Grab Your Hair Gel, Because Pompadours Are Back

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There's something mystifying about a messy bun. Everyone who's attempted one knows that it's not as easy as it looks, yet ironically, a modern bun looks even better when slightly sloppy. And while we're never opposed to a disheveled updo (shoutout to Meghan Markle), it's nice to see a style with structure gain traction on the red carpet. Enter: The pompadour.
No, you're not reading an old issue of Life... Hollywood stars like Tessa Thompson and Lupita Nyong'o are wearing the brushed-back, gelled-down '50s inspired styles on the red carpet, while Cardi B fused retro and rap in her latest music video with the style. Yeah, it might take a few more minutes to get this one done... but if the examples ahead are any proof, then it's so worth it.
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For the "Bartier Cardi" music video, Tokyo Stylez gave Cardi B a vintage-inspired look with Blonde Swirl Body Wave extensions from Hair Are Us, according to the brand's Instastory.
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Hairstylist Adir Abergel captioned Jessica Biel's rockstar-meets-royalty ponytail "#Bighair" at last year's Emmys. To make sure that it held up throughout the night, he appears to have used his own Virtue One For All 6-In-1 Styler and Finale Styling Spray.
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Believe it or not, but Tessa Thompson's chignon (also done by Abergel) is even better from the back. You can score a similar look with the hairstylist's R29 tutorial.
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Amber Heard called her January updo a "last minute hair miracle," but we would've been none the wiser if she hadn't. If you're trying to pull off your own miracle, backcomb a large section in the middle of your hair — and be sure to focus on the roots, for volume. Pin your pompadour to your scalp, and mist with a strong hold spray.
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Kim Kimble added some volume to Mary J. Blige's blonde pixie — likely with the help of a mini flat iron, which really helps with getting the tiniest sections of short hairstyles.
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"As we have traveled around the world for the Black Panther opening, creating looks of empowerment that showcase the strength of African heritage has been our priority," Vernon François told us of Lupita Nyong'o's Academy Awards Look. "We knew that we wanted a structured hairstyle with a strong identity, and [we were] drawn to Amasunzu hairstyles. For this one, we spent some time trying to figure out how we could create a beautiful, yet strong, look given the structure and integrity of the hairstyles."

To create it, François first washed his client's hair with his Pure~Fro Shampoo and Conditioner. He then prepped with his Mist Nourishing Water and Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray to protect from heat damage before smoothing her hair with a flat iron — leaving the natural texture of her roots intact — and using his hands to mould it into shape. And to finish it off, François used a classic stitching technique to weave a golden thread throughout her hair.

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