THE POMPADOUR: Bruno Mars & 5 Other Men Who Rock It

By Lauren Quick | 02/03/2014 10:02:00 AM


’Twas the day after the Super Bowl, and all we can seem to talk about is Bruno Mars’ hair because — let’s be honest — the game was a little lackluster.

The joke that is revolving around Bruno’s hair is that he needs the added height because he’s only 5’5” tall. We think the man just knows a classic look when he sees one.

Check out our how-to and five other men whom we’re sure Bruno draws inspiration from with his vertical style:

1. Elvis Presley: The Man Who Started It All
click image to zoomUndated picture of US rock star Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo Mississipi on January 8,1935 and dead 16 August 1977 in Memphis. AFP PHOTO (STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Elvis is The King of more than just rock ’n’ roll. TIME listed Presley’s pompadour in its “10 Most Iconic Hairstyles” in 2012, and we can’t argue with that.


2. James Dean: The Bad Boy
click image to zoomJames Dean and Natalie Wood in the film Rebel Without a Cause (Wikimedia Commons)
Teenage angst never looked so good as the Rebel Without a Cause star’s pompadour. We imagine Bruno channeling this particular star’s pompadour when he performs gritty hits like “Gorilla.”


3. David Beckham: The Family Man
click image to zoomDavid Beckham attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on June 27, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Dads can rock the pomp, too! The father of four is still cool enough for a plethora of tattoos and for the on-trend pompadour, which should be inspiration for dads everywhere.


4. Adam Lambert: The Runner-Up
click image to zoomSinger Adam Lambert arrives at the grand opening of Britney Spears' two-year residency "Britney: Piece of Me" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.two-year residency (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Sure, Lambert was an American Idol runner-up, but he skyrocketed to pop fame nonetheless. His theatrical hair scoffs at all of you who didn’t vote for him.


5. Miguel: The Soul Singer
click image to zoomRecording artist Miguel attends 2013 BET Awards - Arrivals at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
Miguel has cited Stevie Wonder and James Brown as inspiration, and soulful artists need hair that can hold up to their alternately wild and deep lyrics and performances. Miguel’s style is one that has been making women weak in the knees for decades.



Bruno Mars' Casual Pompadour







Lauren Quick, Assistant Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair

Lauren has been Assistant Editor since January 2014. Lauren attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is an avid Tigers fan. Her emphasis area was magazine journalism, specifically editing, and she obtained minors in sociology and Spanish. Lauren was a department and web editor for Vox magazine and a reporter for the Columbia Missourian newspaper before she worked at Modern Salon.

She grew up in Springfield, Mo., and now lives in the Chicago area with her wheaten terrier, Lucy. You can e-mail Lauren at or connect on Google+.


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