The pompadour haircut gets its name from Madame de Pompadour the mistress with big hair of King Louis XV. The pompadour has been in vogue many times since Madame de Pompadour and it has seen some evolution but the basic concept has remained the same. The pompadour is described as hair that is swept upward from the face, worn high over the forehead and up-swept around the sides.
Today the hairstyle is commonly worn by both men and women and has taken off in popularity recently. You don’t have to cut your hair short for the pompadour but with the popularity of the pixie and with celebs like Pink and Miley Cyrus showing us how great a short pompadour can look, the short pompadour is a trendy option.
The haircut is vital to choosing the right pompadour. Choose a haircut that flatters your face shape and hair texture. Remember that you will products to create the shape and height that you want so it’s important to choose a hairstyle that looks good when it’s not styled because you probably won’t style a pompadour every time you run out for some groceries.
One of the most popular ways the pompadour has transformed is into the ‘Mohawk’ style. You have seen lots of celebs rocking this trendy and edgy hairstyle. This look can work for every face shape but the style and height of the Mohawk should be based on your face shape and hair texture. For this look you need shaved sides and a spiked center.
Longer Tousled Pompadour
Similar to the spiked Mohawk this pompadour haircut has side edges and a long center but rather than spiking and gelling the center you leave the center quite long and then add tousled texture to the middle to show off your hairs volume and health.
The 1950’s were one of the most popular times for the pompadour with famous rockstar like Elvis Presley rocking the look. Today rockstar are still turning to the pompadour for their hairstyles. This short pixie for women is styled with a 1950’s front curl and lots of volume. You can choose to keep your sides shaved, short or longer and then just slick them back when you are styling up your pompadour.
Modern Pompadour with Long Sides
A lot of modern pompadours have shaved sides but that look is a little dramatic for a lot of women. You don’t have to have a Mohawk style pompadour. Longer sides with a longer top will give you plenty of styling options so that you can change up your pompadour and add curls, keep it straight or even braid portions of it.
The Bob Pompadour
You don’t have to have short hair to create the pompadour. A bob haircut with slicked-back sides and a voluminous pompadour hairstyle on top is a great look for a night out on the town or any special event such as a wedding. You can keep the length of your hair down and the sides swept back or pull up all of your hair in a sleek updo.