While the word pompadour may conjure images of a tall greaser hairstyle, this classic look is still popular these days. Guys today can wear modern versions of pompadour hairstyles, retro styles or anything in between.
The pompadour is a surprisingly versatile men’s hairstyle. That pomp shape can be shiny or matte, combed or messy, slicked back or on an angle. Men’s hair trends right now are reinventing the pomp with texture, side parts, fades and even more variations.
Styling a pompadour is a combination of heat and product. Work a strong hold product through damp hair and blow it dry with high heat. Using a round brush, guide hair back into an approximation of the pompadour shape. Focus extra attention on the front along the hairline. Finish blow drying with a blast of cold hair to seal the cuticle and keep that shape. Last, work more product through hair with a comb or fingers, depending on the style you are going for.
Check out all these 30 different ways to wear pompadour hairstyles for men.
1. Classic Pompadour Hairstyle
This is what most people think of when they hear the word pompadour. It’s the classic look worn with lots of height and shine.
2. Elvis Pompadour
This high pomp is an close imitation of one of the most famous pompadour hairstyles, Elvis’ signature look.
3. Modern Pompadour
Here’s a modernized version of the pomp with a low fade, textured styling and a matte finish. The look is as cool today as it has always been.
4. Side Part Pompadour
Another way to update the classic part is adding a defined side part. With a part, it makes sense to comb hair at an angle rather than straight back.
5. Pompadour for Curly Hair
The pomp isn’t only for straight hair. It also works for wavy, curly and black hair. This pompadour shape is a cool variation on a high top fade.
6. Pomp + Bald Fade
The pomp fade is the most popular way to wear this style today. It can be worn with every kind of fade and this bald drop fade enhances that signature pompadour profile.
7. Side Pomp Fade
This loose and messy pomp pushed over to one side combines the pompadour with the movement and flow trend.
8. Blonde Pompadour
The pomp looks good in every color but has extra impact in platinum blonde.
9. Comb Over Pompadour + Hard Part
Side part hairstyles tend to be combed over to the opposite side. This side part pomp combines a comb over fade with the height of a pompadour.
10. HighFade Pompadour
This dramatic men’s hairstyle features a high and shiny pomp contrasting with a high bald fade.
11. How to Style a Pompadour
Heat, not product, is the key to styling a pompadour. Even with shorter hair, this vertical style needs a blow dryer.
12. Long Hair Pompadour
Longer hair means a higher pomp.
13. Pompadour + Side Part
A side part and low bald fade add modern details to a classic shiny pomp.
14. Pomp Fade
This gentleman actually has curly hair that has been straightened with a blow dryer before being styled into a pomp. Guys with curly hair don’t need to do this everyday but it is an option.
15. Wavy Hair Pompadour
Wavy hair can be left as is and worked up into the pomp shape with the right product. In this case, blow drying is not required because natural texture adds plenty of volume.
16. Textured Pompadour
This fresh style uses wavy texture to create that classic rolled shape of a pomp.
17. Taper Haircut
The taper haircut trend is bringing back vintage hairstyles that can be styled into a pomp.
18. Different Pompadour Styles
A surgical line and bald fade aren’t all that make this pomp hairstyle interesting. It looks cool whether it’s worn ultra smooth or with textured waves.
19. Pomp Fade + Waves
Adding coarse texture is the latest trend in pomp fades.
20. Blonde Streaks
A couple of blonde streaks add interest to this classic pomp fade.
21. Pomp with Flow
Adding some looseness to this pomp creates a new silhouette.
22. Tall Pompadour
This pomp is even taller than Elvis’ pompadour.
23. Undercut Pompadour + Texture
An undercut instead of fade or taper and plenty of texture create an all new way to wear the pomp.
24. Cool Pompadour Hairstyle
A matte finish and loose texture is another way to wear a pompadour for long hair.
25. Side Part Pompadour
A side part changes up that classic pomp profile.
26. Gray Pompadour + Waves
Style is ageless. Shades of gray and some wave make this a unique and extra cool pomp.
27. Short Pompadour
A pomp hairstyle can be styled with hair as short as 2″ long. The same styling technique applies.
28. Pomp Hawk
The pompadour mohawk is an excellent combination.
29. Comb Over Pomp Fade
A shaved part shifts this pomp over to one side for a cool asymmetrical profile.
30. Purple Pomp
Bold color and a high bald fade make this classic pomp even better.