The pompadour, for the sake of clarity, is a unique hairstyle named after 18th century Frenchwoman Jeanne Antoinette Poisson, who was the Marquise de Pompadour and mistress of Louis XV–King of France. As a fitting complement to her expansive and expensive wardrobe, she wore her hair brushed straight back and high above her forehead. Since that time, this distinctive hairstyle has been in and out of popularity, mostly among women, as was a big femme trend during the 1940s. Emulating the movie stars became big, with pompadour-sporting beauties like Joan Crawford and the Andrews Sisters setting the tone with their signature pompadour tresses. It was in the 40s that the pompadour became more of a masculine form of hairstyling, and by the 1050s, the look had been taken over by members of the male population–particularly topping the heads of the most rebellious men lauded as the biggest heartbreakers among female fans.
The Most Memorable Pompadours
One of the most famous idols to sport the pompadour was Elvis Presley, although James Dean, Johnny Cash, Little Richard and later, John Travolta all made the look their own. Others include Johnny Depp, Bruno Mars and Robin Thicke–and don’t forget the best female pompadour styles of Natalie Portman, Gwen Stefani and Anne Hathaway, just to mention a few. The pompadour is back and trending in a big way, and even with the former rockabilly-rebel connotations linked to the style, it’s proven its versatility and popularity as a transitional style that can rock any generation, in its own time. With styling effects ranging widely, and based on the type of cut and its length, there is a vast range of pompadour intensity to be acquired, and it can be based on details such as your age, your profession and your facial conformation. With a hint of vintage appeal, the style is timelessly edgy too.
This one deserves mention, as it is sharing the trending spotlight as a style distinction. It combines the pompadour with the faux hawk, from longer hair at the front, which decreases lengthwise moving backwards on the head, with shorter sides and back.
The January men’s shows from Milan resembled a veritable pompadour contest, with just about everyone–editors, stylists and models all rocking the style with passion. And now it’s bigger and badder than ever The defining components include short sides and back, with a dramatic length left on the top side that is artfully swept forward and then back again onto itself. Surely, there has never been a better style for men to show off their lovely locks with attitude, than with the pompadour. Anyone who was following the Beatles during their heyday might remember a rather significant hair-defining moment, when then Beatles bassist Stuart Sutcliffe’s girlfriend managed to scissor his fashionable pomade-sustained pompadour into what would become the infamous Beatle hairstyle. The world would not see the return of the pompadour for some time, as in general, men’s hairstyles for a long time became longer and less “positioned” with products. Punk rock icons revived the look for a time, and now, it’s back again, and from the looks of things, taking on more followers from different cultures than ever. It’s lost its historic rebellious effect, trading it in perhaps for a more savvy and articulate style.