Hairstyle named for Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), mistress of King Louis XV. In the 18th century, fashionable women adopted this hairstyle. In this the hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over forehead or can be up swept around the sides and back as well.
This haircut suits many face shapes and hair types and is lot more flexible than it would first imagine. This style is also popular with men of all ages as the result complements not only the personal style, but lifestyle and profession too.
For classic and refined cut, the back and sides need to be clippered, but it does not exposes too much of the scalp.
The edges should be tapered tight maintaining length throughout the haircut. Tapering around edges strengthens the overall shape of the pompadour, also makes facial hair appear thicker and bushier for men having rugged/masculine appeal.
The Modern/Extreme Pompadour :
The hair clippered really high into curve of the head, keeping more length through the top section. This can be worn by two ways, either connected into crown or completely disconnected, allowing the hair to hang.
It is important to choose right balance for shape of the face. For a round face the sides are taken tighter and allowing more volume on top will elongate the features. For a narrow face a little bit more length is kept through sides trying to keep the top slicker & closer to the head.
Men’s style :
The pompadour hair style has been adopted by American folk musicians, rock n roll bands, as well as actors. Among Italian Americans this style has become popular.
The pompadour often worn by gang members, thugs, members of the yakuza in modern Japanese culture. It is named by Regent hairstyle in Japan.
Women’s style :
In the first few years of the 21st century, the hairstyle has become marginally popular among women. Created by ratting at roots of the hair on the sides of the pompadour towards the top of the head. Combed up the hair and over the ratted hair, towards the center the sides pulled back.
The pompadour is slightly modified to form the Quiff in the Psycho billy subculture. Psycho billy fans and musicians (Kim Nekroman front man) worn the Quiff hairstyle. It is a mix between a Mohawk hairstyle & pompadour, side of head is shaved and the middle is slicked back and stood up like a pompadour.
Styling Tips :
For a nice crisp finish with shine, wet pomade is applied for medium shine & hold or stronger grooming/styling cream for stronger shine & hold to dried hair. Blow drying the hair create volume and then American Crew Boost Powder or L’Oreal Texture Dust sprinkled into root and massage well. To avoid greasiness of hair always use styling products in small amount first, add more if required.
It is a timeless and versatile hairstyle. It requires high maintenance; this is the main disadvantage of this type of haircut. Before getting the hairstyle always ask the stylist for advice.