How to Make Men's Hairstyles From the 1950s

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There are several 1950s haircuts that men wear today.
There are several 1950s haircuts that men wear today. (Image: hair cut image by MLProject from Fotolia.com)

The vintage hairstyles of the 1950s are still fashionable and can be seen on the heads of men everywhere. From the greased, slick look of the ducktail to the more conservative cut, these styles have come and gone and come back again. Television icons like James Dean and Elvis Presley were the inspiration for young men in the '50s and still are in 2011. Celebrities like Johnny Depp and Brat Pitt sport styles that resurrect the popular do’s of the '50s.

The Apache (or reverse mohawk)

Wash and blow dry the hair.

The Apache haircut wasn't as popular as the other cuts.
The Apache haircut wasn't as popular as the other cuts. (Image: Two pair of scissors in a box image by Gabees from Fotolia.com)

Cut all of the hair very close to the head, about ¼ inch or shorter. Use a 1 guard if you use clippers.

Shave a strip down the center of the hair.

The Crewcut (or flat-top or military cut)

Wet the hair and then blow dry it.

The crew cut is seen most often on military men.
The crew cut is seen most often on military men. (Image: military shooting image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Cut the sides and back of the hair to about ¼ inch. If using clippers, use a 1 guard. Some men may prefer no guard at all, shaving the hair to near bald.

Leave the top of the hair ¼ inch longer than the sides and back. Use a 2 or 3 guard for the top of the head.

The Conservative

Wash and blow dry the hair.

The conservative haircut is the most common haircut still worn today.
The conservative haircut is the most common haircut still worn today. (Image: unhappy business man image by CraterValley Photo from Fotolia.com)

Cut the back and sides of the hair with scissors, a bit longer than ¼ inch.

Cut the top of the hair, leaving it longer than the sides. Trim bangs that can be worn down or combed back.

The Ducktail

Wet and towel dry the hair. This style requires a longer “short” haircut.

The ducktail was make popular by James Dean.
The ducktail was make popular by James Dean. (Image: Silver comb image by Star from Fotolia.com)

Apply gel into the hair.

Swoop the top of the hair back with a comb. Don’t comb it tight to the head. Allow it to “poof” just a bit.

Slick the sides of the hair back to meet the swoop. The sides should come together to form what looks like a “duck tail” in the back of the head. The gel will hold the style in place for a “wet” look.

The Pompadour

Wet and towel dry the hair.

The pompadour was a style worn by Elivs.
The pompadour was a style worn by Elivs. (Image: elvis image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Rub pomade evenly throughout the hair.

Slick the sides back tight with a comb. Make sure the hair is close to the scalp.

Comb the top of the hair upward into a “poof.” Create volume at the top, similar to how Elvis Presley wore his hair.

Pull down a few pieces of hair onto the forehead before the pomade dries.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult with a professional barber before cutting or styling your hair.

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