Adam Lambert has various versions of his classic pompadour styles here:

20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party - Arrivals

This pose is from the 20th Annual AIDS Foundation in 2012 and his tall spikes look like flames with silver highlights on the ends.


This version is sleek and smooth with height on top and short sides. He has an unshaven look with facial hair including a goatee and mustache.

21st Annual MuchMusic Video Awards - Press Room

This one is the most edgy with one side that is cut close to the scalp and has a pattern shaved into it. The top is quite disheveled and long. It is brushed toward the other side which comes down like a choppy bob.

2011 Los Angeles Equality Awards - Arrivals

Silver highlights are added to the top of the ends here as well.

Katy Perry has ever changing hairstyles and here are some favorites:

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Press Room

She has a vintage wavy shoulder length bob in a pink shade here at the MTV Music Awards. She has a record accessory like a tam hat placed toward the front of her head. The style is reminiscent of a Lauren Bacall's 1940's hairstyle.

3rd Annual "Change Begins Within" Benefit Celebration Presented by the David Lynch Foundation - Arrivals

This super straight and choppy inverted bob is from December of 2011. She has a side part and no bangs. The color is blonde with pink highlights.

4th Annual Roc Nation Pre-GRAMMY Brunch

Here she is in 2012 with a similar bob but this one is blue.

2012 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals

And then later in 2012 at the Billboard Music Awards she is sporting a dark hair color more like her own with a dusting of purple highlights that just add a shimmer and match her dress. This is a soft and glamorous style with soft curls that cascade down over her shoulders.

Katy Perry's "Purr" Fragrance Launch at Douglas Shop in Cologne on March 11, 2011

This one is a simple updo bun in her natural color.

Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 - Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - Backstage

It's Fashion Week 2011 and her straight long blue hair with short bangs is reminiscent of the 60's styles. She has round glasses and a striped shirt.

Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2012 - Chanel - Photocall

Paris Fashion Week 2012 she has blue bob and fedora hat that sits back on the crown. A little bit like Boy George perhaps?

2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen

2011 Pre-Grammy Gala she has super straight and sleek sedu hair that is parted in the middle. A flat iron helps with the smooth shine.

2011 MTV Europe Music Awards - Arrivals

Europe MTV Music Awards 2011 where she is wearing Bettie Page rolled bangs and a partial updo. Her pink hair matches her pink leather studded jacket.

What an awesome sepia photograph of a group of men and women showing the hair and fashions at the turn of the century.

early 1900's men and women

close up of faces

The women have puffy updo hairstyles that are full of height and volume. They are wearing long dresses and coats with fur collars and stoles. They have long bangs that are brushed up and back.

The men are all wearing hats of different sorts and suits with ties.

This looks to be a formal outing or perhaps it's their Sunday's best dress.

close up woman

This last photo although it's not extremely clear, shows a close up of one of the women in the main picture. Her tresses are piled high on top of her head with the bulk of it in the front. She has plain features and no make-up. A pale complexion was desirable for women during this time period. They often used lemon juice to bleach their skin.

The men have short slicked back hair which is mostly covered by their fedoras or engineer type hats.

vintage wedding

This is a perfect example of a turn of century bride and groom. The gentleman has a short and slicked back style with a side part. The bride has a bonnet with a veil attached so her hair is not visible. Awesome examples of the dress of this time period as well as photo props and accessories.

close up

These two teenage girls are wearing fancy wide brim hats and braids and curls. Bows and lace are some chosen accessories in this Victorian Era photo.

Early 1900's Classic Updo

This one shows us an example of a woman's updo of this time period. Her bangs are parted in the middle and straight and they are combed to each side and are kept close to the scalp. Curled hair is bobby pinned into place for a style that resembles a bob. But women did not start cutting their locks into bobs until the 1920's.

Victorian Woman

This is a very classic Victorian style. She appears to be wearing a wig that is very full and bouffant-ish. The top is lifted high with back combing and has a top layer that is smooth and straight. All around the crown, sections are curled in random directions and circle the crown as if to be an elaborate form of bangs. It almost looks knitted. She is wearing a very high collar white blouse with pleats and a black choker.

Family Portrait 1900's

And here we have a more modest old family portrait showing modest hairstyles.

The pompadour has been a popular hairstyle with many celebrities and was quite popular with men in the 1950's. It has made a come back and is getting attention from women as well. Here are some awesome examples with pictures for you to take a look at.


Bruno Mars sported his modern version of this classic 'do at Super Bowl 2014. He has thick and coarse hair that makes it easy for him to get the lift needed. The sides are cut short and top is longer. This is like a very tall crew cut or flat top although his version has ends that curl and they have some definition with the use of tons of hair gel.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has feminine version with sides slicked back and the top is tall with lift and height and defined curls. She is sporting this rockabilly look at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Sasha Knezevic

This one is more disheveled and not a formed at the others. This is Sasha Knezevic at DKNY Eau de Toilette for Women Launch at Sephora in New York City on April 22, 2011. He has medium a brown color with auburn/red highlights. The sides are brushed toward the back and the bangs are long and rolled up and back to create height.

Amber Heard

This is Amber Heard at The Art of Elysium 6th Annual "Heaven" Gala Black Tie Charity Gala. Her sleek 50's style is created with a smooth updo and plenty of back combing to give lift with the top layer being smoothed over.


Fergie has a very tall pompadour with a long ponytail that trails over her shoulder across her front.

Modern wedding hairstyle

This last one is a beautiful bride with an ornate version of this retro style. Her updo is full of twists and turns and sections that provide much interest. The top section is twisted into a large pin curl on top.


And lets not forget Brad Pitt with his version of the pompadour. His is very much like the 1930's military cut for men.

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This vintage photo of a father and daughter on a summer outing shows the charm and style of this era.

1930's Father and Daughter

This lovely young woman has a classic wavy bob with a middle part and one pin curl at the forehead. This is a straight style with one finger wave placed at ear level. She is wearing a long culotte inspired dress that is floor length and has a patterned fabric. It is sleeveless for the warm weather of summer.

Her father has a short wavy hairstyle and he is wearing round eye glasses with dark colored prominent frames. He is wearing a long sleeve shirt and slacks.

This photo was taken outdoors and you can see the fir trees in the background as well as water from a lake or river. They might have spent the day on a picnic.

Fashions for those who ventured out in public were generally much more formal and dressy than what we see in today's world. They had great pride in their appearance for outings.