A good healthy hairstyle is your crowning glory. Its relatively easy to inject a sense of style into your wardrobe with new clothes and accessories, but if you aren’t teaming your outfit with a stylish and healthy hairstyle then your whole look will fall flat.
Good hair is the cherry that sits on top of the cake. And this season there is no better cherry than a pompadour!
The pompadour is a classic hairstyle that has never really gone out of style, but that it increased in vogue amongst bloggers, fashion editors, and other stylish men in the know.
The pompadour has been around for decades, but it is a style that first found fame (and mainstream popularity) when it was styled by The King himself: Elvis Presley wore his hair in a sleek and full pompadour with a stronghold that was copied by men all over the world.
The pompadour is a hairstyle that is generally characterized by trimmed sides (these can either be cut relatively short or shaved tightly to your head, depending on the style you’re trying to achieve).
The hair is then kept long in the middle so that it can be swept back to create a lifted and healthy-looking quiff style at the front of the head. The style can either be worn symmetrically or created around a more face-flattering side parting.
Want to create the perfect pompadour in your own hair at home? Here are our top tips for styling natural and healthy hair into this increasingly popular style:
Using the Right Products
The key to ensuring your pompadour maintains the body and lift that it needs whilst holding its shape all day long is to use the right products.
The best hair product for a pompadour is a hair clay or pomade. This will give your hair a strong level of hold without any shine.
When styling your pompadour you don’t want to apply too much product to your hair, as this will weigh it down and leave it looking and feeling heavy.
The more product you put on your hair, the harder you would find it to get the right amount of lift to create a standout statement style.
We love thick matte pomades to create a natural looking pompadour that will hold all day long. Choose the right one, and no matter what you do you won’t have a hair out of place all day. Here are some of our favourites:
Combine Your Pompadour With a Buzz Cut
If you want to make your pompadour look as modern and fashion-forward as possible, combine the traditional central pompadour style with a close buzz cut at the sides.
Those in the know call this style the pompadour fade, and it a clean look that creates a really obvious contrast between the length at the top of the head and the shaved undercut details of the sides.
One of the reasons that this style is so popular is that it requires fairly minimal maintenance. Because the sides are so short, they don’t need to have wax or any other product applied to them: you simply need to style and maintain the hair in the middle of your head.
If you have thin or straight hair with very little texture, then this is the ideal pompadour style to choose.
By cropping the sides of your hair in this way, you can prevent them from hanging limply at the side of your head, and thinning out the central strip of hair will ensure it is weightless enough to lift and hold with a small amount of styling clay.
As Brad Pitt shows (above) if you have relatively short hair all over, you can still create a small and low pompadour that will look incredibly stylish and sleek.
As with all pompadour styles, it is important that you have your style created by an expert barber or hairdresser with experience in creating this kind of look.
However, once your hair style has been shaped and created, there’s no reason why you can’t invest in a good quality pair of hair clippers, and maintain the style yourself at home in between appointments.
Here are some of our favourite hair clippers to make fading in the sides of your style as simple and easy as one, two, three:
Pick The Perfect Length
The beauty of the pompadour is that, whilst it is an immediately recognizable style, it is also an incredibly versatile one.
You can choose to wear your style long or short, sweep it back or to the side, and you can even choose to wear your pompadour with a full beard for a modern and distinctive look.
Picking the perfect length for your pompadour will depend on a number of factors. Firstly, you need to consider how much time you will have each morning to style your hair: if you don’t have the time it takes to comb your pompadour in place and secure it with styling products each morning then a long-length pompadour may not be the right choice for you.
Secondly, you should also think about the natural texture of your hair: a full pompadour works best in hair that is thick and full. If you have thinner, wispy or very straight hair then try a shorter length look.
Alternatively, sweep your hair to the side in a pompadour with a side parting: the side parting is a great way to make your hair look fuller and will also give balance to a slightly asymmetrical face.
Curly hair? Don’t worry! The pompadour works with curls too! Work with the natural texture of your hair rather than against it, and ask your hairdresser to cut into your curls as they create your traditional pompadour shape.
Keep the sides relatively short, so that you maintain the trademark slick look of the pompadour, rather than risk your style looking messy and unruly.
Styling Your Pompadour
Because the pompadour is such an iconic look, it can seem a little daunting to style it and get it right at first.
The good news though is that achieving the perfect pompadour isn’t actually as hard as it looks. All you really need to perfect your look is a your selected products and a good quality comb.
Looking for some step by step tips? Here’s a basic guide on getting it right:
-The pompadour style works best with straight hair, so once you have washed your hair towel dry it and then blow dry is straight. Use your dryer and comb to pull your hair up and then angle the position of your dryer so that the body of your hair naturally sits away from your forehead and is styled around the curve of your head.
-As your hair is drying, style it by combing it into position. Depending on whether you want a straight or side swept pompadour, pulling your hair back into style whilst it is damp will ensure it holds its position for much longer.
-Take your hair pomade or clay (depending on which best suits the texture of your hair) and warm it up in your hands before smoothing it all over your finished style to hold it in place. This is a process best achieved by using your fingers: run your fingertips through your hair to make sure that your product has been distributed evenly and that their are no unsightly lumps or bumps of product left behind.
-Finally, take your comb and and sweep it through the length of your hair, ensuring that your style is in the perfect position, and smoothing out any stray hairs you may have moved with your fingers. This may seem like a complicated and lengthy process to style your hair but in reality, once you have practised it a few times you should be able to achieve the perfect pompadour in less than five minutes!
The pompadour is an ultra-cool style that has been brought firmly back into the spotlight, thanks to Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and countless other celebs all experimenting with the style.
We love this style because it is slick, stylish, and perfect for showing off naturally healthy hair. Versatile and easy to wear, there is a perfect pompadour for everyone.
Ask your hairdresser to work with the natural texture of your hair, and you’ll be left with a wonderfully wearable style that is sure to attract attention for all the right reasons.
Practice makes perfect when it comes to styling this look, so invest in a new hairdryer and a decent quality pomade designed for your specific hair type and spend some time infront of the mirror recreating your salon fresh look yourself.
You’ll have a fashion forward statement making hairstyle to be proud of in no time!