THE KINGS OF THE CLASSIC POMPADOUR
There is no doubt that the Pompadour is the hairstyle of the year. You will see everywhere, with many styles and lengths. Who knew that a classic haircut would still survive the 21th century?
Even though the originality of the Pompadour hairstyle goes way back on mid 1700 because of the mistress of King Louis XV Madame de Pompadour, I bet you remember this style been a hit on 1950’s and early 1960’s with Elvis Presley, John Travolta, James Dean and others.
With rock’n’roll been huge by that time, everyone wanted to look like these guys. They were just too cool not to copy them.
One thing you can notice on the classic hairstyle is the length. The length of the hair on the classic Pompadour is kept long both on top and sides so it goes all the way to the back.
To achieve this look you will tell your barber or hairstylist to cut your hair only with scissors instead of using clippers, and then he will comb it back and up.
The main point here is to keep the top longer and then you can adjust the sides whatever you like. After you get the desired cut you can then style it with some tips I will give in the end of this post, so keep on going.
One of my favorite variations of the pompadour is the modern style. Many celebrities such as David Beckham and Justin Timberlake opt for this look.
In this case the barber is once again the key to getting the look. Your barber will have to clipper the sides on grade two or two.
The hair should be clipped higher closer to the curve of the head and you leave more length at the top to create a noticeable difference between the top and the sides. You can part it on one side or the other depending on your preference.
The top is combed a little bit to the side rather than completely combed back. This look is perfect for someone with a round face as it elongates your features and makes you look slimmer, especially if you have the sides really short.
The cut with the super short side gives you an edgy military kind of look. You can also not cut the sides so short and create a more modern runway look.
If you have curly hair and think this slick look will never work for your hair type, try using a keratin straitening product once a month. It’s very affordable, you can do it yourself at home and your hair will look as straight as you want it to be.
First you need to find a barber. Barbers are usually more experienced in doing the pompadour cut. You need to spend some time searching the web or asking around with friends for a good barber referral as this is the first and most important step.
Even though a barber does know what a pompadour cut is, you might want to give him some hints as to your preferences as there are many variations of the pomp.
I for example prefer to have the sides really really short and other people not so much. As far as the top, that is another area where your personal preference comes into play.
I prefer to leave the top really long for a more dramatic look. Another option is to start safe; cut the sides short but not too short and have the top cut to a medium length but make sure it’s not shorter than at least 4 inches.
To style the first and MOST IMPORTANT thing you will need is a pomade. The pomade I use and highly recommend is Clay Definer by Shu Uemura but some other proved and tested pomades include Dax, Black & White, Royal Crown (the one Elvis used) and the ever popular Murray’s Superior Pomade.
I like Clay Definer because it has a strong hold but also washes out easily in comparison to the other options that may take 2 or 3 washes to fully come off (just want to make sure you are fully aware lol).
You also can use a strong hold hairspray; Oribe Dry Texturizing Hairspray really holds your hair in place all day.
If your hair is dry and not looking very healthy you might want to use an alcohol-free hairspray, Ever-Style by L’oreal is a great option.
Make sure you use hairspray sparingly; it does not take a whole bottle to get the look. Spray about 8-12 inches away from your head and ensure the hair is just covered with a fine mist. You’ll also need a hair dryer and a round brush.
After fully drying your hair in the direction you want it to be with a round brush, get about two fingertips of pomade, spread it on your palms and fingers and run it through your hair.
You will probably need a bit more but start off easy so you don’t get an over greasy look and then add more if you need. Make sure you spread the pomade evenly including getting it to your roots.
Comb your hair back with a fine comb or a round brush (whichever you prefer). This is the time that you can usually feel if you need more pomade.
As far as the part, it’s entirely up to you if you want to part or not. You can comb up a nice tall pomp or a lower-profiled side-part. I personally love to part.
The hair has to be combed toward the middle of the head to create body and hight, and slicked back pretty hard on the sides to the back, independently of the front and top. Think lift up and pull back.
To get the sides really slick you need to use a boar hair brush or Military brush.
Apply your hairspray to make sure the style stays perfect all day and there you have it! Done!
Watch how Mariano Di Vaio style his hair:
If you already have a barber he will know how to style based on your hair type. If you trust your professional, don’t exitate to ask him about best products or new ideas for the future.
Depending on the way you make your haircut, you will be able to use it appropriately by different occasions.
If you are going to a more dress code party, for example, you can just use it slicked straight back.