The Ultimate Grip Aid Guide

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What is Grip Aid?

Pole grip comes in a variety of forms. Some are liquids, others are gels, lotions, sprays, or resins.

Apply these products to your grip points, such as the hands, knee pits, and thighs and be prepared to stick to the pole better than ever before.

Pole grip is meant to help increase the tension or ‘grip’ of your skin by combatting sweatiness or balancing out dry skin.

Find the right product for your skin type and you’ll be the queen (or king) of grippiness!

 

Pole grip aids are especially useful when weather conditions are affecting your skin, or the pole is just extra slick that day.

Especially since lotion and pole dancing don’t mix, that means many pole dancers’ skin care routines are often disrupted for a few days before pole class… If you pole regularly, well, what skincare routine?

A lacking skin care routine can leave your skin drier than normal, making you feel slick on the pole. Don’t let outside factors stop you from dancing your heart out!

Should I Use Pole Grip Aid?

Of course, there are pole dancers out there who believe the only way to pole is grip-free, seeing grip aids as a crutch.

While everyone has their own reasons, the most common for this opinion is that you learn – especially as a beginner or intermediate pole dancer – to rely on grip aid rather than your own, natural grip strength.

There is no replacement for natural grip strength, and we recognize this concern, but firmly believe grip aids are a useful tool that you can utilize.

Too many situations arise where pole grip would help as a training aid, and we believe it should be freely used without guilt.

It is possible to learn how to use pole grip as a tool, not a crutch. One significant way that can’t be overlooked is to include grip strength conditioning into every pole workout regimen, and only using grip aid when you need it.

Using pole grip as a training aid will help you in practice, allowing you to worry more about your technique and form, and less on whether you’re sliding off the pole. This is especially important on a particularly sweaty – or dry – day for your skin, if you’re training for a showcase or pole competition.

If you are going on stage to perform, the last thing you want to do is slide down the pole, or worse, slip and fall, in the middle of your routine. Every motion counts, and that means you need to be able to count on your ability to grip.  

Choosing Your Grip Aid

When you choose a pole grip, it’s important to consider any goals you have in mind.

Don’t worry, we won’t judge your grip collection, either. Go ahead, buy every pole grip you can get your hands on, try it out, and see which ones you like best. Display those bottles, towels, and sprays, proudly!

Believe it or not, dry skin can slip just as much as sweaty skin can. As far as skin type, somewhere in the middle is ideal for pole dancing… of course, we can’t always control our skin type:

Your skin type can change depending on the time of month, season, level of activity, health, how warmed up you are, and what substances you have applied to your skin in the last few days.

That’s a lot of factors to consider, and you can’t control all of them.

All that means is, when it’s time to pole and you find yourself slipping, a little pole grip aid can help balance you out.

Now, before you turn to buying every pole grip aid on the market out of frustration, it’s important to determine which skin type you have.

Is your skin dry? Is it sweaty?

If you find that patting in a little bit of watered-down glycerin a few hours before pole class helps, your skin is probably dry.

Likewise, if a classmate lets you borrow a bottle of dry hands grip and it revolutionizes the way you pole dance – or if you find that you’re always wiping your hands in class, then you might be dealing with sweaty skin!

Of course, your skin can be sweaty in some places and dry in others, so it’s important to identify the “problem areas” and choose a pole grip that helps balance out your skin the most.

Liquid chalks, drying agents, and antiperspirants are best for sweaty skin.

Gels, sprays, and resins are best for dry skin.

Lastly, before we dive into a full review, don’t be afraid to layer and use multiple grip aids! Just keep in mind that too many layers will gunk up the pole and leave you less sticky than before.

No matter how odd or specific the combination – if you want to layer dry hands grip with iTac grip over dried glycerin, and it works for you, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Tite Grip II

Grip Type: Antiperspirant
Best For: Sweaty hands or body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels: Absorbent, slightly tightening
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • A great supplement to another pole grip
  • Dries quickly with no residue
  • Strong and long lasting

Cons

  • Not a standalone pole grip aid
  • Leaving the lid open may cause the lotion to dry out
  • May need to reapply if used alone

Sweaty days can mean sweating away other types of pole grip, leaving your hands feeling tacky and the pole covered in residue. This is where Tite Grip comes to the rescue.

Of course, Tite Grip is not technically considered a grip aid, but it is a fantastic supplement to another pole grip.

Apply this antiperspirant lotion 30 minutes before your normal pole grip and you won’t have to worry about sweating through for up to 6 hours.

When you’re done, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Tite Grip dries without leaving any tackiness or stickiness on your hands, leaving you free to apply any other pole grip you typically wear.

For pole dancers who only need a small amount of extra stick, using Tite Grip alone may be enough, but you may find you have to reapply it after an hour or so of heavy use.

Note: Tite Grip I and Tite Grip II have different ingredients, so they may act differently. We are reviewing Tite Grip II as it is typically better for pole dancing.

Carpe Lotion

Grip Type: Antiperspirant
Best For: Sweaty hands
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, moisture wicking
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Created to help treat hyperhidrosis
  • Easy to apply and dries quickly
  • Strong antiperspirant

Cons

  • Not a standalone pole grip aid
  • Chalky residue
  • Excessive use may leave your skin feeling very dry

Carpe Lotion is not a true pole grip aid, but an antiperspirant. It was originally created as a treatment for hyperhidrosis, which makes it perfect for incredibly sweaty days.

The lotion absorbs quickly as you rub it in, wicking away moisture and drying on your skin with little to no residue.

Carpe Lotion is meant to be a continued treatment option, but if you don’t have hyperhidrosis, excessive use can leave your hands feeling very dry and flaky, even after washing them. This lotion is an antiperspirant, which means the natural oils in your skin can’t get through.

Many pole dancers with hyperhidrosis are rightfully wary of treatments, especially if they have sensitive skin. Carpe Lotion side effects are rare, designed with organic compounds in hopes of becoming a side effect free solution.

Girlie Grip

Grip Type: Antiperspirant
Best For: Sweaty hands and body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, slightly tightening
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Goes a long way without needing re-application
  • Washes off easily
  • Leaves no residue on your hands or on the pole

Cons

  • Only comes in a 2 oz (60 ml) bottle
  • Expensive for its size
  • Moderate grip improvement, but may require layering for extra strength
  • Not available on Amazon

Girlie Grip is a relatively new pole grip that took the pole dance world by storm when it first hit the market, spurring a new era of pole grip manufacturing.

This pole grip is potentially misleading, being marketed as a true pole grip. Girlie Grip is an antiperspirant lotion that helps block sweat and other moisture, not a standalone grip aid.

While many pole dancers may find that just using this antiperspirant lotion helps them achieve the grip they need, those who need a stronger, tacky grip solution may be disappointed.

A little goes a long way with this antiperspirant lotion when using it on your hands, but because of the 2 oz (60 ml) size of the bottle, it can get expensive to regularly apply this grip to other areas of the body.

Dry Hands

Grip Type: Liquid
Best For: Sweaty hands or body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Provides strong, long lasting grip
  • Has antiperspirant properties

Cons

  • May leave residue on the pole
  • Can be sweat through alone, needing to be reapplied periodically
  • Product in bottle dries out quickly if the lid is left open

Dry hands grip is by far one of the most popular pole grip aids in the industry, found displayed on many pole studio counters across the world. Dry hands grip is a liquid chalk, previously marketed towards rock climbers, gymnasts, and other athletes. There’s no wonder why it quickly found its way into the pole dance world as the dance became more popular.

This pole grip works well on all types of poles, giving your skin the backup it needs on sweaty days. No matter what type of skin you have, dry hands grip is an essential item to keep in your pole bag.  

For extra slippery days, you can lather it right onto the pole to increase the level of grip.

Dew Point Pole

Grip Type: Spray
Best For: Dry skin on body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, Moisturizing
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Long-lasting, moisturizing effect helps you take care of your skin
  • Multiple product strengths for customization based on your skin type
  • Low-allergen ingredients make it a great choice for sensitive skin
  • Glitter-infused versions available

Cons

  • Feels greasy if mixed with lotions or sweat, so not ideal for hands
  • More expensive than other pole grip aids
  • Frequently out of stock
  • Not available on Amazon

Dew Point Pole grip was created for pole dancers with dry, sensitive skin, as the balance for pole-perfect skin goes in both directions. A vegetable glycerin base helps this pole grip last a long time without any residue.

There are three product strengths: Light, Medium, and Ultra.

The Light formula is best for dancers in humid climates or who have skin that is not too dry but needs a little boost every now and then.

The Medium formula is an ideal choice for testing the waters with this grip. Best for those who have an average skin type that can fluctuate in its needs.

The Ultra formula is best for those in very dry climates, or if your skin is consistently dry.

No matter how dry your skin gets, you can count on Dew Point Pole for a strength that helps you balance your skin type.

This pole grip is the perfect solution to your dry skin problems. It can even be used outside of class, allowing you to moisturize on a regular basis again and resume a healthy skincare routine.

You will find that Dew Point Pole feels greasy if the natural oils in sweat mix with the moisturizing ingredients in this grip, so we don’t recommend this for sweaty areas like hands, no matter your skin type.

Dirty Girl Poletice (Mighty Grip Poletice)

Grip Type: Powder (Paste)
Best For: Sweaty hands
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Extremely effective against sweating
  • Affordable product that goes a long way
  • Great for sensitive skin

Cons

  • May require re-application
  • Takes preparation to apply
  • Leaves a sticky residue
  • Not available on Amazon

This pole grip was created by a pole dancer looking for a solution to sweaty skin. With sensitive skin and hyperhidrosis in mind, this unusual powder went on to become increasingly popular in the pole dance world.

The way you apply this product is a little unusual, but the instructions on the bottle are clear and concise.

Before you start, you’ll need to wash your hands, so make sure your soap does not contain any moisturizing elements!  

First, wash your hands thoroughly. Don’t dry them; you’ll need the moisture

Next, pour a small, quarter-sized amount of powder into your hand.

Lastly, rub the powder around in your palms until a paste forms. Coat your hands, including the fingers, with this new paste and allow it to dry for several minutes.

Your hands will be covered in a white residue, but it works wonders for pole dancers who battle constantly with their sweat glands!

Note: Dirty Girl Poletice has been taken over and rebranded by Mighty Grip

Trick Tac

Grip Type: Towel
Best For: All skin types
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Tacky, little to no residue
Vegan-Friendly: No

Where to Buy:

Use offer code POLEPEDIA to receive 15% off orders over $10.

Pros

  • Long-lasting, inexpensive towels come in a variety of sizes
  • Easy to apply and control grip strength
  • Easy visual indicator when the towel should be disposed of
  • Easy to clean off your skin and the pole

Cons

  • May need to re-apply frequently to hands or other areas of heavy use

This beeswax-infused towel is one of the few pole grip aids on the market that is suitable for dry and sweaty skin and has been approved by the International Pole Sport Federation.

Trick Tac can be used on either the hands or body and is easily layered with an antiperspirant for an extra-firm hold.

As this is a grip towel, it does need to be stored inside of the plastic bag it comes with. Each bag is study enough to keep the air out, so there’s no need for extra storage like other towels.

Control the level of grip by with the pressure you apply the towel with. Each towel is long-lasting and turns grey when it’s time to dispose of it, giving you an easy visual indicator of when you need to purchase more.

Better yet, beeswax is therapeutic to your skin and pole-safe, so you can supplement your skincare regimen and pole dance at the same time.

Gorilla Gold

Grip Type: Towel
Best For: All skin types
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Heavy sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: No

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Pros

  • Strong grip that can be applied to your body or the pole
  • Large, long-lasting towel
  • Great for particularly slippery or humid days

Cons

  • Can dry out if not stored properly in bag
  • Hard to control level of grip, often making it too strong or grippy
  • Leaves a heavy residue on your skin and the pole

Gorilla Gold is a beeswax-infused towel that is useful for particularly humid or sweaty days when no other grip will help. It was originally intended for golfers and is, in fact, still marketed primarily towards golfers.  

It is the “big guns” of grip aid, making it an excellent addition to your pole bag for when you just can’t stick, or if you commonly have trouble sticking to the pole and need a heavy-duty solution.

Gorilla Gold is hard to control when applying, so you can easily make your skin or the pole feel too grippy, especially if you only typically need a light or moderate amount of grip. It leaves a heavy residue afterward that can be difficult to clean off.

Gorilla Snot

Grip Type: Resin
Best For: Dry hands
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, sticky when gripping
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

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Pros

  • Provides a high level of grip for an extra boost
  • Does not stain your hands, the pole, or your clothes

Cons

  • Tiny container, making it best for hand applications
  • May need to re-apply as it can dry out and loose grippiness on your skin
  • Sweat can cause it to leave a sticky residue

Gorilla Snot was originally meant for musicians. The main ingredient is tree resin, which would lead you to believe it is incredibly sticky. Fortunately, it only feels sticky when you are actively gripping something with it.

This grip aid is best for an extra boost to slick days. It is most definitely worth having in your pole bag as a backup to your regular grip aid. With such an inexpensive price tag, it’s hard to pass up options.

While it is a great choice for dry skin and can easily be used with sweaty skin, it may need to be layered over an antiperspirant to really help with extremely sweaty skin. Sweat can combine with the resin and cause it to feel tacky and leave a residue on the pole.

We believe Gorilla Snot is a fantastic back-up option for many other grip aids and could be the missing ingredient for those who like to layer their grip.

Hydro Attack

Grip Type: Spray
Best For: Dry body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, moisturizing
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Use offer code POLEPEDIA15 for 15% off

Pros

  • Very effective grip for dancers with dry skin
  • Incredibly easy to apply and store in your pole bag
  • A variety of sizes at an inexpensive price
  • Moisturizes and soothes your skin, making it an excellent part of your skincare routine

Cons

  • Product mixing with sweat becomes slick
  • Not widely available

Hydro Attack is designed specifically for pole dancers and has been approved by the International Pole Sport Federation.

This unique grip is dermatologically tested and great for sensitive skin with low-allergen ingredients, answering many wishes from pole dancers who have dry skin.

It contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin B5 to help supplement your skincare in a way that doesn’t affect your grip on the pole, making it very tempting to use as a part of your regular skincare regimen.

It’s recommended to use this product right after you finish showering to help prime your skin, then once when you would typically apply grip, before a pole workout.

Hydro Attack specifically states that their product is cruelty-free and does not test on animals.

iTac 2

Grip Type: Wax
Best For: Dry hands and body
Compatible Pole Types: All except Brass
Feels Like: Tacky residue
Vegan-Friendly: No

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Hypoallergenic, organic ingredients
  • Comes in a variety of strengths, sizes, and forms
  • Easy to remove from skin with hot, soapy water

Cons

  • Can become slick on brass poles
  • Tough to wash off the pole; iTac recommends their branded pole cleaner product
  • More expensive than other grip aid products

iTac grip has become commonplace in many pole studios, with dancers across the globe taking a moment to apply the beeswax-based formula to their hands and body before starting their pole workout or performance.

A little goes a long way with this grip, as it’s long-lasting and resistant to sweat thanks to the beeswax. It is available in two levels of strength – regular strength and extra strength:

Regular strength, or “Level 2” is ideal for the pole dancer who just needs a little extra grippy boost to their pole routine.

Extra strength, also called “Level 4” is best for dancers who have trouble sweating through other types of grip and need something with more power behind it.

Pole dancers who enjoy using brass poles may find that iTac grip isn’t as effective, likely because of the pole’s porous material. For best results, only use this grip aid on chrome and stainless steel poles.

For those who don’t like to jar design, iTac also has a beeswax stick under their StickIt product line.

Lupit Pole Grip

Grip Type: Pillow (Towel)
Best For: Sweaty hands and body
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

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Pros

  • Long-lasting grippiness
  • Small 4-inch (12 cm) size makes this grip easy to store almost anywhere
  • Moisture wicking keeps sweat or humidity from causing any slipperiness

Cons

  • Requires different sides for use on pole and skin
  • Expensive price tag for the size
  • Can make the pole too grippy

The popular pole manufacturer Lupit has designed their own pole grip pillow. Thicker than your average grip towel, this pillow features Lupit’s iconic pink and black colors on either side, adding a little flair to your average grip routine.

The black side of the pillow is meant to be used only on the pole, while the pink side is meant to be used on your skin. While this is easy to mix up at first, instructions are very easy to find.

The pillow comes with its own Lupit Pole brand sleeve, but dancers who are used to using towels may be wary about airflow. The pillow is fine in the sleeve, but it can be stored in an additional plastic bag if necessary.

Mighty Grip

Grip Type: Powder
Best For: Dry hands
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Tacky
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Better tackiness than Dry Hands
  • Easy to apply and store

Cons

  • Works best when your skin is warm
  • Only tolerates a minimal amount of sweat; may require re-application
  • Expensive price tag for such a small bottle

Mighty Grip has long supported athletes in all their grip needs, from pads to grip, and many things in-between, so when they came out with a pole dance grip aid made from thermoplastic powder, many people were eager to try it.

Because it’s made from thermoplastic, you need to be warmed up for the grip to work properly, and those who struggle with sweaty palms may find that they sweat right through this product unless it’s layered over an antiperspirant lotion.

Of course, if your skin is warm and dry, Mighty Grip may just be the grip aid for you, adding a little bit more tackiness to your skin than Dry Hands grip.

Mueller Stickum Grip Enhancer

Grip Type: Spray
Best For: All skin types
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Strong level of sticky grip
  • Each can lasts a long time
  • Inexpensive price tag for large size

Cons

  • Hard to control the level of grip you get from the spray, potentially making your skin too grippy
  • The large container size makes it difficult to store in small bags
  • Aerosol spray isn’t eco-friendly

This grip aid enhancer is easy to apply for pole dancers who need a lot of extra tackiness to their grip. The sticky residue is easy to wash off your skin once you’re done and doesn’t transfer much onto the pole.

Stickum is one of the stickiest grips available today. You can think of this spray like extra-strength hairspray designed to be used on your hands.

This spray is perfect for helping you get used to larger pole diameters or combat sweaty hands. For particularly sweaty hands, you may want to consider layering this spray over an antiperspirant lotion.

While Stickum can be used for dry skin as well, it may have a continued drying effect once the spray is removed.

Better Grip

Grip Type: Liquid Chalk
Best For: All skin types
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Sticky residue
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Longer lasting grip compared to other liquid chalks
  • Easy clean up
  • Helps block sweat

Cons

  • Leaves a white residue
  • May need to be reapplied or layered to maintain full grippiness
  • Not widely available

This brand new grip aid offers a truly unique quality that many other grip aids do not: lidocaine.

Lidocaine is a medication that is typically used to numb a local area of the skin. With a light dosage included in the grip, it helps soothe sore muscles and bruising before you ever step up to the pole. 

Better Grip rivals other liquid chalks and tends to last longer than Dry Hands per application, making it an excellent choice for those who need a little more oomph out of their grip aid.

Pole Poised

Grip Type: Liquid
Best For: All skin types
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent, moisturizing
Vegan-Friendly: No

Where to Buy:

Use offer code POLEPEDIA to receive 10% off your order!

Pros

  • Strong level of grip
  • Moisturizing ingredients help supplement your skincare
  • Multiple colors and sizes available for every need

Cons

  • Not widely available
  • May need to be re-applied for long pole sessions

This grip aid is an answer to many pole dancer’s wishes, doubling as a pole-safe moisturizer that adds a glittery shine to your skin! 

Using aloe vera and glycerine as two primary ingredients, Pole Poised helps replace your regular moisturizers on pole days and adds a little bit of glitter and glam to your pole routine. Of course, this grip aid is safe for non-pole days, too, so feel free to show off your glittery side!

This grip aid comes in a variety of colors and sizes letting you show off your favorite colors any time of year, including a seasonal Halloween grip! If you’re not a glitter person, you can also order Pole Poised without any added glitter as well.

Pole Mamas

Grip Type: Stick
Best For: Dry skin
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent
Vegan-Friendly: No

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Size and design makes it easy to store in just about any bag
  • Natural ingredients
  • Multiple fragrances and custom labels for personalization

Cons

  • Can become slippery when mixed with sweat
  • Not good for use on hands or feet
  • Not widely available

Pole Mamas is an excellent grip aid that outshines many grips by its customizability alone. While this grip aid is excellent for body applications, it can become slippery with sweat, so use caution if you decide to use it on your hands or feet.

With several different fragrances available, such as Iron X, Sweet Janiero, Zen, or Signature Cupcake, you can pole dance and smell good while you do it. For those who aren’t a fan of scented grip aid, they also offer an unscented version.

For an additional fee on their website, they offer custom name labeling, making it clear whose grip aid it is. 

 

X-Dry

Grip Type: Liquid
Best For: Sweaty Hands
Compatible Pole Types: Any
Feels Like: Absorbent 
Vegan-Friendly: Yes

Where to Buy:

Pros

  • Easy application and fast dry time
  • Tight-fitting lid means fewer spills
  • Easy clean-up with soap and water

Cons

  • Not as strong as some other grip aids
  • Excessive use can lead to dry skin
  • Reapplication may be necessary for particularly sweaty skin

X-Pole’s exclusive grip aid called X Dry is popular for pole dancers who just need a little boost to their grip. This grip is considered comparable to Dry Hands, making it an excellent choice in a pinch.

The tight-fitted lid ensures fewer spills than other flip-cap grip aids. X Dry can be used on any part of the body, but is most effective on sweaty hands. It can easily be layered with other grip aids or antiperspirants for added grippiness. 

What is YOUR favorite type of grip aid? Tell us in the comments below!

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