The 1950s saw a lot of diverse fashion changes, launches, and controversies as well. This was the time when the wars had almost ended, and there were some interesting changes going on in the field of fashion. Grease, an iconic film set in the 1950s and released in 1978, starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, and followed the adventures of a cast of high school students. Known for its fast cars, catchy tunes and period hairstyles, the film remains an indelible part of American culture.
One hairstyle trend that is came up from this film is known as the greaser hairstyles, this look uses pin curls, smoothed front and pinned-up curls to invoke a classic sense of style. When greaser hairstyles were popular, people have wanted to emulate the stylish look to demonstrate a fun yet tough personality.
Some greasers opted for the pompadour hairstyle in the ’50s. To create the pompadour, men added a handful of grease to their hair, combed it high in front, and then slicked it straight back. The pompadour often had short sides for a few inches above the ears. The pompadour was long on top and was combed from the forehead straight back over the head.
As for sideburns, this is a part of greaser hairstyles for men that is often neglected but is equally important. Â The thickness and length of your sideburns need to be consistent with the rest of your hair. So if your hair is very short, don’t leave your sideburns thick and long. Greasers grew sideburns that were as long as 3 or 4 inches and some cut them to points along their cheeks.
A lot of names have been given to this hairstyle that was popular in the 1950s. The so-called ducktail is achieved by greasing and combing back the hair around the side of the head to create a ridge somewhere below the crown. The term ducktail was used because the ridge resembles the tail of a duck. The front of the hair is usually curled or done messy on the wearer’s forehead.
Curls and Combs
Men who wore these attention-getting greaser hairstyles often added as much embellishment and flare to their looks as possible. When sporting the ducktail, men often had hair left in front at their foreheads after they had slicked the sides back. One trendy look was to arrange the greased hair in front into a glistening curl on their foreheads. Greasers who wore pompadours often used rat tail combs to back comb the front of their hair for volume, as women did with the bouffant style. The grease helped to hold these curls and combed-in volume in place.
And here’s the example!
As you can see, some of the 1950s’ hairstyles can be seen even today, and one of the most popular is greaser hairstyles.Â This was one glorious period that saw major changes in the fashion scenario!