Top 40 Pompadour Hairstyles for 2018

by Updated on June 15, 2018

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.

Medium Length Pompadour
Medium Length Pompadour Via IG mattyconrad

#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.

Textured Long Hair Pomp
Textured Long Hair Pomp Via IG mattyconrad

#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.

Faded Long Hair Pomp
Faded Long Hair Pomp

#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.

Loose Medium Length

#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.

Textured Pompadour
Textured Pomp

#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.

Undercut with Fade Pomp
Undercut with Fade Pomp

#7: Elvis-Inspired Pomp

What more can we say? It’s the hairstyle of Elvis the King. Classy, sassy – and very, very cool.

Elvis-Inspired Pomp
Elvis-Inspired Pomp

#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?

Short Hair Undercut Pompadour
Short Hair Undercut

#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.

Classic Big Pomp
Classic Big Pomp

#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.

The Curled Pompadour
The Curled

#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.

Classic, Sleek Pomp
Classic, Sleek Pomp

#12: Voluminous Pompadour

If “bigger than ever” is how you’d like your hair to be described, this beauty is right up your street!

Voluminous Pompadour

#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!

Slick Back Pompadour + Mid Fade
Slick Back + Mid Fade

#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.

 Smooth and Sleek Pompadour
Smooth and Sleek

#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!

Tall Pompadour + Mid Fade
Tall + Mid Fade

#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.

Tall Pomp + Soft Fade
Tall Pomp + Soft Fade

#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!

High Fade Pompadour
High Fade Pomp

#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!

Pompadour + Taper Cut
Taper Cut

#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.

Gelled Pompadour

#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!

Combover + Pompadour

#21: Cooler Than Ever Pompadour

A tall, voluminous pompadour hairstyle that doesn’t look greasy only seductively matte – hair goals achieved!

Cooler Than Ever Pompadour
Cooler Than Ever

#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.

Loose Pomp
Loose Pomp

#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.

Pomp + Mid Fade + Detail
Pomp + Mid Fade + Detail

#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.

Loose Pompadour + High Fade
Loose + High Fade

#25: Tall Pomp + High Fade

A fantastic option for a man who has naturally sleek hair (we might be a little bit jealous)!

Tall Pomp + High Fade
Tall Pomp + High Fade

#26: Pompadour + Taper Cut

Here’s a great example of a successful taper cut + pompadour!

Pompadour + Taper Cut
Taper Cut

#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!

Pomp for Wavy Hair
Wavy Hair

#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.

Pompadour for Very Straight Hair
Straight Hair

#29: Smooth and Silky Pompadour

If you’ve been given smooth and silky hair – flaunt it, don’t hide it!

Smooth and Silky Pompadour
Smooth and Silky

#30: Old School Pompadour

A lovely old school pompadour that’ll work on medium length hair. We’re loving the tapered sides!

Old School Pompadour
Old School

#31: Skin Fade + Pompadour

A cool and edgy look for a man looking to flaunt a pompadour!

Skin Fade + Pompadour
Skin Fade

#32: Messy Pompadour

A spiky and a little messy option – it’s not all about being neat and tidy!

Messy Pompadour

#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!

Pompadour for Short Hair
Short Hair

#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!

Classic Pompadour + Taper Cut
Taper Cut

#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.

Sharp Contrast Pompadour
Sharp Contrast

#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!

Pompadour + Detail

#37: Medium Length Pomp + Low Fade

Going for a low fade still achieves a contrast between the different lengths – without making it too dramatic.

Medium Length Pomp + Low Fade
Medium Length + Low Fade

#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?

Pompadour + Undercut

#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!

Short Hair Pomp + Quirky Design
Short Hair + Quirky Design

#40: Elegant Pompadour

An elegance masterpiece – use a little bit of pomade to help you create this sophisticated, yet simple version of the pompadour.

Elegant Pompadour
Elegant Pomp

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