Bowie’s back with a new album, and a retrospective exhibition, David Bowie is* at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and with him returns that marvellous mop.
To WIN a pair of tickets to the exhibition, click here…
As a teenager Bowie rocked skinny ties, button down shirts and razor sharp suits. He wore his hair modish to match, with a longer fringe, sideburns and an artfully disheveled back. Modernize the look by cutting your sideburns a little shorter, the hair on top choppier and keep the separation of the back and front portions of the hair less pronounced. Look to Miles Kane (not Paul Weller) for inspiration.The Track: The Laughing Gnome, 1966

The Product: Use a pea-sized amount of mattifying product and twist through the hair, don’t be tempted to be too controlled.

Dressed in a three-piece suit in his guise as the Thin White Duke, Bowie’s copper hair looked the business expertly slicked back. This look feels particularly relevant right now (you’ll see it everywhere in East London) and it works well with long, thin faces (not to mention long, thin bodies). Be sure to tell your hairdresser exactly how you plan on styling it so they are able to get the cut spot on. This look won’t work on those with coarse hair.The Track: Station to Station, 1976

The Product: Some strong wet look gel or mousse should do the trick. Oh and you’ll need a comb.

During his time in Berlin, Bowie’s hair took a more sartorial turn as he opted for an elegantly coiffed look. Shorter around the sides (around two inches) and longer on top (between four and five inches), the key to achieving this look is to comb back the hair at the sides and then to flick the fringe up and over. Too much product will make it go flat, so ensure your hair is super clean and use minimal product when styling.The Track: Heroes, 1978

The Product: Some good conditioner to get your ‘do looking tip top, plus some light styling paste.

Bowie adopted a more glammed-up, cartoon tycoon-inspired look in the 80s, opting for slouchy tailored suits in bright shades with contrast collar shirts and braces. His hair at this time was all about volume, with bold curls on top, slicked-back sides and lots of shine. Your hair needs to be a bit longer to achieve this look. Keep things louche and messy and don’t be too concerned about getting every hair in place.The Track: Let’s Dance, 1983

The Product: Ditch the comb and use your hands to zhuzh-up the hair on top and to scrape back the hair at the sides. Keep your hair long and give it a few days between each wash to give it a bit of body.

A simpler, more relaxed take on his Thin White Duke look, Bowie’s current haircut is short around the sides with a few inches of hair slicked back artfully on top. The key here is to get the cut right and then let your hair do the work, it should require minimal product – a dash of styling paste scraped back through the top should be more than sufficient.The Track: Where are we
now, 2013

The Product: Nothing more
than a dash of styling paste,
and your hands. Simple.

WIN a pair of tickets to the David Bowie is* exhibition at the V&A, click here to enter…
*The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie. David Bowie is features over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork.David Bowie is, at the V&A 23 March – 11 August 2013, in partnership with Gucci, sound experience by Sennheiser:

Tickets valid for entry between 10.00 and 16.00 daily from 6 April –
28 July 2013 only.

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973 Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive

Your Comments (19)

  1. Magdalena Kurteu wrote on Apr 2nd, 2013 ...

    Magdalena Kurteu on Apr 2nd, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    when I think of bowie I think of the quiff. definitely my favourite.

  2. Natasha Davies wrote on Apr 3rd, 2013 ...

    Natasha Davies on Apr 3rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    OMG David Bowie is my style icon!! The quiff, the slick back….what’s there not to love about his style!!!

  3. Linda Wick wrote on Apr 3rd, 2013 ...

    Linda Wick on Apr 3rd, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    It’s got to be the FULL SLICK BACK – super sleek and sexy!

  4. Jane Parris wrote on Apr 4th, 2013 ...

    Jane Parris on Apr 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    My favourite Bowie definitely has to be Aladdin Sane. I even had my hair cut in the same style during the seventies.

  5. Kirsten Still wrote on Apr 5th, 2013 ...

    Kirsten Still on Apr 5th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    ITS ALL ABOUT THE QUIFF! Fun and playful and immediately makes me think of Aladdin Sane!

  6. Emily Buckley wrote on Apr 5th, 2013 ...

    Emily Buckley on Apr 5th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    David Bowie. Always before his time, each look shows this. Artists – music, fashion are all inspired by David Bowie’s style. He’s an icon, musically and through fashion.
    ‘Wall Street Wave’ is my favourite, Heroes was released. Rather do love his quiff though!

  7. J Parr wrote on Apr 5th, 2013 ...

    J Parr on Apr 5th, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    The wall street wave for me. It makes him look very suave! He is such an icon and many of today’s stars wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for him, just look at Lady Gaga in poker face!

  8. sauren wrote on Apr 5th, 2013 ...

    sauren on Apr 5th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    david bowie’s style is so iconic and brilliant, love it

  9. Helen Hartley wrote on Apr 6th, 2013 ...

    Helen Hartley on Apr 6th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    David Bowie has been such a master of reinventing his look! My favorite has to be the full full slick back.

  10. Linette Aagaard Laursen wrote on Apr 6th, 2013 ...

    Linette Aagaard Laursen on Apr 6th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    The first time i saw David Bowie was in the deutch movie “Christiane F” – and he won my heart.

    The quiff!

  11. niro wrote on Apr 7th, 2013 ...

    niro on Apr 7th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Bowie is iconic !

  12. Linda Hobkirk-Smith wrote on Apr 7th, 2013 ...

    Linda Hobkirk-Smith on Apr 7th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Saw him ‘in the flesh’ in the 70′s – it’s just got to be Aladdin Sane for me! Iconic mastery of make up!

  13. Lucy Moulds wrote on Apr 8th, 2013 ...

    Lucy Moulds on Apr 8th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I love the Scandi Slick back – great for Bowie as he matures :)

  14. Vibeke Andersen wrote on Apr 8th, 2013 ...

    Vibeke Andersen on Apr 8th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    The Quiff, Bowies 80′s hair + clothes styles, my absolute favourite

  15. Julie wrote on Apr 8th, 2013 ...

    Julie on Apr 8th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Wall Street wave!

  16. Katherine Hughes wrote on Apr 8th, 2013 ...

    Katherine Hughes on Apr 8th, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    It has to be the quiff, iconic Bowie

  17. Ira Heinze wrote on Apr 9th, 2013 ...

    Ira Heinze on Apr 9th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    The Scandi Slick Back, always stylish in any age…

  18. Lesli Watts wrote on Apr 10th, 2013 ...

    Lesli Watts on Apr 10th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I love the scandi slick back for Bowie ~ have always been a fan ~ Fantastic, sexy man.

  19. Casey Field wrote on Apr 10th, 2013 ...

    Casey Field on Apr 10th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I definitely think of the quiff! He looks perfectly charming with it!


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