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Pompadour Men Haircut

Pompadour hairstyle for men

Which men hairstyles do you know of? Mohawk, Taper fade, Caesar cut, The Mainstream Hipster, The Mountain Man, Maybe Let it Grow, Pompadour? Well, men have a lot to explore with their hair.


Pompadour for instance is a vintage unisex hairstyle of the 50’s and 60’s.The name pompadour originates from King Louis’s XV mistress Madam de Pompadour. The pomp as it is informally referred to is a male haircut where the long front hair is accentuated upwards and the sides and back of the hair cut short. The point is having the front hair up to 6 inches long with the back hair as short as less than an inch. The side hairs are to one’s preferential height.

Long Pompadour

Originally, pompadour was a feminine hairstyle back in the 1700’s, until the 50’s when one Elvis Presley the king of rock and roll thought otherwise. You bet, I wouldn’t be wrong to brand Elvis the king of the 50’s Pompadour.

Surprisingly, the pomp is an old haircut, but manages to stay tops. Influential people in showbiz and formal professions are rocking it perfectly these days. Celebrities can be very influential. Elvis Presley, David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Zain Malik, Bruno Mars, and James Dean are celebrities that have braved this haircut. Even Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States of America rocked it.

Unfortunately, the pompadour haircut comes with its stereotypical aspect. In Japan for instance, it is associated with gangs, thugs, hoodlums and even a minority group of the Japanese called the Bosozoku. Contrary to such stereotypes, this cut is associated with artists, celebrities, the youth and professionals a like.

Short Pompadour

The beauty with this haircut is that it can fit any occasion, be if a formal or an informal set up. You can rock this in an office setting; say a meeting with high stakeholders and people will still take you seriously. You can get casual with it and still fit in.

Types of Pompadour Hair Cut

Before choosing a pompadour cut, it’s wise to consult your stylist. Being professionals, they can provide advice for the best cut that suits your head and facial features. The pomp however continues to diversify from the good old classic look to extreme crazy nice looks.

Classic Pompadour

A classic pomp has a very puffy front, but when slicked well to the back, can suit a professional look. With a classic pompadour, the side hair is rarely cut short. People with longer faces best rock this cut

Modern Pompadour

The modern pompadour is a little extreme. The front hair for instance is fastened much higher compared to the classic look. It can be a little demanding to maintain though. This cut best suits people with round faces.

Pompadour with Fade

Low Fade

Skin Fade

Comb Over Pomp

Curly Pompadour

Asian Pompadour

Japanese Pompadour


Elvis Presley

David Beckham

James Dean

For Boys

For Teens

For older men

How to Achieve a Pomp Hair cut

How to Style Slick Back Modern Pompadour for Curly Hair

Whether visiting your stylist or doing it yourself, you can achieve a pompadour cut by following these steps:

  • Wash your hair then dry it a little with a blow drier.
  • Comb the front hair up.
  • Apply pomade to this lifted up hair using your fingers.
  • Slick the hair back using a comb beginning from the back of the head combing through upwards. The slicking technique is done twice, first from the back of the head to the front, and then from the front to the back. During this process, you should ensure that the front hair remains lifted, while the back and side hair is flattened or left as desired.
  • Resume to the front hair, to create a quiff, which will bring out the shape of the pompadour. A quiff is best created using a hair pick. Lift the front hair using a hair pick, to help you get deeper in the slicked hair, hence lifting it up. While at it, roll the hair pick backwards to leave the hair wavy.
  • Apply pomade again to the front hair by rolling it back.

A quiff is a combination of 3 hairstyles; the 50’s pomp, Mohawk and the flattop.

How ToCut And Style A Skin Faded Side Part Pompadour

Men’s Hair Tutorial: How to Cut and Style a Pompadour Fade – look at birchbox.com

How to ask your barber for a pompadour haircut.

Before walking in to any barbershop, find out their reviews to know how good or bad they are. Having a good barber brings the best in almost everything. On the other hand, a bad one can leave you with an irreversible mess. You really have to do your research and hope for the best.

First of all, if you want a pompadour haircut, visit a barber who is conversant with this cut. You can check some of their works on their social media pages.

Secondly, you must really know what you want in terms of the length of the front hair, side hair and the back hair. The front hair is always longer. You decide how long you want it.

It is rare to find a haircut that suits many face types, or professions. The pomp can be cut according to the shape of your face and your profession to give you the perfect look. Anyone can rock this look. It continues to evolve, with people twisting it, being all creative in trying different looks of it.

Some people choose a pompadour fade, which requires a barber who is great in their work. This haircut is no doubt a great look. However, its maintenance can be slightly demanding, especially for the modern pomp.

Modern Pompadour with Skin Fade | Haircut and Style

Tips and Tricks to Styling a Pompadour Haircut

  • Ensure your front hair, or if you want to call it a bang, is long.
  • A hair prick will accentuate the quiff better than a hair comb.
  • Apply wet pomade or a styling cream to get a sharp finish.
  • If you opt to use highly shining products, apply a small amount as you build up gradually, to avoid a greasy look.
  • Use a hair spray after styling to keep the style in place.

Best Pompadour Hair products

Achieving a pomp cut is an art made possible by the following products:

  • Pomade- Choose it depending on the texture of your hair.
  • A fine tooth comb
  • Hair pick
  • Hair Dryer
  • Hair spray to give the hair a shiny finish

How to style Messy Pompadour 


At the end of the day, you want to stand out from the crowd, be the prom king of the night. What better way, to doing a pompadour haircut, which will give someone something to write home about?

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