Fashion & Grooming

PERFECT YOUR POMPADOUR

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WHAT IS IT?

The pompadour is styled by sweeping the hair upwards and away from the face, often worn slick with swept back sides.

History has a way of repeating itself in pop culture, we’re talking polka dots that seems to be the craze with the ladies and the round sunglasses that are catching on quick. Gaining quick popularity in the current fashion trend is the pompadour. This style harks back to the 50’s where the rockabilly style of rock and roll dictated fashion and Elvis hair was in. Today, the pompadour has been toned to make sure that it fits in well with the rock ‘n’ rollas as well as the office goers. There are more than 50 pompadour styles you could choose from such as the classic pompadour,slicked back pompadour,elegant pompadour,comb over-fade etc.

COOL FACT

The pompadour was actually named after the mistress of King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. It remained a female dominated style through the 18th century up until World War I. That was put to a stop when Elvis Presley made it part of his signature look.

We don’t see this slick styling going out of style any time soon, so you should definitely consider giving it a shot.

What to ask your barber

“I want a classic side parted hairstyle, maybe clippers on the sides and back. Keep the top short, but not so short that it sticks up when I slick it back and to the side.” Then show him this photo or any other you’ve got on your phone for reference. Ask for your preference of neckline.

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THE NECKLINE:

There are basically three major necklines you could choose from.Tapered,block or round.The disadvantages of block and round necklines is that it looks untidy as the hair starts growing back.

MAINTENANCE

The modern pompadour sadly is a little high maintenance both in terms of styling time and upkeep. Here’s how you keep it tight.

  1. Use something that is wax based for a sleek and glowing set finish.
2. Comb (pretty essential to use a comb and NOT a brush) for the perfect side partition and to swoop the hair up and back.
  2. Visit the barber to keep the sides tidy.

 

WAX ON WAX OFF

Before you choose your hair product for the perfect pomp here are two major bases of the hair products, their advantages as well as disadvantages in order to help you decide better.

OIL-BASED POMADE

This is basically grease. More specifically petroleum and mineral-oil based grease. Its predominant ingredient by weight is hydrophobic which means it’s water-insoluble. Some brands also include wax- based substances although this isn’t always the case.

PROS:

– Basic ingredients without too many variation
– Relatively cheaper than water-based pomade- A 100g or 100ml jar will usually last around 2 months

– Low to high shine
– No to strong hold
– It never truly dries which means that you can easily restyle it throughout the day

CONS:

– It’s hard to remove
– It’s very greasy and sensitive to weather
– There have been reported some cases of acne during the first couple months of use, so try not to get it on your forehead.

WATER-BASED POMADE

Yes you guessed it! The main and predominant ingredient is water which means that it’s water-soluble and that it can easily be washed out.

PROS:

– Weather resistant; which means you can apply it almost anytime, unless it’s raining.

– Complete control over the way you style your hair
– Low to medium/high shine – No to super strong hold

– No greasiness
– Easily washes out
– Dries out during the day and stays firmly in place but it can easily be revived with water
– No acne outbreak

CONS:

– It dries out during the day – It’s more expensive than oil-based pomade
– A 100g or 100ml jar will last around 1 month

The pomade is the best product you could use for your pompadour, and here are some of the best ones. But getting your hands on them can be next to impossible in Nepal. Getting a Gatsby or Taft wouldn’t be too bad.

 

1.UPPERCUT DELUXE POMADE

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2.AMERICAN CREW POMAD

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3.SUAVECITO POMADE

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4.IMPERIAL BARBER PRODUCTS CLASSIC POMADE

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