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16 All-time Classic Pompadour Hairstyles You Need to Try

16 Nice Pompadour Hairstyles to Try
Pompadour hairstyle is an all-time classic that has become quite popular in recent years, especially among celebrities. Whether you want to sport an edgy or traditional style, here are some nice ideas along with short descriptions on how to do pompadour hairstyles that you like.
Parul Solanki
Last Updated: Jun 7, 2017
Did You Know?
This hairstyle is named after Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV.
If you are a celebrity trend watcher, then you might have definitely noticed the resurgence of the pompadour hairstyle of the '50s and '60s. Remember Elvis and James Dean who rocked this hairstyle? Well, celebrities around the world, including Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Lucille Ball, and Rihanna have all been seen sporting this vintage hairstyle. This classic hairstyle is all about having volume or length at the top. The hair is swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead. The hair on the sides and the back are either cropped short or swept up. This style was popular among fashionable women of the 18th century. It regained popularity in the '50s when rock and roll stars and movie celebrities were seen sporting it.
The modern variation has come a long way from the original style. The classic style has evolved into something that is edgy and fun. The best part is that you can style it in a way that suits your face and attire. For example, if you need something feminine and classy, then an old-fashioned pompadour that is softly styled works great for you. Whether you want something old-fashioned or edgy, here are some great styles that you can choose from.
Pompadour Haircuts for Women
Short Pompadour Hairstyles
Edgy Pompadour
Soft Pompadour
Quiff Hairstyle
High rise Pompadour
High rise
Modern-day fashionistas and celebrities have reinvented the traditional poufy hairstyles in a number of ways. Check out Pink or Miley Cyrus's modern take on the pompadour. These short hairstyles can be edgy yet soft. Obviously, these short haircuts may not be the best hairstyle for grocery shopping, but if you want something that is ferocious and cool, then do check out the short variations.

To create this retro-inspired hairstyle, you need pomade or wax to slick back the hair on the sides and back so that they stay close to the scalp. You can use clippers to trim the hair at the sides and at the back of the head. The top can be styled the way you want. For an edgy look, opt for a heightened pompadour, where the hair is backcombed, poufed up and secured to the back of the head using pins. For a softer look, curl the top portion of the hair using a flat iron. To hold the hair in place and preserve the style, you need styling products like the Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion or the Bumble and bumble Does It All Styling Spray. Not satisfied? Then try the quiff, which combines the '50s pompadour with the modern mohawk for a cool rock star look.
Medium Pompadour Hairstyles
Medium Pompadour
Casual Medium
Elegant Pompadour
With a Twist Bun
Pompadour with High Bun
With High Bun
Sideways Pompadour
With medium-long hair, you can combine the poufed hair in front with sleek sides and a basic updo at the back, or tie them into a ponytail. All you need to do is pull the hair on the sides flat against the head and pin them to the back. The front section needs to be teased up to the requisite height and pinned at the back or the side. The hair at the back can be made into an elegant French bun or a simple ponytail. Want something casual? Make the pompadour at the top, and let the rest of the hair fall around in curls.
Long Pompadour Hairstyles
Pompadour with Ponytail
With Ponytail
In a Low Bun
In a Low Bun
Pompadour with Bridal Bun
With Bridal Bun
Classic Pompadour
Whether you want a classic style with an elegant bun or a twist at the back of the head, long hair styles can look sleek and beautiful. A classic variation with a low bun gives you the retro look. Want something modern and pretty? Then opt for sky-high hair in the front and a side ponytail. Accessorize with jeweled clips or flowers. Pompadour hairstyles are perfect for the extra length and volume, especially when you are opting for something more complex like a bridal bun.
Pompadour Haircuts for Men
Edgy Pompadour
Military-style Pompadour
Military style
Modern Pompadour
Classic Pompadour
These hairstyles are not just for women, but for men as well. From Justin Timberlake to David Beckham, there are quite a few men sporting classic and modern pompadour haircuts. For the classic, refined cut, taper the hair along the sides while maintaining their length in the middle. This helps in maintaining the shape of the pompadour. If you have a long face, then it is best to keep more length on the sides to balance the sky-high hair.

For a more modern style, you should consider opting for a skin fade on the sides and lots of volume on the top. To achieve this style, apply and comb volumizer through towel dry hair. Blow dry the hair, while pushing back the sides with your fingers or a vent brush and creating lift through the top. Add volumizing powder at the roots to hold the volume.
These timeless versatile hairstyles look great and work well for every occasion. Whether you want casual or something formal, pompadour haircuts can be the perfect hairstyle for you.