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Get the Look: Garrett Hedlund’s Fifties Hair

by Matthew Taylor Ruggieri on January 17, 2013.

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If the pompadours of James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Morrissey are too stiff and gel-slicked for your taste, may we suggest Garrett Hedlund’s perfectly undone hairstyle on this month’s cover? He sported the tousled, “day-after” coif as the free-spirited, rebellious Dean Moriarty in On the Road. We sat down with Los Angeles hair stylist Russ Hart of redT Salon and asked him how he would replicate Hedlund’s morning-after look.


First, Russ recommends getting the right haircut. This will require you to ask your stylist or barber for a lived-in pompadour style cut. This style won’t work with hair that is too short or too long so make sure that you’ve got more length on the top (about 3-4 inches) than on the sides (about 1.5 inches.)

After getting out of the shower, you’ll need to shape your hair a bit. We recommend using the slightest (dime-sized amount) of Lock Stock and Barrel’s Pucka Grooming Creme. Pucka Grooming Creme provides a medium hold with a very natural sheen.

Run the product through your hair in the direction that you want it stay while blow-drying at a low heat until it is three-quarters dry. Use your fingers like a comb to brush the hair backwards as it dries. Then apply a quarter-sized amount of Pucka Grooming Crème into the palm of your hands. Heat it up by rubbing your hands together and then run your hands and palms through your hair in the direction that you want your hair to stay. That motion will create the “piecey” texture. If you need to add some volume, feel free to use the blow-dryer again.

Tip: Russ recommends clenching your hair into your fist and pull it in a backwards motion while rotating your wrist to give it volume.

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Matthew Taylor Ruggieri

Men's skincare expert at The Motley. Dreamer of the golden dream. Fan of Bob Dylan, Jean-Luc Godard and Richard Avedon.