A Guide to the Modern Pompadour Hairstyle

The Ins and Out of the Pompadour


The pompawhat? The POMPADOUR! The hottest new trend in men's hairstyle to come onto the scene, and damn has it arrived in a big way. Celebrities, students, hipsters and businessmen alike are all rocking this sexy new look. But, what exactly is the pompadour you say?


The Pompadour is a hairstyle that was originally named after Madame de Pompadour, who was King Louis XV mistress. It predominantly remained a female's haircut until one man, nothing short of a rock god, made it extremely famous. Yup, Elvis Presley made the world go crazy for the pompadour.

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A typical pompadour is worn with short sides, with the hair swept upwards and backwards, however as time has passed the look has become more and more versatile and there are a variety of different ways to style a pompadour to make it suit your face shape, lifestyle and career.

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There are two main types of pompadour:


  • The Classic:

    This is the cut you should go for if you are looking for more refined gentleman than rebel rock god. The side of the hair shouldn't be clipped too short. This longer hair on the side of your face will not only soften out the dramatic effect of the hairstyle itself, but it also goes incredibly well with a well kempt shorter beard. You hair should not be clipped higher than the crown of your head to ensure that you don't end up with a more exaggerated, angular style. This look particularly suits people with longer faces as it maintains the balance of width with height, but it does look good on most face shapes. Celebrities who choose this classic look are Josh Hartnett, Bruno Mars and James Franco among many others.c482ddc1b5ded493e0f141b658feb116


  • Angular/Extreme/Modern:

    The pompadour used to generally stick to the classic look, however recently hairstylists have been experimenting with more and more extreme versions of the look. The side and back hair will be shaved extremely short, usually a grade one, and if you are feeling particularly brave, then you should ask your hairdresser to shave far up your crown. This particular look combines the pompadour and the undercut and creates an extremely sexy, edgy feel. Not everyone should get this hairstyle but it particular suits people with rounder faces, as it adds height and detracts from the width of the face. The exceptionally sexy haircut is worn by many of the modern day celebrities and artists, and the list extends from David Beckham and Justin Bieber to Zac Efron and Sean Penn.c76388e92a6b2d2cc28a77865ed4b0d9 eafc0515efc4e2302c733ffd02064724



As you can see this cut is sexy as hell, as well as completely timeless. It's versatile and can suit absolutely anyone. The only thing that you should keep in mind before cutting your hair into the pompadour is that it is quite high maintenance, and it needs to be styled daily and the back and sides should be trimmed regularly.



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If you haven't already had this cut done, then can we suggest you get down to your hairdresser as soon as possible and get on it.

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