The pompadour fade is a cool retro style that was once mega-popular in the ’50s and ’60s and is making a serious comeback. We’ve been seeing this look on everyone from business professionals to hipsters. Personified by its short hair on the sides and longer locks on top, this look is polished and composed with the main focus of the hair being swept upward towards the top.
With a comeback also comes tons of modern iterations as seen in the pompadour fade whose style is signified by shorter and more trimmed sides. This cleaner look gives off an edge that combines high and short hair all in one look.
Pompadour Fade Hairstyle Ideas
Read on to discover a few of our favorite options of the pompadour fade that are sure to fit in with both your lifestyle and sense of style:
1. Classic Pompadour
The classic pompadour has been worn by rockstars and celebs. The style has an edge that’s flexible for work, play, or your weekend adventure. Be sure to wash your hair regularly with a 2-in-1 system, like AXE Hair Mens Shampoo Oil Blaster with Charcoal.
2. Pompadour Fade
The fade pompadour looks like the classic style, but the sides are shaved and the hair on the crown can be worn longer. It’s a bit edgier, so it will fit someone who is a little less conservative.
3. Hipster Pompadour Haircut
In recent years men have been getting pretty innovative with the pompadour haircut. The modern version is a lot like the classic style, except the back and the side hair gets trimmed lower and the top hair is swept angular and then upwards.
4. Side-Parted Pompadour
The side part pompadour is just the classic style with a side part in it. You can also try a “disconnected” pompadour, which is basically an actual part being cut into the side of the hair. Try the side part first, before actually getting it shaved in.
There are many new pompadour looks you can try. If you’re willing to experiment with them, they can be just as alluring as the original. The choice is yours when it comes to cutting the style yourself or having your hairdresser do the work. You may want to have our stylist cut your pompadour at first and then maintain the style on your own.
Tools You’ll Need and Hair Products to Use
Not sure what products you need to easily achieve a pompadour? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
1. Blow Dryer
With the pompadour, you’re going to develop a deep bond with your blowdryer. The hair device will help create a perfect coif at the top of your head. It will help add volume to your locks and using the condenser attachment will direct the flow of the heat from the dryer to give you better, precise results.
2. Round Brush
Purchasing a quality round brush will save you time and frustration when styling your pompadour. Pick the size of the barrel by the length of your hair. For longer hair, get a bigger barrel and a smaller barrel for shorter locks.
Like any other major hairstyle, products are important when it comes to styling your new look. Consider these products when styling your new ‘do.
A pomade like Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade can help you define your style with a shiny finish. This will help you achieve that movie star slick finish on your style in seconds.
A hair gel, like Bed Head for Men Power Play Firm Finish Gel, is also another useful product if you want to create a slicked hairstyle. This hair gel will give your style finish and hold at the same time.
10 Ways to Wear Your Pompadour Fade
Are you ready to try out a pompadour fade? Here are 10 ways to wear this style:
1. Tousled Curly Pompadour
Learn how to make a curly pompadour fade work this hair type by using this easy hack. Have your barber cut your curls into a medium-length pompadour and leave your curls to their natural texture and their own devices to create an easy laid-back style.
2. Styled Waves
Streamline your waves and brush them back into this easy-styled look. Pair your waves with a trimmed beard for the ultimate hipster style.
Use your fingers to comb your hair to the side for an easy, casual pompadour style.
Use a touch of Bed Head For Men by Tigi Power Play Firm Finish Gel that we mentioned above to slick back your pompadour into this sleek style. As a result, you’ll achieve the slicked-back style of your dreams.
5. Subtle Side Part
Keep it subtle and soft.
When in doubt (and low on time), skip any major styling techniques and comb your hair into a simple and subtle side part.
6. Hard Part
Alternatively, make more of a statement by opting for a trendy and sleek hard part fade.
7. Brushed-Out Curls
Give your natural curls a taste of the pompadour fade life by maintaining a close-cut fade on the sides and brushing out your curls up on top.
8. Combed Over
Revamp the classic combover and give this tired look a modern upgrade. Brush all your hair over to one side for a finished style that keeps your hair out of your eyes in an on-trend way.
9. Choppy Layers
Not all pompadour fades were created equally. Instead of an evenly cut sleek look, you can have your barber cut some choppy layers into the top of your style. We love how easily this look incorporates some personality and quirk into an otherwise classic look.
10. Swooped Back
Give your hair a cartoon-like (in a good way) swoop by combing it back into this glossy style. To achieve this look, use SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Waves Pomade. This product will help you achieve a lightweight hold while keeping your strands moisturized.
11. Low Fade Pompadour
If the center section of your hair is grown out or a bit longer, style it back to achieve a longer version of a pompadour fade. This slightly longer look is a little more disheveled and undone.
11. Short Pompadour
Have short hair? No problem! You can sport a pompadour too. Keep your strands on the shorter side and still style your hair in a classic pompadour.
12. Side-Swept Pompadour
If you’re looking for a new way to wear this style or have longer hair, try wearing a side-swept pompadour look. This look is the chicer and more elegant alternative to a classic pompadour style.
13. Wavy Pompadour Style
Finally, use a pomade or wax to create this wavy pompadour style. This is ideal for a more mature and ‘done’ finished look.
If you do decide to try a pompadour fade, be sure to snap a picture and tag us over at @AllThingsHairUS!