Alicia Keys sports a voluminous pompadour at the 2012 GRAMMY Awards.

How to Pin Back Bangs in a Pompadour

by Pamela Simmons

While bangs are a beautiful way to frame your visage, sometimes you just want to get them off your face. Instead of opting for an expected pinned-back style, create a voluminous, fashion-forward pompadour. Your pompadour will instantly make you look like a trendsetter and can be done in just a few simple steps.

Determine the length of your bangs. Bangs that are too short won't easily go into pompadour styles. Your bangs should at least hit your nose.

Separate your bangs from the rest of your hair. If you're worried about the remainder of your hair getting in the way, pull it into a ponytail to secure.

Wet your bangs and blow dry them to get your tresses smooth. If necessary, use a round brush in conjunction with your blow dryer to create a sleek look.

Tease your bangs gently with a fine-tooth comb. The more you tease, the more volume you'll create; so tease a little for a subtle pompadour or tease a lot for an exaggerated style.

Gently brush hair back to smooth in the front -- don't brush too hard or you'll risk deflating your teased volume.

Grab your bangs between your thumb and pointer finger right behind your teased section. Gently twist your teased bang. Holding your twist, gently push your hands forward to pump up your pompadour. If you'd rather not have this much height, skip the twisting process all together.

Pin your bangs at the crown or back of your head -- either will work.

Spritz a bit of hairspray to keep your look in place.

Keep your ponytail as is and twist it into a chignon; or take your hair down and wear the remaining strands loose.

Items you will need

  • Hair elastic
  • Blow dryer
  • Round brush (optional)
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray


  • Pompadours aren't just for ladies with bangs. Simply section off a portion of your locks at the hairline and follow the same steps to create a pompadour on longer hair.

About the Author

Pamela Simmons has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles on fashion, beauty and other topics have appeared on Denim Therapy and other websites. Simmons serves as an editor and public relations manager for CHIC.TV. She holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from Georgia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University.

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