How to Get a Perfect Pompadour

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How to Get a Perfect Pompadour
A casual pompadour with minimal product. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

While many hairstyles have come and gone depending on current trends, the pompadour has never stopped appearing on the heads of men worldwide. Elvis and Sinatra wore pompadours. John Travolta sported one in Grease. And popular TV host Conan O'Brien has consistently rocked a stylish red pompadour. The style is defined by a bigger, puffed up section of hair in the front-middle of the head, with the sides slicked back or down. A pompadour is easy to achieve with the right products and techniques.

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Things you need

  • Comb
  • Hair gel or pomade (sometimes called wax or glue) or hairspray
  • Water

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    Prepare. Be sure your hair is long enough, at least 3 to 4 inches, or it won't look big enough. Get a comb and some product ready. The product you choose will depend on your hair type and look preference. If you want a shiny or waxy looking style, choose gel or pomade. If you want less apparent product, just use water and hairspray.

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    Dampen your hair and apply the product liberally to the hair if you plan to use gel or pomade for the style. If you plan to use hairspray, your hair can be damp or dry.

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    Apply the gel or pomade, comb the hair straight back and into the desired shape. Some pompadours form into a V shape toward the back, while others are combed straight back all around. If you're not using gel or pomade, comb back your dry or damp hair and spray it with hairspray, starting at the front of the forehead on the hairline. Be sure to hold the spray at least 6 inches away from your hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment using different products. Sometimes the product can enhance or detract from a hairstyle based on its quality and your hair type.

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