The 1940's were a key time in history, with obviously the biggest portion of it taken up by World War 2. But something that always seems to come out of the 40's is the hairstyles and the style of the gentlemen of this era.
The timeless classic style of this generation is just as relevant today as it was back then in the era of our grandparents! But which mens hairstyles were big in the 40's and how can you put a modern spin on them in 2017?
The side parting was one of 2 huge cuts of the movie stars, along with a slicked back look. Worn by stars like Cary Grant! This put emphasis on the part in the hair, and in the 40's kept it long on top with a bit shorter on back & sides.
How to switch it up in 2017 (if you want to - nothing wrong with classic) - There's no harm in keeping it the same as they did in the 40's, but if you do want to switch it up a bit keep length on top and go a bit shorter around the back & sides. Maybe also add a hard part, and get your parting line shaved in to really emphasise the cut!
How to style - Use a pomade with high shine and a medium to high hold to replicate the 40s look!
Credit - Haircuts by @barberbirdman
The crew cut
With the rise of the war, obviously came many gents adopting military haircuts, as they were easily maintained & groomed in the army! For this the back and sides would be cut very short and a little bit of length left on top.
How to switch it up in 2017 (if you want to - nothing wrong with classic) - The general elements of the cut stay the same, not much to play with here! If you really want to switch it up then go for similar on the back and sides but have the fringe cut into a crop style.
How to style - Keep it pretty natural on top. If you want to use product to give some hold then use a product with a low shine, and matte finish.
Credit - Haircuts by @nickbarford
Perhaps better known as more of a 50-60's haircut, but the pompadour started its rise in the 1940's, with a little less volume than in its later years as it was just coming about, but that may be appreciated by some gents who don't want too much volume to the hair!
How to switch it up in 2017 (if you want to - nothing wrong with classic) - add some more volume than they did in the 40s and keep the back and sides short and clean.
What to use to style - Use a product that gives texture and a good hold, like a paste.
Credit - Haircuts by @braidbarbers
Slicked back hair
Another big one from the movie stars of the era! Back in the 40's they'd use things like vaseline and lard to give the slicked back look, luckily for us we now have products that can get this look a lot more easily!
How to switch it up in 2017 (if you want to - nothing wrong with classic) - go shorter around the back & sides with a fade.
What to use to style - Use a pomade with a medium to high shine.
Credit - Haircuts by @inthecut305