The pompadour, as we know it, was named after Madame de Pompadour, the official chief mistress of French Emperor, King Louis XV. In the 18th century, it was adopted by aristocratic women and remained in fashion well up to the First World War. In 1950, Elvis Presley revived the pompadour and made it his signature hairstyle – the rest is history!
The pompadour is created by brushing the hair up and away from the face. This rock 'n' roll inspired hairstyle is much more flexible than it looks. For one, it suits almost all face shapes. In addition, it can be created with all textures of hair – straight, wavy and curly!
There is only one requirement for creating a perfect pompadour – your hair should be longer on the top and shorter on the sides and the back.
Here are 2 ways to style your modern pompadour:
Apply a small amount of extreme styling gel on towel-dried hair and work it through your mane to spread the product evenly. This will help to lend strong hold and shine to your hair.
Styling tip: Always start with a tiny amount of high-shine product and add more only if you need it. This will save your hair from looking very greasy and you from starting all over again!
Spritz some strong-hold hairspray to keep your hair in place and set your hairstyle for longer wear, especially if you're wearing it to a black tie event.
2. Alternative Style: Dry Look
If you're not a fan of slick hairstyles and want to try out a natural style that makes your hair look more voluminous, here's what you can do – blow dry your hair and use your fingers to comb your hair in the direction that you want to wear it in. Once done, spritz a good fine-hold hairspray to set the longer hair section in place.
Sport this cool modern pompadour everywhere!