The Elephant Trunk is a classic hairstyle dating back to the ’50s (or at least that’s when it was most popular). Just because this style is most commonly associated with John Travolta’s role in Grease, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear it just the same today. Here’s our guide on bringing the Elephant Trunk back to life.

What is the Elephant Trunk hairstyle?

If you haven’t already heard of this style, you might be wondering what on earth it is to have a name like ‘the Elephant Trunk’. This hairstyle is characterized by long, combed-back hair, with a thick quiff on the front. This part often sticks out quite a bit, hence the name ‘Elephant Trunk’.

Elephant Trunk Slick Back
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Why pick this one?

There are a few different reasons you might consider this style. Maybe you want to look like a 20th-century movie star, with long sideburns and a hearty head of combed hair, or you’re just looking for a manly style to go with your motorbike and leather jacket. Either way, this style is definitely not a thing of the past just yet.

Getting the right cut

Before you even thinking about styling your hair like this, you need to make sure you’ve got the right cut for it. Don’t worry though, all you need is long hair (3-4 inches) all over, with some extra length at the front. If in doubt, just show your hairdresser the final product you are looking for, and they won’t disappoint.

Henry Cavills Elephant Trunk Hairstyle
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Styling the Elephant Trunk

Styling the Elephant Trunk hairstyle is the fun part. If we manage to lose you at any point, YouTube seems to have plenty of informative demonstration videos when it comes to styling this cut. Nevertheless, we’ll try our best to put it in words.

  1. Grab a good amount of pomade and spread it evenly throughout your hair
  2. Begin to brush all your hair backwards with your fingers
  3. Use a comb to create the characteristic ‘ducktail’ at the back (a stylist or friend might be helpful here)
  4. Slowly begin to create the ‘trunk’ by combing each side of the front upwards and inwards (effectively curling it)
  5. Rinse and repeat before making any final modifications to the cut

And that’s all there is to say about the Elephant Trunk hairstyle! You’re now ready transport your hair back in time to the 1950s. We’d love to hear what you think of this style and whether or not you’ve tried it — if so, how was your experience?

In case you’re still not sure check those images below:
Comb Over Taper Fade with Elephant Trunk
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Comb Over Taper Fade
Long Elephant Trunck and Volumed Brush Back
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Long Elephant Trunk and Volumed Brush Back
Baby Elephant Trunk with Skin Faded Sides
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Baby Elephant Trunk with Skin Faded Sides
Messy Elephant Trunk with Drop Fade
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Messy Elephant Trunk with Drop Fade
Modern Elephant Trunk with Temple Fade
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Modern Elephant Trunk with Temple Fade
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Tapered Sides with Combed Trunk
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Tapered Sides with Combed Trunk
Inverted Elephant Trunk
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Inverted Elephant Trunk
Modern Elephant Trunk
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Modern Elephant Trunk
Side Part with Tapered Sides
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Side Part with Tapered Sides
Side Swept Hard Part
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Side Swept Hard Part
Thick Elephant Trunk and Medium Fade
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Thick Elephant Trunk and Medium Fade
Front Ducktail and Elephant Trunk
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Front Ducktail-Elephant Trunk
Short Elephant Trunk
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Straight Short Elephant Trunk
Thick Elephant Trunk
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Thick Elephant Trunk and Medium Crop
Thin Elephant Trunk on Messy Medium Crop
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Thin Elephant Trunk on Messy Medium Crop