The pompadour is a hairstyle that has been around since the 1700s but was popularized in the recent mid-century. During the time of dapper gents and well-dressed ladies on their way to a soda social, the style has since been modernized and diversified. The pompadour, or pomp, now comes in many different ways to wear it and we’ve looked at two: the classic pompadour and the modern pompadour. But we’ve left the flashiest, most outstanding pomps out there for this article!
1. Wide Flat Pomp
The wide flat pomp is just what it sounds like. It features a pompadour style that is loose instead of tightly gelled, almost resembling a long quiff. This style is piecier and has more texture than a traditional pomp, making it one of the more casual pomp hairstyles for men as an alternative for a night on the town or at work.
2. Brightly Colored Pink Pomp
One thing you did not see during the early days of the pomp was such a vibrantly colored one. In this day and age, playing with vivid colors boosts your hairstyle to a new level and lets you add another layer of style to your ensemble. Choose any brightly colored dye for this job to make one of these unique pomp hairstyles for men work.
3. Faded Pomp
Wearing a modern taper fade haircut with a classic style pomp is an excellent way to blend the old with the new. Pick any fade and incorporate any design you wish on the sides and then gel the longer portion of your hair into a classic pomp for an incredibly fashionable way to wear your hair.
4. Modern Long Pomp
This is somewhat of a mixture between a pomp and a quiff haircut. These pomp hairstyles for men are brushed back and gelled into a pompadour shape in the front of the head. Found in the back is a long piece of hair that extends past the crown of the head, sometimes to the neck, but not always, making for a contemporary way to change the pomp up.
5. Loose Victory Roll Pomp
Get a little bit of rockabilly flair to spice up your outfits with the loose victory roll pomp. The victory roll is a swirling curl that is prominent in the front of the hair, and in this style, its an understated part of the pomp, giving it volume in the front and letting it get smaller toward the back.
6. Cyberpunk Elvis Pomp
The Elvis pomp features a rich and bold pompadour that, in its true style, reaches far past the brow line and has exceptional volume. This pomp is made more contemporary with the addition of an edge part and a design in the back around the nape of the neck to offset the pomp’s shape.
7. Flyaway Pomp with Edges
Who says all pomps have to be tight and neat? Play with the length of hair on top by letting the pomp fly away with the help of a little hairspray. While the top is taking flight, you could give yourself a defined part, or experiment with a brand new fade to go with it. You can do anything with this style.
8. Unkempt Pomp
This style looks like a nice pompadour that has been slept in. By styling your hair into a pomp and then extending some of the strands outward, you achieve an intentionally unkempt look. Contrast that with neat edges and perhaps even a fade to give your hair a unique style of its own.
9. Poof Pomp
This pompadour doesn’t extend so far back on the head as most others. Instead, most of the hair is going to be at the front of the head. Using gel and a comb, get most of the hair up front and form it into a towering poof. This is very flattering for larger foreheads.
10. Gelled Pomp with Fade
The gelled pomp with a fade is a large and extravagant pompadour that has exceptional volume. Perfect for men with thick hair, this pomp is tall and voluminous, setting the stage for the fade below it to taper down into nothing, creating a visual effect that will draw the eye.
11. Lightly Gelled Pomp
The lightly gelled pompadour has all of the structure of a classic pomp; it has a similar shape and sits in the same place on your head as a pomp, but instead of a tidy gelled look, it is textured and a bit messy. This is a wonderful way to style thick hair.
12. Flipped Back Pomp
The flipped back pomp is indeed a pomp, except the front is different from usual. The front of the pomp has been gelled and pulled back over the rest of the pompadour for great definition in the front. This also serves to add height and volume to any type of hair.
13. Long Sides Pomp
The long sides pomp features longer hair on the sides of the head opposed to the classic style where the hair gets shaved down. In these types of pomp hairstyles for men, the transition from sides to the top is almost seamless, making for a more casual and connected hairstyle that differs from its origins in a modern way.
14. Side Swept Pomp
Next on our pomp hairstyles for men list, we have the side swept pomp, that is a large and luscious pomp that features insurmountable volume and rich textures put in place by a comb. To achieve this look, push your thick hair into the pompadour style, but instead of gelling it down the middle, comb it off to the side and part it there.
15. Soft Edges Pomp
The soft edges pomp delivers all of the charm of the pompadour with a little less of the formal appeal. This pomp is in the shape of a classic style pompadour haircut, but there is not as much product holding it so rigidly in place, serving to deliver a versatile style that can be worn anywhere.
16. Slicked Back Pomp
Resembling a quiff, this style of slicked back pomp hairstyles for men features a flattened pomp shape that takes over most of the space on the crown of the head. It can be worn as long or as short as you please. Moreover, you can apply texture either with your fingers or with a fine tooth comb.
17. Short Slicked Back Pomp
The short slicked back pomp is similar to the long one except most of the hair stays on the top of the head and doesn’t extend off of it. This pomp can lend you all of the great volume of a true pomp in the front but become more understated in the back for a casual wear hairstyle.
18. Mid Century Pomp
Step back into the 50s and 60s and really get up close and personal with their sense of style with the classic mid-century pomp. This pomp is gelled heavily on the sides and on the top, with the voluminous top extending slightly over the forehead for a true pompadour look.
19. Voluminous Pomp
The voluminous pomp is perfect for gentlemen with long and thick hair who want to do something different. While the sides remain short, the top extends in a loose pomp to give it height and a bit of texture without being heavily gelled into that classic and tight pomp shape.
20. Greaser Pomp
The greaser pomp is one that is rather subtle compared to older pomp hairstyles for men or newer ones that feature fades. This style of pompadour flows effortlessly together, with the sides blending in via a part to the top and the top is pushed back expertly to complete the flowing look of the style.
21. Big Tapering Pomp
This is a pomp that tapers in every way. From the front of the head where the volume is high, it slowly comes down to a small amount of hair in the back. The sides are the same; the top of the sides are thick and rich and gradually dwindle as they go.
22. Flat Top Pomp
The flat top pomp is simply a pompadour that lacks most of its height and volume. This pomp is a casual alternative that is great for both semi-formal and casual events. This look is achieved by styling the hair into a pomp shape but bringing it down across the crown instead of up into the air.
23. Textured Pomp
The textured pomp is not as uniform as a standard pomp. It usually features a wider set pomp that has the appearance of being brushed back like a quiff but still has all of the precious volume and lift found throughout the hair much like a standard pomp will have.
24. Smooth Pomp with Fade
The smooth pomp with a fade features a pompadour that is gentle and soft, not so rigidly gelled down and heavy. This is a great chance for naturally wavy hair to shine through and deliver its texture to the look. The sides feature a gradual fade that complements the softness of the top.
25. Casual Pomp
The casual pomp lends you a way to wear your hair that takes little time to style and is appropriate for most situations, casual or semi-formal. It comes in the form of a short sides, long top ‘do that features the pompadour shape in a loose and vague manner.
26. Piecey Pomp
The piecey pomp is a pomp that has been formed into the shape of the classic style pompadour but that features rich locks of texture. The chunky texture of the hair can then be offset by smooth lines and a gorgeous fade for excellent contrast.
27. Elvis Pomp with Fade
The Elvis pomp with a fade is similar to the classic style found in the Elvis pomp. The large part of the pomp overhangs the forehead to deliver height and volume, while the sides are given a modern upgrade by way of the implementation of a fade, that of which you can choose.
28. Slicked Back Pomp with Fade
The slicked back pomp with a fade is sort of a mixture between a quiff and a pomp. It has all of the texture up front as a pompadour does, but it is pushed back and gradually flattened against the head, much like a quiff. The sides feature a flattering fade.
29. Lazy Pomp
The lazy pomp looks like a slight quiff, where the top layer of the hair has been pushed over the pompadour shape. This lends the lazy pomp plenty of volume but delivers all of the dimension of a quiff. Simply gel one layer of hair over an already formed pomp and you’re all set.
30. Rockabilly Pomp
The rockabilly pomp looks back into the past where the pompadour originated and plays up on that style. It features a pompadour that has big chunky pieces pushed back into the other strands of hair. The front is large and voluminous and it gradually fades down to a short cut.
31. Classic Pomp with Fade
The classic pomp with a fade features the typical style pomp: a large and tall portion at the front of the head, neatly gelled and gradually tapering into a small bit of hair at the end. What modernizes this look is the fade that you can put into the sides.
32. Short Pomp with Fade
The short pomp with a fade is a classic style pomp that has been muted a bit and it more practical because of it. It features a side part alongside the pomp itself and the part can even be cut out for a dramatic effect. A fade runs down the sides.
33. Highlighted Pomp
A highlighted pomp is a great way to add some character to the large bit of hair you are going to be so prominently displaying in a pomp style. Highlight a few strands in a few shades lighter than your natural color and watch the depth and dimension pop before your eyes.
34. Swirly Pomp
The swirly pomp is a pomp that is not gelled down in the typical way. Instead, it is lifted up and onto the hair by swirling the locks around to create a dizzying effect. The top is combed into the middle as are the sides to deliver a truly unique and textured pompadour.
35. Side Part Pomp
The side part pomp is one that features relatively short sides and a long, flowing top. The pompadour can be loose or tight, but what makes this style is the way you part it to the side. This provides a nice contrast between the two sides of the head and a whole lot of height, especially if you get a hard part haircut.
36. Loose Ends Pomp
The loose ends pomp has the general shape of a pomp, but you don’t gel it into itself as you would with a classic pomp. Instead, it is pushed up almost like a faux hawk but without the point, and the loose strands of hair make up the top of the pomp and give it texture.
37. Brushed Back Pomp with Fade
We almost want to call this a quiff because it has been pushed back as it has, but the volume at the front and the controlled shape lends itself to being a pompadour. There is a fade on the short sides of the head to balance out the unique shape of this pomp.
38. Wavy Pomp
The wavy pomp delivers those men with waves in their hair a chance to use them to their advantage by adding pieces and texture to their pompadour. This pomp is a loose pomp that doesn’t require being gelled down so wholly. Formed into the general shape of a pomp, the waves are pushed back to lend it its depth.
39. Long Sides, Long Top
The long sides, long top pomp features a flat top pomp that has been gelled backward. It can be as long or as short in the back as you please. The sides aren’t shaved like they so often are with a pompadour, and instead, those get slicked back too to create the pomp effect.
40. Seamless Pomp
The seamless pomp features a classic pompadour style haircut that is bold and present in the front and gently tapers into nothing in the back. This pomp comes to a point at its end where it will blend in excellently with the natural grain present in your hair to create a seamless transition.
41. Piecey Medium Length Pomp
This piecey, medium length pompadour features a messy appearance that lets the pomp go wherever it wants. This creates a casual look that is a modernized upgrade to the pomp while still retaining that same basic shape. Run some gel between your fingers and piece out the textured locks with ease.
42. The Half and Half
This pompadour is a half up, half down sort of style for those with short hair. It features a side-parted pomp with great volume that has been pushed off to one side. The rest of the parted hair is a decent length that makes up not only one half of the top of the head but is brushed back to create the sides as well.
43. Wave Pomp
The wave pomp features a style that is similar to a messy pomp. The difference is that this pompadour has a front section that is not pushed back but is rather swirled over to resemble a wave. It has been parted to the side to further that effect with ease.
44. Tightly Rolled and Gelled Pomp
The tightly rolled and gelled pomp is somewhat of a nod back to the classic style of pomps. This pomp features a side-parted pomp that has some hair remaining on the opposite side. The pomp section has been tightly rolled into itself to adhere to the true pomp style.
45. Windblown Pomp
The windblown pomp resembles a quiff in the way that it is brushed over to one side. There is a loose pomp shape that serves as the basis for this look, yet the piecey chunks of hair lend it a more casual appeal like one might find in a quiff.
46. Everyday Pomp
The everyday pomp does not possess the formalness of your average pompadour. It does have gel and it does form a basic pomp shape but it is more casual and understated, making it a pomp hairstyle that can be worn any day and to any occasion that you see fit.
47. Pomp with Height
The pomp with height is a loose pomp that rises up in a natural, bed head looking way opposed to being gelled down and shaped. This pomp has great volume and is perfect for those with thick hair. The sides are shaved to almost nothing which provides a beautiful contrast.
48. Long Pomp
The long pomp is a side-parted hairstyle that features the same volume and height as a pomp in the center of the head but tapers off and lends its way to a medium or long hair on one side. This is a dramatic style and works best with those with straight hair.
49. Forward Pushed Pomp
The forward pushed pomp is the opposite of a quiff style pomp; the hair has been pushed forward to reveal its natural texture instead of pushed back to hide it. Furthermore, you can shave the sides down and even feature a fade. Either one will work well with the textured nature of this pomp.
50. Slicked Over Side Pomp
The slicked over side pomp boasts a very short side, similar to an undercut. A sharp part separates the short side from the top, that of which holds a side-parted pompadour. The pomp is well manicured and neat, making this a modern twist on a classic style of pomp.
51. Pomp Hairstyle for Afro-textured Hair
Although pomp hairstyles for men are typically associated with softer hair types, you can also rock the look if you have textured hair. The pomp we recommend for black men works in favor of their naturally curly locks, displaying them towards the front of the hairstyle. We also encourage you to add the undercut for a head-turning silhouette.
52. Punk Pomp
We’ve talked all about greaser pomps, but what about those that draw inspiration from punk culture? If you want to show off your rebellious personality while still keeping it cool, recreate the punk pomp from the photo above. Regardless of your hair length, all you have to do is comb your pomp towards the center to form a mohawk-like shape.
53. Pomp Hairstyle with Modern Ducktail
Back in the day, the ducktail hairstyle was all the rage among men with style. Nowadays, you won’t see it as often, but you can take the idea and adapt it to current trends. Consider combing your hair outwards instead of inwards for a ducktail pompadour hybrid hairstyle that will truly make you stand out amongst your peers.
54. Ombre Box Fade Pomp
The ombre box fade pomp really has it all. Not only do you get an awesome haircut that frames your face in a flattering way, but you’ll also spice up your entire appearance with a splash of color. You can try the black and purple combo from the reference above, or you can experiment with any other tones that suit your personal style.
55. Bleached Pomp Hairstyle with Fade
Lastly, we have one of the edgiest pomp hairstyles for men that will make the wearer irresistible. By bleaching the top part of your pompadour, you’ll get an alluring contrast with the rest of your natural hair color left in the undercut section. Additionally, you can follow the taper fade pattern presented in the photo to pair your classy hairstyle with a super cool haircut.
The pompadour is a hairstyle from days gone by that is easy to recreate and reinvent. From loose pomps, wavy pomps, textured pomps, colored pomps, vibrantly colored pomps and more, there are many ways to change up this classic hairstyle to better suit your own sense of fashion. How do you wear your pomp? Tell us in the comments!
This article was updated in March 2019.