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January 6, 2021

Pompadour Fade

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Pompadour Fade

What do you get when you pair a classic men’s style with one of today’s most popular cuts? This pompadour fade! Watch the video below to see how it’s done from American Crew® Global Artistic Director Paul Wilson (@paulwilsoncrew), then keep scrolling for the detailed step-by-step breakdown!

 

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Watch the video how-to below to learn Paul’s technique!

 
 
 
 
 
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HOW-TO STEPS

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    Before

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    Working with a standard horseshoe parting, freehand clipper with a #1 blade and moderate tension to create an aggressively short shape with maximum scalp exposure.

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    Once you reach the bottom of Zone 2, be sure to remain square with the shape. Do not graduate or round in the back of the head.

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    Next, freehand with the #0000 blade to refine the fade and use clipper over comb and fanning over comb to refine the top of Zone 2.

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    If applicable, use horizontal sections for moderate weight at the transition and top of the head. Connect to the guide under the horseshoe parting at the back of the ear.

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    Apply American Crew® Techseries Texture Foam, then use a paddle brush and blow dryer to form the top section into the desired elevated shape. 

     

    Note: The silhouette should be up and slightly back, resembling a pompadour without the bend.

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    Secure the hair in the clipper comb and remove the length from back to front with a #1 blade. Be sure to maintain the square shape.

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    If necessary, use side-to-side sections across the top to remove excess length. Cut long by only cutting at the center top, overdirecting to the previous sections for added length at the front.

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    Slide cut using a razor at a simple angle with moderate depth in the area of support to target the hair back and up. This will encourage surface texture and direction.

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    Apply more Techseries Texture Foam for lasting hold, then finish with American Crew® Molding Clay. Then, use a blow dryer and paddle brush for ultimate refinement up top.

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    Finished look // Instagram via @americancrew

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