Most Popular 1950s Mens Hairstyles

The styles many men wore for their hair in the fifties are coming back today. In fact, many of these styles never left the styling scene. Even the rocker look was clean cut and trim. Elvis Presley made some styles popular as did other music artists of the fifties. Several actors helped to spread the look of some styles as well. Check out the most popular 1950s mens hairstyles and learn how you can do your hair in the same way.

Rockabilly/Pompadour Hairstyle

Photo of Elvis Presley hairstyle.
Elvis Presley rockabilly hairstyle

Elvis Presley wore the famous rockabilly style, also referred to as the pompadour. This style is simple to achieve by using a pomade on towel dried, damp hair. Keep in mind hair must be damp, not wet. Using pomade, slick back the sides while allowing longer hair on top to flow freely in a poof. Be sure to allow a few strands to fall over on to the forehead for an authentic, free appearance.

Slicked Back Hairstyle

Image of Bela Lugosi Hairstyle.
Bela Lugosi hairstyle.

Another style that Bela Lugosi help to make famous was simply the slicked back look. His role as Dracula made this style even more appealing to fans. Creating this look is easy by combing hair straight back without parts using a styling cream. Styling gels used today would be the best and closest choice to the creams used in the fifties. You might also ask your hairstylist about the best brands to use for your hair.

Conservative Hairstyle

Photo of Cary Grant classic side swept hairstyle.
Cary Grant hairstyle.

While the younger generations in the fifties helped to make the pompadour and rockabilly styles famous, the older, more settled men made the conservative look popular. Actors like Clark Gable and Cary Grant wore this style well for several years into their careers. It is a simple cut with a part on one side or the other. Cream or gel is also used to hold the style in place as it is neatly combed back, exposing the ears.

Picture of Clark Gable hairstyle.
Clark Gable hairstyle.

Crew Cut & Flat Top Hairstyle

Crew cut hairstyle
Crew cut hairstyle.

The crew cut style has a significant meaning for the men choosing to wear it. This haircut held symbolic meaning that meant hard work ethics and being a true American. In fact, this style was adopted by the military to replace the old style, traditional buzz cut. The reason for this change was how well the meaning behind the crew cut was taken by those around the wearer.

The man with a crew cut had the appearance of being stable and responsible. Because of this appearance, the style became popular with government officials and other men that held roles of leadership. The fifties spawned this cut and it is still as popular today as it was back then.

Flat-top haircut
Flat-top haircut

The crew cut and flat top styles are cut close on the sides of the head above the ears and on around the head. The hair on top is box shaped and flat, giving the style a distinguishing look. The top cut slopes into a shorter length in the back.

The 1950s mens hairstyles are still popular today because they have a neat and presentable look. Many of these styles, even the wildest ones, can be consider to be the epitome of the clean cut man.


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