The pompadour is a man or woman’s style of hairdressing. The idea is to create a mound in front of the hair.
The pompadour hairstyle dates back to the 1700’s and the evolution of it has lasted through to today’s hair fashion .
Women wore the pompadour in the 1700’s and Marie Antoinette was a good example of how it was worn then.
The Guilded Age, 1877 to 1889, brought back the pompadour for women in the style of the Gibson Girl.
In the 1930’s and 40’s it re-emerged into the next phase of the pompadour and hollywood played a big role in that come-back.
Again, in the 50’s and 60’s.
The Grunge Era in the 80’s.
And the pompadour is back in full-swing today! Here are some of my favorite modern day pompadours.
As a hairdresser of thirty some odd years, I used to cut hair into the pompadour when it was in style in the 80’s and I’m doing it all over again today.
In the novel I’ve written, Towel Dry and a Good Cry, the main character, Josie Capelli, a new to the business hairdresser in the early 80’s was doing the pompadour on her male clients. My story walks you through what it’s really like to stand behind the chair of a hairdresser through Josie’s eyes and what it was like for her back then to do hair and deal with deep-rooted attachments to her clients, along with her crazy hairdresser best friend and her drama-filled, overbearing, overprotective, Catholic, Italian family.
Towel Dry and a Good Cry is a heartfelt story of truth, trust and love surrounded by a web of characters, some you’ll love, some you’ll hate and some will leave your jaw hanging open!
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