Whether you’re a casual guy who prefers his T-shirts hooped and his jeans ripped, or a classy suited and booted gentleman who wouldn’t go a day without shining his shoes – the pompadour hairstyle is guaranteed to charm you.
What’s a pompadour, by definition? In simple terms – it means the hair is brushed upward from the forehead to achieve a voluminous, trendy look. While the original pompadour goes way back (Elvis rocked it pretty well), today’s pompadour hairstyles have been modernised and adapted to suit the contemporary man.
Styling a Pompadour
For those of you who are looking to create a dramatic pomp the days of waking up and being out the door are sadly long gone. You’ll need to make a little bit of effort – but once you nail these steps, you’ll get styling out of the way quickly.
- Step 1: Towel dry your clean, wet hair.
- Step 2: Use water-based high-hold pomade to slick back the sides.
- Step 3: Set a blow-dryer to medium heat. High would be preferable – but it’s bad for your hair, and we don’t want you to go bald.
- Step 4: Grab a round brush. Start brushing from the back and roll the brush backwards to push the hair upward and forward.
- Step 5: Continue this way up to the hairline, while brushing the hair forward and up at the same time as blow-drying.
- Step 6: Take a coin-sized amount of the pomade and work it through the top of your hair, to help maintain the height and shape you’ve created using a blow dryer.
- Step 7: Finish off with some strong hold hairspray. And now – ready to see the hottest pompadour styles of 2018?
#1: Medium Length Pompadour
An awesome example of a medium length pompadour. The sides aren’t too short so there isn’t much of a contrast – but we absolutely love the cool and urban look it creates.
#2. Textured Long Hair Pomp
Such a charmer, isn’t he? If you’re a man with long locks, this textured long hair pompadour will be a hairstyle you will not regret.
#3: Faded Long Hair Pomp
If you’re looking to knock people’s socks off, this beautiful faded long hair pomp will do the job. This statement look – even if it takes a little longer to style – is worth the wait.
#4. Loose Medium Length Pompadour
An awesome, looser pompadour on medium length hair. What scores most points for us is the dry matte textures – and, of course, the tremendous volume.
#5: Textured Pompadour
If you’re not into the neat look – then this textured pompadour is for you. It achieves volume – but remains casual. A great option for someone who’s looking for more of a relaxed look.
#6: Undercut with Fade Pomp
If there’s one hairstyle that perfectly achieves an edgier look – it’s the undercut. Combine an undercut with a pompadour, and you’ve got yourself the perfect balance between edgy and elegant.
#7: Elvis-Inspired Pomp
What more can we say? It’s the hairstyle of Elvis the King. Classy, sassy – and very, very cool.
#8: Short Hair Undercut Pompadour
Are you after an irresistible bad boy vibe? How about this sharp short hair pompadour? It’s cool, it’s trendy and it isn’t difficult to style. What more can you ask for?
#9: Classic Big Pomp
Now, this hairstyle is ultimately what a pompadour is all about: volume. Whoever managed to achieve this look must have a pair of nifty hands.
#10: The Curled Pompadour
Last but not least, here’s our personal favourite – the curled pompadour. If you’ve wondered whether a pompadour can only look good on straight hair – the answer is a firm ‘no’. Pompadour on curly and wavy hair looks flippin’ awesome.
#11: Classic, Sleek Pomp
Another version of the classic pompadour for the sleek n’ trendy guy, who likes to be in control of things – including his hairdo.
#12: Voluminous Pompadour
If “bigger than ever” is how you’d like your hair to be described, this beauty is right up your street!
#13: Slick Back Pompadour + Mid Fade
Another version of the pompadour for a man who likes his hair to have lots of volume. This awesome pompadour will turn heads in admiration, guaranteed!
#14: Smooth and Sleek Pompadour
There’s nothing wrong with looking like an Abercrombie & Fitch model, is there? Achieve this smooth and sleek look with some high shine pomade and a spritz of hairspray.
#15: Tall Pompadour + Mid Fade
A great option for a special occasion or a dinner party – but no-one will stop you from styling your hair like this every day. Be your own man!
#16: Tall Pomp + Soft Fade
A fade is a fantastic way to create some contrast between the long hair on top and the short sides, but if you’re not into the sharp kind of fade – then this nice and neat soft fade will do the trick.
#17: High Fade Pompadour
On the other hand, if sharp contrast between long top and short sides doesn’t seem too bold, then going for a high fade is an option!
#18: Pompadour + Taper Cut
Getting a fade with a pomp isn’t the only option – a tapered cut looks just as awesome! In fact, it’s the more traditional pompadour look, which will never go out of style. Never!
#19: Gelled Pompadour
Whether you go for pomade, wax or hair gel – your pompadour is almost always guaranteed to look radical. Don’t overdo it with any of the products, as you’re not aiming for a greasy look – just awesome.
#20: Combover + Pompadour
For an uber classy look, throw in a side parting – and you’ll have a wonderful combination hairstyle that turns others green with envy!
#21: Cooler Than Ever Pompadour
A tall, voluminous pompadour hairstyle that doesn’t look greasy only seductively matte – hair goals achieved!
#22: Loose Pomp
Can’t be bothered to style your hair to perfection every day? Perfection is only an illusion! This beautifully “undone”, loose pompadour is at the top of best hairstyles list, trust us.
#23: Pomp + Mid Fade + Detail
Make your hairstyle stand out with an additional detail, which creates more of a contrast between the shaved bottom and the upper part of the fade.
#24: Loose Pompadour + High Fade
Another option for a man who doesn’t like rules! Chuck on a bit of matte pomade and you’re good to go.
#25: Tall Pomp + High Fade
A fantastic option for a man who has naturally sleek hair (we might be a little bit jealous)!
#26: Pompadour + Taper Cut
Here’s a great example of a successful taper cut + pompadour!
#27: Pomp for Wavy Hair
If you’re a man with wavy hair, pompadour is bound to look even more striking. So, don’t shy away, wavy heads!
#28: Pompadour for Very Straight Hair
A hairstyle that’s difficult not to fall in love with! A fantastic pomp that has all it needs – the volume, the texture and the neatly tapered sides. Ideal cut for very straight hair.
#29: Smooth and Silky Pompadour
If you’ve been given smooth and silky hair – flaunt it, don’t hide it!
#30: Old School Pompadour
A lovely old school pompadour that’ll work on medium length hair. We’re loving the tapered sides!
#31: Skin Fade + Pompadour
A cool and edgy look for a man looking to flaunt a pompadour!
#32: Messy Pompadour
A spiky and a little messy option – it’s not all about being neat and tidy!
#33: Pompadour for Short Hair
A pompadour hairstyle will look awesome whether you’re a man with long locks, or if you’re someone who prefers a shorter cut. Which is just another reason to love it!
#34: Classic Pompadour + Taper Cut
The definitive elements of a pompadour hairstyle: ample volume, tapered sides and a subtle drop of hair product. Looking good!
#35: Sharp Contrast Pompadour
You can always ask your barber to create a sharp contrast between hair lengths – even if you don’t fancy getting a fade.
#36: Pompadour + Detail
Adding a quirky shaved detail is an ideal way to spice up your pompadour. The best thing? No-one else will have the same cut!
#37: Medium Length Pomp + Low Fade
Going for a low fade still achieves a contrast between the different lengths – without making it too dramatic.
#38: Pompadour + Undercut
Now, if you’re a chap who doesn’t mind the attention (nor showing your scalp), then this undercut pompadour may be a good option for your next cut?
#39: Short Hair Pomp + Quirky Design
Jazz up your cut with a quirky shaved design like this dude – and you’ll enjoy a unique version of the pompadour. Compliments, you can pour in now!
#40: Elegant Pompadour
An elegance masterpiece – use a little bit of pomade to help you create this sophisticated, yet simple version of the pompadour.