The Ins and Out of the Pompadour
Pompadour haircut is one of the most recognizable and timeless hair back styles – it can surprize, it can allure, it can disgust, or confuse… But there is one thing for sure: it will never leave anyone indifferent.
From eccentric regent hair and pompadour haircuts of Madame de Pompadour (the official chief mistress of Louis XV), this outstanding hairstyle has evolved through the 1950s pompadour experiments, scumbag boogie hair of America’s Golden Age, to 2020 extra volume hairstyles, rockabilly style variants, and new fresh elements.
However, the meaning and character of a pompadour haircut are still the same – explore the world of mindblowing pompadour hair experiments in this gallery.
What Is a Pompadour Haircut?
So, what is a pompadour haircut exactly?
The pomp features short sides and back of the head (often, with a fade) and long hair on top. The crown is swept back with a large volume of hair in the front, which gradually recedes towards the back of the head. This crazy volume makes the “pomp” itself – the most significant and spicy detail of the whole hairstyle.
Where does it come from? The history of the pompadour.
Despite the fact the 21st century’s hipsters keep wearing and updating this extra volume hairstyle, the roots of the pompadour come from a long while ago. The hairstyle was first introduced by Madame de Pompadour in the 1700s’ France, where the members of the king’s Louis XV court quickly imitated this hairdo.
In the 18th century, the iconic look of Madame de Pompadour started penetrating into women’s fashion. Pompadour hairstyle became a part of the Gibson Girl look in the 1890s and a lot of ladies tried to copy and adjust it to their looks.
And in the 20th century, the pompadour finally entered the male fashion thanks to Elvis Presley – the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis Presley spotted and popularized a high-volume pompadour on the top of the head as an integral part of his iconic image (which is not surprising, actually, as a pomp was a common hair solution of truck drivers in the 20th century, and Elvis was training to be a truck driver in his youth.)
Since then, a lot of celebrities have tried blow drying and fixing their hair as Elvis did. Thanks to the creativity of modern hairstylists, there are many variations of pompadour for men and women today.
Classic vs Modern Pompadour
The main difference between the classic and modern pompadour is that traditional pompadour style features long sides, which are slicked back. In the modern version of the hairstyle, the sides are short and usually different fade techniques are used. It’s often described as “short sides, long top” and allows for numerous styling options – from smooth to spiky, from straight to messy and curly.
Another advantage of nowadays is that you can find the perfect hair product for your specific needs. Just follow the styling tips below and choose the best hair back style for you.
Things to Consider
How to get a pompadour that highlights your appearance strength and masks the weaknesses? Choosing the right style of the pomp for your hair length, face shape, hair texture is the key.
You should also be able to choose the right products for your pompadour hairstyle.
For example, to get a big, high, standing-out pomp, you should opt for a firm hold pomade, a hair wax won’t give that volume and gloss. For thick hair, it can be enough to apply a small amount of pomade or paste and fix it with hairspray, while for thin hair, you’ll need much more texturizing products, and a salt spray can also be a great idea.
Initially, the pompadour was meant for men with straight hair without any texture. It still is the most “convenient” hair type to grow and make a win-win classic pomp with fine sculpture.
Nowadays, there are haircut pompadour variants for men with wavy and curly natural texture, thick and thin hair, a receding hairline. There are cool options for kids, youth, and elder men…
Hair Length & Cut
The right cut is the first step to your perfect pompadour style. The hairdo must have a short hair appearance on the sides – you can either fade the sides or slick them back.
Next, the top. If you’re looking for a classic pompadour, remember that your hair length should be at least 6 cm at the fringe and decent amount of hair all over the crown too. However, for modern disconnected pompadour variations, you can have shorter locks on top.
The pompadour is ideally compatible with the majority of face shapes. It works great with diamond, round, triangle, and oval face shapes thanks to the fact this hairstyle visually makes the face shape longer. For round faces, keep the hair maximally short on the sides and back, and try to add more volume on top of the head.
For the same reason, guys with heart and square face shapes can also try to cut a pompadour but with the usage of some barbers’ tricks to guarantee the illusion of width and length at the necessary zones.
As for oblong face shape, no hairstylist will ever recommend a pompadour in this case as the face will be severely elongated even with the smallest pomp.
How to Style a Pompadour
As with other hairstyles on our website, we recommend you to save the examples of the look you really like to show to your barber later on and simplify the grooming and styling processes as well as guarantee the final result complete satisfaction from your side.
But anyway, we’ve got some instructions on how to make a pompadour that will be helpful for everyone trying to wear the pomp with confidence and without stress.
Here is a step by step tutorial for you:
- Step 1 – Shampoo your hair and wrap it slightly with a towel to absorb all the excess moisture.
- Step 2 – Densely apply the pomade all over the crown. Work it into your hair with hands or use a comb to spread it evenly and slightly blow dry your hair.
- Step 3 – Part your hair (if you want to have a side part.)
- Step 4 – Make the pompadour. Lift up the front section of your hair with a round brush, roll it backward, and heat with a blow dryer simultaneously. After that, you can use a comb or your fingers with a little extra hair product and lift the hair up and back.
- Step 5 – Keep doing step 4 until you’re happy with the result. Fix it with a hairspray and enjoy your irresistible look.
Best Pompadour Hairstyles
Asian men’s hair is probably the most appropriate for a classic pompadour hairstyle. With such straight, smooth, and glossy hair, you don’t need to go short on the sides. Just sweep the hair back with a comb.
This iconic style has withstood the test of time traveling from Elvis Presley and James Dean style to the best looks of David Beckham and Bruno Mars nowadays.
Old School Pompadour
Traditional pompadour haircut without texture, fade, or any twists will always be in trend. Medium hair on top, which is swept back gracefully without too much height is a win-win option for boys who appreciate the style.
Little Richard would probably fall in love with this Afro pompadour hairstyle , this is a representative of thew pompadours generation – now, naturally curly hair is not equal to a complete mess.
This is a new crazy update of the Yakuza pompadour for a true hipster. If you love huge volumes with different eccentric highlights, this giant blonde pomp is definitely for you. The main challenge with this Vogue hairstyle for a picky man is to keep the proportions right so that the style doesn’t collide with the face shapes.
Pompadour with Beard
A clean-cut beard is always a great complement to a pompadour. Besides making the style more personalized, this detail also adds some masculinity to the look, can correct the face shapes imbalances and help to adjust your hairstyle to your outfits.
Who says only a guy with long hair can have an impressive pompadour? This short pompadour style strategically uses hair gel to give the style extra shine and lift. It’s a mix of elegance, style, beauty, versatility, and masculinity in one package.
As you already know, the pompadour style has been rocked and transformed a lot by fashion hunters. Now the pompadour is also a hairstyle for men with short crowns. Such small pomp will look very clean and sleek, and it’s easy in maintenance too.
Spiky pompadours just blow out the minds. Indeed, they may look more like a quiff or resemble a spiky undercut. Whatever, this swept upwards twist along with clean, neatly shaved sides and temples, and a brutal beard do make a fantastic combo.
Finger combing is an undeservingly underestimated hairstyling technique, which can come in handy anytime. However, this high top doesn’t grab all the attention as the way the side fades down to bare skin does much more of the heavy lifting than you could expect! Remember: you’ll never go wrong with a good clean fade.
Pompadour with Hard Part
This super edgy, spiky pompadour is expertly blended with a hard side part and a contrast on the sides fading from scissor cut to a razor shave.
Side Part Pompadour
This cool, rock’n’roll-style pompadour features an outstanding side part, a neat thick pomp in the forehead area, and slicked to the side and back hair in the middle of the crown. Combined with a high fade touch, it’s young and bold.
Slick Back Pompadour
No volume slicked back pompadour is the solution for thin hair. After having a shower, apply a pomade or a gel, comb the top hair back and blow dry it. Finish the style by sleeking it with a palm.
Pompadour with Aggressive Undercut
For a more relaxed pompadour, try this one. It is finger-combed, that’s why we can see these visible waves at the top of the head. This slightly disconnected pompadour undercut reminds a Japanese pompadour from anime and suits guys with straight and smooth hair a lot.
You probably didn’t expect to see a curly pompadour on this list, but here it is! Besides being curly, textured, and messy, with a lot of volume, there is another outstanding feature here – the central part. It makes the locks curl towards the center of the head, thus, the style looks even more eccentric and unique.
A wavy pompadour will look casual and usual. No fuss, no glamour, just a hairstyle that has become a classic since the Renaissance. By the way, a pomp is a cool option for men with an outstanding jawline.
Pompadour with Blonde Hair
Here is another full volume blonde option for guys who are going to win all the hearts at the party. This Mohawk-inspired pompadour is a perfect male weapon. All the heads will be turned, all the eyes will be caught – the popularity is guaranteed if you ask for this amazing style in your favorite barbershop.
Modern Comb Over Pomp
This cool style harmoniously brings together a variety of contrasting elements: the juicy side-swept pompadour, the edgy side part, a disconnected fade, and a careless mustache with a beard. The combination works fantastic!
All you need to get this loose pompadour is a hairdryer and long natural curls. No tools, no styling products. Brushed up in front and a bit disconnected on top, this pompadour is elegantly lined with a razor all over the hairline area.
High Volume Pompadour
This clean matte finish pompadour is one of the smartest and neatest styles in our gallery. You won’t achieve this full volume result on thin hair, so you’d better try this option on thick hair only. The drop fade highlights the pompadour even more and also makes more aristocratic border lines that connect the two levels of this style.
This pompadour with layers is a great choice for guys who wanna try something different and get a mind-blowing look. This fantastic pomp with amazing details proves that an updated hair style comeback can be a source of creativity and a way to show off your personality and uniqueness. Try a freestyle shaved design to set up your own rules.
High and Tight Pompadour
High and tight slicked back pompadour is a very classic style with a rather traditional taper fade on the sides. Everything in this hairdo resembles a retro pompadour look, especially matched with old school full mustache.
This is not a typical pomp style, it’s more like a faux hawk with a pompadour twist. With a pretty disconnected low fade and messy front, this hairstyle is copyright free for all hair types.
Pompadour Mid Fade
Lots of guys underestimate the possibilities of a pompadour style, thinking that it has plenty of limits, restrictions, and rules that don’t let this style to go beyond the classy smart looks borders. Apparently, a pomp can rock, a pomp can work with tattoos and aggressive beards, a pomp can easily adjust to the lifestyle you have.
This is not a classic pomp if talking about its shape, but if bearing the style in mind, this one is pure classics. The finish of this hairdo is done with palms, namely with fingers that brings these cool layers on top of a slick perfectionist’s pomp.
Pompadours can be more extreme than mohawks – and this style is definite proof of it. This style will work with thick and textured hair, which can easily keep the shape. Make sure that your barber understands your wish 100%, show them this picture…and act!
And, finally, the hairstyle for the pickiest hair adventurers, who are ready for crazy combinations and experiments. Super volume mixture of two most extraordinary styles – Mohawk and pompadour. Take that hairdo from the 1950 and make it up-to date and up-to-you.
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