Originally worn in the 1950s, rockabilly and greaser hairstyles have seen a big revival in recent years. The looks, which were inspired by the rock and roll music of the era, are once again on trend and perfect to don in 2017. Initially created as a rebellious alternative to more conservative and classical styles, rockabilly hairstyles have evolved as the years have gone on. Although they still have an edgy and masculine appeal, today’s rockabilly styles appear well-groomed and downright dapper, especially when compared to modern alternatives. As such, they can make a great option for any gent looking to add a handsome flair to his normal hair.
How to Get the Greaser Hairstyle
One of the most iconic rockabilly hairstyles is the classic, greaser look. In the 1950s, the greasers were a subculture of working class teenagers and young men in America who were named as such for their greased-back hairstyles. Today, although the subculture has gone, the hairstyle lives on. The slicked-back look, which has a vintage and slightly rebellious feel, is popular once again with gents who look to the past for inspiration. To find out how to recreate the greaser hair look for yourself, simply watch the video below.
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Feel like channelling the style of Elvis, James Dean or John Travolta in Grease? Start by choosing one of these retro rockabilly hairstyles. Encompassing a range of pompadour and slicked-back styles, rockabilly cuts have an edgy elegance that can instantly give your look a boost. Although this look works best on medium-length hair, any gent can pull off one of these charming styles with some effort. All it takes is a little practice and plenty of wax or pomade, and you’ll soon have a great greaser look. Then, just add a leather jacket to finish off your rockabilly look with serious style.
1. Rockabilly Pompadour
A pompadour is one of the most recognisable rockabilly hairstyles and a look that has seen a significant resurgence in recent years. To ensure your pompadour has the right retro touch, wear it smooth. While textural styles feel modern and contemporary, sleek looks reflect a bygone era where gents wouldn’t let a hair fall out of place.
2. Classic Slick-Back
The classic slick-back hairstyle features plenty of volume at the front, making it reminiscent of traditional rockabilly looks. Although it doesn’t utilise as much hair product as traditional greaser styles, it does have the same shape and characteristics. Best of all, this sophisticated hairstyle can be rocked by gents within any age group.
3. Classic Quiff with Low Undercut
You don’t have to go completely vintage to pull off a stylish rockabilly haircut. Sometimes, the blend between retro and modern looks can create a unique and awesome new hairstyle. Such is the case with this classic quiff style, which also features a low undercut. The unexpected combination of the two quickly creates a bold and individualistic look.
4. Greaser Slicked-Back Style
Just look how cool this gent appears with a greaser-style, slicked-back hairdo. All you need to recreate his look is medium-length strands, some pomade, and a comb. While many modern versions of this hairstyle incorporate an undercut, this traditional alternative has a great classic appeal.
5. Messy Greaser Style
Greaser styles don’t have to be perfectly combed into place. This untidy version gives a rebellious feel to the classic cut. The style’s rough-around-the-edges appearance works perfectly with a beard to create a strong yet sophisticated aesthetic.
6. Modern Pompadour with Undercut
This pompadour hairstyle with undercut combines the essence of rockabilly with modern touches. While its shape and style are decidedly rockabilly, its texture and undercut are completely contemporary.
7. Rockabilly Comb-Over
Although gents often wear rockabilly styles combed back, they can also wear them to one side. Just look at this stylish, retro comb-over for example. This hairstyle, which features a deep side-part, is worn combed back and to the right. When recreating this look, be sure to use some pomade or wax to help keep hair in place and off your face.
8. Greaser Comb-Over with Low Fade
A greaser style comb-over can be a great retro rockabilly look. If your personal style is inherently modern, however, you may find that this vintage hairstyle is a little bold for you. To modernise the look and make it better suited to your style, simply add some unexpected, more contemporary elements. This gent chooses to rock his old-school comb-over with an edgy low fade for the perfect balance.
9. Full-Volume Pompadour
Gents with thick hair can also pull off rockabilly looks. All you need to do is use this full-volume pompadour as inspiration. Although your hair may need a little more work and pomade to stay in place, the result will be impactful and awesome.
10. Rockabilly Pompadour with Undercut
This rockabilly pompadour with an undercut is styled and combed to perfection. While gents with naturally straight strands shouldn’t have a problem recreating this look, those with waves or curls may find it more difficult. If you do have naturally curly hair, try blow-drying with a round brush after washing and before styling to straighten strands.
11. Greaser Comb-Over with Side Part
This slicked-back style with a side part is an awesome greaser look. Instead of combing all hair backwards, this look involves creating a part and smoothing each section to the side and back. The result is a dramatic style that appears straight from the ‘50s. Just be sure to dampen your hair before styling to create this wet look hairstyle.
12. Slicked-Back with Shaved Sides
Are you looking for a rockabilly hairstyle with attitude? This slicked-back style with shaved sides is just what you need. Simply pair it with some dark shades to make the most of this daring yet dapper ‘do.
13. Textured Rockabilly Style
To recreate this textured, rockabilly look, forget your comb and use your hands instead. Simply rub some pomade in your palms before running hands through hair. Then, use fingers to brush the pomade through strands and mould hair into shape.
14. Faded Rockabilly Style
This trend-worthy style embraces a traditional rockabilly quiff at the front and a contemporary fade at the back and sides. The look is perfect for gents who want to try out a retro style while maintaining a modern edge. As the longer strands are restricted to the top and front of the head, this cut also requires less styling, meaning that you get to save time and sleep in every morning.
15. Wavy Pompadour with Undercut
This wavy pompadour with an undercut is full of volume and style. If you have naturally wavy strands, consider trying this look for yourself. While the style is inherently sophisticated, the texture from the waves adds the perfect relaxed touch.
Top Tips for Creating a Rockabilly Hairstyle
- Start with damp hair to achieve a sleeker look.
- Generously apply pomade or wax to strands to sculpt them into shape.
- Be sure to work product into strands starting from the back and moving forwards.
- Use a comb to style hair. It will achieve a cleaner rockabilly style than using hands.
- Comb hair upwards and backwards to create a wedge shape with volume at the front or style as desired.
- Finish styling with a light spray of hairspray if necessary.
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