The skin fade pompadour is a haircut that allows you to get the best of two worlds. You have the amazing classic touch of the pompadour, a hairstyle that’s been around for more than 200 years and the modern appeal of the skin fade. There are three types you can choose from, a low, medium, and high fade, all of which are covered in this article. Take a look below!
1. The High Skin Fade with Beard
Let’s start with a small pompadour slicked back with gel over the crown of the head. The sides and back have been treated to a high skin fade. You can pair it with a long beard for maximum effect.
2. The High Fade with Loose Pompadour
This skin fade pompadour is perfectly layered with the help of a good dollop of gel or hair wax. From the side, it almost looks like a fauxhawk thanks to the sectioning of the hair strands and the way they have been highlighted.
3. The Loose Long Pompadour
Here’s another type of pompadour, this time much longer and blonde. The high skin fade has been left in its natural brown color while only the top has been colored blonde. The length is medium and looks very soft and silky.
4. Skin Fade Pompadour with Design
If you look closely at this haircut you will notice that, on the side, it has a small hair design shaped like a fading straight line. It’s a touch of elegance and class that balances off the rebelliousness of the pompadour.
5. The Skin Fade Pompadour with a Hard Part
This is a medium-sized pompadour with a brushed back fringe. You can clearly see the marks that the comb has left. It also has a hard side part and a high skin fade on both sides as well as in the back.
6. The Textured Skin Fade Pompadour
A textured pompadour can be a great solution both when you have thin and thick hair. It helps men with thick hair get rid of some of the excess weight. When it comes to men with thin hair, it helps them add more volume to their locks.
7. Modern Skin Fade Pompadour
Even though the pompadour gained traction back in the 1950s when Elvis and James Dean started wearing it, you need to update it a little if you want to wear it today. Here’ a modern version of this haircut.
8. Pretty Skin Fade Pompadour
Did you know that the pompadour was invented back in the 1700s in France? A hair stylist invented it especially for Madame de Pompadour who was a mistress of King Louis the XIVth, to make her stand out.
9. Casual Skin Fade Pompadour
Yes, you read that well. The pompadour was invented for a woman, and it continued to be a feminine haircut for 200 hundred years. It saw a revival at the beginning of the 20th century with the famous Gibson Girl.
10. Elegant Skin Fade Pompadour
After that, it fell out of grace a little and people seemed to forget about it. Until, somehow, in a strange turn of events, men picked it up in the 50s and made it completely their own, even though it had been a ladies’ haircut for two centuries.
11. Wavy Skin Fade Pompadour
In the 50s, the pompadour was rediscovered by a group of young men who rebelled against the formality of the previous decades. They used copious amounts of grease to get their hair up in pompadours and wore leather jackets. These young men became known as ‘greasers.’
12. The Jimmy Q
Continuing on the above, here’s Jimmy Q, a modern greaser, who has taken the rebel cause a step further with his many fabulous tattoos and theatrical jewelry. This was what the greaser spirit was all about. Rebelling against formality.
13. The Cool Skin Fade Pompadour
It was also about allowing men to start grooming themselves more. The previous decades, meaning the 30s and 40s, were very classical and austere. However, the greaser boy was famous for spending hours in front of the mirror.
14. The Bald Skin Fade Pompadour
Here’s a version of the pompadour that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. All you need to do is apply the product and then run your fingers through your hair from time to time as the day goes by.
15. The Clean Skin Fade Pompadour
We absolutely love the finishing touches that have been put on this faded pompadour. The edges of the haircut, as well as the lines of the beard itself, are lined and shaved to perfection, making it look almost geometrical.
16. Pompadour with a Fake Part
This side part can qualify both as a hard part or as a faux part. Typically, hard parts don’t extend so far back so you can call it what you want. The important thing is that it looks extremely cool and that it’s on trend.
17. The Combed Skin Fade Pompadour
You can achieve this look very easily by using a large comb. First, apply some hair gel and then comb your hair to make your pompadour look like this. Don’t forget to trim your fade from time to time, so it doesn’t grow out.
18. The Pompadour with a Mid Skin Fade
In case high skin fades are not for you, try a mid skin fade. This is what it looks like. Fair warning, though. You will have to visit your stylist quite often because this haircut requires a lot of maintenance.
19. The Pompadour with a Low Skin Fade
The other option you have is a low skin fade if you don’t want to go all out on your haircut or if your office has a dress code. Pair your pompadour with this as well as a five o’clock shadow for a killer look.
20. The Pointed Pompadour
Here’s what happens when a pompadour meets a quiff. You get a pompadour with a pointed tip as well as the layers we are all now accustomed to seeing. It looks badass and like something that Elvis would wear.
21. The Pompadour with a Mullet
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you mixed a pompadour with a mullet? We have the answer. You would get a look that says greaser in the front, party in the back. The skin fade is a nice albeit slightly weird choice.
22. The Pompadour with Blonde Highlights
One way to embellish your pompadour and make it stand out is by adding some blonde highlights to it. Try doing just your bangs for maximum effect using the shade of blonde that matches your skin tone.
23. The Swaggy Skin Fade Pompadour
Did you know that women wore the pompadour as well in the 1940s? Major film stars sported it. Bette Davis wore one in her movie Now, Voyager in 1942. Betty Grable was seen with the hairstyle in her World War II pin-up posters.
24. Skin Fade Pompadour with Purple Highlights
It’s very easy to bring this centuries-old haircut into the modern age. All you have to do is add some peekaboo highlights in non-natural colors such as this lovely purple. Choose the shade that you like the most.
25. Pompadour with Messy Waves
Not every pompadour has to consist of a slicked back comb over. It’s true that that was the case for the pompadours in the 50s and 60s. However, times have changed, and the modern version of the hairstyle can take a little creative mess.
26. Skin Fade Pompadour with Blonde Bangs
The same goes for this version of the pompadour with blonde bangs. You will notice that it is a lot more architectural and angular than the traditional pompadour. Part of it is given by the illusion that the blonde highlights create.
27. Skin Fade Pompadour with Spikes
Here’s another idea of how you can treat your modern pompadour. Create some spikes at the top to give it that familiar feeling of the 90s when we all used to wear gelled spikes. Do you remember?
28. The Mature Pompadour
Who said the pompadour is a hairstyle designed only for the youth? You can definitely wear it well into your adult years, especially if you know how to style it properly. Match it with a well-groomed beard and lots of jewelry.
29. The Jelled Skin Fade Pompadour
Evidently, all pompadours will require some type of hair product. Otherwise, you won’t get your hair to stay in place. But, if you try very hard, you can produce this masterpiece on your head.
30. The Black and White Skin Fade Pompadour
We can also call this one the Pepe le Pew. All jokes aside, the color block or two tone trend has been major this year. Therefore, you might want to give it a try. It looks cool, fresh, and edgy, exactly what you need.
31. Copper Skin Fade Pompadour
Copper is a brand new color that became trendy as of late and came to replace rose gold as the ultimate fashion. Therefore, whether your hair is naturally copper, or you have to color it, make sure to try copper at least once.
32. Unicorn Skin Fade Pompadour
Speaking of trends, let’s take a look at a few more. This is unicorn hair. You can choose the colors you like best. The only catch is that you have to mix soft pastel shades that will make your hair look like the mane of a unicorn.
33. Blue Skin Fade Pompadour
Blue has always been a major hit with lovers of non-standard hair colors. It’s simple and easy to wear. However, you will still have to bleach before you get it, and we advise you not to try and do that at home.
34. Pompadour with Platinum Highlights
Platinum blonde is the biggest color of the year. Therefore, it’s a must that you try it if you consider yourself a style star in your own right. If you don’t want to bleach all your hair, just go for a few highlights.
35. Red Hair Skin Fade Pompadour
We’re in love with this brunette pompadour with red tips. The red shade is a little matted and is turning to sunset orange which makes it stand out even more against the natural brunette. This is a haircut for the books.
36. The Autumn Skin Fade Pompadour
Here’s a version of the pompadour that would be perfect for fall. The hair has been colored in a wonderful shade of copper brown with some slightly lighter strands at the top in a delicious dark caramel brown.
37. The Pink Skin Fade Pompadour
If you’re feeling edgy and flamboyant, you can always go for this amazing flamingo pink hairdo. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it will make you look like a million bucks. Keep your roots as dark as possible for this one.
38. Neon Blue Pompadour
We are in love with clubbing colors! They remind us strongly of the 2000s, and we cannot wait until we try one of these shade for ourselves. This is light neon blue which will highlight your eyes if they happen to be blue or green.
39. Orange Skin Fade Pompadour
Orange, banana yellow, and platinum white? Yes, please! Where do we sign? At the hair stylist’s, of course. Please don’t attempt to pull this one off at home. You’ll end up a fail video on YouTube.
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40. Skin Fade Pompadour with Peekaboo Highlights
Peekaboo highlights are a fabulous way of updating your look without making a big change you might be uncomfortable with. They consist of small strands of hair that you must color in striking shades.
41. Eggplant Skin Fade Pompadour
Eggplant is a shade of purple. It’s very dark and rich, mimicking the vegetable itself. This version also has a metallic tinge to it, so that it can keep up with the current trends. To copy the look, use some glossing agent on your hair.
42. The Milkshake Pompadour
Milkshake is another trend that has been taking Instagram by storm lately. It requires you to blend several pastel colors until your hair looks like a delicious, fruity milkshake. Doesn’t this sound amazing?
43. Green Skin Fade Pompadour
Green is the perfect hair color for summer. It matches the environment, and it looks incredibly fresh. Plus, it will make you look awesome in all the pictures you take at Coachella and Burning Man.
44. The Tropical Skin Fade Pompadour
In this version, tropical means a mix of green and red neon shades that look as if you might be wearing a mango or a papaya on your head. This is a perfect choice for your beach holiday this year.
45. The Rainbow Skin Fade Pompadour
If you can’t make up your mind between all these amazing colors, you can always go for a rainbow. This trend is not yet forgotten so jump on it while it’s still hot. It’s perfect for summertime and music festivals.
46. Cool Skin Fade Pompadour
Here’s a shade of blue called forget-me-not that is bound to have people talk about you long after you’re gone. No one will forget you in a hurry if you decide to don this shade. The amazing thing is that it works both in summer and winter.
47. The Two Tone Skin Fade Pompadour
If you thought that the two tone trend is just for the ladies, you could not be more wrong. Just take a quick look on Instagram or Pinterest, and you will see how many men are wearing it as we speak.
48. Golden Skin Fade Pompadour
What could be better than a long, golden stripe running through your dark hair? Nothing beats gold, and you know it. The best way to get it is to opt for this golden blonde shade which you can use for a set of peekaboo highlights.
49. The Blowout Pompadour
Another type of modern pompadour is the blowout. You can achieve this look if you use your hair dryer as well as a copious amount of hairspray to make sure everything stays high and mighty throughout the day.
50. The Gray Pompadour
Here’s a fantastic color that you can try and even pass for your natural one. It’s a gray blonde that simply melts away into the skin on the sides and in the back where you can see the taper. Fantastic!
There is no doubt that the pompadour has evolved a lot since its inception. It began as a feminine hairstyle in France in the 1700s, and now it has been combined with the fade to get the mega cool skin fade pompadour. Let us know in the comment section below which one of these ideas was your favorite!
August 2019: We updated the styles in this article.