We’re coming clean: Whoever brought back the pompadour hairstyle gets top marks in our book. It’s a look that’s flattering on almost all hair types, complements a guy’s hair texture and gives (or fakes) some thickness and density, just where you need it.
Because we can’t get enough of this look, we’re giving you a short step-by-step on how to painlessly recreate it yourselves, in a shape that’s both trendy but also tame enough for the office. (We’re keeping it low-key too, because anything higher than five inches is just too much work in the mornings, and ain’t nobody got time for that.) The modern pomp is back in full force, so get that pomade tin and start practicing to create this pompadour hairstyle:
Tutorial: The Modern Pompadour Hairstyle
Wash and blow-dry your hair.
Start by washing with a product that cleans hair thoroughly of oil and build-up — you need a clean slate, so hair is volumized and doesn’t go limp. Dove Men+Care Fresh & Clean Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner rids the scalp and hair of dirt and grease, while refreshing with caffeine and menthol. Proceed to rough-dry hair with a blowdryer.
Apply some pomade, and blowdry again.
Apply a dime-sized amount of classic-shine pomade (we like Bed Head for Men by TIGI Slick Trick) all throughout the tops of your hair, making sure to coat evenly from root to tip. Next, use a fine-toothed comb to smooth hair upside down from your crown. Blowdry in a downward direction, concentrating more air at the root. This pumps up air at the base, giving it more lift when flipped over. Ed’s tip: Be careful, this can feel hot if held too close to the scalp!
Mold your pomp.
Gently flip your hair over at an angle, and, using a comb or brush, refine the shape of your pomp. Some guys, especially those with straight hair, like to carefully nudge the back towards the front to create more structure. This shouldn’t be an exaggerated shape, and you can always add more pomade for stronger hold. Although unusual for pompadour hairstyles (because they don’t give a touchable feel), firm-hold gel, like Axe Adrenaline Spiked-Up Look: Extreme Hold Gel, can be substituted at this step if you want your look to be totally budge-free.
You’re all set! Don’t sweat it if the sides splay out a bit — the 2016 pomp is supposed to look and feel relaxed, not stiff.
Photo credit: Faraz Essani Photography
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