We know what you’re probably thinking: "a pompa what?!"
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.
1 of 25 Jeffrey Mayer
Slay this extra dimensional version like the Scream Queens star.
2 of 25 Jason Kempin
Sport a messy and perfectly imperfect version like Taraji.
3 of 25 Jamie McCarthy
Complete the look with a braided fishtail like actress Danielle Brooks.
4 of 25 Gilbert Carrasquillo
Director Ava DuVernay proves that even girls with locs can slay this hairdo and look equals parts regal and classy.
5 of 25 Prince Williams
Actress Teyonah Parris styled her natural strands into this fierce variation.
6 of 25 Jason LaVeris
Gabrielle Union’s knotted Pompadour is everything!
7 of 25 Gabriel Olsen
Even curly girls can get in on the trend.
8 of 25 Jason LaVeris
Create a softer version like Empire actress Grace Gealey.
9 of 25 Robert Kamau
Lupita gives a quick lesson on how to effortlessly slay the look.
10 of 25 JB Lacroix
Keep it sweet and sassy like Jazmyn Simon.
11 of 25 Greg Doherty
Ace pompadour hair goals like Janelle Monae.
12 of 25 Amanda Edwards
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.
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The icon celebrates her birthday March 18.
14 of 25 Noam Galai
Creates a slicked back version like Empire actress Ta’Rhonda Jones.
15 of 25 Astrid Stawiarz
If you have short hair, take a cue from Fantasia.
16 of 25 David Crotty
Rock it sleek and chic like actress Regina King.
17 of 25 Allen Berezovsky
Don't let goddess locs stop you from taking on the classic style in a new way.
18 of 25 Leon Bennett/BET
MC Lyte’s braided version is definitely something we can all pull off.
19 of 25 David Livingston
Create a twisted version like actress Issa Rae.
20 of 25 Frederick M. Brown
Even if you have rope twists, this style is achievable. Brandy's pouf is goals.
21 of 25 Frazer Harrison
Pull your curly hair into this braided style, as seen on Yara Shahidi.
22 of 25 John Shearer
Take a completely different approach with the hairdo like Tamela Mann’s brilliant blonde variation.
23 of 25 Vivien Killilea
Nail it like actress Tichina Arnold.
24 of 25 Walter McBride
If you have shorter strands, try this chic variation, as seen on Tamron Hall.
25 of 25 Earl Gibson III
Go blue and bold like singer Imani Pressley.
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