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.
Rockabilly hairstyles, also known as greaser hair, have become a popular men’s style trend. Started by Elvis Presley, inspired by Rock and Roll music and adopted early by James Dean, these 1950’s men’s hairstyles broke away from the more conservative, classical fashion trends of the past. For example, rockabilly hairstyles for men include the modern pompadour and slick back.
There are many kinds of rockabilly hairstyles inspired by vintage fashion. Long or short, medium-length or wavy hair, every kind looks superb with the rolls and pinned up styles. Yon can get front bangs and roll them up, or color some part of your hair neon blue to look bold and beautiful. You can pinup some of the hair into a roll and leave the rest open. You can also make rolls on the side of your hair and make front bangs. Pair your new hairstyle with a short summer dress and pumps to get a vintage look. To get you inspired, here are 30 rockabilly hairstyles:
At its core, rockabilly hair is all about masculinity, rebellion, independence and tons of pomade or wax, although it does help to have a nice leather jacket. To help you navigate the culture and find the best greaser hairstyles, we’ve put together this guide of the top long and short rockabilly hairstyles.
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.
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.
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.
Attention all you fashionistas, look no further if you want to channelize the hairstyle that was trendy and classy in the 50s. This is one of the most stylish rockabilly long hairstyles that is easy to create, the model at the Raul Penaranda looks adorable with the pin up hairdo. She further adds a modern twist to the look with a striking oxblood pout.
Bette – Yes, I know you love rockabilly style anything, dear! 🙂 Thanks for reading.WittyWeddings – Thanks so much for voting up!Ebower – I love classic hairstyles, too. The women were just so glamorous and proper back then, weren’t they? I sort of wish we still dressed this way.
Men’s fashion would never be the same after the 1950s had rolled around. This decade of change inspired by rock and roll played over the jukebox and radio, led the way for the birth of new, rebellious rockabilly hairstyles.
With that in mind, spend some time exploring these top 40 best grease hairstyles for men below. Most are true to the classics while other cuts feature more modern approaches to bring the old-school back to life. If you’re a fan of everything rockabilly, you’re sure to appreciate these stylish masculine ideas.
If you’re looking for something that’s extremely feminine and carefree at the same time, opt for Rosie the Riveter’s hairdo, like the model at the rockabilly festival. To achieve this perfect blend of elegant and carefree look, tie a thin scarf around your updo and voilà. Absolutely retro!
Katy Perry undoubtedly is the queen of retro. From her hair, to her dress and the accessories, the talented singer sure knows how to remind us of the rockabilly era. A barrel brush, curling wand and a strong hairspray is all you need to recreate this bright pink Bettie Page hairstyle. Painting the town pink never looked so good, eh?
Gwen Stefani harks back to the authentic rockabilly age with her edgy up-do. The talented Singer, who is nothing less of a pro at working a retro beauty look, adds a little height and flips her hair inside to add a little bit of retro sass.
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!
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.