On pompadours and the like.

April 9, 2009
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The lady who inspired it all, Madame de Pompadour.
I know this matter is most likely to be deemed terribly passé by most of you but I just really would like a few additional opinions. And because I like to think you’re an astoundingly fashion/style-literate bunch I thought I’d just go ahead and ask firstly…
What are we thinking of this quiff/pompadour business? I myself have tried the traditional method: dampening, applying wax and then combing through to give a stiff quiff but I’ve spotted an interesting look (not too suitable for myself…) on the streets of Dublin and in photos of London’s clubs, which consists of oh, a blade two or three on the sides and back and then long and full-of-fringe on top.
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Tim Hamilton FW 09
Secondly, since I inevitably ask myself this question at least once every few days: what do you reckon is the most becoming hairstyle for man? Crew cut? Long and floppy? Asymmetrical fringe? Or other?
Images from Wikipedia and Men’s Style.
  • Ian Brown April 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I like a pompadour with the sides cut very low that way you can to go psychobilly or punk, depending on how you style it.

  • ana April 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    the scruffier the better, and a bit longer on top! 😀 once you stray into actual ‘hairstyles’ you run a high risk of it being ridiculous. although that said, it’s always good to take risks… and it’s only hair. right??

  • fashionfilosofy April 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    i like the quiff minus the blades. very rockabilly! my fave man cut is the surf dude, long and rough

  • LON April 9, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Im all for the short at the back a-symetrical fringe and a general shaggy look. Definately on the preppy rather than emo side of the equation though.

  • SOS! April 10, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I think confidence in carrying out personal style including haircut is important! I’m personally loving the side fringe, and would love to style my hair that way too! xx-LJ from SOS!

  • susie_bubble April 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’m gonna be old fashioned and just go with whatever suits your face shape….the quiff is a surprisingly good look that suits most though…just don’t make it too overly quiffy…

  • Mat Ahoy - Buckets and Spades April 12, 2009 at 9:45 am

    my hair is rubbish, as its going a wee bit thin on top (damn my family roots, excuse the pun). i have super curly hair so if i could id grow it longer on top and have it messy and short at the sides or a quiff. i currently have mine shaved at the sides to a number 2ish and abit longer on top, with a bit of a curl to it.im officially jelous. i sometimes have the urge to shave it off, even though that isnt “cool”. what do you think?

  • Cillian April 12, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Ian: This is what I reckon I’ll adopt soon enough, just need to wash that bloody Dax out. Grrr.ana: Yus! Although I wish I’d practice what I preach and actually take a risk once in a while…selina: Agreed. Oh and afro hair? Perhaps I should put you in touch with a friend…haha.FF: Quiff ftw!LON: I always veer towards preppy but my fringe is too kinky (er…) to be fashioned into any kind of remotely convincing asymmetrical fringe…SOS: True. But a GHD doesn’t hurt either, I hear? Ha!Susie: I always think this is a most effective method (esp. with eyewear too) but I’ve never actually established my face shape…or perhaps I’m in denial…Mat: I, too, have unruly hair when it grows longer than about an inch. Grr. To be frank, I’m not that much of fan of longer hair on guys and have been known to cut my hair quite short, sometimes shaven at the sides (though not in quite some time…). But, certainly, I think shaved heads are terribly chic for a man and so very manageable!/Male Mode.

  • Gavin April 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I go for the quiff myself as I dont need to use ANYTHING to get it-if I want flat hair Id have to use a lot of product.i get a morrisey reference at least every day.So i hope you like morrisey if you go for that cut.