Get the Look: Garrett Hedlund's Fifties Hair

If the hairstyles of James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Morrissey are too stiff and gel-slicked for your taste, may we suggest Garrett Hedlund's perfectly undone coif on this month's cover?

Photo by Mark Seliger, Styling by Benjamin Sturgill

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 you'll need the right haircut, so ask your barber for a lived-in, pompadour-style cut. Hair should be about three to four inches on top and one-and-a-half inches on the sides.

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Photo by Mark Seliger, Styling by Benjamin Sturgill

To style, apply a dime-size amount of crème to wet hair (try Lock Stock and Barrel's Pucka Grooming Crème, which has medium hold and a very natural sheen). Use your fingers to run the product through strands in the desired direction and blow-dry at a low heat until hair is three-quarters dry. Then rub a quarter-size amount of the crème between palms to warm it and rake fingers through hair to create piecey texture. Repeat with the blow-dryer to add more volume.

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Photo by Mark Seliger, Styling by Benjamin Sturgill

Tip: To add volume, clench your hair in your fist and pull it in a backward motion while rotating your wrist. But let's be honest: The hairline makes or breaks this look for most men.

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