The Pompadour is a hairstyle that is fast becoming a trend on the fashion scene and like every hairstyle it is not for everybody.
The name originated from a mistress of King Louis XV called Madame de Pompadour. She invented the white pompadour wig that signifies nobility and wisdom.The pompadour was a fashion trend in the 1950s among male rockabilly artists and actors. It later became widely associated with James Dean and Elvis Presley.
In recent times Janelle Monae seems to be the one rocking this trend and the girl is really working it also La Roux front woman is another person who is working the trend though hers is a more updated look. Rihanna occassionally does it but as usual she ends up looking like an over made up hack rather than what she is supposed to look like(someone should pls tell her we so over her dark phase it's get rather annoying than shocking). Also Willow Smith worked the trend to the premiere of Karate Kid.
A pompadour is often created by combing the sides of the hair back, while fanning the top of the hair forward and curling over itself. There are numerous ways to sculpt a pompadour. Some only curl the front few inches of their hair up, while others comb their hair back and use their hands to "push" it into its desired place. Occasionally hair is kept relatively short and cut into the desired look, and pompadours are created through standing the hair straight up, retaining a "spiked" quality. Variations on exact style vary from a straight front to a more rounded and organic look.
For women, the hairstyle has become marginally popular again in the first few years of the twenty-first century. It can be created by ratting at the roots of the hair on the sides of the pompadour towards the top of the head. Then the hair is combed up and over the ratted hair, off the forehead, the front up in a curl straight back, and the sides pulled back towards the center.