The Short Pompadour Haircut

The short Pompadour is a modern version of the side part. This hairstyle is generally shorter on the sides with a longer top. It is also a very versatile haircut which can be styled in many different ways. The most common ways to style this haircut are: parted to the side with a wet look with some height in the front, or to the side with a messier look, dry finish, as well as some height in the front.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Understand the square shape haircut
  • Understand the concept of over directing hair to create different lengths
  • Demonstrate the scissor over comb technique
  • Demonstrate the clipper over comb technique
  • Demonstrate cutting a naturally tapered hairline
  • Demonstrate a styling a short pompadour
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
  1. Cut the top section with the scissor over fingers technique with thinning shears. This will texturize the hair and cut length at the same time.
  2. Pull the bangs straight up to ninety degrees and create your center guide. Start halfway down on the shaft of the hair. Pull your fingers gripping the hair slowly upward and close the scissor three times. This will create texture and the last cut will cut some length.
  3. Take small sections working your way toward the crown using your first cut as a traveling guide. This way you will always see your previous guide in your fingers.
  4. For your last section over direct the hair away from the crown to allow for the back to be slightly longer. This way the crown will not be cut too short.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the left side of your center guide. You many need to take two sections to the left depending on how long the hair is.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the right side of your center guide. You many need to take two sections to the right depending on how long the hair is.
  7. Texturize the bangs by cutting them against the grain. Start on the left hand side and pull the bangs up parallel to the contour of the forehead. Work your way across using the same cutting technique as on the top.
  8. Finish cutting the bang length using the thinning scissor over comb technique. Hold the comb parallel to the forehead and elevate it slightly. Open and close the thinning shear in the same spot until the desired length is removed.
  9. Cut the round of the head section using the same thinning scissor over fingers technique as on the top.
  10. Start in the back and create a center guide. Locate the top length and use that as your guide for the first cut.
  11. Work your way to the right temple area using small sections. You will have two guides to follow. The top length and your traveling guide from the first cut. Make sure to angle your fingers slightly inward following the contour of the head to create graduation.
  12. When you get to the temple area over direct the hair to your traveling guide just in front of the ear. This will leave the hair slightly longer in the front.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 on the left side.
  14. Cut the sides and back section using the clipper over comb technique with a large clipper comb. Start in front of the right ear and blend up to your previous guide from the round of the head section.
  15. Work your way all the way around the head to the left side focusing on cutting one panel at a time. Cut on an imaginary plane keeping the comb parallel to the side of the head until you run out of hair. This will leave the sides blended without a weight line or line of demarcation to blend out.
  16. Cut the semi-finish section using the clipper over comb technique with a finishing comb and adjustable clipper. Start on the right hand side and work your way around to the left hand holding your comb at a forty five degree angle to create a naturally tapered outline.
  17. Taper out the hairline on the back of the neck with the adjustable clipper and the blade on skin technique.
  18. Use a scooping motion with the blade in the open position just below the hairline.
  19. Repeat step 18 with the blade in the halfway open position and again with the blade in the closed position.
  20. Complete the finish with the trimmers. Line off the sideburns by making a line and shaving up to it in an upward motion.
  21. Clean up around the ears by pulling the ear down to remove the excess hair.
  22. Make a diagonal line behind the ears on the neck without cutting in to the hairline.
  23. Use an upward shaving motion to clean up any hair on the back of the neck.
  24. Texturize the round of the head section with the thinning scissor over comb and technique. Start in the back section keeping your comb parallel to the head and work your way up to the crown using blending to but not into the top guide.
  25. Work your way to the right temple and then to the left temple.
  26. Style the hair using a dry paste. Make sure to get the paste all the way through the hair. In this case we are not using a distinct part. Follow the natural growth pattern of the hair and create some height in the front.
REVIEW QUESTIONS
  • In which section should you begin the haircut?
  • What men’s haircutting technique is best used for creating texture and cutting length at the same time?
  • What shape is this particular hairstyle?
  • What technique is used for cutting the sides and back section of this haircut?
  • What type of comb is needed to control the large amount of hair being removed
  • Which clipper is used for the semi-finish area to create a naturally tapered outline?
  • What type of styling product is used to create a dry finish?
AUTHOR’S COMMENTARY

To really make this haircut stand out and look natural you must become very proficient with the thinning shear over fingers technique. Creating texture and removing the proper length at the same time will increase your efficiency, the quality of the haircut, as well as the life of the haircut.

A naturally tapered outline will make this haircut stand out and look polished. It is important to be skilled in the clipper over comb and tapering techniques with the adjustable clipper to be able to accomplish this.

 

 

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