18 Pompadour Fade Hairstyles to Consider this Season

This retro style is back and better than ever.

The pompadour fade is a classic, retro style that was once mega-popular in the ’50s and ’60s. Now, this style is making a serious comeback. The pompadour fade is characterized by a voluminous hair on top with short hair on the sides. This look is polished and composed with the main focus of the hair being swept upward towards the top.

We’ve been seeing this look on everyone from business professionals to hipsters to celebrities. With the right tools and products, it’s easy to achieve this look and it makes the perfect everyday style. Keep scrolling to learn how you can create a pompadour fade and get style inspo for your look.

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.

3. Pomade

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.

4. Gel

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.

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

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Go for the pompadour for your next look.

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

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Try out this 1950’s inspired 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

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Try a deep hipster pompadour.

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

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Try adding a side part to your 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.

5. Tousled Curly Pompadour

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Style your curls into a 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.

6. Styled Waves

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Give your waves some definition.

Streamline your waves and brush them back into this easy-styled look. Pair your waves with a trimmed beard for the ultimate hipster style.

7. Side-Swept

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Brush your pompadour to the side.

Use your fingers to comb your hair to the side for an easy, casual pompadour style.

8. Slicked-Back

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Slick it 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. As a result, you’ll achieve the slicked-back style of your dreams.

9. Subtle Side Part

pompadour fade side part brunetteKeep 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.

10. Hard Part

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Or make a statement.

Alternatively, make more of a statement by opting for a trendy and sleek hard part fade.

11. Brushed-Out Curls

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Comb out your 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.

12. Combed Over

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Revamp the classic combover.

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.

13. Choppy Layers

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Layer it up.

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.

14. Swooped Back

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Give your hair a glossy finish.

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.

15. Low Fade Pompadour

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Opt for a longer pompadour style.

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.

16. Short Pompadour

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Even if you have short hair you can sport a 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.

17. Side-Swept Pompadour

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For a different look, brush your pompadour style to the side.

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.

18. Wavy Pompadour Style

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Opt for this more conservative pompadour style with wavy hair.

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!

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