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25 Celeb-Approved Ways To Rock A Poppin' Pompadour Hairstyle

We know what you’re probably thinking: "a pompa what?!"

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By Jennifer Ford · February 24, 2017

The pompadour hairstyle is making a huge comeback. The most classic version of the style has been worn by men like Elvis Presley and Bruno Mars, while others have put their own twist on the standout look. Even Beyoncé rocked a variation of the style in her “Single Ladies” music video.

It’s typically fashioned with tapered sides and the middle portion of your hair swept up and back. However, the retro coiffure has taken a modern twist over time and we can’t get enough of the pompadour looks being worn by our favorite celebrities. From the red carpet to runway, this timeless do is literally perfect for any occasion and can be construed a number of ways to compliment the face.  

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Whether you have short hair, long hair, natural, straight or curly, the hairstyle is super achievable and universally flattering on everyone. For inspiration on how to rock this trendy do, click through the celeb looks we love in the gallery below.

Slay this extra dimensional version like the Scream Queens star. 

Jeffrey Mayer

Sport a messy and perfectly imperfect version like Taraji.

Jason Kempin

Complete the look with a braided fishtail like actress Danielle Brooks. 

Jamie McCarthy

Director Ava DuVernay proves that even girls with locs can slay this hairdo and look equals parts regal and classy.

Gilbert Carrasquillo

Actress Teyonah Parris styled her natural strands into this fierce variation.

Prince Williams

Gabrielle Union’s knotted Pompadour is everything!

Jason LaVeris

Even curly girls can get in on the trend. 

Gabriel Olsen

Create a softer version like Empire actress Grace Gealey.

Jason LaVeris

Lupita gives a quick lesson on how to effortlessly slay the look.

Robert Kamau

Keep it sweet and sassy like Jazmyn Simon.

JB Lacroix

Ace pompadour hair goals like Janelle Monae.

Greg Doherty

Banks completed a nine-week program at Harvard Business School back in 2012, earning a certificate. She returned in 2014 for a non-degree certificate program while working on her beauty brand, Tyra Beauty.

Amanda Edwards

The icon celebrates her birthday March 18. 

Amanda Edwards

Creates a slicked back version like Empire actress Ta’Rhonda Jones.

Noam Galai

If you have short hair, take a cue from Fantasia.

Astrid Stawiarz

Rock it sleek and chic like actress Regina King.

David Crotty

Don't let goddess locs stop you from taking on the classic style in a new way. 

Allen Berezovsky

MC Lyte’s braided version is definitely something we can all pull off.

Leon Bennett/BET

Create a twisted version like actress Issa Rae.

David Livingston

Even if you have rope twists, this style is achievable. Brandy's pouf is goals.

Frederick M. Brown

Pull your curly hair into this braided style, as seen on Yara Shahidi.

Frazer Harrison

Take a completely different approach with the hairdo like Tamela Mann’s brilliant blonde variation.

John Shearer

Nail it like actress Tichina Arnold.

Vivien Killilea

If you have shorter strands, try this chic variation, as seen on Tamron Hall.

Walter McBride

Go blue and bold like singer Imani Pressley.

Earl Gibson III