Distinguished without being eccentric, class without being old-fashioned, the Pompadour haircut gives you an elegant style .

A reference to Madame de Pompadour

Pompadour haircut

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Named in reference to Madame de Pompadour, favorite of King Louis XV, this hairstyle consists of clearing the forehead by lifting the hair backwards. The Pompadour cut will have a small effect on those around you and will allow you to vary the effects thanks to its multiple versions ! This characteristic cut consists of shortening the hair located at the back and on the sides, then combing the hair from the top of the skull backwards, raising them in such a way as to create this « bulging » effect characteristic of the Pompadour cut for men. Then, we create a “side part” effect: a parting on the side made with a comb comes to harmoniously define the limit between the top of the skull and the rest of the hair, for a modern and trendy look.

Pompadour haircut

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A symbol of rebellion

A style of hairstyle fashionable in the 18th century, it carried over into the Gibson Girl look of the 1890s and continued to be in vogue until World War I. The style was again popular among women in the 1940s. The Pompadour hairstyle became a very fashionable haircut in the 1950s among men who wore a tassel high on the forehead and held by brilliantine, such as Elvis Presley and James Dean. In this version, no undercut: we comb the hair straight back, and we create a « banana » effect above the forehead to obtain a distinguished look like the King. Using a modeling paste will help you maintain the shape of the hairstyle while giving it that characteristic shine of retro looks. Finally, this cut is particularly suitable for abundant hair. This trend only returned to women later, in the 90s, with the rise of the punk style. Far from the very worldly hairstyle of the time of kings, the Pompadour cut has here become a symbol of rebellion. Women are breaking codes: femininity no longer means long hair but short hair, shaved, combed with wax like men. This is how this hairstyle came into fashion. Today, the Pompadour cut can go just as well with a rockabilly style as with a more classic look, with a modern woman as well as a fan of vintage fashion.

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