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The Best Pompadour Haircuts & Hairstyles for Men

The pompadour is a classic throwback style that is incredibly popular right now. The modern takes on this vintage style exude class and masculinity. While all men’s pompadours have the same general look, there are still a variety of ways to cut and wear this style to fit both your hair texture and your personality. Browse our extensive collection of men’s pompadour haircuts and hairstyles to find your next look.

  • Stylish & Smart

    stylish fade haircut for men

    Instagram @barbercooke95

    Q&A with style creator, Ben Cooke
    Barber in Tonbridge, Kent, U.K.


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This look is cool, stylish and smart. I like the fade and the amount of volume he has.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I recommend using a salt mist and blow drying the hair up and back to create volume. Then, use a small amount of matte clay and hairspray to finish.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This style suits people with straight hair or with a slight wave to the hair. Curly hair will not work for this look. It’s perfect for people with an outgoing personality.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Make sure you blow dry your hair every day for volume. Get the cut shaped up approximately every three weeks.

  • Modern Touch

    modern touch mens pompadour

    Instagram @rfmadrid

    Q&A with style creator, Ahmed Ayad Ali
    Barber @ Ahmed fade in Sofia, Bulgaria


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is one of my favorite haircuts from the past decade. The style is reminiscent of a 20s-40s haircut but with a modern touch. Using the hair dryer to add volume and achieving the skin-fade are two steps that are key to this haircut.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    This really depends on the hair type, but what I would describe as essential products are forming cream, pomade and hairspray.

    What type of person would this look work best for? (Hair types, face shapes, skin tone, lifestyle, personality etc)

    The type of the person and his personality really doesn’t matter. What matters most is his hair type to achieve this specific hairstyle perfectly. I prefer the not so silky smooth hair with a thick scalp because the hairdryer adds a lot of volume to it even without any additional products. Basically, this hairstyle can fit a lot of face shapes and looks and that is what makes it special to me.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    Anyone who would like to have this haircut needs to have a thick hair, a good hairdryer and some of the products that I mentioned previously to help it look clean and tidy.

  • Shadow Taper

    mens pompadour haircut

    Instagram / @bonohi

    Q&A with Style Creator Emily Son
    Manager/Hairstylist @ Mojo Barbershop in Hawaii


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This haircut is a shadow taper with a textured top. My client is military, but this cut allows him to look like a civilian too.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I recommend any pomade with a matte finish to create this look. This time I used Layrite Cement. It is a matte based pomade that make his hair look natural. It is water based so it is very easy to wash out

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    This haircut would work best for the military man who wants to look like a civilian, and civilians who want to have a clean beach look.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    If you have never buzzed your sides short, try it out. Hair will always grow back!

  • Razor Fade

    Q&A with Style Creator Joey Del Toro Sarrionandia
    Barber/Owner @ Big Mels Barbershop in Carmarthen, Wales


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    The pompadour was a popular haircut back in the 50s with likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash making it a popular style amongst rock and rollers. This razor fade is giving the classic haircut a modern twist.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    It all about the blow dry to achieve volume in the hair. I like to add Holland’s finest Reuzel Hair Tonic before blow drying to give volume and then Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade to hold it in place

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style suits straight to fine hair best. I think of it as a barbershop classic rock and roll/rockabilly haircut. There are now a lot of variations on this classic cut that really give it a modern twist.

  • Transitional

    transitional fade cut for men

    Instagram / @barberobengie

    Q&A with Style Creator Bengie Candelario
    Barber @ Bengie Salon in Puerto Rico


    How would you describe this look and what’s your favorite thing about it?

    This is a men’s pompadour. My favorite thing about it is the transition between the top and the bottom.

    Which products would you recommend to help create and maintain this look?

    I recommend Elegance hair products.

    What type of person would this look work best for?

    No matter what haircut you want, you have to be sure that your hair type will work with the cut you want.

    What’s your best tip for someone who’s considering this look?

    My advice is to dare to change your look. Change is good and can take your hair to the max!

  • Classic, Yet Modern Pomp

    mens pompadour haircut

    Instagram / @alexdegensbarber

    Q&A with Style Creator Alex Degens
    Barber @ d’Heeren van Hofland, NL


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a classic cut with a slightly modern twist. I’m always try to stick with traditional barbering techniques as the base, then I’ll try to think outside the box with styling and modern barbering techniques. The shape of the cut is very classic and traditional while the fade and the styling gives the look that modern twist. The shape is probably my favorite thing about this look.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I personally use a grooming tonic before blowdrying. Reuzel’s grooming tonic is my favorite, but I like the Suavecito one as well. Once the hair is completely dry, I use a matte pomade like the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Pomade). The hold of this pomade is great for heavy hair as well as thin hair.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    The model for my cut has very thick hair. I think that most hair thicknesses will work for this look, but with thick hair you can get the best shape on the sides.

    I would recommend this look for someone with an oval shaped face. If someone has bigger forehead, this cut may give the appearance of an even bigger head. I don’t think you need to have a specific lifestyle for this cut. I’m convinced that this look will work for a fancy business man, as well as a tough construction worker.

  • Gentlemen’s Pomp

    mens pomp haircut

    Instagram / @homme_barber

    Q&A with Style Creator Chris Curry
    Barber


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a gentleman’s cut with a light taper. The texture of the client’s hair is what brought the cut to life. That would be my favorite part!

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    To create this look, I recommend a medium hold pomade.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    The look is best suited for on-the-go Millennials, individuals with profound jawlines, and oblong face shapes.

  • Rockabilly Pomp

    rockabilly style pompadour

    Instagram / @aaronmaxwell_hair

    Q&A with Style Creator Aaron Maxwell
    Barber @ Finnegans Green Rooster Barbershop in Dublin, Ireland


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I like this look because it is the perfect example of classic barbering and the 50s rockabilly style.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    To recreate this style, I would recommend Uppercut Deluxe Matte Pomade or Sweet Georgia Brown Pomade. The blow drying is very important. You need to start from the back and then for the fringe, you have to dry the roots to stand up with tension from the brush. The best brush for this style is a Denman d3.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style is good for someone with strong hair or thick hair. Even curly hair, when blow dried properly, can become straight and hold its shape.

  • Executive Contour Pomp

    Q&A with Style Creator Raphael Diego
    Barber/Owner @ Diego Barber Official in São Paulo City, São Paulo, Brazil


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This haircut is called the “Executive Contour”. My favorite thing about it is that it can be done on the majority of hair types and be worn short or longer for persons of any age.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I recommend Layrite Grooming Spray to mold the hair (using a hair dryer) and Layrite Original Pomade to style as desired. The product used here was a Brazilian hair modeler called Caballeros. I used it as a grooming product to dry and mold the hair, and again after to style.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend this look for clients whose want a classic haircut and don’t have much time to spend styling the hair. The majority of my clients are doctors, lawyers, engineers and college students, but this look can match with any lifestyle from the conservative to modern. This haircut can be applied on all face shapes because its structure elongates the head silhouette. The curlier the hair, the harder it will be to style like this.

  • Rock N’ Roll Pompadour

    multiple views of pompadour

    Instagram / @madmikywhitetrash

    Q&A with Style Creator Miky
    Barber @ Schorem Haarsnijder & Barbier in Rotterdam, Netherlands


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this look as pure rock ‘n roll. I love the fact that it gives a lot of styling options to fit the client perfectly in terms of height and how it is connected/styled at the top and rear.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    This depends on the client’s hair type and preference. I like to use a strong oil pomade like the Pink Reuzel and either a touch of Green Reuzel or Grooming Tonic. If the client wants a clean head, a water soluble will work just fine if you blow dry the hair in place with the help of some grooming tonic.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Anyone that has hair that is moldable (because you don’t want to fight with your hair every day) will suit this style. The cut can be easily customized to the client’s preference. If you want that classic pomp, you want length on the sides. With a younger client, I love to go skin-faded. Let’s not forget that you can never go wrong with a taper either!

  • Old School Pomp

    pompadour with brown hair

    Instagram / @gold_knuckle

    Q&A with Style Creator Hlisa Tsigakos
    Barber in Athens, Greece


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is an “old school” type of hairstyle. It’s hard to share my favorite thing about this look because it’s the final result with all the details that make it so great.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I used two kinds of products for this look. I used a powder for volume and a pomade for hold and shine.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style is suitable for anyone that is willing to at least spend a little time styling their hair.

  • Traditional Pompadour

    traditional pompadour for men

    Instagram / @gabrielmaestas_

    Q&A with Style Creator Gabriel Maestas
    Barber @ Bellwether Barbershop in Denver, CO


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this as a mid skin fade with a traditional pompadour and hard part. I really try and focus on the shape/shade. This look has a nice square shape with a smooth blend from skin to long hair (shade).

    My favorite thing would have to be his hair in general. It blends so effortlessly and it’s naturally wavy which adds a different feel and volume to this traditional style.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    Before product, I made sure to add lots of texture to help lift when blow drying. This can be a challenge with wavy hair. I recommend clean sections and lots of point cutting.

    I apply Layrite Grooming Spray evenly throughout damp hair. Then, I blow dry. A lot. I use a vent brush and continuously lift the fringe up and back until all of the hair is dry and has taken the desired shape. This takes time, so be patient and keep drying! Lastly, I apply Layrite Pomade from root to ends and comb into place with a wide tooth comb. The blow dryer makes all the difference!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Honestly, I can see men/women from all walks of life rocking this style. As long as you can shape the hair to fit the shape of the head, it should work out. It doesn’t have to be a skin fade either. My client and I discussed this and decided the contrast from skin to long hair on top is wicked!

    In conclusion, the hairstyle is not for everyone, BUT it is for anyone who is willing to put the extra effort to style their hair. From business men to tattoo artists to janitors to teachers, it’ll work. Classic haircuts will never die.

  • Modern, Yet Classic

    Q&A with Style Creator Dallas Hoy
    Barber @ MOD Hair & Body in Spokane, WA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is my modern twist on a true rock n’ roll classic pomp. I absolutely love this look because it offers a ton of versatility as far as styling is concerned, and it’s a great way for men to get comfortable using more than just their hands to put it together.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    I use a styling spray while the hair is still damp, round brush to set, then finish with a mix of grooming cream and fiber by Crew to finish it off.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    Because this style is so versatile, it can be styled to meet almost any liking. As far as I’m concerned, anyone can wear it. It’s a style that just screams confidence so as I always say, “You have to rock the cut, don’t let the cut rock you”!

  • The Businessman Pomp

    classy pompadour

    Instagram / @da_cheshire

    Q&A with Style Creator Arshak Arshakyan
    Barber @ Grafton Barbers in Dublin, Ireland


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is what I’d call a classy businessman pomp. It’s a mix of classic and modern. In this day and age, time saving and convenience are almost as important as the good look itself. I like the length on the sides because of the fact that my client can still rock a pomp without having to have the hair on the sides too long or too short. It’s stylish, convenient, classy, smart, and modern.

    What products do you recommend to recreate this look?

    To recreate this look, I’d recommend a water-based pomade for a medium to strong hold and some nice shine. They are very close to traditional oil-based pomades, but are easier to wash out and, in my opinion, are suitable for all types of hair.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This style is achievable for almost all types of hair, although men with thick/straight or tight/curly hair would need more blow drying and have to use more product. If the proportions are kept right (length on the sides, height on the top), it would be suitable for all face types.