The pompadour is a classic men’s haircut that refuses to go out of fashion. It has been reinvented time and time again and continues to remain amongst the most popular choices in barber shops all over the world.
Originally named after Madame de Pompadour, who was King Louis XV’s mistress, the classic pomp was made most famous in 1956 by the King of Rock himself, Elvis Presley. Today, the pomp has many modern variations and has been worn by key celebrity influencers such as Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, Zac Efron, and David Beckham to name but a few.
To celebrate this classic swept-back look, The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with industry-leading barber Tom Chapman. The Devon-based barber owns Tom Chapman Hair Design in Torquay, and is the proud founder of the Lions Barber Collective charity.
Below, Tom has created a step-by-step guide for barbers to follow. Combine these steps with our how to cut and style a side-parted pompadour video to give your clients a side-parted pompadour to be proud of.
Before I reach for my scissors and clippers, I like to start by washing my client’s hair. This removes any products that they may have used over the last few days and makes the hair much easier to work with. The Bluebeards Revenge Shampoo and Conditioner are always favourites amongst my clients. People always comment on the classic barber shop scent the products give off, as well as how clean and soft their hair feels afterwards.
Parting the hair
Using your client’s natural parting, start by creating an asymmetric horseshoe section. For now, clip the hair on top of the head out of the way. Using a comb, quickly tidy the hair on the back and sides of the head in preparation for your clippers.
Clipper and cutting work
Starting at the temple and working back to meet at the nape, put in a blank canvas of a grade two. Follow this by freehand graduating the hair in preparation to blend it into the top. Then, release the top from its clip and blend it into the sides with your scissors. It’s important to over direct the top to make sure you leave enough length for the pomp.
Next, it’s time to put in your shortest grade at the hairline, before working through the grades to blend the hair up. Finally, use trimmers and The Bluebeards Revenge Shavette razor to line up.
Once the top has been cut, I like to apply a little of The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste as a pre-styling agent. It really helps to give the pomp structure while blow drying it into shape. While blow drying the hair into place, use The Bluebeards Revenge Quiff Roller to create volume: gently twist it through the hair, while guiding it upwards and backwards.
To finish the side-parted pomp, use pomade for a high-shine finish. In the past, pomade had a habit of making hair a nightmare to wash due to its oil base, but The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade features a water base, meaning it washes out of the hair with ease and still gives an awesome shine and hold. Take a small amount in your palms and glide it through the hair from front to back for the perfect pomp finish.