How to Do '50s Greaser Hair

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How to Do '50s Greaser Hair
Fifties greaser hair can be given a modern twist. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

Men in the fifties were expected to have conservative, neatly trimmed short hair. Some young men and teens, nicknamed "greasers," rebelled against these constraints and came up with their own radical hairstyle. To achieve a greaser hairstyle, also called a ducktail for the way the style looked from the back, the hair was grown long on top and combed back. The greaser style is easy to duplicate for a party or just for fun. Modern hair products make it even easier to achieve this look than the heavy pomades and gels used in the fifties.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Fine-toothed comb
  • Hair gel
  • Hairspray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Dampen your hair and comb it straight back.

  2. 2

    Squeeze about a tablespoon of gel into your palm and rub your hands together. An inexpensive wet-look hair gel works well.

  3. 3

    Apply the gel to your hair using your fingers, working from front to back. Use plenty of gel.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 1 and 3, if necessary, until the hair is completely saturated and easy to manipulate

  5. 5

    Place your hands on the crown of the head and push the hair on the top and front of the head gently forward to create height in the hair. This mound of hair on top of the head is called a pompadour.

  6. 6

    Comb the hair on the back and sides of the head tightly back with a fine-toothed comb toward the middle back of the head.

  7. 7

    Allow your hair to dry in place undisturbed.

Tips and warnings

  • Use hairspray to keep hair in place if conforming to fifties authenticity is not a concern.

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