Popular in the 1950s , as the name suggests, this particular hairstyle involves a lot of hair products to give your hair a sexy wet look. Impressed much? Well what is more interesting is that this particular trend has inspired the modern slick, pompadour and the quiff. So its not a hairstyle to be taken lightly huh? As a matter of fact, the evolution of the greaser has gone from mostly oil based hair products to a using products that give the water based shine (the wanting to touch type). So in case if you are thinking about getting a greaser hairstyle, you are in the right place and let us enlighten you a bit about the different kinds of greasers and how you can get them.
The top four classic greasers are:
One of the most popular styles for men of the decade was duck’s ass, or duck tail in tamer company. This style was usually created by parting the hair on one side, combing the top over to the other side, and combing the sides straight back to meet in the middle of the back of the head. Hair cream was applied liberally to hold the hair in place. Today, one can recreate this style by combing as above and applying pomade for a soft hold or gel for the more traditional wet look and stiffer hold.
Another common style was the Pompadour. There were a couple of different variations on this style. One involved parting the hair and combing the top side ways and forward, then flipping the front back to give it rise. The other was to simply comb the top forward and flip it up and back without a part. The sides were slicked back and held with cream as above. Again, gel is commonly used today to create this wet look with stiff hold. This style was popular among musicians who played the type of music that came to be called rockabilly.
Creating the Pompadour took a little more creativity than some of the popular 1950s hairstyles. It had to be cut in such a manner as to leave the front of the top hair longer than the back. This allowed one to create exaggerated height in front when flipping the hair back.
Older men of the decade simply had their hair cut short and applied cream to plaster it to their heads. Most parted the hair on one side and combed straight over to the other. The sides were combed down, as was the back. This was seen as a conservative style that was acceptable in professional settings. The cream was probably not necessary, but it had come to be the fashion of the time. Today, gel is used to create the same look.
Bela Lugosi hairstyle.
A few simply combed their hair from front to back. This included the sides and the top. Hair cream was applied liberally to plaster the hair to the head. This style was actually made popular by the Dracula character from horror movies at the time as played by Bella Lugosi. Those with receding hairlines tended to reveal a widow’s peak when wearing this style.
Christopher Lee hairstyle.
Marlon Brando hairstyle in The Godfather movie.
Here you go, some of the more modern versions of these classics:
Mohawk cum Pompadour:
This one is a modern greaser featuring pompadour cum Mohawk. All you got to do is shave the sides and create a Mohawk on top but, be careful to keep enough hair by the midline so that you can style it with some pomade gel and a comb to get a pompadour.
Keep a voluminous portion of your hair on the midline and cut the sides of your hair really short. Remember this one is a fohawk so you do want the hairline to be visible. Once you are done, give it a side wise pompadour to finish the style.
Bring all your top hair into the middle and shape it to the round crest by using a very good water based hair gel. To achieve perfection, try making the crest higher.
Get a nice quiff by using a styling gel and comb to get the perfect look that you can regularly don.
To get the look, simply style your hair with a nice get and keep lots of hair on the top of your head. Pair it with a subtle beard and you are good to go.
Fade with combed over hair:
The hair along the sides are faded out and the hair on the top is nicely combed (a lot of gel added on it). Make sure to leave the top hair till the back of your neck.
The one key component to recreating 1950’s mens greaser hairstyles is hair gel. Back then, men bought hair cream in tubes, but this product is no longer available on the market. Gel provides the same wet look and stiff hold. Pomade can be used in some cases where a softer, more touchable hold is desired. It offers greasier appearance then the gel. Murray’s Hair Dressing Pomade, Superior, 3 oz. is one of the best pomades in the market to do a greaser hairstyle.
50’s male greaser hairstyles were varied, just as the types of men who wore them were. Some were seen as signs of rebellion in young men. Others were seen as conservative and accepted in every setting, including among successful professionals. Their one common thread was the hair cream that was used to hold the hair in place and help the men avoid having to refresh their style during the course of a day. Once styled in the morning, the hair was not moving until the cream was shampooed out.