Vintage inspirations have been particularly strong for men’s hairstyles, a fact which has carried through to 2014’s hair trends. The pompadour of the ’50s and ’60s – the hairstyle made famous by the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley – is one of those that’s cropped up again, giving men a tough yet slick vintage vibe that’s relatively easy to create.
In this modern version the hair has a slight side part rather than being slicked entirely back. Keeping it a bit shorter and a little bit more effortless creates a pompadour that’s cool without being too time-warped.
Below, steps on how to create the modern men’s pompadour for yourself.
How to: tousled modern men’s pompadour
At Roccobarocco’s spring 2014 men’s show, hairstylist Beppe d’Elia created a rockabilly-inspired pompadour that was “more messy, more fresh and modern.” The shape here is a little flatter and more haphazard while still retaining the pompadour shape. Note that you’ll need some length in both the top and sides (particularly the top) in order to carry this look off.
d’Elia stresses that dry texture is important to creating this look. Hair that’s too soft won’t stay in place, after all.
The modern pompadour at Roccobarocco S/S ’14.
Tip: For a dry finish and plenty of hold, try Sebastian Matte Putty.
At Roccobarocco S/S ’14.
How to: slick modern men’s pompadour
American Crew hair stylist Dean Tsopanis explains another variation on how to get a modern pompadour, as styled for the men’s black and white shoot below.
Modern pompadour styled by American Crew.
Voilà – Elvis is back, only ready to face the modern day.
What’s great about this look is that despite the vintage or classic inspiration, it remains modern and not dated. This hairstyle is perfect to spice up any outfit casual or formal.