Wanna Get Adam Lambert's Pompadour? His Stylist Shares the Secrets

06/15/2009 at 02:39 PM ET


Adam Lambert rocks one of the most versatile heads of hair in the business, and when the singer hit the Young Hollywood Awards in L.A. last week, we had to know how he got his new Elvis-worthy pompadour. Luis Payne, senior stylist at the Hairroin Salon, for Sebastian Professional — and Adam’s long-time friend — touched up the star’s hairstyle before he hit the stage, and is sharing with PEOPLE.com the steps he used to perfect Adam’s look. First, Luis emulsified a few pumps of Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber onto his fingertips. Starting at the ends of Adam’s hair, he worked toward the roots before sculpting the hair into a swept-back shape. He then created separation where needed with his fingers, and gave it hold with Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper hairspray. Adam’s hair change-ups are nothing new, according to the stylist, who for years leading up to Adam’s run on American Idol, worked with the star for stage shows. “He always comes to me with some erratic idea that I need to implement quickly before his performance,” Luis says. Tell us: Which of Adam’s hairstyles is your favorite?

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jmp on

I am a 54 yar old hairstylist in northrn california and I LOVE Adam’s hairstyle/hairstyles. KUDOS to his hairstylist.

Marianne on

I really love Adam’s style but REALLY disliked this pompadour! I loved his longer spikey “Emo” look. He really looked hot!Please grow your hair back Adam!

Sandy on

I love Adam in whatever style he wears, though this particular pompadour is low on my list. The slicked back pompadour he wore on an earlier episode looked better on him. I especially liked his hair at the finale show, kind of spikey, and the way he had his hair when he wore the white suit. I love him in black and especially the black leather–very Elvisesque!

Maria on

Eh, not crazy for this look, a bit too much it is un natural for his looks a bit of an eek factor – his Idol look -straight side swept hair is most becoming, sexy and appealing.

08girl on

yeah i’d rather not copy his hair-do. i didn’t like him before but now he’s just a moron.

Paula C on

I think he has the greatest head of hair in the business. It always looks great. What I really like is that he spends time and thought on how he looks. “Every girl is crazy for a sharp dressed man’. He is my style guru. I first fell in love with him when he sang “Black and White” on AI. The blue leather jacket, the spikey hair, the beads, and the boots.

Glambertfan on

It fascinates me how one person can have so many different looks. My personal fav is the Emo style.

Lisa on

Adam’s hair is always fabulous b/c HE is fabulous.

fandomatic on

The pompadour gives Adam height, sheds a few pounds and shows off his cheekbones. It’s fabulous, too.

Sylvette on

I’ve liked every hairstyle I’ve seen on Adam. But the one he wore to the Young Hollywood Awards is my favorite. It just screams out to be tousled and played with.

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