While I’ve had this post planned for some time now, VLV pretty much solidified the fact that this post needed to be made. I mean, you expect everyone to be lookin’ their bests, so why not pay attention to detail, especially when it comes to your hair? Too many dudes there lacked the ducktail.
When people think of rockin’ a pomp, they think of how high or big they want it, or whether or not they want to wear it with a part or not. While that’s fine and all, and I can appreciate a sharp part, which is a very much-needed detail btw, it’s not what I’m going to address today. Today, we’re gonna be focusing on forgotten legend… The Duck Ass.
Just kidding, I’m not gonna give a history lesson on this. If you dig pompadours or any hairstyle from the 40s-60s like I do, you should know this by now. But when thing you cats don’t realize, is that you don’t need a pompadour to rock a ducktail. I’ve seen it rocked on several hairstyles. I’m gonna be switching between the different nicknames in this post, so it gets seared in your heads!
While a lot of folks nowadays associate the D.A. to the ever so popular pompadour, it wasn’t exclusive to that hairstyle at all. In the day, it was a way to finish styling a slicked hairstyle. Whether it was a pomp, a contour, a part, a waterfall, whatever… It was the finishing touches to the hairstyle. Why have everything all pretty in the front and sides, but leave the back all sloppy?
Elvis, had perfect hair. So it’s a little unfair to use him as an example. But, he always paid attention to detail when styling his hair. And of course, rocked the ducktail all proper like.
Hell, there’s a few Mad Men episodes, where they show the duck ass. While of course, the hairstyling in that show was refined and professional, there were still a few moments in the series where the ducktail would make its iconic appearance. And hey, that’s why I love Mad Men. The writers and stylists really paid attention to detail, when it came to the era. The hairstyling is real proper in this show. The back of the hairstyles weren’t lacking, like they are today.
I’ve even seen an old cat, rock it with his remaining hair slicked back! He had it dead centered. No stray hairs, not bunched up at the center, slightly swept down and not just straight across. You know he was rockin’ a D.A. back then. Keep up fellas!
Styling & The Cut:
Now, styling this thing, is pretty damn simple, or you’d like to think it were that simple. Just comb everything back till it meets in the center. While it seems simple and all, it’s something too many cats either forget or neglect. The majority don’t rock it or rock it sloppy and not centered. It’s these sort of details, that make a good pompadour bad. It’s really lacking the details. It’s like finishing that Packard with white wall tires. Yeah, you know how much prettier than beast looks with the white walls, so why not give such attention to detail to yourself?
Your hair could be as short as one inch, to as long as you want 5 inches, and you can still rock a good-looking ducktail. Hell, I even appreciate it when the do is tapered, and one can rock a slight D.A. towards the crown of the head. As shown below:
Photo courtesy of: Shorem Haarsnijder En Barbier
When my barber cuts my duck ass (doesn’t that sound funny,) he’ll cut the center area a little shorter than the outer parts, so that when it sweeps in towards the center, it doesn’t bunch up all weird like. I know this, because there’s been a time where he forgot to trim down the center, and it bunched up! Your barber should know how to cut your hair for a D.A. If they don’t, it’s off to the next one!
As you slick the sides back, you don’t gotta just aim straight across for the center. If you want it to be lookin’ slick, you can sweep it down towards the nape of your neck. Just as long as everything is centered and even, it’s all that really matters, as far as styling goes. But if it’s offcentered and the left side goes straight across and the right side goes downwards, you might wanna take another look in the mirror.
Now that we’ve covered the fact that the duck ass is a very much-needed detail to your new-found hairstyle, what are you gonna use to style it up?
Well, you don’t necessarily need grease to style it up… But we do love our pomades, so why the fuck wouldn’t you use it???
I like the feel of a lighter grease on the sides, as it’s a lot easier to slick the sides during the day. But a thicker grease is also good to use for the sides, as it’ll keep the D.A. in place, making it so you don’t have to slick it during the day. But I won’t lie, I dig slicking my hair in public. Of course, only when I have to. I don’t just stop while crossing the street, to slick my hair for the cars waiting to go. This ain’t a fuckin’ show!
3) Handheld Mirror
While you think you know where the center of your head is, you more than likely have no clue as to where it is. So you’ll need these important tools, a mirror and a second mirror. This is probably why a lot of cats rock it at a weird angle, because they don’t use a second mirror to see whether or not the duck ass is centered or not. But trust me, you’ll need to double-check!
If y’all think I have to list a comb, I’m gonna smack you upside the head. You should know better by now! Of course you use a damn comb!
We’ll there you have it folks. The importance of the duck ass. The D.A. The ducktail. The finishing touches, to a badass hairstyle. If you think your hair is good as it is, without a D.A. you are surely mistaken my friend! I mean, there’s a damn song about the ducktail!
Joe Clay – Ducktail.
Hopefully by now, you all will understand the importance of the details in a hairstyle, especially when rockin’ the pompadour. Whether it’s the sharp ass part, the greasy sheen, or the slicked ducktail, it’s the details that really make your hair different from the rest. And with the pompadour becoming ever so popular, you’ll need these details to keep you lookin’ slick, while the rest look like… Well, you get the picture.
I’ll elaborate more on this topic later down the road! But until next time…