1950s Mens Hairstyles

Classic hairstyles from the 50s always stay in style, which holds for men’s hairstyles from this decade. From executive contour to college contour and even pompadour and side-swept styles, you can achieve these looks by asking your barber for a skin fade.

Teddy boys

An iconic look inspired by British rock culture, Teddy Boys can use hair gel to smooth down the sides and back of their head while combing their top hair into a quiff or pompadour style.


The ducktail (also referred to as the Duck’s Tail or DA) is a 1950s men’s hairstyle. It features a slicked-back quiff haircut with its end shaped like an aquatic duck’s tail. This hairstyle was created during World War I and II and continues today as part of their signature looks. Modern versions of this look feature a low zero fade with a greased pompadour for an eye-catching retro aesthetic.


The pompadour hairstyle was first made famous during the 1950s. It features a prominent side part and an upward sweep of your locks. You must use high-quality pomade with a solid hold to achieve this style. Pair this look with a back taper or skin fade for an eye-catching finish.

Jelly Roll

A classic 1950s men’s haircut style was the jelly roll. It gets its name from its shape and was popular in those decades. The jelly roll style makes a dramatic statement of masculinity and is perfect for showing off facial features or necklines.

Messy Quiff

Modern-day hair trends such as textured upswept quiffs or classic cowlicks are an easy way to modernize classic 1950s haircuts, adding another dimension. Use high-shine pomade for an Ivy League vibe or something matte for more of an informal, contemporary feel.

Slick Side Part

Fashion trends may change quickly, but true style remains timeless. Take this 1950s men’s hairstyle as an example: an executive contour haircut featuring an undone pomp that can easily be combed out with pomade or gel for styling purposes. This look features a tapered fade on the back and sides, while the hair on top is slicked back into a quiff for a side-swept style that works with any length of hair.


In the 1950s, male hairstyles were heavily influenced by rock and roll music, jazz music, and Hollywood glamour. Modern versions of this classic cut feature a faded skin top and longer pompadour on the crown that can be styled into a soft quiff or in an inverted pomp with some disheveling at the back.