In 2009, a strand of Elvis Presley’s hair sold at an auction for $1,560. The hefty price is understandable: Nothing symbolized The King’s eminence more than his follicular crown. Hair has long been rock’s rebel symbol. Whether long and whip-worthy like Axl Rose’s or a greasy grunge bob like Kurt Cobain’s, a bold head of hair can punctuate a performance and declare that absolutely no damns are given. Still, it takes a little push from the right product to get hair that’s ready for the spotlight. To help, we’ve assembled a righteous lineup of rock star ‘dos and what you need to get them.
Freddie Mercury: Paste
Queen’s frontman balanced his onstage flamboyance and monumental ‘stache with a fairly simple crop on top. For short, clean cuts like Freddie’s, a paste like Kérastase's works best to give a little lift and minimal shine.
Billy Idol: Gel
Like Billy’s famous lip snarl, his bleached blonde blaze of hair got the ladies “rebel-yelling” around the world. Hair gel has always been the go-to for spiky punk styles, but rather than deep-frying hair to a crisp like old-school gels, Number 4 Firm Hold Gel locks it into place without over drying.
Cool Men’s Hair
Though the Smiths’ former lead singer doesn’t look as good doffing his shirt these days, his high ‘n’ mighty ‘do endures. With a mousse like this one from SHU UEMURA, you can sculpt a nice upward swirl and be assured it’ll stay in place.
Johnny Cash: Pomade
The Man in Black was also the man with a slick, imposing pompadour. Pomade pumps up hair’s volume, gives pliable hold, and imparts the slight shine that amplifies onstage swagger. Unlike the greasy pomades of yesteryear, Mr. Natty Pomade Wax goes on light and washes out easily.
Roger Daltrey: Cream
The legendary front man of The Who had a magnificent but harmonious mess of curls with an almost-celestial sheen. Cream is the ideal choice for taming coarse or curly hair. Work GO247’s Grooming Cream into hair to moisturize it, prevent flyaways, and keep it looking naturally kempt.
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C.C. DeVille: Hairspray
Poison’s music wasn’t classified as “hair metal” for nothing. Besides a lot of hard alcohol, hairspray was vital to the glam band arsenal. These elaborate shags of hair—secured with chemical spritz—made headbanging possible in the first place. Luckily, hairsprays of today like Aveda Control Force are made from natural ingredients so you can get that big, no-budge tousle without any flaking.