17 Pompadour Hairstyles We'd Actually Dare To Try (PHOTOS)

Oct 02, 2013 | Updated Oct 03, 2013

Fifties rockabilly style wasn't complete without pompadour hair. Pelvic-thrusting performers such as Little Richard and Elvis Presley sported the 'do on stage, while big screen bad boy James Dean wooed the ladies with his slicked-up short hair.

Even though the pompadour's roots can be traced back to the mid-1700s to its namesake Madame de Pompadour, the mistress to King Louis XV, modern-day iterations maintain that '50s edge. From the spiky flair of the cut to the classic shape of the quiff, the rock 'n roll essence is still strong.

But one thing we're certainly glad to see change is the overuse of hair wax and pomade styling products that often made the pompadour too greasy or too shiny. (Thank the hair gods for touchable extra firm hairspray!)

Below are 17 of the most memorable pompadour hairstyles since the 1950s. Would you wear this look?

Elvis Presley, circa 1950

elvis presley

James Dean, circa 1955

james dean

Little Richard, circa 1957

little richard

John Travolta, circa 1978

john travolta

Rick Astley, circa 1988

rick astley

Janelle Monae, 2009

janelle monae

Rihanna, 2010


Bruno Mars, 2010

bruno mars

Zac Efron, 2010

zac effron

David Beckham, 2012

david beckham

Alicia Keys, 2012

alicia keys

Miguel, 2012


Miley Cyrus, 2012

miley cyrus

Pink, 2012


Tilda Swinton, 2013

tilda swinton

Demi Lovato, 2013

demi lovato

Adam Lambert, 2013

adam lambert

More retro looks we can't get enough of:

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