Are you are looking for a classic hairstyle that has defied time? Look no further than the one and only pompadour. The pompadour style continues to adorn the heads of many and is a throwback style that reminds us of a classier time.
If you are prepared to take on the maintenance of the style, then you will be rewarded as it is a great way to make a strong impression. In this article, we will show ten different ways to rock the style once rocked by Elvis, the king of rock n roll himself.
When looking for a new style you want to impress without stepping completely out of your comfort zone; otherwise, you won’t be you, and that doesn’t work. The pompadour style offers flexibility at every turn and a look that is clean and fit for every well-groomed man.
Let us tell you a little about how the pompadour came to be and why it is still alive and well.
What Is the Pompadour?
The pompadour requires maintenance and lots and lots of product to achieve. Don’t be discouraged though as the final result is striking and always classic.
A pompadour is a high brush back of the hair from the forehead, often to a dramatic effect. The style has had many incarnations over the years, and this is the reason it has remained relevant today.
A Proud History
Madame de Pompadour was the royal mistress of Louis XV, the king France before the French Revolution. Her hairstyle was of note as her curls were pinned up high from her forehead, and the style is christened after her.
During the 1950s, television sets were making their way into homes and so were personalities that would live forever. One of them was named Elvis Presley. The young rock and roller sported the hairstyle and made it a staple of the decade.
Today the style continues to thrive in several modernized variations that all pay homage to the original style.
Blending Past and Present
A rich history makes it easy to see why the style is still a solid choice, noting the beautiful blend of past and present is important. Today’s high fades, low cuts, and varieties of clipper art have paired beautifully with the timeless look.
The pompadour can be worn with so many styles and fits well in most fashion trends. Whether you want to just wear a ripped up pair of jeans and a white tee, or suit up, the style will keep you looking clean and ready for action.
Hair Product & Accessories
The style takes work and some tender love and care. You will undoubtedly need hair products and accessories to achieve this look, and also a skilled barber who can bring the style to life. You will find that the style is bold and well worth the time. Once you step out with it you will channel a gentleman’s look. If you are ready for the challenge, take notes here about the following products.
The similarity in the name is no coincidence as the product is practically made for the hairstyle. Pomades have been around for a long time and are one of the oldest hair styling products ever made. The original pomades were made of bear fat and the French word pommade means “ointment.”
Today’s pomades are less intense and are usually made of beeswax or oil. Still, they give you the hold and sheen necessary to showcase the full glory of your pompadour. This is a product you want to invest in. If your hair is oily look for tamer versions of the product.
Gels and Creams
Gels and different creams offer you the same hold as pomade, but without being so difficult to wash off, or as oily. The hold, however, will not be as strong as pomade. Creams will not be true to the original style, but they may be better suited for your hair.
Experimenting with different types of products is the best way to find out which one suits you best, and they will help you define the look you are going after. Keep in mind that a nice comb will also help you out tons in your quest for a killer pompadour. The two basically go hand in hand.
10 Pompadour Styles for Men
Now that you know what you will need to style your pompadour, we can go over ten different styles that are sure to catch your eye. Inspect how these styles are defined and how the pompadour keeps its essence in each one. Surely one of the following looks will suit your style and vibe, and to us, that is what matters most.
The High Pomp/The Elvis
We had to start with the king of rock-and-roll. The high pomp will require a medium-to-longer length on top, while the sides can be shaved or just a shorter length than the hair on top. The high pomp is dramatic and will require a lot of pomade, so be ready to work that comb.
The Modern Pomp
For a more modern look, you can ask the barber for a low fade on the sides that builds up to a pomp that is texturized. This style will not require as much product and still looks just as cool and classic as the original. This style will give you a vintage vibe without stepping too far out of time.
The Parted Pomp
The parted pomp is just like the standard pomp, but the hair is not so brushed upwards and takes on a slight part. You can ask to have the sides faded low or high as the style suits either. This is a more conservative choice that is still cool but is not as dramatic as the full pomp.
The Bald Fade Pomp
The bald fade pomp provides a sharp contrast that will make a strong impression no matter where you go. A bald fade pomp is exactly as it sounds. It leaves little hair on the sides and slowly builds up to a glorious pompadour. While you won’t have much hair to worry about, if you want the strong contrast, you got to make that pomp shine and products will become your best friend here.
The Undercut Pompadour
The undercut has grown in popularity over the last five years and has been paired with a great number of styles. The pomp is no exception. Keep the hair on the top slightly shorter here to help create a good balance and a blend of easy-going and daring, reserved and adventurous.
The rollback pompadour is all about flair as the hair is brushed up and forward and then rolled back. The style has an 80s feel to it, but if you’ve got the thick hair for it, and enough mousse or gel, there is nothing wrong with this throwback.
The hipsters have claimed this style and we don’t blame them as it is cool. The swooper keeps the sides shaved just slightly longer than the usual 2 or 3 guards while leaving the hair on top long, swooping it to the side for a unique take on the classic pomp. Head to your local tattoo parlor and then go pick yourself up a pair of matte black frames. You’ll be good to go.
The Short Pomp
If you are more reserved and just want a little volume on top, you can always go for the short pompadour. The short pomp is just like the classic but the hair is shorter and more tapered. The look is clean and easy to style and will have you out the door in no time, and looking great as well.
Long Hair Pomp
This is an interesting choice, and often it resembles a faux hawk as the long strands are brushed up high and back. The rollback effect is dramatic if the sides are cleanly shaved. This look shows that the pompadour has no boundaries and is flexible.
We finish with the original pompadour: the one that started it all. The classic pomp requires longer sides than any of the modern versions, the sides are slicked back and the top, which will be slightly longer, will be brushed high from the forehead. The volume of hair will create the classic pomp shape we all know and love. Be prepared as this style needs lots of products.
Surely you can see now why this style continues to make waves and why it is a great choice anytime. Make sure you are clear with your barber about the exact pomp you are looking to pull off.
A good stylist will know how to help you get there. Get your best outfit ready, pomp that hair up, and rock the town like only you know how to. The king would be proud.