1910s and 1920s
In the '30s, facial hair transitions into the elegant, wispy moustache popularized by Hollywood legend Clark Gable, whom we can also credit with the rise of close cropped sides and back and a longer top, which has become a men's hair mainstay. This "high and tight" cut is the same that men even today are requesting—in essence a military inspired 'do (except generally more flattering than the simpler buzz-cut).
The 1940’s marked a key turning point for one of the most popular decades of men’s hairstyles, the 1950s. While subtle, the change was key in the movement toward longer lengths and added volume —something that became even more apparent in the 60's and beyond.
Of course, while the cuts may have grown in length they still featured quite similar sides and backs. One of the more popular choices was the slicked back hairstyle, changed by gentlemen adding waves with product.
Then and now
While subtle changes in hair took place from the turn of the century through to the 1950s, a few commonalities have contributed to their ongoing popularity.
One major shared feature of these styles is that the hair was cut with a short to medium taper haircut (around three inches on average), leaving just-enough hair length on the top for combing and styling. The look is almost universally flattering, and quite wearable between professional and leisure life, which could very well be the root of its popularity. The creation of these styles were complimented by classic products — namely pomades and tonic, to achieve the ideal shape and texture of the time. Truefitt & Hill is pleased to offer time-tested hair-care, and a selection of true-to-era picks for crafting classic looks.
However the future changes men's hair, Truefitt & Hill is proud to be part of the tradition of proudly coiffing this generation and those yet to come.