Go vintage with a pompadour haircut and style. It’s definitely a style onto its own. While the pompadour is a popular style for men, it’s named after Madame de Pompadour who was mistress of King Louis XV in the 18th Century.
In the 20th century, the pompadour became popularized by the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley. Since then, it’s been a staple hairstyle for men enjoying a revival since 2010.
What is a pompadour?
It’s distinctive. It’s a form of slicked back hairstyle including side and top. The Pompadour differs from a slick back style in that the front poofs up creating a wave-like look. Some pompadours have a tall poof while others can be less pronounced.
Types of Pompadours
It can vary in several ways:
- Short (shaved sides),
- Longer sides slicked back,
- Not so tall,
- Slightly swept to the side, and
- Straight back.
Famous Men with Pompadour Hairstyles
One of the most famous people in the 20th century to sport a pompadour was Elvis Presley. Check it out:
One of the first persons who come to my mind for the pompadour is Chris Isaac. He sometimes sports a slicked-back style, but he’s also known for the pompadour.
Adam Lambert is very well known for his pompadour. Sometimes it’s a bit of a spike, but when hair is longer, it’s full-on pompadour. Check it out:
David Beckham, known for his various hairstyles (trend-setter) has sported a pompadour.
Zac Efron, also known as a trendsetter in the hair department, has worn this classic look.
Timberlake’s hair is arranged in a brushed back pompadour style during the LA premiere of “Trolls” last October 23, 2016. His hair has a slightly lighter shade to match the pink shirt and five o’clock shadow.
Shia LaBeouf was at the ShoWest 2007 Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas. He was wearing a dark suit paired with a red tie finished off by his classy pompadour curly hairstyle.
Matthew McConaughey had a slight pompadour style to his short raven curls at the STX Photocall – Cinemacon at the Caesars Palace last April 12, 2016 in Las Vegas.
The actor is a head-turner in a black suit and pompadour hairstyle during the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Los Angeles Premiere on November 18, 2013.
Chris Hemsworth tamed his long dark brown hair with a slicked-back pompadour hairstyle and five o’clock shadow at the premiere of his 2013 movie, “Thor: The Dark World”.
Johnny Depp was at the Make-Up Artists And Hair Stylists Guild Awards at the Paramount Studios last February 20, 2016 in Los Angeles. He had on his black suit with quirky necklaces and his hair was styled to look pompadour and neat.
The singer showcased a high pompadour hairstyle in brown matching his stunning eyes. This look was worn at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards last July 23, 2012.
Jude Law sported a classy three-piece suit to pair with his dark brown hair slicked back pompadour for a vintage look at the 76th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood last February 29, 2004.
Andrew Garfield styled his brown hair with a sleek pompadour during the 2nd Annual Academy Governors Awards, Kodak Theater, Hollywood, CA in 2010.
Hollywood actor Chris Pine dazzled with his slick pompadour look and five o’clock shadow at the photocall for “Hell or High Water” at the 2016 69th Festival de Cannes.
Bryan Greenberg was looking slick and sexy with his classy blue suit and brushed back pompadour hairstyle during the grand opening of TAO Downtown at the Maritime Hotel on September 28, 2013, in New York City.
On May 21, 2019, the actor attended the premiere of the movie “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” during the 72nd Cannes Film Festival with a combed over hairstyle perfect for his black suit with a bow tie.
Back on March 24, 1997, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman attended the Academy Awards together. Cruise wore a classy suit with his slick and short hairstyle with a slight pompadour look.
Brad Pitt brushed his hair back for a pompadour style to pair with his mustache at the world premiere of “Fury” at the Newseum last October 15, 2014, in Washington DC.
Jared Leto pulled off a long top quiff at the Calvin Klein collection and LOS ANGELES NOMADIC DIVISION Present a Celebration of L.A. ARTS MONTH on January 28, 2010.
Orlando Bloom’s handsome bone structure is on full display with his brushed-up undercut hairstyle with a slight pompadour look at the 2015 British Fashion Awards at the Coliseum Theatre in London.
Orlando Bloom attended the Los Angeles premiere of Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’ held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on August 21, 2019. He was dapper in his navy blue suit and dark pompadour hairstyle.
Milo Ventimiglia went for a classic look featuring a pompadour hairstyle at the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ ‘That’s My Boy’ held on June 4, 2012.
Adam Levine exuded confidence with his casual black shirt and undercut styled into a side-swept pompadour at “The Voice” Season 4 Top 12 Event at the House of Blues on May 8, 2013 in West Hollywood, CA.
The action star is dazzling with his wavy wet quiff paired with a growing beard during The Man from U.N.C.L.E. UK film premiere at Somerset House on Aug 7, 2015.
On January 7, 2015, Chris Evans sported a smart casual outfit with his side-parted pompadour hairstyle at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
Chris Evans was at the World premiere of ‘Avengers: Endgame’ held at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles on April 22, 2019. He wore a classy blue suit with his full beard and brushed up fade pompadour hairstyle.
On December 11, 2016, Ryan Gosling attended the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport. He wore a dapper black tux with his sexy slick side-parted pompadour hairstyle and confident smile.
Chris O’Donnell attended the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Max Payne’ held at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on October 13, 2008. He was quite strapping in a suit and pompadour short dark brown hairstyle.
Actor Eric Bana attended the premiere of “Lone Survivor” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on December 3, 2013 in New York City. He paired his classy suit and tie outfit with a salt and pepper pompadour hairstyle.
George Clooney attended the ‘Hail, Caesar!’ press conference during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. He was seen wearing a leather jacket with his slick and gray pompadour hairstyle.