Men’s Hairstyles: Why I Avoid the Subject in my Mysteries

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino

I don’t go into men’s hairstyles much in my mysteries, because the subject is such a turn-off to today’s reader. Why? Because men usually parted their hair or combed it back in a pompadour, or both, and to hold this look, they used liberal amounts of hair oil, Brilliantine, or Vaseline. Yuck! 

 

Here are some examples: 

Douglas Fairbanks

Douglas Fairbanks

Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

Ramon Novarro

Douglas Fairbanks

Douglas Fairbanks

Jack Pickford

Jack Pickford

 

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  1. True, but the look was quite sophisticated, don’t you agree? 😉

    • Still creeps me out to think of a man with Vaseline-y hair. Think of his pillowcase! And his hats!

      • I wonder what women thought of it at the time. They must have been quite ok with it, or men wouldn’t have done it, no?

      • And that’s why women made Anti-Maccassers (sp?) to cover their chairs and couches! 😛 It’s much easier to wash a small covering than a whole couch.

  2. Brilliantine, not Vaseline.

    • Brilliantine, yes. I’ll add that above. But some men used Vaseline.

  3. If Brilliantine gives you the creeps, you must swoon at “hair mousse.”


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