How to style the perfect men’s pompadour hairstyle

Elvis Presley and John Travolta pioneered the look back in rock and roll decade the 50s, and now the likes of David Beckham, Justin Timberlake and Zac Efron have brought it firmly back into the spotlight. We could only be talking about the Pompadour, the only hairstyle worth being seen with for 2015 – the year that heralds the return of slick, high-shine styles as they finally manage to overpower the tousled bedhead look that has been on everyone’s heads for years now.

The Bluebeards Revenge has just launched a brand new Pomade to make creating the look as easy as pie – all you’ll need is the right haircut to begin with, a brush, a hairdryer – and, of course, a pot of The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade.

Step 1:

First of all, you’ll need to visit your barber to ensure that you have the right cut for the job, which is comprised of short back and sides, with extra length on top. There are many variations of the pompadour, so it’s up to you how short you choose to go, but we’d recommend a grade two or so on the back and sides, graduating up to a longer length at the curve of the head.

The Bluebeards revenge Pomade
The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade will help you create the perfect pomp

Step 2:

Once you’ve got your cut nailed down, you’ll want to start with freshly washed hair. It’s important to start styling from wet to ensure that you get the volume and direction required. Using your fingers to train hair upwards and backwards to create lift, dry hair on a medium heat until slightly damp.

Step 3:

Next, you’ll want to add a small amount of pomade into the mix. Warm between fingers to soften, and rub between your palms to distribute evenly. Now, apply to damp hair, using your hands to create the beginning of a loose Pomp style.

Step 4:

Once you’ve spread the pomade through your hair, grab your hairdryer again, and using a brush, really begin to create your pomp. Starting from the front of the head, place the brush into the root of the hair, twisting up and backwards as you dry to continue to create extra volume.

Step 5:

You should find that, by this point, your hair is beginning to fall into the desired shape, but in order to achieve that really slick, shiny and structured look, it’s time to go in with more pomade. Rub a 10p-sized amount between the palms and apply evenly from front to back smoothing hair as you go and ensuring that every last strand is covered.

Step 6:

Now, the final step. Using a comb, pull hair up and over from the front and sides, continually smoothing with your hands. It’s up to you how far you want to go with it, as the modern pomp can be worn in a variety of ways, but for this particular look, you want to keep smoothing and combing until you’ve got a smooth, flawless shape.

And voila – the perfect pomp is now yours.


Liam, Head Barber at The Nomad Barbershop in London, shows you how to style your own hair into a modern Pompadour using The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade. This iconic hairstyle is perfect to spice up any outfit casual or formal.

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