From King Louis XV’s court to 1950s greasers and rockers, pomade hairstyles have historically signalled drama, glamour and a hint of danger in their wearers. 20th-century men in particular had a big love for pomade, using it to fashion edgy ducktails and slicked-back pompadours in the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll.
Fast forward to now and the pompadour is a big hit with actors, rock stars and sportsmen. Worn short on the sides and swept upwards towards the back, this look needs the hold of pomade to achieve its height.
Don’t have the length on top to go full pomp? Try a quiff. Or give a long undercut a retro twist with a rockabilly style.
Pomade also wins at the slicked-back 1920s look. Best for short hair, comb it back or go for a side parting: either way, you get a sleek style that works in the boardroom or bar.
So, is using pomade difficult? Surprisingly, no…