The pompadour haircut was originally a woman’s hairstyle until one man changed everything. I’ll give you a hint: his response to this honor would be “thank you, thank you very much.” The honor of bringing back the pompadour goes to none other than Elvis Presley!




Celebrities with Pompadour Haircuts

Today you’ll find that many celebrities sport the pompadour men’s hairstyle. See if you recognize any of these faces.


The Sopranos Pompadour

An example of a great pompadour was the one worn by Silvio Dante, a major character in the HBO series “The Sopranos.”

Silvio Dante from The Sopranos

In modern Japanese culture, the pompadour is often associated with gang members and thugs within the yakuza. Here it is known as the “Regent” hairstyle and is found in various forms of media like anime, manga, music videos, and television shows.

Slicked Back Pompadours





That’s right, we’ve got Conan O’Brien, Brad Pitt, and David Beckham all sporting the pompadour look! If this many celebrities are doing it, it must be worth trying out!

The Two Major Types of Pompadour Hairstyles

When it comes to pompadours, you’ve got two styles: classic and modern. Let’s take a look at each so you can decide which type is right for you.



1. The Classic look

The pictures above represent the classic image of the pompadour hairstyle. Within this broad category, you’ve got the big and puffy look that calls to mind the Elvis Presley days and is favored by the vintage, muscle car, and rockstar cultures.


Rocking the Classic Pompadour Hairstyle



As you can see, the classic look also offers a more tapered style like what we saw Brad Pitt sporting earlier. A tighter and more slicked back pompadour can make the classic look work for businessmen and professionals. The big takeaways with this style of pompadour are as follows:

  • Make sure the sides aren’t too short (this will help balance the effect of the style on top of the head.
  • Do not clip the hair any higher than the crown of your head, less you end up with a different style entirely.
  • This is a great choice for people with longer faces.

2. The Angular/Modern Pompadour

While the more classical look has always been the main stylistic choice, today’s modern haircuts lean towards more extreme and contemporary options. This results with intense fades on the sides and back of the head which make the pompadour stand out.



Combining Styles





Take for example an undercut with a pompadour. This is a perfect example of how you can combine two styles into one that has an edgy and sharp look to it.

Deciding on Your Pompadour Style





Keep these things in mind if you’re thinking about doing a modern pompadour hairstyle:

  • A sharp look like this will require daily maintenance and trimming of the sides and back.
  • You’ll need products to keep the look intact each day, especially if you have a high pompadour.

The Finishing Touches



What did you think of these pompadour haircuts? Share your favorites in the comments and don’t forget to click the “Share” button so you can show off these styles to your friends and family!

Christina Diamond
Christina is a keen fashion blogger and writes many of the articles here at Mens Hairstyle Club. Not only that, she also has really great hair.
Christina Diamond
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