Reader Q&A: How Do I Create a Pompadour?

The pompadour is this season's hottest hairstyle, whether your hair is Janet Jackson-short or Beyonce-long. The only issue is figuring out how to create this super-chic, poufed-in-the-front style. Here, we answer a pompadour-challenged reader's most burning hair question, and offer a gallery of sky-high strands for celeb inspiration! QUESTION: "I love the look of a pompadour, but I have no idea how to do the look. I have shoulder length, natural hair. Help!" ANSWER: from a sky-high updo to a more subtle, half-up/half-down style, this look is versatile and flattering on everyone. Check out our gallery of the latest celebs to adapt this bodacious 'do.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 26, 2010

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Recently, Janet Jackson chopped off her signature long locks to rock this cropped, pompadoured look. Her chicness is proof that the poufed-in-the-front style flatters all hair lengths under the sun!

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Janelle Monae’s edgy, pompadoured natural is on its way to becoming iconic. To do, simply leave the bang section of your afro out, and then slick the back portion into a tight French twist.

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Zoe Saldana teased the front of her half-up/half-down hairstyle for a sleek, softly feminine look that works for both daytime and evening.

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Beyonce soars to new heights with this seriously teased, half-up/half-down ‘do. We love that she’s boldly flaunting an inch and a half of dark roots—so cool.

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Pussycat Dolls’ Melody Thornton’s rolled-back bangs recall the wartime looks of 1940’s movie stars like Betty Grable and Joan Crawford. So sleek and unexpected!

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Chrisette Michelle adds some ooh-la-la to her ’do by creating a large roll on top.

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To create Jill Scott’s bodacious natural pompadour at home, simply slick hair back into a tight ponytail, leaving out the front portion. Tease at the roots with a rat-tail comb and spritz with light hold spray.

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Music video actress Melyssa Ford pairs a dramatic, rolled pompadour with a sleek ponytail. The result? A little bit retro, a lot sexy.

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Alicia Keys pairs killer hoops with an eye-catching pompadour for a funky-sexy, downtown-chic moment.

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Ciara adds serious height to the top of her hair, and sweeps the back into an impossibly long, sexy ponytai. Perfection.

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