25 Outstanding James Dean Haircut Ideas – Well-Crafted Celebrity Looks

The James Dean haircut is an excellent hairdo that gets inspiration from one of the most famous celebrities of all time. Although he died when he was only 24 he still manages to inspire millions of young people six decades after his death. This haircut is perfect for men with wavy strands and it is about leaving a long top with shorter uniform sides and styling the locks with pomade. The design also entails combing back the hair in subtle layers, but there are different variations of the look. This picture gallery showcases some of the most outstanding variations of this classic haircut.

# 1 Classic Rockabilly Pomp

This style looks like one of those that Elvis Presley used to wear. It maintains a pompadour like structure at the top with the sides tapered and uniform, but the styling is a classic James Dean brush back.

# 2 Finger Combed Brush Back

Men with medium size wavy hair do not need to do much to create their James Dean appearance. In this style, for example, you only need to finger-comb your strands back to create the style.

# 3 Spiky and Perfect

The spiky and wavy look of these strands is what makes this a perfect haircut. These spikes are in a uniform length, and a slight lift is all the styling they need.

# 4 Pure James Dean Look

This look is what fans in the 50’s would associate with James Dean. Here he keeps the top about an inch longer than the smooth sides, and he styles it with pomade and with a brush back.

# 5 The Natural Mess

Your bad hair day can also give you an adorable look if you have a cute natural hair. In this particular design the strands have some beautiful waves and giving them a lift at the top and brushing the rest back is enough to create a beautiful natural mess.

# 6 Cool Rebel Look

A rebel appearance like this one is fresh and easy to achieve because a pair of scissors and a good barber are all you need. The cut is about chopping the strands to an almost equal length and styling it with pomade and a rugged brush back.

# 7 Thick and Classic Mane

Here is another James Dean haircut that entails creating a rebel appearance. But, it is about making the strands look extra thick and sweeping them back neatly.

# 8 Side Swept Top

This cut is from East of Eden which was one of Dean’s most famous movies. Although it maintains his original long top with smooth sides, the strands at the top have a distinct wavy side sweep.

# 9 Voluminous and Highlighted Brush Back

The volume of the locks at the top is fantastic and highlighting them adds some extra beauty to the look. Their styling is simple but still attractive, and it only entails sweeping back the thick mane in subtle layers.

# 10 Flawless Slick Back

Men with an extended forehead will probably not want to try this look as it will make it more evident. It is a straightforward design that only requires a man to chop his strands to a uniform length and use pomade and a comb to give them a perfect slick back

# 11 Fancy and Classy Waves

Even James Dean himself would be inspired by this haircut as it is just fantastic. It keeps the sides short and the upper part long. But, the waves at the top with their slight side sweep and perfect hold is what makes this a glamorous headdress.

# 12 Disconnected and Undercut Pompadour

Hair like this will turn heads everywhere you go, but only men with a thick wavy mane can achieve it. It is about leaving a thick and long hair at the top that you should style into a massive retro pompadour with a disconnection and undercut on the sides.

# 13 Adorable Tapered and Faded Bangs

13 Adorable Tapered and Faded Bangs


The subtle highlights on these bangs give them an amazing color, but the taper cut and fade on the sides are what makes this an excellent hairstyle.

# 14 High and Tight Top

Even as you try to wear a regular James Dean haircut, it is always a good idea to give it a modern touch. In this design, it comes from keeping the top high and tight with a smooth fade of the rest of the head.

# 15 Retro Trimmed and Styled Mane

This beautiful hairdo is also ideal for men with a thick mane. It entails giving it a moderate scissor trim and making the sides shorter than the top. The headdress then finishes with a subtle sweep back.

# 16 Cute Textured Locks

Unlike the traditional James Dean looks this one keeps some textured bangs on the upper part which a man only needs to sweep back in subtle layers. These locks pair with the short and uniform sides to create an attractive overall appearance.

# 17 Clean and Wavy Taper

The tapering in this haircut is as clean and perfect as it can get. This haircut also has some thick wavy bangs whose styling involves sweeping it back in layers.

# 18 Layered and Buzzed

It is not always about giving your hairdo a fancy style at the top because the design at the back and sides also matters. This particular one has an impressive buzzing at the back that pairs with the long layered locks to create an appealing retro hairdo.

# 19 Sweet and Sexy Taper

This haircut combines a fantastic taper cut on the sides with some wavy and upswept locks on the crown to create a sweet and sexy headdress.

# 20 Classy Blonde Waves

Blonde is a beautiful hair color that can also work for men. It is one of the elements that make this an attractive haircut, but the taper cut on the sides and the brushed back waves on the upper section also have a vital role to play.

# 21 Well-Groomed Waves

Every gentleman that wants to look classy should work on his hair grooming skills. Although this hairdo has a fabulous cut the grooming which entails giving the strands on the crown a messy upsweep is what makes this a beautiful hairstyle.

# 22 Simple and Stylish Brush Back

Every man with a thick wavy hair can achieve this James Dean haircut. It is about giving the strands a taper cut and styling them into a neat, slick back.

# 23 Choppy and Bold Bangs

The beauty of this haircut is in the styling and involves leaving some high and wavy bangs on the crown while brushing the sides and back to make them appear short.

# 24 Moveable and Undercut Bangs

This cute hairdo has plenty of movement at the top. It is about leaving some long and textured locks on the crown and giving the sides a nice undercut. The last step is to apply pomade to the strands and style by brushing the long ones over the undercut.

# 25 Refined and Elegant

A statement making look like this one will never go out of trend. It is also a straightforward design with a long top and short sides. The styling entails using hair product to give the long locks some hold and styling them with a lift and sweep to the side.

The James Dean haircut will be around for many years to come as it gives men the ability to wear a rebel appearance without overdoing things. Although it works best for thick and wavy hair, it is possible to achieve it with any other hair type. The picture gallery above provides some helpful ideas on how you can wear this look.

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