1950s Men’s Greaser Hairstyles: Top 10 Styles to Try

Popular in the 1950s, as the name suggests, greaser 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 it’s 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 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.


Types of Greaser Hairstyle

The top four classic greasers are:


Picture of Tony Curtis hairstyle.
Tony Curtis ducktail hair

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.



Ricky Nelson Pompadour Hairstyle
Ricky Nelson Pompadour hairstyle

Another common hairstyle is ‘Pompadour‘. There were a couple of different variations on this style. One involved parting the hair and combing the top sideways 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, the 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.

Photo of Elvis Presley hairstyle
Elvis Presley rockabilly hairstyle

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.


Conservative Style

Photo of Marlon Brando short classic hairstyle for men.
Marlon Brando short hairstyle

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, the gel is used to create the same look.

Photo of Cary Grant classic side swept hairstyle.
Cary Grant hairstyle
Don Draper Conservative Hairstyle.
Don Draper conservative hairstyle


Slicked Back

Image of Bela Lugosi Hairstyle.
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.

Photo of Christopher Lee hairstyle.
Christopher Lee hairstyle


Picture of Marlon Brando hairstyle in The Godfather.
Marlon Brando hairstyle in The Godfather movie


Here you go, some of the more modern versions of these classics:

Mohawk With 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  sidewise pompadour to finish the style.


Round Crest:

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.


Natural volumes:

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.


Hair Products

The one key component to recreating 1950’s men’s 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 than the gel. Murray’s Hair Dressing Pomade, Superior, 3 oz. is one of the best pomades in the market to do a greaser hairstyle.


Modern Greaser Hairstyles for 2024

Traditional hairstyles are always in vogue. Greaser hairstyle originated back in the ’50s but still, the appeal is no less. The young guys and men attend the saloon at a large number to get a greater haircut.

Though with the passage of time there ought to be some modifications in the haircut. The modern greaser hairstyles don’t differ that much in terms of the beauty and intensive look.

Let’s get an idea of what might be the top 10 greaser hairstyles for 2024.


#1. Jelly Roll Greaser

This is completely identical to the new era. You will never find this sort of hairstyle on the archive. The two sides of the hair are trimmed closely to the skin to give an undercut. And the top hair from both sides has been folded together in the middle. This is called a jelly roll hairstyle and it is modern and sophisticated.


#2. Pointy at the Top

A simple technique can change the impact of a regular hairstyle in many ways. This is a very casual hairstyle only the hair at the top is styled a bit using a styling gel. You can get this greaser hairstyule when you are at hurry because this is less time consuming.


#3. Innovative and Modern

The smartest way of being trendy is being creative. One can change a normal look to a special one with the help of imaginative creativity. This is a perfect example of innovation in hairstyles. A greaser large pompadour has been converted into something else by craeting a chevron shape on the back of the head. And there are some beautuiful stripes at the lower part of the neck.


#4. Association of Beard

Sometimes, only a hairstyle isn’t good enough to impress the people around you. In that case, you can take the help of one of the manliest things ever: a beard. A full beard associated with an undercut greaser hairstyle will complement your look to a great degree. This is 2018, you have to blend hair and beard together to survive in this dynamic fashion world.


#5. Iconic Greaser Hairstyle

Celberities are followed worldwide by their fans. Most of the hairstyle was made popular by the iconic figures. Justin Bieber is an icon to the youth of 2024. You can try his cool looking greaser hairstyle to make your look chicer.


#6. Decent Quiff

There are many forms of quiff hairstyle. Some quiffs are combed sideward and some are a bit spiky. This is a very basic variant of quiff hairstyle. The hair on the top and front is styled nicely with the help of hair gel.


#7. Combed Sideward

The more organized a hairstyle, the more it looks beautiful. That’s why a combed look has the plus point when compared with an unkempt hairstyle. Make your hair soft and smooth using top quality styling gel, then comb the hair towards any side you like. Choose the angle that suits you the most. Then comb the hair to that side.


#8. Ultimate Masculinity

Some guys want to show off their ability to grow hair because that is considered a sign of manliness. If you want to gain the ultimate masculinity by your look, this could be the best pick for you. Style the voluminous hair using hair gel and, of course, don a full beard along with the greaser hairstyle.


#9. Rockabilly and Quiff

Rockabilly hairstyle was the most popular at the time of its advent. Since then this style has been associated with different hairstyles randomly. You can blend a quiff hairstyle with the rockabilly while having a greaser hairstyle. This will surely look stunning on you.


#10. Voluminous Top

If you have a heavy and thick voluminous hair, this is the right style for you. Centralize the hair to one point at the top of your head and let them be as puff as possible. You will get a puff hairstyle and the charm of greaser will also be there. The overall beauty will impress anyone who will come across you.


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.

10 thoughts on “1950s Men’s Greaser Hairstyles: Top 10 Styles to Try”

  1. I got on the website because I’m a european student living in the US for a few months.
    Today, I decided to get a haircut, so I picked a random barbershop. I ended up having my hair cut by a 90 old man, who didn’t ask anything, and I got out having a 50’s haircut.
    It was funny, but I don’t see myself wearing this haircut everyday.

    Kind of weird, cause the hair on the top of my head are really long, and really short on the side.

    I can’t seem to find any other hairstyle with this cut. I guess I’ll put on some gel, wear a nice suit, and have a black and white picture of me 🙂

  2. As a man that wears the “greaser” style on a daily basis, and have done so for at least a decade, I have learned quite a lot about how to achieve these classic looks. One, DO NOT USE GEL if you are trying to get a D.A. or a pomp. You got to have pomade, period. Go to the ethnic hair care section of Walmart or really any pharmacy in the country. Get a 3 dollar can of Murray’s, it will not have the most shine… but it has holding power that expensive brands like American Crew can not even begin to touch. BTW, pomade is not meant to be washed out everyday… it’s meant to stay in your hair, and you will actually have a hard time getting rid of it… so, it does take some commitment. A do-rag is recommended at night so that one does not get their pillowcases greasy (again, experience talking here). Now, if your hair is going to be cut in the conservative style, and is fairly easily controlled, classic Brylcreem is still very much available… as are similar products such as Vitalis Hair Tonic, Wildroot Hair Cream, and a host of others that have also been around for decades. Youtube videos will show step by step techniques for how to apply the product and how to work the comb.

    • A. W. Richard, you sure sound like you know what you’re talking about. I’d always wanted to know how long you can wear pomade in your hair before you wash it and what you use to get the pomade out. Also, with some pillowcases, the greasier they are, the hotter they seem to be (or am I crazy?)

  3. They do make the hair creams still. They are often sold at drug stores. Look for brylcreem or groom n’ clean. Be careful, they are very heavy and greasy.

  4. I found a great product called “Sportin’ Waves”. It’s meant for black men’s hair, but I’m white with very curly hair and it works great. I use this product to create a neat, clean cut, semi-’50s combed-back look, but I’m sure it would be perfect for those radical ducktail/pompadour styles as well. It only costs about $3.25 for a jar of it. It’s a thick, sticky white pomade with a nice, lemony smell. It’s hard to wash out, but that’s probably because it works so well. I wish I knew about these products when I was a kid– I used to put vaseline in my hair to keep it from looking frizzy — Yuk!

    • get a good comb, brylcream, and have your father or guardian help you. tell him you want your hair slicked back if you have curly hair, look up photos of people from the 1950s with greased hair, like gene vincent. hope i helped and be sure to wash your hair at night. it wont hurt your hair, but it just feels uncomfortable sleeping at night. i hoped i helped even if it was a year later


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