The Great Gatsby style was inspired by the emerging success and consumerism within post-war (WW1) America. The 1920’s saw an explosion in popular culture, Jazz music and style.
Men’s hair was still very military looking. Clean cut, slicked back and held in place with hair creams. Styles also had to compliment and remain unaffected by hats which were a very popular accessory at the time. To get the Gatsby look we enlisted the help of head&shoulders and Shockwaves Style Director Michael Douglas to shares his tips on how to re-create this look at home:
- Hair should be clean with a club cut. Short back and sides with about 7cm of length on top.
- Apply a lightweight gel to damp hair and blow dry using a comb to separate the parting of the hair on either the left or right side.
- Keep hair flat to the head (there is no body in this style) and then finish with a wax or strong styling gel to remain in place.
1920’s Facial Hair
Most men sported a clean shaven face in the 1920’s. Here are our top tips to get the ultimate shave at home.
- Prep – My top tip would be to fully prep the skin before you shave. If you haven’t tried exfoliating before, then run to the nearest shop and get yourself an exfoliating moisturiser or face wash! Make sure to exfoliate twice a week to get rid of any dead skin cells and also to unleash any stubborn hairs hidden under the skin’s top layer.
- The Shave – Make sure the skin is fully wet beforehand, a dry beard hair can have the strength of copper wire and is 1000 times stiffer than skin so could be extremely uncomfortable.
- I always recommended using a brush to apply shaving cream. This will help your stubble stand on end and so make for a smoother shave. If this doesn’t work, try using a moisturiser instead of shaving cream – even a simple aqueous cream will do – to soothe your skin during the shave and prevent further irritation the skin.
- Make sure to use a premium razor designed to achieve a close shave and also reduce sensitive skin, a main concern for 60% of men. Replacing your blades regularly is also important. You’ll know it’s time to consider replacing your blade when you feel razor drag on your face.
- Post Shave – This is actually one of the most important parts of the shave, it can determine the texture and potential irritation to your skin. When you’re finished, rinse your face with cool water and pat it dry starting from the cheek bones and moving downwards towards the chin. This will close pores and soothe freshly shaven skin.