The pompadour hairstyle is named after Madame de Pompadour, who was the mistress of King Louis XV. This style has wide variations for both men and women but the basic concept being that the hair is swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead. The hair is sometimes upswept from the sides and back too.
This style was popular as a women’s hairstyle and was again made popular as the Gibson Girl look during the 1890s. The style again rose to fame in the 1940s among women. The men’s version of the pompadour was worn by the pop legend Elvis Presley and was popular among other artists and rock and roll fans. The 21st century has many variations of the pompadour still existing.
The rise has become only marginally popular in the first few years of the 21st century and can be created by ratting at the roots of the pompadour towards the top of the head, combing up the hair over the ratted portion, the front up in a straight curl back and the sides too pulled back towards the center. Japanese have the punch perm which combines afro hairstyle and pompadour and this style is worn by the shady members of the society like the street thugs.
A slight modification of the pompadour called the quaff is worn by Psycobilly fans and musicians. This style is a cross between the pompadour and mohawk hairstyles in which the sides of the hair is shaved and the center is gelled back and made to stand up like a pompadour, a style which the comic character Tintin sports.