Call it the postmodern pompadour—the elevated yet pulled-together hairstyle is everywhere, from Details cover subjects John Mayer, Zac Efron, and Channing Tatum to models on the runways of Bottega Veneta, Burberry, and DSquared2.
How to Pull It Off
If you're going to try it at home, just be sure to channel Morrissey, not Vanilla Ice. The trick is to keep the arrangement contained, with the back and sides cropped to around a half an inch and the top no longer than four inches, a length that works best with thick, straight locks. (If you have fine hair, go an inch or two shorter; with curls, ask your stylist to thin them out with a razor.) Ideally, the longest section should be one length—not choppy or layered—but you don't want it to appear too tidy. "There will be some odd pieces," says Leonardo Manetti, co-owner of ION Studio, a New York salon. "Work with that. It doesn't have to be perfectly groomed."
The Product You Need
For a more natural look, use a grooming cream like the one on offer from Bumble and Bumble ($25, bumbleandbumble.com) or Jack Black's Sleek Finish Texture Cream ($16, getjackblack.com). If sculpted is more your taste, try a wax like American Crew Defining Paste ($15, groominglounge.com). Run your fingers through, pulling straight up from the roots.