Vintage British Pathé footage from the 1950s captures a London barber performing a (then) rather unusual hairstyle on a man. This style, called “The Elephant’s Trunk”, not only involved making waves with a hairdryer but also using a hair extension to complete the look. The extension was placed upon the part of the hair and then weaved into man’s own mane. This combination created a protruding tube of hair over the forehead that indeed resembled an elephant’s trunk.
Check out some really quirky fifties hairstyles such as ‘The Elephant’s Trunk’ in this footage from a barber shop in Tottenham Court Road, London.
Here’s some other vintage footage about men’s hairstyles in the 1950s.