How to Do a Greaser's Hairstyle

by Kimberlee Leonard ; Updated September 28, 2017

Since the '50s when greaser hairstyles were popular, people have wanted to emulate the stylish look to demonstrate a fun yet tough personality. Capturing a greaser's hairstyle, otherwise known as a pompadour, is simple with the right haircut.

Items you will need

  • Hair wax
  • Comb
Step 1

Get a haircut with it long on the top front and short on the sides. The shortest part should be 1 to 2 inches. The longest part should be no more than 5 inches.

Step 2

Wet hair, making it damp.

Step 3

Heat a quarter-size amount of hair wax in your hands by rubbing them together.

Step 4

Run wax through your hair, starting in the front and working your way to the back and finishing on the sides.

Step 5

Use your hands to style the hair back.

Step 6

Use a comb to slick the hair on the sides against the scalp.

Step 7

Comb the front straight up until the wax holds it in place. Use your free hand to guide it until it begins to dry.

Step 8

Gently run the front hair back with your fingers, being careful to not squash the volume.

Step 9

Take a small lock of hair in the front, curling it down to your forehead.


  • There are various types of hair wax available. Use one that has s strong hold but also gives a shine for the best results.

About the Author

With more than 15 years of professional writing experience, Kimberlee finds it fun to take technical mumbo-jumbo and make it fun! Her first career was in financial services and insurance.