Janelle Monáe has inspired some serious hair envy with her signature pompadour style, but it also got us thinking: how long has this look been around? It turns out that the pompadour has been in fashion since the mid-1700s. Find out where the style got its name and how to pull it off in our hair historical.
The Beginning: Madame de Pompadour, the royal mistress to Louis XV, held a considerable amount of power in the height of the 18th century. However, what we'll remember her most for is her distinct hairstyle. She wore her strands curled and pinned backward, and the coiffure was eventually named after her. Her stylist, Legros de Rumigny, wrote multiple books on hairstyling featuring the style, and other women of the monarchy heightened the look's popularity. Marie Antoinette often wore her pompadour with eccentric additions like jewelry and boats.
Get more insight into the evolution of the pompadour hairstyle, from Elvis Presley to Janelle Monáe, when you keep reading.