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Ruffians Hairstyle Guide: The Popular Pomp

At its simplest, the pomp or pompadour is a style that calls for hair to be swept up and back over the head. The sides and back are combed neatly and kept close to the head while a quiff is constructed using the longer hair at the front.

If that sounds complicated, it’s not. The pompadour is a lot more versatile than you might first think. There are so many variations on the style that it can be cut, styled and altered to suit men of all ages, tastes and profession.

Here, you’ll find a step-by-step expert guide to everything you need to know about the Popular Pomp and how to achieve the best finish.

What is the “Popular Pomp”?

The Popular Pomp is the modern take on a classic. This style is defined by a clear contrast between the shortness of the hair at the sides and back compared to the length of the hair on the top.

Unlike a classic pomp, which is achieved with scissor-cut hair, the modern variation requires your hair at the sides and back be clippered either to a uniform length (usually a grade four or lower) or graduated, i.e. faded, from very short at the hairline at the sides and back to slightly longer towards the crown.

Less work than the classic, the modern pompadour does not require a lot of combing and styling at the sides and back, so it’s ideal if slightly pinched for time.

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How To Style it

Whether you want a slick, tightly sculpted pompadour or one that’s loose enough to run your hands through, the basic styling method is the same.

STEP 1 First, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner to ensure it is completely free of excess oil, dirt and product residue.

STEP 2 Lightly towel dry the hair. Take a small amount of Ruffians Hair Cream into your palm, rub between your hands and apply evenly throughout the damp hair. Then, with a round brush and hair dryer, blow dry the hair backwards from your forehead and temples towards the back of your head, each time moving along the full shaft of the hair from root to tip.

STEP 3 Next, take a pea-sized amount of Ruffians Styling Paste. Thoroughly rub it between the palms of your hands to warm before running it through your hair. Make sure you apply it evenly, from the root to the tip. Remember, start with a small amount of Ruffians Styling Paste, you can always add more if required.

STEP 4 Resume brushing, using the technique outlined in step two. As you brush with one hand, use the other to gently guide the hair you’ve just brushed. 

STEP 5 Next, shape the hair as desired. If you desire more height or volume, use the palm of your hand to push the fringe/ quiff forward.

Once happy with the shape of your pompadour and depending on your desired finish, spray with a generous amount of strong-hold hairspray to help keep everything in place.

Remember, barbers and stylists have practised these techniques for years. Don’t panic if it takes you a couple of attempts before you get the perfect look!

Ruffians Hair Cream and Styling Paste is available to purchase from all five of our shops, or can be bought from our online store. Want to let the experts sort your hair and give you the lowdown on the best products for styling it? Book an appointment now.

Good things come to those who wait! Introducing our relaunched range of styling and grooming products

The wait is finally over for the launch of our new and improved family of Ruffians styling and grooming products – we are so excited to be delivering a completely new fresh take on our existing popular product line. Bringing back old favourites (with some key enhancements) and introducing some fantastic new members to the family, including Ruffians Marine Spray and Ruffians Hair Powder.

Why the changes?

We knew our original products were good, but we weren’t satisfied with just good – at Ruffians we strive for excellence! Our carefully chosen team of esteemed Ruffians’ barbers have hand picked the finest ingredients, qualities and functions to create a product range that delivers on every front. We’ve carefully replaced any nasties from our older products with natural ingredients (vegan and organic wherever possible) which will benefit both the hair and scalp.

We want our customers to take home the confidence we give in our shops.

A brand new look!

Our new design balances a simple and stylish aesthetic with absolute practicality. A soft, grey card outer with debossed logo, and barber pole sticker in the Ruffians distinctive yellow and blue, opens to reveal a glossy, waterproof inner container, ideal for longevity in the bathroom. 

Best of all – all our packaging is now recyclable!

So, what’s coming?

Hair Styling products

Ruffians Styling Paste–  The all time great – now even greater! The ever popular Ruffians Styling Paste provides familiar flexibility, texture and natural shine.Ingredients such as lanolin, will lock moisture in for a natural, healthy-looking style and antioxidant rich herbal hops act to condition the hair, adding natural shine and promote healthy hair.

Ruffians Marine Spray – A sea-salt spray that protects and strengthens hair. Ruffians Marine Spray not only provides amazing styling results, but is also designed to promote healthy hair.

Ruffians Hair Cream – A product like no other! Ruffians Hair Cream is designed to enhance body, suppleness and sheen. This dream product is not only going to enhance the look of your hair when styling but also improves the texture of damaged hair, reduces greasiness and is ideal for sensitive skin.

Ruffians Hair Powder – A matt product that improves density and gives hold! Ruffians Hair Powder is ideal for giving a matt hold, which looks natural. It provides volume and density to the hair. Ingredients such as natural origin silica support weightless styling and absorb excess oils and moisture.

Ruffians Matt Clay – It’s back and even better! Ruffians Matt Clay has been enhanced and given a face lift providing structure and strong hold. Kaolin clay bind to hair for long-lasting hold without flaking, while natural candelilla and olive waxes nourish, thicken and condition the hair. 

Hair Care

Ruffians Original Shampoo – A shampoo for all hair types! This shampoo is packed with the finest ingredients, including amino acids and mineral-rich organic seaweed, to look after both your hair and scalp. 

Ruffians Original Conditioner – A conditioner that moisturises and soothes! This conditioner, like our shampoo, is filled with a blend of incredible ingredients, including Alba seed oil which naturally moisturises and soothes the hair and scalp.

Beard Grooming

Ruffians Argan Beard Oil – A crowd pleaser – and beard pleaser! Ruffians Argan Beard Oil has gone untouched but now looks even better in new packaging! Antioxidant-rich argan oil locks in moisture while protecting against sun damage and toxins. The fresh smelling tea tree and citrus extracts naturally cleanse the beard and energise the skin beneath.