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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
The Product: Nothing more
than a dash of styling paste,
and your hands. Simple.
*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: www.vam.ac.uk/davidbowieis
Tickets valid for entry between 10.00 and 16.00 daily from 6 April –
28 July 2013 only.