How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
Rockabilly is one of the trendiest 50s haircuts. Photo: Crello

What is a rockability hairstyle?

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.

A style inspired by some iconic looks such as the pompadour haircut of Elvis Presley or the rugged quiff sported by James Dean, The Trend Spotter cits. They often feature extra length on top, slicked back with styling products such as pomade. Modern interpretations of the rockabilly style are both masculine and dapper, giving the wearer a distinctive look.

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
Elvis Presley and his pompadour haircut. Photo: Bona Fide Bice

Over time, things died down considerably during the ’60s, however, the trend saw a sharp rise back in popularity during the 70s and 80s.

If you’ve decided to try on one of the trendiest 50s haircuts and opted for rockabilly hairstyles, here are some best options to go for. Spend some time exploring top hairstyles for men and how to style your hair like that 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.

How to Style a Rockabilly Haircut for Men 2021

#1. Classic Pompadour

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
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A pompadour is one of the most recognizable rockabilly haircut and a look that has seen a significant resurgence in recent years. To ensure your pompadour has the right retro touch, wear it smooth. While textural styles feel modern and contemporary, sleek looks reflect a bygone era where gents wouldn’t let a hair fall out of place.

How to Style the classic sleek Pompadour

Whether you want a slick, tightly sculpted pompadour or one that’s loose enough to run your hands through, the basic styling method is the same, as cited by Fashion Beans.

1. First, make sure to start with freshly washed and conditioned hair that’s completely free of excess oil, dirt and product residue.

2. Lightly towel dry the hair. Then, with a comb and a hairdryer, blow dry it as you comb backwards from your forehead and temples backwards towards your crown and the back of your head, each time moving along the full shaft of the hair from root to tip.

3. Next, apply a pea-sized amount of product. Make sure to thoroughly rub it between the palms of your hands first to warm it before running it through your hair.

4. Resume combing, using the technique outlined in step two. As you comb with one hand, use the other to gently pat down the hair you’ve just combed. This helps to further smoothen the hair and shape the style.

5. Next, create the quiff. With the palm of your free hand, gently push forward the hair you’ve just combed backwards – not a lot, just enough so that the hair starts to bend slightly. Then, use the comb to gently tease your fringe straight up and back, so that it curves up and back over your head.

6. Unless your fringe grows poker straight, you’ll probably find that the style sits naturally with the fringe falling slightly towards the right or left. Don’t fight it, go with it. For a classic, sleek pompadour, use a high-shine pomade. Remember to finish with a strong-hold hairspray.

#2. Comb Over

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
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Slick and sophisticated, the comb-over was huge during the golden age of Hollywood. Every leading man worth his weight in pomade wore this style like a uniform. By the ‘50s and '60s, it became the go-to look of Madison Avenue’s ad men, Axe cites.

"If you’ve got long enough hair on top, then this style is versatile and fun to work with. Keep it slick and to one side" said Kieron Webb, The London Barber.

How to Style the Comb-over

1. Dry: Start with dry hair.

2. Comb: Carefully comb your hair forward and find your side parting. Keep things neat.

3. Dry: Blow-dry front to back. Comb the top of your hair into place, but keep the parting.

4. Rub: Work Pomade back to back to front. Finish by combing the front. Done.

#3. Textured Rockabilly Style

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
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With trimmed sides and a longer top that’s swept back to add volume, the classic pompadour is a hairstyle that’s lasted the test of time. It was made famous in the 1960s by a certain rock and roll superstar and has seen millions of modern interpretations since. Today, the classic style is still a popular choice, but for those men that are looking to stay at the forefront of fashion, we have a modern version.

The textured pomp is a more relaxed, natural finish in comparison to the classic pomp worn by the likes of Elvis Presley. It is styled with fewer products than the original and, as the name suggests, boasts a lot more texture throughout. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a classic look with a lot less maintenance.

How to Style the Textured Pompadour

1. Start by washing the hair with Shampoo and Conditioner. This will ensure the hair is clean and free of any previous styling products, as cited by The Bluebeards Revenge.

2. Dry the hair with a towel and apply a small amount of spray as a pre-styling agent. This will help to create accurate sections to work from.

3. Begin the cut by creating an asymmetric horseshoe section from the natural parting to the recession.

4. Add in a guide from crown to nape, cutting the hair from short at the perimeter to long at the crown. Follow the guide to the front hairline on both sides.

5. Release the top and blend it into the existing guides on the back and sides.

6. Using horizontal sections and the existing guides, point-cut the hair to add texture through the top.

7. Blow dry the top of the hair backwards using Quiff Roller to add volume and texture.

8. Use clipper-over-comb techniques to come around the nape and create a slight taper.

9. Keep things soft as you tidy up the edges with your mini-clippers to achieve a textured ‘surfer’ vibe.

10. Finish off the look by working Pomade through the top to add more separation and release all that added texture.

#4. Disconnected Pompadour

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
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To achieve the Disconnected Pompadour Hairstyle you need to section off the top of your hair and taper fade the sides to the desired length.

To make the hairstyle more impressive and easier to style make sure that you have at least three inches of hair length at the top of your head before requesting the pompadour haircut, as this will make styling a pompadour is essential to how good it looks.

1. Adding volume and hold to your hair will emphasize the pomp at the front, and the style can be modified by parting your hair to the side instead of combing it straight back.

2. A blunt break between the hair on top and the shorter sides are that what defines the disconnected pompadour. Some men still prefer the old classic pompadour and more gradual and cohesive look offered by the pompadour fade, the disconnected pomp is more adventurous, bold and outgoing.

3. If you are eager to infuse an extra edge into your pompadour hairstyle, then set a stylish disconnected undercut for your next look. The fusion of a pompadour and a disconnected undercut is smart and ideal for the modern man.

4. How to style your Disconnected Pompadour

Disconnected Pompadour with beard: Pairing a disconnected pompadour with a beard is an easy way to create a stylish, standout look. The combination of this bold hairstyle with a sexy beard style is sure to catch eyes and make your presence known. Make sure your beard is well-groomed to match the classiness of this look.

Disconnected Pompadour with designs: Designs are a funky way to stay in style. The disconnection between the sides and the top pompadour can be converted into designs. This style looks sexy and has come to a trend for the last two years, The Unstichd cites. Tell your hairstylist to make the designs that you wish to have in order to stay in trend.

#5. Pomped Faux-Hawk

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?
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Less dramatic and more accessible than the Mohawk hairstyle, the faux hawk or fohawk is a popular and versatile haircut. For those with a rectangular or triangular face, go with a shorter top, whereas those with rounder face shapes can go for a bit more length at the top and shorter sides, as cited by Professional Sebastian.

How to style Pomped Faux-Hawk

1. Create a high horseshoe section above the recessions to the crown. Use the clipper over comb on the sides and back. Work from very short at the hairline to longer at the crown. Blend with scissors over comb technique.

2. Work with the vertical section around the hat line and blunt cut to reduce weight Blend with scissors over comb technique.

3. Move to the top and create a central section from the crown to the fringe area. Create your guideline at the desired length.

4. Work with horizontal sections from the back to the front and point cut using your guideline. Connect top and sides with vertical at the hat line.

5. Blow-dry the hair with a brush to enhance the focal point and the texture created by the color. Apply our hair clay to add texture and a modern matte definition to The Faux Hawk Haircut

#6. Pompadour Fade

How to Style a Trendy Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?

With relatively short sides and dramatic height up top, the pompadour fade hairstyle references the classic rockabilly looks of the '50s (think: Fonzi, Elvis) with updated proportions for today (think: Bruno Mars, David Beckham). This one’s all in the styling—check out our tips to get it right.


• The sides should start with a buzz—around a #1-1/2 clipper setting—and taper upwards. For a more old-school rockabilly look, keep them a little longer, and don’t be afraid of some sideburn, as cited by Birch Box.

• Hair on the top of the head should be long enough to lay flat when combed back and have a lot of height when blown dry. For most guys, this means at least 4 inches of length.

How to Style the Pompadour Fade

1. Start with clean, towel-dried hair.

2. Using a water-based high-hold pomade, slick back the sides of the hair.

3. Take a blow dryer and set to high heat.

4. Using a round brush, start at the back of the head and roll the brush backwards while pushing the hair forward and upward. Proceed section by section, blow-drying the brushed hair at the same time.

5. Continue up to the hairline, brushing the hair forward and up while blow drying, then spends some extra time at the very front for extra volume. The hair should be pointed upwards at about a 60-degree angle.

6. Take a quarter-sized amount of the same water-based pomade and work it through the top of the hair, maintaining the height and shape from the blow dryer.

7. Finish off with a blast of hairspray, applied about 10 inches from the head.

Other popular men's haircuts and hairstyles for 2021

According to Thetrendspotter, these short fades and undercuts to mid-length this year has a stylish option to suit every hair length and type.

Faux Hawk

How to Style a Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?

If you’re after a new look that’s exciting, a faux hawk can be an excellent choice. With the edgy attitude of a mohawk without the intensity, this style looks great and is simple to wear. Just be sure to make your faux hawk a little bit messy to keep it current.

Hard Part

How to Style a Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?

Want to add more style and definition to your medium length locks? Why not try adding a hard part? The cut, which features a shaved line in place of a side part, creates a sleek and smart appearance, even if the rest of your hair is messy.


How to Style a Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?

If you’re thinking about rocking a mid-length cut, don’t forget to consider a fringe. Bangs are on-trend once again for men and look great when worn messily with plenty of texture.

Messy Waves

How to Style a Rockabilly Haircut for Men in 2021?

When it comes to top men’s hairstyles, texture plays a vital role. As such, smooth and flat styles are being replaced by messy waves and disheveled crops. To make these cuts versatile enough to wear anywhere, including the office, just keep the sides short and neat.

For more up-to-date trends for 2021, check out the KnowInsiders website regularly!

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