Ducktail Hairstyle

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Ducktail Hairstyle

The 1950s Men’s Hairstyles  page is dedicated to the ducktail haircut. Other than the poodle skirt, no other symbol of the Fifties has captured the imagination and endured so well.Also called the D.A. or duck butt, the style requires that you comb the hair back to the middle of the head, then with the end of a rattail comb, make a center part.Let us consider its contribution to the term “greasers.” To accomplish this look, lots of hair grease is required. In this case, a little dab ain’t gonna do ya. In the 50s you may remember, there were no blow dryers to create a look. To make hair stay in a certain style, you had to either spray or grease. Well, real men didn’t spray.The D.A. quickly identified a guy as a rebel, a non-conformist. Although once everyone in a group does an identical thing, such standardization is conformity, but hey, it’s remains cool compared to the mainstream.Although the ducktail was adopted lovingly by Hollywood to represent the wild youth of the Fifties, the fact is that only a small minority of guys actually sported a D.A.Most fellas looked more like the guy at right. The crewcut was the hair style of choice for many young men.So was a do known as the flat top.What’s the diffference? Herbert Klug explains: “The crewcut was one type of cut and the flat top was totally different. In the crew cut, the hair was shaved to an even distance all over the head. The top of the head was rounded. This was also called a “butch haircut”. It was the sort of hair cut that one would get if one went into the military. In the flat top, the sides were shaved close, but what made it different was the hair on the top of the head was allowed to grow longer and was then cut off in one level plane so that it produced a “flat top”.Adult men weren’t allowed much hair within the confines of respectability. A short, neatly trimmed cut such as that at left was standard.By the way, for those of you who want to know – that’s Cary Grant. I chose him because he exuded a timeless class which still endures.

Ducktail Hairstyle

The 1950s Men’s Hairstyles  page is dedicated to the ducktail haircut. Other than the poodle skirt, no other symbol of the Fifties has captured the imagination and endured so well.Also called the D.A. or duck butt, the style requires that you comb the hair back to the middle of the head, then with the end of a rattail comb, make a center part.Let us consider its contribution to the term “greasers.” To accomplish this look, lots of hair grease is required. In this case, a little dab ain’t gonna do ya. In the 50s you may remember, there were no blow dryers to create a look. To make hair stay in a certain style, you had to either spray or grease. Well, real men didn’t spray.The D.A. quickly identified a guy as a rebel, a non-conformist. Although once everyone in a group does an identical thing, such standardization is conformity, but hey, it’s remains cool compared to the mainstream.Although the ducktail was adopted lovingly by Hollywood to represent the wild youth of the Fifties, the fact is that only a small minority of guys actually sported a D.A.

Ducktail Hairstyle

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Joe Cirello, a barber from Philadelphia, claimed to have invented the Duck’s Ass in 1940. A similar hairstyle, sometimes called the Argentine ducktail, consisting of greased hair piled high on top and swept back at the sides to form a ridge or seam at the back, was simultaneously fashionable among the Mexican-American Pachucos of Los Angeles. The Duck’s tail became an emblematic coiffure of disaffected young males across the English-speaking world during the 1950s. In Britain, it formed part of the visual identity of Teddy Boys and Rockers, along with the Quiff and the Elephant’s Trunk.

Ducktail Hairstyle

Tony Curtis ducktail hairstyleTony Curtis is an American actor born June 3, 1925. At birth, his name was Bernard Schwartz but changed this to the screen name Tony Curtis in 1948 when he moved to Hollywood. At the age of 23, he was quickly discovered and awarded a contract with Universal Pictures.

Ducktail Hairstyle

It is the most famous ducktail in America today, the hairdo of wayward youth of a bygone era, and it’s astonishing to imagine it under the spotlight in Cleveland, being cheered by Republican dignitaries. The class hood, the bully and braggart, the guy revving his pink Chevy to make the pipes rumble, presiding over the student council. This is the C-minus guy who sat behind you in history and poked you with his pencil and smirked when you asked him to stop. That smirk is now on every front page in America. It is not what anybody — left, right or center — looks for in a president. There’s no philosophy here, just an attitude.

Ducktail Hairstyle

He is a little old for a ducktail. By the age of 70, most ducks have moved on, but not Donald Trump. He is apparently still fond of the sidewalls and the duck’s ass in back and he is proud as can be of his great feat, the first punk candidate to get this close to the White House. He says the country is run by a bunch of clowns and that he is going to make things great again and beat up on the outsiders who are coming into our neighborhood. His followers don’t necessarily believe that — what they love about him is what kids loved about Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious, the fact that he horrifies the powers that be and when you are pro-duck you are giving the finger to Congress, the press, clergy, lawyers, teachers, cake-eaters, big muckety-mucks, VIPs, all those people who think they’re better than you — you have the power to scare the pants off them, and that’s what this candidate does better than anybody else.

Ducktail Hairstyle

We had a dozen or so ducktails in my high school class and they were all about looks. The hooded eyes, the sculpted swoop of the hair, the curled lip. They emulated Elvis but only the look, not the talent. Their sole ambition was to make an impression, to slouch gracefully and exhale in an artful manner. In the natural course of things, they struggled after graduation. Some tried law enforcement for the prestige of it, others became barflies. If they were drafted, the Army got them shaped up in a month or two. Eventually, they all calmed down, got hitched up to a mortgage, worried about their blood pressure, lost the chippiness, let their hair down. But if his dad was rich and if he was born before you were, then the ducktail could inherit enough wealth to be practically impervious to public opinion. This has happened in New York City. A man who could never be elected city comptroller is running for president.

Ducktail Hairstyle

The duck’s ass is a haircut style that was popular during the 1950s. It is also called the duck’s tail, the ducktail, the duck’s arse (UK), or simply D.A., and is also described as slicked back hair.

The ducktail hair style contributed to the term greasers: to accomplish this look, lots of pomade (hair grease) was required to hold the hair in place. This was still the era of hair creams, so it only required an increase in the amount to make hair remain in the desired style. Brands of grease used include Black & White, Sweet Georgia Brown, Royal Crown, and Murrays. On the West Coast of the US, pomades such as Dixie Peach or Brylcreem, and tonics such as Wildroot Cream-oil were popular.

The D.A. quickly became a stereotypical feature of rebels and nonconformists, and gained popularity especially after the rise of rock ‘n roll legend Elvis Presley, who sported the same look. Although the ducktail was adopted by Hollywood to represent the wild youth of the Fifties, only a minority of males actually sported a D.A., even amongst the British Rockers and Teddy Boys of the same era. The style became popular in India after film star Shammi Kapoor started sporting it.

By and large, Kanye West managed to pull off a combination of the mullet and a Bobby Brown-inspired shag as his go-to hairstyle for 808s & Heartbreak. Suffice it to say, Kodak Black’s attempts at reviving retro hairstyles aren’t going as well. Kodak—who has previously shared topics such as his post-jail diet and purchasing a new home on Instagram—decided to display a new hairstyle to his 2.7 million Instagram followers with some hilariously disastrous results.

Tony Curtis Duck’s Tail hairDuring the 1950s, when Curtis was at his most popular, he was known as quite a screen hunk. The distinctive hairstyle he adopted was known as a duck’s tail in the US and as a duck’s arse in Great Britain because of the way it swept back and resembled the back end of a duck. Seeing Curtis wearing his hair this way prompted Elvis Presley to adopt the same hairstyle.

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