiperspirant product has been applied)
WHERE TO APPLY: all over body is fine. Do not apply directly to apparatus.
HOW TO APPLY: To apply, simply put a small amount on your hands and rub it in. They key is friction to create heat, the thermoplastic components react with the heat from the body and the friction, this will create a slight tackiness.
PRO TIP: If you have severely dry skin, once you’ve applied and rubbed in, gently squeeze a metho towel between your hands to add slight moisture to increase mighty grips affects.
APPARATUS: All finishes of pole, particularly good on stainless steel, can be used for aerial silks or hoop.
GRIP: TITE GRIP
TYPE: Milky (dries clear) antiperspirant liquid. (Does not add tack)
USED FOR: Sweaty skin.
WHERE TO APPLY: Mainly hands and feet, can be used on other parts of the body to alleviate sweaty. Avoid applying to apparatus.
HOW TO APPLY: The packaging says you should apply 30 minutes prior to poling for best results. This is to allow the product to take affect in the skin. Most students apply during class without issue. Apply a small amount to palms and rub in until it feels tacky, then let air dry to activate.
PRO TIP: If you’re sweaty and don’t stick, use tite grip to dry hands of sweat then apply a tacking grip such as mighty grip to help stickiness.
APPARATUS: All pole finishes, can be used for aerial silks or hoop.
GRIP: DRY HANDS
TYPE: Milky (dries clear) liquid antiperspirant and tack. (Dries and adds some tackiness)
USED FOR: Sweaty skin. (acts as an antiperspirant but adds “texture” to skin to help grip”
WHERE TO APPLY: Mostly hands and feet, can be used on other sweaty areas of the body.
HOW TO APPLY: Applying a small amount to create thin layer on your skin, avoid rubbing it too much. The product has been designed to provide an extra layer of film over your skin and rubbing will just remove it. Make sure it is fully dry before using apparatus.
PRO TIP: Experiencing those cold and clammy days? then just apply the product directly on the pole and it will solve your moisture problems.
APPARATUS: All pole finishes, can leave a residue so avoid using on aerial silks and hoop.
TYPE: Yellowish/white (rubs in clear) wax. (Made from organic bees wax)
USED FOR: Creating stickiness. Best for normal skin.
WHERE TO APPLY: Not to be applied to hands. Whilst the manufacturers say that it can be applied to hands, in my long experience, it proves more hindrance than help. The slightest sweat under it can create sliminess. Everywhere else on the body is fine.
HOW TO APPLY: Using the back of your fingernail (otherwise it may get stuck under your nails and in your pores) scrape out a small amount, a little bit goes a long way, (too much can create a slick affect as the wax slips over itself)
PRO TIP: There are different levels of grip, regular or extra strength, to be honest, they feel much of the same.
In very hot or humid conditions, itac can liquify and become very slippery. Use with extreme caution in hot or humid conditions.
Itac 2 is water and sweat resistant which means it wont sweat off but may become slick and slippery with excess sweating, it also means it’s quite hard to remove, the manufacture says warm soapy water, I find I need to scrub with a loofer and it’s still quite sticky after.
Cold bodies, itac and cold poles, can create very stubborn friction which can be very painful.
Itac is also banned from lots of competitions as it leaves residue!
APPARATUS: Not to be used for aerial silks or hoop. Great on chrome and stainless steel poles. Brass poles can be temperamental, one theory is that since brass is porous the wax fills in the microscopic gaps and smooths at the surface making it slick, others have found it no problem at all.
GRIP: DEW POINT
TYPE: Clear liquid spray (creates “dewiness” for sticking)
USED FOR: Dry skin. Not to be used on sweaty skin!
WHERE TO APPLY: Not to be applied to hands for pole. Whilst the manufacturers say that it can be applied to hands, in my long experience, it proves more hindrance than help. The slightest heat or sweat under it can create slipperiness. Everywhere else on the body is fine.
Can be used on hands for aerial silks if you have extreme dry skin.
HOW TO APPLY: Comes I different levels of grip, to be honest I find they’re all very similar. Avoid getting it on your hands, I spray my legs or body and either rub my legs together like a “need to wee” dance or use the back of my forearm to help rub it in. You’ll feel it get slightly tacky when dry.
PRO TIP: You should also consider using Pole Physics to condition and care for your skin. Dewpoint Pole positions itself as a grip aid that is also a natural moisturizer for your skin. Pole dancers with dry skin learns from experience that their skin sticks better just as they start to sweat a tiny bit, when they skin is a bit clammy. This product mimics this feeling.
APPARATUS: All pole finishes, can be used on hands for aerial silks if you have extreme dry skin.
GRIP: BEAL GRIP
TYPE: White liquid antiperspirant chalk (dries hands)
USED FOR: Sweaty Skin.
WHERE TO APPLY: Mainly used for hands, it can be used on other sweaty areas but it will leave a white residue, so not ideal for other body parts.
HOW TO APPLY: Apply a very small amount and rub in. It will leave hands white. Don’t over apply.
PRO TIP: It can be tricky to remove, it is designed to be slightly water and sweat proof so may require multiple washes before being fully removed.
APPARATUS: All pole finishes, not to be used for aerial silks, can be used for aerial hoop if you have extremely sweaty skin.
TIPS ON IMPROVING YOUR GRIP
Aside from using the right grip aids, one of the most important things to remember is that the stronger your body gets, the easier gripping will be.
Here are some general tips on how to enhance your grip on the pole.
- Increase your hand grip strength.
This comes with time and practice. Using aids such a grip/hand strengtheners can help, I find that onehanded spins and grips help quite a lot. Once your hands and grip strength is stronger, you’ll be able to overcome minor slips and sweatiness.
- Increase your overall strength.
Being stronger will mean you are safer and more able to overcome slips and sweatiness.
- Get warm
Being cold is not only dangerous for your muscles but will actually hinder your grip. Warm skin and muscles will actually hold apparatus much more efficiently, especially on pole.
- Got dry skin?
For people with dry skin, use moisturizers specifically made for pole dancing, such as pole physics. Apply them daily if possible or at least the morning of your class. Naturally elastic and supply skin grips much better than smooth, flakey dry skin.
- Shoes help too (for pole)
Wear shoes made of vinyl or plastic, these shoes will stick more to the pole making them useful for sticking in tricks.
- Gloves are a good last resort
I try to avoid using gloves where possible but some people are inevitably sweaty and so gloves can be a safe option!
There are a whole heap of other grips but I haven’t had enough experience with them to give advice on them.
Stunt Grip- rosin
Grippy leggings- Rarr and XIX stock them
Dancing dust- glittery powder used for creating dewy skin
Dirty girl poletice- magnesium powder to dry out hands
Trick tac pole grip towel- wax infused grip towel
Gloves- patent for spin pole and softer leathers for static pole.
Happy gripping! -Jenny Toner