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How to rock the pompadour

Pompadour popular hairstyles for men

Fashion is cyclical, so while women’s sartorial choices in the recent past have been heavily influenced from the 50s and 60s, it is only fair that men get a taste of vintage style too. The iconic pompadour—that became synonymous with the King of Rock ’n Roll, Elvis Presley—has made a comeback and how! Simply put, a pompadour is described as hair swept upwards from the face and turned back off the forehead lending considerable length to your face. Yes, it is a little OTT for 2014, but it can totally be modified to fit modern sensibilities.

How to don the pompadour
As with all things stylish, there are no hard and fast rules to sport the pompadour. You can wear it slick or tousled depending on your personal style. The first step to perfecting the pompadour is getting the right cut, which depends on the shape of your face as well as the kind of look you are aiming at.
Pompadour top hairstyles for men

Brad Pitt and Adam Levine sporting the pompadour

Getting the right haircut

  • The modern pompadour need not necessarily be slicked back; opt for a side parting to give it a twist. While the hair on top is always long, the sides and the back must be snipped short depending on the shape of your face.
  • If the classic pompadour holds your fancy, clip the back and sides of your hair without exposing your scalp. The top should definitely be longer, but it is necessary to maintain length throughout the head while tightly tapering around the edges. A great look if are aiming for a rugged or masculine appeal.
  • People with long faces should avoid getting the sides and back clipped too short or beyond the curve of the head. This will help maintain balance.
  • Rounder faces allow you to go tighter on the sides and sport volume on the top.
  • For a cool and effortless pompadour, go at your sides with a grade one clipper right into the curve of your head. You can even disconnect the top from the sides (a lot like the undercut).
Pompadour best hairstyles for men

Justin Timberlake and David Beckham wear the pompadour in their own style

Styling the pompadour

  • You need to start with towel-dried hair. You might want to use a blow dryer if you have fine hair or want to build volume. Blow-dry backwards away from the face while creating a lift at the roots.
  • Pomades work best to style the pompadour as they provide both shine and hold. Take a pea-sized amount of pomade and warm it with your palms to emulsify the product. The trick here is to start working with little product; too much product does not translate to better style. Also, using more product than necessary can make your hair look greasy. Smoothen the pomade through your hair to distribute it evenly.
  • You can use your fingers or a brush to push the hair straight back. Make sure to lift from the roots as you don’t want a flat pompadour. You can add more product at this juncture if your hair has a rebellious streak and refuses to slick back. This is also when you decide if you want a parting. A side-parted pompadour is very modern. Finish off with a hairspray to keep your pompadour from falling flat.
Keep in mind that the pompadour is by no measure a style for the laidback; considerable effort is required in its upkeep. You must get the sides and back tidied every few weeks depending on how fast your hair grows back. The pompadour, however, is a statement hairstyle and is well worth the effort.

Written By : Bushra S Khan

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