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Hot Holiday Hair: The Modern Pompadour

I’m a sucker for a big hair moment, which probably explains my newfound fascination with the pompadour.  I rediscovered the retro style one morning while trying to tame my unruly hair into a presentable look and instantly fell in love with the added height. The classic pompadour has come a long way from stiff overly worked iterations of eras past, but remains as cool as ever. Here are a few (of many) modern pompadour interpretations that are perfect for future bad hair days and beyond.

Slicked back pompadour: Old Hollywood glamour meets modern elegance with a soft pompadour blended into silky waves. As seen on Gwen Stefani, the style is soft and feminine yet perfectly polished.

Gwen Stefani modern Pompadour trend

Undone pompadour: Speaking of perfectly polished, the undone pompadour is decidedly not.  A teased front makes the look playful, while sleek sides keep the tousled volume from getting sloppy. This deconstructed style works for both special occasions and everyday wear. Win!

Alicia Keys modern Pompadour trend

Pompadour with a twist (or braid): The classic pompadour gets even better with the addition of a twist or braid. Get your pomp on by first securing a horseshoe section of hair at the front of your head. Next, twist or fashion a french braid from the nape of the neck towards the crown (you can also braid or twist from the crown down like Janelle Monae). Twist the ends under and secure with bobby pins. Finally, roll back the front horseshoe portion, pin down the ends and admire your new do.

Janelle Monae modern Pompadour trend


Half up/Half down pompadour: With a pin up girl inspired front tuck and flowing hair in the back, the half up/half down pompadour is gorgeous from any angle. It’s really the best of both hair worlds-a partial updo that let’s you leave your hair down.

beyonce modern Pompadour trend

Which modern pompadour style is your favorite?

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