Need some hair inspiration? Check out the pompadour - it LOOKS like a super cool and modern cut, however the style actually goes back to the 1700s.
It takes its name from Madame de Pompadour, notorious mistress of King Louis XV, who popularised the look with fashionable women of the 18th Century.
Yep, you heard right, women. The pompadour hairstyle actually remained a female style up until World War I.
Following that in the 1950s, a certain hip-shaking King of Rock and Roll made the look part of his signature style and the legacy of the pompadour was cemented. In fact, the pompadour remained a female style up until World War I. Following that, in the 1950s, a certain hip-shaking King of Rock and Roll made the look part of his signature style and the legacy of the pompadour was cemented. Although the Presley connection means the hairstyle retains a rockabilly association, it’s not just for rock ‘n’ rollers. It’s surprisingly versatile, the cut can be varied to suit the wearer’s personal style. The result is a look that’s contemporary yet classic.
Here's what to tell your barber:
Start with the cut.
Short on the sides & long on top. The exact ratio is a matter of personal preference. Base it on your style and ask your hairstylist for their advice.
Stock up on supplies. The pompadour requires a little maintenance - you'll need some form of pomade, wax, or cream that will keep the hair in place and/or a shiny finish. A blow dryer and brush will be needed if you want to add volume. Finish with a hairspray to lock the style in its proper shape.
Time to style it out.
Start with towel-dried hair after a shower. Using the brush and blow dryer, dry the hair on top up and towards the back to give it height. Once the hair is dry, start working the styling product of your choice through it. Start small and build up – you can always add more later, but you can’t take away when you’ve added too much. Set the hair with a light coating of hairspray when everything is in place.
Award-winning hair stylist Anthony Nader of RAW has some tips on the quiff: “I’m a big fan of the modern Pompadour especially if the quiff has the appearance of a more gritty/real look, rather than looking like you're one of Ken and Barbie's tight inner circle of peeps. I know the girls love a pompadour that looks more rebellious and rock and roll, which will win you points.”
Ready to take the pompadour plunge? Scroll down for inspiration from our Style Search (click the images to view/book the stylist/barber responsible), or get booked in with our hair stylists in London, hairdressers in Manchester and salons in Leeds.