You have the rockabilly clothes, the rockabilly tunes, and the rockabilly attitude, but you need the rockabilly hair! Here, I will give you instructions and tips on how to do your hair in different iconic styles of the era. We will use some of our favorite rockabilly and pin-up models as guides and muses for this hairstyle tutorial.
Now the classic rockabilly hairstyle is so much more than just a hipster hairstyle it is misunderstood to be due to its association with the rock and roll star, Elvis Presley. It is perfect for long face shape, but it usually go with the majority of the face shapes. In the classic rockabilly hairstyle, the back and sides are tapered just enough to balance with the hair on top of the head. One mistake you should be careful about is cropping your hair above the crown of the head. This will give an angular style rather than the classic Rockabilly look that you are trying to achieve.
Men’s Rockabilly hairstyles are in fashion since early 1950’s. This year, the trend of vintage hairstyles is again reviving with the classic pompadour hairstyle. It’s funny how a famous men’s hairstyle like pompadour actually has its root in a woman giving it an air of popularity. The credit of being a pioneer in this rockabilly hairstyle goes to the notorious mistress of King Louis XV, known by the name of Madame de pompadour.
This rockabilly hairstyle of the 1950s, initially comprised of classic pompadour and the slicked back greaser look that men completely adored. Some of the pioneer men to style up this vintage hairstyle were James Dean, John Travolta (the famous Dracula), and Elvis Presley. To this day, men have been rocking the many variations it comes in. Even though Elvis Presley initially made this look seem like it was just a hippy hairstyle but that idea has fallen far far behind now. Its association with Rock and Roll gave birth to its actual name, rockabilly hairstyles.
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.
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.
Ahhh, the good ol’ fashioned pin curl. A quintessential retro rockabilly hairstyle which can be worn in hundreds of different fun ways! Warning: this particular type of women’s rockabilly hairstyle/hairdo takes a lot of practice and is quite time consuming. Materials Rattail comb Water Hairpins Bandana (optional) Steps Depending on how the number and size of pin curls you desire, you will want to section your hair into different sections using clips. You can pile the pin curl sections up all the way to the crown of your head or simply do one set of sections—the choice is yours and don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of sets! While your hair is very damp and sectioned off, take your first section of hair and comb it out. Pinch that section of hair between your thumb and pointer finger and pull your fingers to the very end of the section. You will want to ensure that the tips of your section is fully wet for easy curling. Begin to curl the section of hair upwards using thumb and pointer fingers, taking care to keep the end secured between the original thumb and pointer finger. (Also keep in mind that the direction and tightness in which you roll the pin curl depends on what you feel like doing—experimentation is key here too). Pin the curl in place using a hairpin in a diagonal position. Criss-cross that hairpin with another going in the opposite direction for maximum hold. Continue for the rest of the sections of hair until the entire head has been pin-curled! If you plan to sleep with your pin curl set to let your hair dry overnight, you may want to wrap a bandana around your hair to keep it from rubbing out during the night. In the morning, or once the hair is dry, take out the hairpins and voilà, instant retro glam! You can comb the curls out and style it whatever way you’d like from here.
Probably one of the easiest, cutest, and most nostalgic rockabilly hairstyles is the Bettie bangs! What are Bettie Bangs? They are straight, blunt bangs that make a line across the middle of the forehead (as shown on the lovely Miss Bernie Dexter in this picture). Why are they called Bettie Bangs? Because the notorious retro pin-up model Bettie Page made them famous! I have had Bettie Bangs at least three years out of my entire life and I absolutely adored them! If you would like to give it a go and cut your own, I guarantee that you can succeed—with a steady hand, of course. Materials You’ll need the following supplies: Mirror Comb Scissors Large clip or banana clip Water Steps Separate a front layer of hair by using your comb and running it at a curve about a third of the way back from the crown of your head. You’ll want your bangs to look thick, so you’ll need a lot of hair to do this. (Check out the picture for reference). Lightly spray or dampen the hair that you have separated and want to cut. Take the excess hair that is not a part of your sectioned-off bangs and clip it all to the back of your head using a large clip, hairband, or banana clip—whatever works to keep it from mixing with your bang section. Remember that your hair will appear longer when wet, so take care not to cut your bangs too short. You will want to take your pair of sharp scissors and cut your bangs straight across your forehead, about 1½” to 2″ above your eyebrows. Blow-dry your bangs and see if the length is to your liking. If they are too long, wet and repeat but trim only 1/4″ to 1/2″ off—again, you don’t want to cut them too short! Bettie Bangs are a simple way to get an iconic rockabilly hairstyle. Just keep in mind that you will most likely have to wet and dry your bangs every day, as they can look a little funky after sleeping on them at night.
From the runway to the red carpet, rockabilly hairstyle is having a moment. From victory rolls, pin up hairdos and classic updos, we’ve got ten stunning rockabilly hairstyles that in our opinion, will never go out of style.
Another hot combo is the mixture of rockabilly and undercut hairstyle. This is an explosive combination since both the hairstyles are extremely sizzling hot. In this hair cut, the hair on top becomes more prominent due to the short undercut. One thing to remember is that these looks require regular trimming and therefore regular maintenance is required. However,they are worth all your time and effort. No good thing comes easy in life. Let’s have a look at some amazing men’s rockabilly hairstyles for inspiration.
You say you don’t want the Bettie bangs, but you want a pin-up hairstyle? No problem! Victory rolls might be the perfect option for you. Victory rolls became very popular in the 1940s and were worn throughout the 1950s as well. They were glamorous and sassy and could be seen on the heads of everyone’s mother, as well as Old Hollywood starlets. This is my favorite rockabilly hairstyle and is perfect to wear to a special event such as a prom (for teenage girls), a wedding (for the women), or even a date night. Victory rolls seem like a difficult hairstyle to accomplish at first, but with a little practice and know-how, you will be able to do them in no time! Materials Styling comb Hot rollers and clips Brush Bobby pins Hairspray Steps First you’ll want to set your entire head of hair in the hot rollers and let it cool. If your hair is particularly thin, you can always tease it or brush it back to add some thickness/texture to your hair. Remember to particularly tease the sections of the sides of your head that you plan to make into your victory rolls—hold them up and tease them in the direction of the roll. Comb out the hair that will be used to make two victory rolls on the top of your head (similar to the picture on the right). Then hairspray to keep the strands together. Because of the curl from the hot rollers, the sections of hair that you want to roll should have a natural curl to the ends. One side at a time, hold one section of hair up so that the natural curl is pointed backward. Loop the end of the hair so that it forms a roll, and continue to roll it all the way to the base. Watch the video tutorial posted here for a better idea as to the direction of the roll. Once you have the roll so that the hair looks smooth and the curl is to your liking (as far as size and positioning), pin the insides down to the crown of your head to keep it in place. Use a wide-toothed comb to tame any flyaways and to smooth the roll in the proper direction. Experiment with different sizes of rolls, different positions of victory rolls and different weights. And remember to spray the hell out of it! Don’t forget that you can add a flower to the side of your head, directly underneath one of your victory rolls. Tie the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail or let it hang loose in pretty curly tendrils for a sexier night-time look! Practice makes perfect, so I suggest trying victory rolls at home a few times before wearing them out.