This is a straightforward way to achieve a classic and fun fifties look. The quiff or pompadour was a popular style in the fifties among the rockabilly guys. It was made famous by James Dean and years later by John Travolta in Grease, but was actually named after Madam de Pompadour, the chief mistress of King Louis XV of France.
This style has become a favourite with today's rockabilly girls because of its obvious nod to the fifties and the fact that it can usually be worn with a ponytail, which is great to swing and flip around while dancing!
Remember - there are many ways to style a pompadour. You can roll it different ways or wear it scruffy, depending on the length of your hair.
Alas! If you have a short fringe, you may have to grow it a bit to be able to quiff it. For this style you need to have a reasonably long fringe or no fringe at all.
You will need
- Kirby grips
- Ponytail elastic
- Curling tongs
Take a small triangle section at the front of your head from the recessions of your front hairline (this is usually where your hairline starts to curve around towards your temples). Secure it out of the way.
Secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail. It looks super cute, if you have straight hair, to curl your ponytail using curling tongs.
Now remove the clip from your front section. Take hold of any small sections and backcomb them to give height and body. This will also make your hairstyle a lot more stable
Smooth the front of the section out with a boar bristile brush and then start to roll your hair around your three middle fingers. If you want a larger or smaller quiff, use more or less fingers to roll your hair. If you want a more modern quiff, you don't need to smooth out the backcombing
Use your finger as a makeshift kirby grip before you secure the grip directly under your finger. You may need to use a few grips at this point to make sure it stays in place
Spray well with hairspray to hold