What's A Pompadour Haircut

What’s A Pompadour Haircut

What’s A Pompadour Haircut

If you look back at the good old days, you will see famous male hair icons. From film stars to footballing legends, a quick google search for men’s hairstyles will return hundreds of thousands of photographs to give inspiration and who might turn up within these searches of hair icons Madame de Pompadour.

The pompadour, a hairstyle named after Madame de Pompadour, was originally intended for women with the main structure of the hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, and on occasions swept up around the sides and back. Typically, a women’s distinctive hairstyle until the Fifties, the pompadour’s first notable advocate was a very influential person who preferred his hair smooth dark and greasy was of course the king of rock ‘n’ roll Elvis Presley. 

Classic quiff
Modern Pompadour

Going into the 1970s, the pompadour’s rigid and structured shape had fallen out of favour within the youth culture, men typically began wearing their hair long as a way of rebelling against society, tradition and firm gender roles. But it didn’t take long for the pompadour to reappear, by the 80s the Psychobilly subculture had taken the pompadour to a whole new level.

Modified to form the Psycho Quiff, a cross between a pompadour and a Mohawk. Barbershops in the 2000s and 2010s were still being asked for the pompadour in one form or another. With music icons like Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys, Morrissey and Bruno Mars popularizing the pompadour to their own style.

Alex Turner hairstyle
Morrissey Long Quiff
Bruno Mars quiff

Types Of Pompadour

Classic Pompadour

When discussing a hairstyle of a golden age. It’s only logical that we go back to the beginning. When it comes to traditional pompadour hairstyles, they deserve to be accurately served by the bygone era they represent. 

Do you or your clients wish to copy Elvis Presley’s famous hairstyle? The pompadour represents the style for you. This unique style is a throwback in the purest sense, as wonderful as it appears now.

Have you got customers who visit your barbershop who have excellent hair and would love to emulate, this iconic hairstyle, of  Elvis Presley? The pompadour is the style for them. Although a gentleman might spend 15 to 30 minutes arranging his hair into shape in the 1950s, the same can be said today, this style is only best suitable for those clients who are prepared to put in the effort.

The traditional pompadour, which is known for its fullness and gloss, requires a lot of hair that has been clippered and scissored slightly shorter at the back and sides than at the top, with the fringe left longer than the hair at the crown.

Slick Back Haircut
quiff Hairstyle

Short Pompadour

This modern style is distinguished by a distinct contrast between the length of the hair on the top and the length of the hair on the sides and back, as the name indicates.

Unlike the traditional pompadour, which is mainly produced with a scissor technique, the modern version requires the hair to be clippered to a uniform length generally a grade four or below. By far the best version is the fade pompadour extremely short at the hairline at the sides and back to somewhat longer towards the crown.

The short and faded pompadour requires less combing and shaping at the sides and back than its classic pompadour, making it great for your clients who are short on time in the mornings

short Pompadour Haircut

Textured Pompadour

You may find the traditional pompadour style is less popular with your customer’s as it can be too neat and precise. With a textured interpretation of the established style, we as barbers need to add  layers that will create volume, separation and definition

A textured pompadour is simple to achieve if your client’s hair is naturally wavy. If they have straight hair, on the other hand, you may find it more difficult to get this style. After giving your customer a great, haircut we need to invest in some top-class products a good quality sea salt spray is a must Hair spritz is another great product for wavy and textured hair it’s a non-aerosol spray, which is perfect for a softer and flexible hold.

Textured Pompadour
messy Textured Pompadour
The pompadour haircut has weathered the test of time, fashion, and gender, adapting to current societal trends and demands. It’s come in a range of shapes, styles, and combinations, allowing every barber to choose the most flattering pompadour for their clients. Here at BARBER STUFF, we can confidently say the pompadour will never lose its edge as a classic men’s haircut, if you’re a barber be prepared to cut this style though out your career


Jack Dean Black Pompadour Comb


The Jack Dean Pompadour Comb is particularly effective for creating the perfect lines in the hair to achieve the pompadour style. A strong, classic look in male grooming.

  • High-quality comb with 8 widely spaced teeth
  • A comfortable grip makes the comb easy to hold
  • Superb for distributing wet products through the hair