Check out some really quirky fifties hair styles such as 'The Elephant's Trunk' in this footage from a barber shop in Tottenham Court Road, London.
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Note: on file is a news article from Reveille: 'Now - The Elephant Trunk Cut'.
Tottenham Court Road, London.
Men's hair styles from 1956. Crazy styles for the young men of the fifties.
M/S of three men sitting and reading magazines in the waiting area of Cyril Parker's hairdressers. Cyril (rather dapper with moustache) sends a finished customer on his way and a young man, Gerrard Bellans from the waiting area walks into the salon to take his place. Another barber is giving a man a crew-cut in the next chair.
Tucking a stripy cover over the Gerrard's shoulders, Cyril hands him a book of hairstyles to look through; some wavy and curly teddy boy styles are seen. Gerrard motions to Cyril that he wants a large quiff; Cyril understands and whisks the book away. He then takes a hairdryer to Gerrard's hair and starts to blow-dry some waves into it, teasing them into a large quiff.
M/S of the two men still in the waiting area as one nudges the other and they both look on. More blow-drying shots. It seems Gerrard's hair is not quite long enough for the style he wants, so Cyril takes a long 'hair sausage' or 'trunk' and places along the centre of the quiff.
He then combs the real hair over the trunk to keep it in place; the trunk makes the quiff protrude from the forehead by about 6 inches! C/U of the man in the next chair looking amazed. Great M/S as Gerrard tips his head back so Cyril can make the finishing touches - the quiff needs it's own postcode by now!
Cyril squirts lacquer / hairspray on the monster quiff, then we see high angle C/U of the hair style. Gerrard gets up and seems fascinated by the quiff hanging above his nose. He is dusted off by Cyril and walks off; the crew-cut man looks incredulous as he walks out. Brilliant!
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