Hump, pump, pomp or bump, this upswept hairstyle boasts high volume with a classic kick. Although inspired by the tall, cascading puff of curls that French King Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour popularized in the 1700s, the modern pompadour is no costume drama 'do and requires no wigs, hair pieces or wire framework to wear. Instead, return to the rockabilly greaser look of the 1950s for a face-framing hair hump that flatters, with or without bangs.

Slicked-Back Bangs

Step 1

Wash or dampen your hair, then let it dry partially. Work a dollop of mousse through the strands.

Step 2

Blow-dry the sides of your hair toward the back of your head with a large flat brush, if your hair is short or going into an updo. Gel the sides to hold them in place.

Step 3

Comb your bangs into the hair at the crown of the head to create a single section. Wind the section around a round brush and blow-dry the section away from your face.

Step 4

Tease the underside of the hair at the crown, near the roots, with a teasing comb to create volume. Comb the top side of the hair smooth.

Step 5

Apply gel to your bangs to hold them in place. Secure the top section at the crown with bobby pins.

Step 6

Pull your hair into a loose ponytail or bun or leave it hanging. Coat the style with hairspray to hold.

Side-Swept Bangs

Step 1

Wash or dampen your hair and let it dry partially. Create a side part with a comb.

Step 2

Brush your hair back from the crown, leaving your bangs free. Clip the bangs out of the way with a styling clip.

Step 3

Blow-dry the sides of the hair toward the back of the head with a large flat brush, if hair is short or going into an updo. Gel the sides to hold them in place.

Step 4

Separate a top section of hair from just beyond your bangs to the crown of your head. Wind the section around a round brush and blow-dry the section away from the face, toward the back of the head.

Step 5

Tease the underside of the dried section of hair for extra volume. Place bobby pins at the crown to hold the top section in place. Pull the hair into a ponytail or bun for a sleek look, or leave it hanging for a casual look.

Step 6

Dampen your bangs with water and comb styling cream through them.

Step 7

Direct the nozzle of a hair dryer downward, directing the air flow from roots to tips, to straighten the bangs.

Step 8

Finger-comb your bangs to the side and leave them free or tuck them behind your ear. Spritz the style with hairspray.