How to get an iconic James Dean inspired haircut for men

/ 09.30.2014
Get your very own James Dean inspired hairstyle
Get your very own James Dean inspired hairstyle
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The original Rebel Without A Cause, James Dean, is still one of the best go-to sources of style and grooming inspiration for men everywhere, almost 60 years after his death. Ryan Gosling can't even compete. Dean's trademark and now iconic hairstyle had it all: volume, a slight wave and a pushed back, 'devil may care' finish. The big question is, can it be replicated?

The short answer to that is a resounding 'yes.' The slightly longer response includes a blow-dryer and a bit of patience for those of you with especially stubborn hair.

The cut

First things first, you need the right haircut to achieve a James Dean-inspired look (and a leather jacket but that's entirely beside the point.) Ask your stylist to keep the sides at a medium length with the hair on top left longer. Ideally, you need a 2:1 top to sides ratio that is seamlessly blended.

Medium to thick hair with a slight wave lends itself perfectly to this style whereas very fine or flat hair won't hold up so well.

How to style it

While your hair is still wet, apply a flexible hold product like L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper Fix Putty then comb it all back off your face. You can let it dry naturally if your hair is especially thick or, for added volume, blow-dry while brushing the hair backwards as you do so. Complete any further sculpting with some more putty on your fingertips, then smooth down the back and sides to finish.

Et voilà, your new iconic bad boy hairstyle is complete.

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