If you want a ‘do that ticks all the boxes, this is it.
So, your hair’s getting a bit too long and you’re thinking about trying a restyle, but what to go for? The pompadour fade is an iconic men’s look, with a fanbase spanning everyone from Elvis himself to dapper modern gents like David Beckham, so you know it’s a style worth its salt.
But if you still need a little more convincing, read on to see why this classic ‘do has managed to stand the test of time and why it’s still just as popular with many men today.
5 valid reasons why you need to try the pompadour fade
1. It’s retro and modern
There are 2 main elements that make up the pomp fade look; the first being a quiff up top and the other being shorter, sometimes totally shaved sides. This is a look that’s been around for as long as men have been styling their hair but it really took off in the ’50s and ’60s thanks to a certain Mr Presley.
Fast-forward to today, though, and stars like Channing Tatum and Nick Jonas still favour the style, so there’s plenty of inspiration out there you can copy. Credit: @bs.genesis
2. It works for different occasions
The pompadour fade is the epitome of smart casual. So, if you like to take care of your appearance and look made-up for work, yet don’t want something that requires too much upkeep on weekends, it’s a great all-rounder. Credit: @frenchybarber
Editor’s tip: For an ultra neat work day style, apply a small amount of the VO5 Styling Wax between your fingers and evenly distribute it throughout your hair.
This wax is great for supporting styles like this and is also easy to wash out at the end of the day, so you won’t be stuck with crispy hair.
3. You can play with partings
Sweeping all of the hair over to one side with a comb will instantly play a massive part in making your locks look fuller, so if this is something you’re concerned about, give it a go. Credit: @__helder.allan__
4. You can go as bold (or understated) as you like
To make a pompadour fade that bit edgier, accentuate your layers up on top by spiking them up with product or even shave the hair on the sides completely bald if you’re feeling particularly wild! Credit: @faith_slc_barber
Editor’s tip: Like this stylish Instagrammer’s look? Once you’ve got your barber to cut you a similar style, you can use the TONI&GUY Styling Gum to give you that shiny, slicked back finish to really make the most of your new pomp.
5. It works in a variety of lengths
As much as the bro flow and other longer-length looks have taken off, buzzcuts are also still hugely popular. That being said, one of the ways you can adapt the pompadour fade to suit your current style is by toying with different lengths.