The Perfect Pompadour

The pompadour is a hair style – a very cool hair style. It is the slick hair style that gave rock ‘n’ roll its identity, its rebel attitude and its sexy swagger. The pompadour takes its name from Madame de Pompadour (Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, Duchesse de Pompadour), a notorious mistress of King Louis XV of France. The pompadour became a fashion trend during the 1950s among rockabilly musicians and the popular young actors of the time.


America’s ongoing fascination with vintage culture has seen the pompadour hair style be adopted by the hot rodders, the antique car collectors, the bikers, and even American folk singers. The pompadour always has been and always will be the favorite hair style of the rockabilly cats. Here is how to make your own cool by whipping up a pompadour in 6 Easy Steps!


 The Perfect Pompadour in 6 Easy Steps*

Needed: Murray’s Beeswax or Vitalis or Brylcream

Hair length: Beatles length, short in back

  1. After showering, comb hair straight back.
  2. Rub hair product into both palms and apply to wet hair.
  3. Comb through once and rinse comb well.
  4. Pull forehead hair forward from left to right.
  5. Comb hair up and over from left to right.
  6. Look in mirror, adjust, check the back.

Perfect Pompadour

* Results not typical. Your pompadour may vary.

Now, if that’s way too retro for your style, try the Psychobilly Wedge.It is a “slight” modification of the classic pompadour created by the Psychobilly subculture. Sometimes called a “Vamp Ramp” the Psychobilly Wedge takes the best of the pompadour and mixes it with punk-inspired shaved sides but no spikes on top. The top is slicked back and made to stand up like a proud pompadour should.

psychobilly wedge