How to Do a Pompadour for Guys

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How to Do a Pompadour for Guys
The pompadour is a look often worn by the young and hip. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The pompadour hairstyle has enjoyed popularity in different decades. It hit its first high in the era of James Dean when his swept-up hair was imitated across the country. A different variation on the look was made famous by Elvis Presley. The pompadour has experienced another revival in the 21st century as fashionable young men around the world try to imitate the look of teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, whose hair in the movie "Twilight" became an overnight sensation.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Hair gel or pomade

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  1. 1

    Grow your hair for several months. Grow the hair until the hair in the front reaches at least 3 to 6 inches in length.

  2. 2

    Visit a barber or hair stylist. Tell him that you want a pompadour look. He should leave the front and top of your hair long while trimming it neat at the sides.

  3. 3

    Shower and dry your hair with a towel. Some moisture left in the hair is fine at the beginning of the styling process.

  4. 4

    Place a large dab of gel or pomade in your hand. Sweep it up through the front of your hair and push the hair up in a vertical motion. Aim for height and body as you shape the pompadour with your hands.

  5. 5

    Comb the sides of the hair back neatly. The focus should be on the pompadour in the front while the sides lay flat and out of the way. Comb the pompadour itself if you want the neat and tidy pompadour look. For a messier look, use your hand to ruffle the hair and give it a windblown and disorganised look.

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