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. 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:
Pompadour Fade Hairstyle Ideas
1. Classic Pompadour
The classic pompadour has been worn by by rockstars and celebs that has an edge that’s flexible for work, play or your weekend adventure. Be sure to wash and condition your hair regularly with a 2-in-1 system like AXE Phoenix 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner.
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 more edgier, so it will fit someone with a less conservative career.
3. Hipster Pompadour
In recent years men have been getting pretty innovative with the pompadour. 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.
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
With the pompadour, you’re going to develop a deep bond with your blowdryer. The hair device will help create a perfectly 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.
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.
Hair Products to Use
Like any other major hairstyle, products are important. A pomade like Dove Men+Care Defining Pomade can help you define your style with a shiny finish.
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.
10 Ways to Wear Your Pompadour Fade
1. Tousled Curls
Learn how to make a pompadour fade work with a curly style with 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.
4. Slicked Back
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.
Keep it subtle and soft.
5. A Subtle Side Part
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 a 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.