Long before the fictional Don Draper came on stage, there were plenty of retro style icons. The 1950s were a transformative time with the emergence or rock’n’roll, popularity of jazz and Golden Age of Television ( and before smoking was bad for you ). Today we still look to the 50s James Dean, Marlon Brando and Cary Grant as inspiration.
With the popularity of slick styles, there has been a resurgence of vintage-inspired looks today. If you are looking for something different, ideas often come directly from the source. Check out these 50s hairstyles for men pictures to find your new look.
Pomades such as Royal Crown, Black & White and Murray’s Superior were the most popular styling products in the 1950s. These oil and wax based products enable shiny, clean and creative hairstyles.
With strong hold requiring degreasing shampoo or dishwashing detergent, the hairstyles of the ’50s were sleek, tall and sometimes elaborate waves, sweeps and curls. Just hold it as above or go down for something like Cary Grant stripping style.
To try out your own version of Cary Grant’s hair, start with one of the vintage pomades mentioned above or a modern update like water-based Suavecito and Steadfast or Petroleum-Free Bees Knees Pomade.
Work a dime amount through wet or dry hair to get started. Too much product can make the hair limp and greasy. With a fine tooth comb, divide the hair by the side and start working on the hair on the other side. Use the comb and / or fingers to form hair into the shape you want. The pomade should make the hair flexible and stay in place. Last, brush the pages straight back and for an authentic 1950’s ending, a duck-tail .
For a simpler and more conventional retro hairstyle, there is always straight hair, with or without shine. For a modern update wear this hairstyle with undercut pages. This hairstyle can be more formal, especially with some shine. Wear it to work, out in the city and on special occasions with your best clothes. For guys with thick hair, this is an excellent hairstyle that never seems out of place even on the football field.
The 1950s were not without rebels and bad guys. Greasers were inspired by James Dean , Marlon Brandon , and Elvis Presley . The name derives from the signature of greasy hairstyles, but also comes with leather jackets, blue jeans with rolled cuffs, converse all stars , motorcycles and hot rods.
Whatever you want to wear with it, the pompadour looks just as good today as anything else. Wear it ultra shiny with rockabilly darling Layrite or dull with Baxter of California Clay Pomade ( be sure to visit her barber the next time you’re in West Hollywood ). It is similar straight hair, but worn with more posture. Take a look at Morrissey’s unique hair to see how fat hair can be messy and supple at the same time.
Many of the hottest male hairstyles for 2014 are inspired by slicks of the 1950s and are cut by a resurgence of barber shops across the country. Enjoy these fifties styles in their original form or one of the many updates this year.