The modern-day pomp: 5 solid reasons why the pompadour fade is a man’s best friend

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.

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Wavy hair? Textured strands add shape up top. Credit:

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

brunette man in a barbers chair wearing a red cape with a pompadour fade shaved haircut
Let your top layers grow out longer for a look with plenty of height. Credit:

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.

man in the barbers with brunette hair in a side parted pompadour fade cut
When in doubt, side part it out. Credit:

3. You can play with partings

Self-conscious about hair thinning or just generally have quite fine hair? The pompadour fade is especially good if you’ve got fine hair as they’re often accompanied by a deep set side parting.

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__

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Make your pomp the real focus by keeping your sides shaved ultra short. Credit:

4. You can go as bold (or understated) as you like

With undercuts, mohawks and man buns wherever you look, there’s never been a better time to get experimental with your barnet.

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.

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Shaved sides are always going to be on trend. Credit:

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.

Either go long and swooped or short and neat, just play around and see what suits you and your style best. Credit: @woodenthecomb