Like everything else in the 1940s, men’s hairstyles were highly influenced by World War II and by necessity they were practical and low maintenance.
Today’s blog is going to take a look at the basic four styles that were popular at this time.
1. The crew cut
The crew cut was popularised by men that were serving in the military. It had very short back and sides with slightly longer on top.
2. The flat top
The flat top was very similar to a crewcut, except that the hair on top was left longer which gave it a ‘flat top’ appearance. The flat top made a serious comeback in the 1980s and has remained popular since.
Much as they do today, military men often chose between a crew cut or a short flat top. For the men who weren’t in the military they often chose their favourite film stars hairstyles with one of the two longer styles listed below.
3. Slicked back
This style is created by growing out the top until it’s long enough to brush back and make a big wave on top of the head. This involved using some kind of grease to slick it down – often Vaseline or even lard.
4. Side part
Still my favourite vintage mens hairstyle, the side part is created by cutting the hair short above the ears and then parting it on the side.
Generally the men’s styles of this period were much simpler than the women’s yet they still had a classic glamour in common.