Hair Inspiration from the 1950’s – The Classics and How to Copy Their Style

Hair Inspiration from the 1950’s : The 50’s may sound an entire world away, but the style of the times has been pretty much evergreen. From Frank Sinatra, to Marlon Brando, and from James Dean to Elvis, the 50’s have been host to men with extreme swagger and suave personalities.

The notion of some men floating on air due to the wonderfully stylish gait is one that you will agree to, if you do not already! As the cyclical nature of economies occurs, fashions come and go, and what was in fashion in the past eventually makes its way to the runway, into celebrity homes, even encouraging the youth of an era to try something nostalgic.

The style of the 50’s has been no exception to this rule. This was the era of factory worker chic, denim dungarees and Elvis suits, and sideburns. The typical of the time ranged from three piece suits, ties galore, waistcoats and suspenders. Think Mad Men, but more practical.

So pick a sensible 50’s suave style to suit your seven personalities for each day of the week!

Top 20 Hairstyles from the Forgotten 50’s To Bring Back in 2019

#1: The Clean Cut Hair

The Clean Cut Hair

Everyone loves a clean and fresh cut. This is the simplest look to recreate from the era and requires only a comb and some hair gel. The most convenient part of this look is that no matter what haircut you have, the cleaner the edges, the more organized it can make you look. Apply a generous quantity of hair gel and place the hair in a neat manner.

#2: The Collegiate

The Collegiate

The typical Ivy League collegiate look is famous from the 50’s for its chic application and ease of styling. This looks spells good conversation and fair intellect. Keep your hair cropped close on the sides for this, but lease enough on the top to create a forehead fringe. When styling, slick the hair with hair grease/wax, and comb it in the direction of the growth. To finish, use a roller brush to push to forehead fringe to one side, and make a disconnected part.

#3: Pompadour


A pompadour can be any size. So feel free to grow that mane out. Use the hair on the top of your head to give body to the look. Using a trimmer on a low setting and cropping the hair on the side of the head is a good start to creating a pompadour worth its weight.

#4: Side Parted Slick Back

Side Parted Slick Back

The only look classier than a classic slick back, is a side parted slick back. Not only does this look provide structure to the face and jaw line, but it also helps in masking any chinks in the hairline. For those of you familiar with making straight parts, this is an easy style. But for the rest of the bros out there, combs with longer, pointed handles can be used to part the hair as well.

#5: The Comb Over

The Comb Over

The comb over is a variant of the greaser look. It requires the use of a lot more styling gel than the greaser, but looks excellent today as it did in the 50’s! It is a look that screams intellect and can be created by using a wide toothed comb to push the hair upwards first, and then to the side slightly. Hair can be kept in place with hairspray as well.

#6: Top Gun Greased

Top Gun Greased

The greased up style requires the hair to be greased along the top of the head and then trimmed down the sides. This is a variant of the modern undercut and can be used to keep hair to a styling length which is convenient to do at home without hesitation.

#7: Sleek and Short Cropped

Sleek and Short Cropped

The Frank Sinatra slick back was the way to go for any sophisticated men of the era and the modern twist on the same is a comb over of sorts. The trick to a near perfect sleek and short crop is a fresh cut with gradient hair on the nape of the neck, and parting the hair from the crown. The only condition is to keep the hair cropped close to the head.

#8: Elvis Style

Elvis Style

The Elvis look is the embodiment of the perfect Elvis roll and swirl. But the Elvis is a lot more than just that. It is a meeting point between a quiff and a swirl, achieved with the help of a roller brush. It is best to create this look on moist hair which is easier to style.

#9: Top Extended Spikes

Top Extended Spikes

When pushed back styles become boring, you can switch it up by pushing your manageable hair to the top of your head. its no top fade, but the subtle texturing of hair with hair gel/wax always yields good results. Use a hair dryer to help the hair stand, and pick a brand of long lasting styling gel for the perfect look.

#10: Messy Cowlicks

Messy Cowlicks

Cowlicks are the small hair that always seem to have a mind of their own. Well, they don’t if you learn to control them! The messy cowlicks look is the best alternative for men who think their hair is untameable. Caught on a windy day? Use some hair wax and simply shift the hair towards the direction you intend for it to go, and voila! Allow the hair to dry on its own and use your fingers to comb it out.

#11: Short Quiff

Short Quiff

The short quiff is a mini version of the exaggerated quiff that was sported by television personalities and superstars alike. The look simply needs a small amount of commitment with regards to growing the hair out, and then it’s all up to skill. You can bag this look at home with the help of a rolling brush, a hairdryer and some styling gel. Don’t forget to smoothen out the sides of the head for an instantly classy façade.

#12: Duck Tail

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A classic ducktail haircut and style if not tough to make. It requires some patience while growing hair out, and involves keeping the hair trimmed on the sides of the head and around the ears. The section going from the crown to the nape of the neck can be kept relatively longer. The idea is to comb the hair on both sides inwards and towards the opposite side, mimicking the look of the backside of a duck or a loon. Don’t worry though, it looks totally quack with a beard!

#13: The Sinatra

The Sinatra

The Sinatra look is a slick back, but along the lines of your natural hair growth pattern. This look is a swept back, gel or wax filled style and needs patience to create. Use a rolling brush to push the gelled hair back from the sides towards the top of the head and create rolls on either side. The sleeker the slick back, the sleeker the roll should be the rule of thumb.

#14: Wavy Side Swept Pompadour

Wavy Side Swept Pompadour

A pompadour should be created in this look, but the focus should be on making the hair sit on one side. The necessary element here is a parting which will dictate the direction of the pompadour.

#15: Messy Quiff

Messy Quiff

As if a standard quiff was not enough, the men of the 50’s maintained a look which was every bit as astute as the quiff, but with a more lived in feel. This messy quiff can be recreated by simply using a hair dryer on the lengths of the hair, and leaving the ends to take a natural shape.

#16: Sleek and Swept Back

Sleek and Swept Back

A classy man always has his hair slicked back the right amount, and with the use of gel or styling wax, you can too! No matter the length, a small amount of hair staying gel and a thin toothed comb can make the look perfect.

#17: Tapering Gradient

Tapering Gradient

The gradient creation on straight to wavy hair is simple, but when a tapering gradient is in question, it is better to leave the work to the professionals. This is because the style requires some dexterity to style the back of the head as well.

#18: Jelly Roll

 Jelly Roll

The Jelly Roll is a commonly used name given to a hairstyle typified by extremely swivelled fringes. This was created using hot curlers in the 50’s, but roller brushes and hair dryers can serve the purpose just as well.

#19: Floppy Fringe

Floppy Fringe

This is a style which cannot be pulled off by men with kinky extremely textured hair. You must allow the hair to retain its natural texture to do justice to the look, and just let the fringe hang off the side of your forehead.

#20: Gradient


A generally sweet looking gradient is easy to create at home. You should remember to begin trimming hair with the trimmer guard set to two, and then gradually decrease the number to one or zero, depending on the length intended.


It has never been easier to pick a style and run with it to the very hilt. Styling gels and waxes, and various other accouterments which are specially made to suit the male hairline are now more abundantly available than ever. So go on! Try some of these 50’s styles!


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