If you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, chances are you have no idea what those poufy-looking things on men’s hair are called. Well, they’re called a pompadour, and the pompadour hairstyle first became fashionable in the 1940s and the 1950s. It’s now enjoying a comeback because of its classic and stylish look.
A pompadour usually has thin hair at the sides and back, while the top is long and swooping. There are many ways to style a pompadour. There are also many different types of hair. Not all pompadours will look the same, but they can all, at least, stay up there. So here are a few tips to ensure that your pompadour hairstyle stays in place.
Get the right haircut.
To be able to properly rock a pompadour hairstyle, you must get yourself a proper haircut. Obviously, a pompadour hairstyle won’t work on a crew cut, or on dreads. You must have long hair at the top, and the sides and back should be closely cropped or lightly buzzed.
It will also help if you have a side part, or even a hard part, going. The hair part basically dictates how big the pompadour will be, so getting the perfect hair part is a pretty big deal. Don’t mess it up.
Once you have handled the haircut situation, you then need to choose which styling products will help you achieve the look that you want for your pompadour hairstyle.
Get the right styling supplies.
The most commonly used styling product for a pompadour hairstyle is the pomade. It provides a neat and slick look for your hair, with a high gloss finish. It’s the go-to styling product if your hair will be styled using a comb.
There’s oil-based and water-based pomade, and you can choose to use any, depending on the hold that you want on your pompadour. The best thing about pomades is that it’s easily washable, so there will be no struggle in the shower when you’re done with the pompadour.
Another product which you can use it the hair paste, which is slightly thicker than the pomade and can give your hair medium to firm hold. It also leaves it with a soft, natural, and shiny matte finish.
If you have thin hair, you can also use hair clay, because this has the ability to make your hair feel thicker and more full-bodied. It keeps the hair looking structured and stable the whole day. It’s perfect for hair that needs more volume without looking too heavy.
You can also use hair wax, which has the same consistency as that of pomade. Only it has a lighter hold, but still provides a lot of shine.
If you don’t like the clay, you can use the hair mousse. This can also create the volume that your hair requires.
Lastly, there’s the hair gel. If you want a pompadour hairstyle with extreme hold that looks stiff and almost rock hard, go with the gel. Although this is the least popular as hair gels can be quite damaging to the hair and scalp. (Stay away from the gel!)
Get the pomade on.
But we agree. A pompadour hairstyle is not a pompadour hairstyle without the pomade.
Take a dollop of pomade and rub it in between your hands, and then apply it on your clean and dry hair.
Make sure that you apply it all over so that all the hair looks soft and glossy. Is should have that clean and damp look, which every good pompadour hairstyle should have.
Get the style right.
Again, pompadour hairstyles look perfect on thin hair at the sides and back, long and thick at the top.
If you have a hair part, follow that part and start combing from there. Make sure that the line is straight for that clean and polished look.
A hair part can also be crooked, but it really depends if you want a polished or a slightly messy pompadour hairstyle.
If you don’t have a side part, just gather up all your hair and comb from front to back. Muss it up around a bit to create more texture and volume.
Get the heat on.
Before you run your hair under the blow dryer, you will want to get your finishing brush for this. This creates smoothness and gloss for the hair, and ensures that not a single hair will be out of place.
If a comb is not enough, you can also use a volumizing brush to get your hair to become taller and fuller. It works perfectly when you brush while running it through the heat of the blow dryer. Just don’t spend too long on the blow dryer. A few seconds will do. Otherwise, your pompadour will be too dry and light, and will lose its shape in just a few hours.
You can keep the pompadour hairstyle in place by applying some hairspray. This will give your hair the hold it needs to stay in place, as well as keep it looking shiny and soft. Depending on the firmness that you want on your pompadour, it can stay light and natural, or it can have medium to strong hold.
Get ready to party!
Now that you’ve got a nice and kickass pompadour hairstyle going, you’re now ready to rock it and party in style. But you’re right. You don’t need a party or a fancy event just to wear a pompadour. In fact, you can wear this to just about anywhere!
You can wear it to the office, to school, to romantic dates, to Friday night drinks with the gang, or to Sunday brunch with the family. For something so stylish and fancy, a pompadour can be dressed up or dressed down to suit your hair requirements. Now isn’t that just grand?
A pompadour hairstyle may look intimidating at first, but once you’ve tried wearing one, you can understand why so many men just can’t seem to part with it. Stand out from the crowd. Rock the cool with this old school hairstyle!