How To Get The Perfect Pompadour Hairstyle

How To Get The Perfect Pompadour Hairstyle

Today, we're here to talk about a hairstyle that's just as timeless as it is trendy — the legendary pompadour.

This classic coif is not just a hairstyle but a statement of confidence, style, and bravado. It's a style that has seen the courts of 18th-century France, the dance floors of the '50s rock and roll era, and even the red carpets of Hollywood.

Let's dive into the rich history of this timeless look before we guide you step-by-step on how to achieve it yourself!

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History of the Pompadour Hairstyle

The pompadour traces its roots back to the 1700s, named after Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of France's King Louis XV. Originally a female hairstyle, it broke gender norms in the 1950s when it was adopted by style icons like Elvis Presley and James Dean.

In recent years, the pompadour has made a major comeback, with celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and Bruno Mars sporting the look, reestablishing its position as a timeless classic.

Benefits of the Pompadour Hairstyle

A major appeal of the pompadour hairstyle is its versatility. It can be tailored to suit any face shape and hair type. It's all about creating height and volume at the front while keeping the sides short and neat.

Here's why we love the pompadour:

  1. Versatility: Whether you prefer a clean, professional look or a more casual, textured style, the pompadour can be adapted to suit your preference.
  2. Timeless: The pompadour is a hairstyle that has stood the test of time. It adds a touch of classic style to any look.
  3. Confidence Boost: The pompadour's high volume and structured style create a confident, assertive appearance.
  4. Suitable for Most Hair Types: Whether you have curly, wavy, or straight hair, the pompadour can be an excellent choice.
  5. It's a Conversation Starter: Sporting a hairstyle with such a rich history is bound to spark some interesting conversations!

Popular Variations of the Pompadour Hairstyle

The Pompadour hairstyle is a timeless classic that has seen several variations since its inception. These variations not only adapt to the changing fashion trends but also to the individual's personal style and hair type. Here, we will explore some popular versions of this iconic hairstyle.

Classic Pompadour

The Classic Pompadour is the true embodiment of the traditional style that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s, famously worn by iconic figures like Elvis Presley. This hairstyle involves a large volume of hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, while the sides are typically slicked back.

Maintaining a Classic Pompadour requires a strong hold styling product, a good hair dryer, and a comb to keep the style neat and voluminous. It is a striking style that exudes confidence and cool retro flair.

Modern Pompadour

The Modern Pompadour, while still maintaining the fundamental features of the traditional style, incorporates contemporary elements making it more adaptable and less rigid. Unlike the classic version, the modern pompadour can be styled with a bit more texture and does not always require the sides to be slicked back.

The hair on top can be styled messy or wavy, giving a fresh, relaxed, and edgy appearance. This style provides versatility and can be customized to suit different face shapes and hair types.

Short Pompadour

The Short Pompadour is a less dramatic version that is perfect for those looking for a low maintenance yet trendy style. In this variant, the hair on the top is shorter but still retains the upward and backward direction characteristic of a pompadour.

This style can be an excellent choice for those with thin or fine hair, as it creates an illusion of volume without requiring too much product or styling time. It's an ideal compromise for those who want the Pompadour vibe without the commitment to extensive styling.

Long Pompadour

The Long Pompadour, as the name suggests, requires a good length of hair on the top of the head to achieve the desired effect. This variation allows for a more dramatic sweep and volume, resulting in a bold and extravagant hairstyle.

This style needs significant maintenance and styling time, with the use of various products to hold the hair in place. It is a grand expression of individuality and style, ideally suited to those who like to make a fashion statement.

Faded Pompadour

The Faded Pompadour combines the iconic pompadour style with the modern fade cut. In this version, the hair on the sides and back gradually decreases in length (fades) down towards the neck, while the hair on top retains the classic upward sweep.

There are several types of fades, such as skin fade, low fade, high fade, which can be incorporated to create a variety of unique looks. The Faded Pompadour is a popular choice amongst younger generations, owing to its blend of classic sophistication and modern edginess.

Step-by-step guide to a perfect Pompadour

Now that we've delved into this classic hairstyle's history and benefits, let's dive into how you can achieve it. Remember, every stylish journey begins with a single step (or, in this case, a single comb stroke), so let's get started!

Step 1: Prep Your Hair

The first step in the Pompadour journey is to prep your hair. For best results, start with clean, slightly damp hair.

Wash with a quality, natural shampoo and follow with a conditioner to give your hair the healthy base it needs.

Step 2: Blow-dry for Volume

We're not chasing flat Elvis vibes here! For a modern twist on the pompadour, volume is your friend.

Grab your blow dryer and start drying from the roots up, directing the airflow towards the back of your head. This will give your hair some much-needed lift.

man using pomade hair styling product

Step 3: Apply Your Styling Product

It's time to bring out the big guns - your styling product. A high-quality, water based pomade is perfect for a high-shine pompadour.

Scoop a small amount into your palms, rub them together to warm the product, then apply it evenly throughout your hair, making sure to reach the roots.

Step 4: Style Your Pompadour

Now, for the fun part - styling! Using a comb, create a parting on one side of your head. Then, brush your hair upwards and back on the top of your head to create that iconic pomp volume.

Feel free to use your fingers to shape and tweak your pompadour until it looks just right.

Master your look with the modern Pompadour

And there you have it, gents! You've successfully crafted your own modern pompadour. The style's history and charm lie in its ability to adapt and reinvent itself with every era - and now, you're a part of that journey.

Always remember maintaining good hair health is paramount to pulling off any hairstyle. With VITAMAN's range of natural and sustainable hair styling products, you can ensure that your hair is always in prime condition, ready to take on whatever style you fancy next.

So, gentlemen, don't wait – it's time to channel your inner Elvis and rock that pompadour!

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