During the 30s, 40s and early 50s, the rockabilly hairstyle was in vogue. In that time it was the strong and sensual attitude from men and women of the working class what set the trend, later on, even housewives and high class circles embraced rockabilly hairdos.
Betty Page and Elvis Presley are icon figures that wore these hairstyles as a trademark since rockabilly fashion was born in a subculture that followed rock and roll and fast cars.
Even now many celebrities wear these looks and make them their own, adding personal touches and combining it with modern fashion. These modern rockabilly hairstyles are an option to style your hair in this way and not necessarily cutting it in layers and bangs as many hairdressers consider is a must to have a successful rockabilly style. The most famous man for his rockabilly hairstyle of all times would surely be Elvis Presley.
Rockabilly for Men
Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra are perfect examples of rockabilly hairstyles for men. The pompadour, as it is also called, is a haircut that wears the top and back longer than the sides. Nowadays even women with short hair style it this way, like Pink and Rihanna.
If you want that true pompadour, you need to inform your barber that you do not want the conservative rockabilly but rather a real high hit pompadour. The way your barber needs to cut your hair are different.
Rockabilly for Women
Rockabilly girls were the first to wear pants in public and bandanas in their hairs. A regular feature of this style was the use of bangs and curls. Pin up girls used this style to look bold and yet sexy and cute. Commercials at the time featured these hairstyles as the average population’s traditional hairdo.
How to Make A Pompadour
With a little bit of practice, you too can make your hair into the real greasy pompadour. After washing your hair, grease your hair properly with pomade. When you comb it backwards you can either part it or just comb it backwards. Pull slightly on the front of the pompadour to lift it a bit. When you look at your hair from the side, it must take on the shape of a wedge.
Best Hair Pomades for Pompadour
- Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade
This formula was developed way back in 1925 and is manufactured in the USA. The product contains petrolatum, mineral oil and fragrance – no alkalis or acids – that are absolutely harmless. Take a small quantity of the pomade in your hand, sub it a little to soften and then apply it on your hair. It’s a nice hair dressing formula that retains your natural waves while keeping your hair in place. The only one disadvantage is that the product is not easy to wash off from your hands, even with soap and water. It’s quite affordable at a cost of less than $5. Buy>>
- Black and White Pomade
This product enjoys the remark of “the best natural groomer” by “In Style” magazine. The product has very mild fragrance and contains natural coconut oils. For best results, massage the product thoroughly into your scalp. Being effective and affordable – under $10 -, both men and women seem to like it and patronized by celebrities like Tiger Woods, Kevin Costner, and Elvis Presley. The best part is, you do not find the waxy build-up like so many other products in this category. Buy>>
- Bees Knees Pomade
This is an all-natural product containing beeswax, lanolin and essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree. Take a small portion in your hand, rub it well until it becomes smooth mass with no lumps and then apply it on your hair. Lanolin conditions your hair; beeswax makes your hair soft and manageable; while the essential oils protect your hair from pollutants while promoting a healthy growth. You can have it, 3 oz for just under $13.
The product claims to be shampoo-soluble, but some users find it difficult to remove easily during first wash. Some other users find it too thick to be used on heavy, curly hair. Buy>>
- Layrite Super Hold Pomade
People have found it a real good pomade with vanilla scent! Being super thick and waxy, this is excellent for men with thick mane. Being water soluble, it is easy to wash off too. The product controls wavy hair well and keeps straight hair in place, without causing any damage. Try any style and you will get it. Being available at close to $17, some have found it a little pricey though! Buy>>
- Suavecito Strong Hold Pomade
This is touted as new generation water-soluble pomade! This is as good as its earlier version but lasts longer and holds better. The pomade has a rare fragrance to it that is appreciated by both men and women. Suavecito has impressed men of both the modern and the old school of thought kind. You’ll find it a little soapy in nature, though it works well on the hair. Good value for your money at under $12. Buy>>
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If you, like many others, decide to make the rockabilly your look and get your hair cut accordingly or if you just want to wear it on a special occasion, one thing is for sure: Everyone will notice it! You can rock this style with a pair of jeans or dress up.