Monday, February 27, 2012

ROCKABILLY: OLD RULES, NEW TRENDS.

The look that stole the scene in the 1950's is back in the spotlight. While strutting down the runway, designers recently showcased models with string ties, leather jackets and rockabilly hair. But where did it all begin?
The roots of the rockabilly began in the 1940's during World War II, as a new style of music emerged. This new sound was a combination of rock and country, then referred to as “hillbilly music.” As the music grew in popularity, it had a transforming effect on fashion and the result was a look that was hot, stylish and tough.
The current neo-rockabilly look is comprised of skinny black jeans, classic white T's, button-up shirts and skinny ties topped off with wayfarer sunglasses and a fitted leather jacket. But the quiff is key.
Your hair must be cut properly to hold a rockabilly style. The classic rockabilly cut is long on top and very short on the sides and back. There are three common iterations: The classic pompadour, the relaxed or “lazy” pompadour, and a side-part “Greaser” style. Here's how to execute each one:

Classic Pompadour
01 - Shampoo and Condition: Shampoo with American Crew Tea Tree Balancing Shampoo and condition with Tea Tree Calming Conditioner.
02 - Towel Dry: Thoroughly towel dry hair and apply a generous amount of American Crew Superglue, working from scalp to ends.
03 - Comb: Use a comb to evenly distribute product throughout the hair.
04 - Shape: Create a pompadour shape by combing hair up and off the face to create the desired silhouette.
05 - Air Dry: Allow hair to air dry. Blow drying is not recommended.

Lazy Pompadour
01 - Shampoo and Condition: Shampoo with American Crew Citrus Mint Refreshing Shampoo and condition with Citrus Mint Cooling Conditioner. Towel dry hair.
02 - Apply Spray Gel: Apply a generous amount of American Crew Medium Hold Spray Gel and comb into shape, and allow the hair to air dry.
03 - Apply Pomade: Once dry, apply a generous amount of American Crew Pomade from the scalp to the ends of the hair.
04 - Brush into shape: Using a brush, direct the hair from both sides toward the center and allow gravity to create a lazy pompadour.
05 - Define curls: Use your fingers to accentuate the look by pulling the curls in front down onto the face.

Greaser style - side part*
01 - Shampoo and Condition: Shampoo with American Crew Daily Shampoo and condition with Stimulating Conditioner. Towel dry hair thoroughly.
02 - Apply Gel: Apply a generous amount of American Crew Light Hold Gel and work the product from scalp to ends.
03 - Comb and Part: Comb evenly through the hair then create a side part while directing the hair up and off the face.
04 - Blow dry: Blow dry the hair into shape while directing the front up and off the face to exaggerate the effect.
05 - Shape: Once dry, apply a generous amount of American Crew Grooming Cream and comb into final shape.
* As a variation this look can be slicked back instead of parted on the side.

As Rockabilly continues its revival, your perfected look will be a smash hit at concerts, vintage auto shows and dive bars.

 



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