How To Get Brad Pitt's Hair In 'Fury'

This history of Wardaddy's pompadour – and how to copy it

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There aren't many aspects of Fury – the new war film in which Brad Pitt's gang of damaged soliders take on the remenants of the Nazi army in a tank – that you'd like to experience in real life.

Firing the gun, obviously, but only in a non-comabt situation. His physique, quite possibly, though it's a touch obscene for 50-year-old if you ask us.

His hair, on the other hand, a remarkably on-trend pompadour cut, is something men are currently seeking out in their droves. To help you get ahead of the pack, we talked to London barbers Ruffians about the ins and outs.

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What are the origins of the pompadour? 

The Pompadour, in fact, comes from women's hair rather than men's: Madame de Pompadour, a French noble woman in the late 1800s sported it the French court. Its personality stems from the word itself, showing a sign of 'pomp', ostentation and flamboyance. It was a particularly high class hairstyle – the higher your pomp, the higher you could fit in society.

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The pompadour wasn't really seen again until the 20th century, this time worn in men's haircuts. While the 20s / 30s it was cut close and slick to the head, the 40s styles lifted up somewhat, resulting in the beginnings of the modern male pompadour. This continued into the 50s as seen by Elvis (a military man himself), and as represented in Grease (1978).

What's the resurgence all about?

It's very tailored, smart and sophisticated, which provides a refined edge to many looks (particularly tailored outfits). In addition, it is also versatile, as the sides and back can be varied to change the emphasis of the pomp itself. Perhaps there is increasing popularity due to societal views on men's aesthetics – more and more men are taking the time and effort to present themselves well with regards to clothes and hair: the ritualistic nature of hair styling every morning is perhaps appealing to those taking care in their appearance. Just a thought!

So how do we get it?

When looking for height in a pomp: you would need hairdryer and Denman / small round brush to comb back the top section. Depending on what finish you want, you could either use a sleek and shiny pomade or for a more natural finish, a paste or clay.

What you use is also dependent on your hair type, i.e. a clay would be better for finer hair, as it is the right weight and consistency, while a paste or pomade may weigh it down too much (this is better suited to thicker hair).

Fury is out in cinemas now.


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