As part of the greaser subculture of the 1950s, several fashion trends and hairstyles became popular that continue to be entirely in style. You can learn more about the history of these hairstyles while also getting some inspiration about some styles you can try and how to maintain them.
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What Is It and Short History
Greaser subcultures came about in the 1950s and 1960s, mainly due to the lifestyles, thoughts and beliefs of the lower class and working-class populations in the United States. Many motorbike gangs were also a part of this subculture.
An essential aspect of this kind of subculture participation (a bit disorganized at the time) was the popularity of certain types of fashion styles, including leather jackets, dark and loose trousers, large boots, shirts and t-shirts.
Many celebrities like Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, James Dean, Eddie Cochran and others sported such hairstyles as well, which is how they began to spread among other people and populations, many choosing their styles just as they would choose the world’s best shaving kit.
20 Modern Greaser-Inspired Hairstyles
A classic pompadour is a look for greaser hairstyles. You can slightly shorten the sides and then slick back and puff up the top portion for a fun look.
A greaser pompadour is similar to a pompadour but involves a bit more grease and length. You can then heighten up the top portion based on your preferences.
Mohawk With Pompadour
A mohawk with pompadour can be an exciting choice since you can taper or remove the sides altogether and keep the central mohawk while also slightly pulling up the front section.
A faux hawk does not feature just the central mohawk but involves leaving the sides in place and achieving the look of a mohawk. You can slick it back.
Apply some hair product and slick your hair to the back or the side to achieve a round shape. You can also cut the sides short.
A classic quiff involves applying the hair product and slicking all your hair back while leaving the front portion a bit long and puffed up.
Thick Textured Quiff
Ideal for naturally thick hair, you can turn your hair into a quiff. With the rest of the hair, you can add some textures and layers with the support of pomade or wax.
After slicking your hair back from the front, you can apply some hair product to the back and part it from the center at the back to achieve the ‘ducktail.’
Jelly Roll Hairstyle
This hairstyle involves completely shaving off your sides and back or fading it out. The top is left long and parted from the center, with the sides rolling out to the front.
Use a blow dryer and give some volume to your thick hair. Use some product to push it up, slick it slightly towards the back, and leave it a bit tousled to achieve a natural look.
Combover With Fade
Get a fade on the sides and the back and leave the top long. You can then use pomade or gel and a comb to comb your hair over to slick it to one side.
In this hairstyle, you can style your hair using products in a way that you make the top pointy. You can do this for the entire top while keeping the sides short.
Grease your hair and style the sides back. You can also style the back portion of your top back while bringing the front forward, with one strand standing out on the forehead.
Brush your hair with a simple brush to achieve a casual yet clean look. You can use some hair product to hold it in its place.
A slicked-back hairstyle is as greasy as it gets while maintaining a clean look. You can use a fine-toothed comb and some product to slick the hair back wholly.
Side Part With Slick Sides
Part your hair to one side and grease the rest of your hair. You can then use your fingers or a comb to slick the hair to the side.
Slick Hard Part Comb Over
Make a hard part on one side, apply some hair product and comb the rest of your hair over to one side to achieve a neat yet exciting look.
Messy Comb Over
You can add a part or comb your hair to one side. Apply a bit of product to maintain the greasy look for longer.
Comb Over With Undercut
Get an undercut on the sides and back and comb the top to one side. Use some pomade, wax or gel to add a greaser look.
Slicked Combover With Hard Part
Make a hard part on one side and slick your hair well. Comb the hair over and sweep it to one side.
How to Do, Style and Maintain
Step 1 – Shampoo and condition
You should shampoo and condition your hair regularly to keep it nourished and healthy. If you want to improve the condition of your hair, you can try out hair supplements and DHT blockers (naturally or in shampoos). You can also consider using hair relaxers if you want to control your hair a bit.
You should carry this out the day you want to style your hair.
Step 2 – Use the right styling products
It is essential for you to use the right styling products for your hair to keep the greaser hairstyle in place. Premium pomade for men can be the best choice here to achieve a greaser look, although hair gels and hair waxes can work as well.
If you are confused by the pomade vs wax vs gel vs clay debate, start with pomade and experiment with the others to see what seems to work best for your hair.
Make sure you also opt for reliable enough brands.
Step 3 – Choose a style
The next step in the process is to choose a style that you think will suit your hair well. You should take your face shape, hair length and texture into account here to successfully pull off the look.
You can pick a style based on the options included above. Make sure you also account for how professional you want your look to be or if you are okay with it being a bit messy.
Step 4 – Style the hair
You can move on to styling your hair by leaving your hair damp and using a hairdryer to build up a bit of volume. Once this is done, you can use a comb and some of your fingers to style your hair into the hairstyle that you have chosen for yourself.
Apply the hair product at this stage so you can maintain the style for the rest of your day.
Step 5 – Consult your stylist
If you are not too confident or do not want to spend the time and effort styling your hair on your own, you can also consult your stylist and ask them for some recommendations. You can also ask them to give you a trim and style your hair, although this will likely cost a bit of money.
What does a greaser’s hairstyle represent?
It represents rebellion, masculinity, attitude and style.
How do you cut greaser’s hair?
If you want to cut your hair to get greaser’s hair, you should first shampoo and condition your hair and then take a good pair of shears to trim your hair in sections. You can then style it with a dryer, a comb and suitable hair products.
Can greasers have beards?
Since greaser hairstyles tend to be quite attention-grabbing by themselves, people do not generally keep full beards with them. However, shorter beards, stubbles and mustaches can still look great.
Which hair products did greasers use?
Greasers mainly relied on products like pomade and petroleum jelly to style and maintain their hair.
Can I use pomade in my greaser’s hair every day?
It is not ideal for you to use pomade in your hair daily as this can cause some damage. However, you can opt for some natural and reliable products that you can use pretty frequently.
You have now seen some striking greaser-inspired hairstyles that you can now choose from for yourself. Make sure you style your hair carefully and take good care of it by washing it regularly and eating well.