Razor Faded Pompadour Hairstyle – Men’s Haircut Trends

August 18, 2017

The razor faded pompadour hairstyle is becoming increasingly popular in today’s world. The pompadour was originally seen on women but now is a popular hairstyle amongst men when combined with a razor faded sides and back.

If you are struggling to picture it there are a wealth of celebrities online who have had the look, such as David Beckham. It is a look that is memorable but more straightforward to cut than you might expect.

The article will explain firstly what the hairstyle is, but it will also look at its origins and why it has grown in popularity today.

What is a Razor Faded Pompadour?

First of all, you need to razor fade the hair. This means instead of using electric clippers, a straight razor to taper down to the scalp. This is a popular technique that plenty of barbers all over the world are becoming familiar with.


The second part of the hair cut is the pompadour. It entails the hair on the top being rolled over to create a lengthy pompadour look.

History of the razor faded pompadour

The history of the razor fade is not that old. It first became popular in the early 20th century, where it remained popular for the next 30 odd years. It then saw a revival in the 2010s where all of a sudden it was being requested in barbers all over the world.

The origins of the pompadour

However, the razor faded pompadours origins come from a slightly different era. The pompadour itself was first donned by Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), the mistress of King Louis XV. So the pompadour was around a long time before the razor fade was introduced.

Madame de Pompadour was famous for her long locks and the trend she started is back in fashion today. Except it has now been given a modern twist with the use of the razor fade.

By swapping the long sides and back with a razor faded look from the hair on top of the head down to the neck and sides, a bold, striking look is created between the two hair lengths.


Growing Popularity

Its popularity going viral in part due to the numerous mediums of technology today that ensured the hairstyle went viral. The number of celebrities, musicians, actors and athletes that have incorporated the hairstyle into their look has given it plenty of screen time. Celebrities such as Zayn Malik and Brad Pitt are just two such individuals.


The razor faded pompadour then is a hairstyle with an interesting history that has been adapted to today’s modern world. Today a faded pompadour as tricky as it may look can be requested in most barbers without you receiving a frightened look by the barber.

The razor fade pompadour is set to only increase in popularity as celebrities from all over the world inspire millions of young men to follow their bold look.

For those of you with any doubt about trying a razor faded pompadour, you only live once, your hair may not be around as long as you think, get out a give it a go!

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