A cropped peak hairstyle is defined as a short style with the hair cut very close to the head. Men started sporting this look in the early 1900’s when entering the armed forces during recruitment training for World War I, and it’s been evolving ever since. It kept hair from getting in the way during combat or when wearing a helmet, and is a classic gentleman’s style that can be worn anywhere. Members of the armed forces still wear the short crop for military service but for a more fashionable street-friendly look, there is the Gatsby inspired peaked side crop.




With The Great Gatsby topping the box office, it’s no wonder guys are looking to recreate the look from the film, especially the sleek hairstyles sported by its male stars Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio); Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire); and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). This Roaring 20’s themed men’s style is a great go-to this summer, and is incredibly easy to achieve at home. All you need is a strong hold putty, and ten minutes to style and prefect this dapper look.




“The look is so hot right now after a resurgence of men’s grooming with classic and continental barbering being so in fashion. It’s interesting to see that men are returning to barber shops to have face shaves and a classic fade-style cut.” says grooming guru Phoenix Thompson. “Men are way more confident now in regards to styling their hair, and not just The Great Gatsby, but shows such as Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men have started a trend for slick and shiny finishes, which has men rocking the Don Draper side-part.”


How to Style the Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio Hairstyle



What You Will Need:


Hairbond Sculptor Professional Hair Putty is a high density putty this is soft and gives great emulsion type texture to the hair. Designed for separation and hold soft and easy, it works superbly on dry hair and separating thicker hair types. Apply product and sculpt into shape giving great wet look styling results. This product has a scrumptious green apple fragrance. The Sculptor washes out easily in water.




You can order Hairbond Sculptor exclusively from Hairbond USA.


Next, grab a fine tooth comb. This is what’s going to give you that signature curl in the front of the peak, giving you the most authentic Gatsby look going. The comb is a versatile hair styling tool because it detangles wet hair without damaging fragile follicles. Simply use the comb to section off, twist, and hold the curl into place using the technique as shown in the video tutorial above.




Lastly, you will want to find a paddle hairbrush. This is a flat brush that you can use to add shine to your hair, and that also helps to blow dry wet hair into a frizz-less, straight hairstyle. This is a fantastic tool to have on hand if you have naturally curly or frizzy hair, and will help tame this style into a sleek shape.





The Five Second Entrance Ready Hairstyle


If you don’t have a comb and brush on hand, then don’t worry. You can still get a glam Gatsby inspired hairstyle by using this five second tutorial, as shown by Slikhaar TV. Simply use the Hairbond Sculptor Professional Hair Putty to create a long lasting hold, by working the product into damp hair. The product will “bond” to your hair, giving you a workable style that will leave a strong, masculine impression!



Don’t forget to leave a comment below and let us know if you’ll be trying either of these styles over summer, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the Hairbond Scultpor. All that’s left is for you to make a big entrance, take it away! 




    1. Hi Franklin,

      This style usually works best with straight to wavy hair. You might want to check out the Quiff. Bruno Mars has a cool version of it.

      1. Hey Franklin,

        If you have curly hair, there are some products (like Unite Laser Straight) that can soften the curls but it will not make them straight. You can however, blow dry your hair while raking your fingers through it or flat iron your hair. It just requires a little extra work. After drying it, apply a firm hold product like American Crew Fiber to lock it into place.

  1. Hi There

    i normally get a v cut style hair cut but been wanting to have this hair style for ages i wanted to ask a couple of question tho?

    1. does the back of the haircut the same length as the sides?
    2. what do you ask for when they cut the top?

    1. Hi there Lee,

      Yes the back of the haircut should be the same length as the sides. When cutting the top, make sure your stylist adds texture by point cutting your hair.

  2. I have thick curly hair i can ,if i get it streightned and romove some of the bulk of the hair with those sciccors can i have this hairstyle?

    1. Hi Simeon,

      The Peaked Side Crop is a style that typically works better with straight to wavy hair. However, if you straighten and remove some of the bulk you should be able to pull it off.

    1. Hi Simeon,

      The american crew fiber will work great on this style. If your hair is a bit heavy, make sure to finish it up with some hairspray. As for tutorials, we will be launching some very soon. Stay tuned!

    1. Hi Jayden,

      While a cowlick can make this hairstyle more difficult to achieve, it is still possible. Try using a blow dryer to ease your hair into place. Make sure to tug on the roots lightly when blow drying and use the medium heat setting. When used correctly, a blow dryer can act as a straightener helping you achieve many different styles.

  3. hey guys
    when number haircut should i ask for on the top and back/sides my guess would be 2 back/sides and 4 top. if it is different can u help me out and how far down should the fringe be?

  4. hi there

    me again 😀

    when they cut the top what do i say to them or will they know if i show them the picture?

    also what number should i get on the side?

    alos do you reckon it be better to go to a barbers and let a man cut it or go to the hairdresser and let a woman cut it 🙂


    1. Hey Lee,

      It is always best to bring in a photo if your not sure how to ask for the style. If the barber or stylist (male or female) is good at what they do they will know how to achieve this look. For the sides, I would say go with a #2 and have them fade it up. Hope that helps!

  5. hi jaimee

    thats helped a lot thanks i shall let you know how i get on with it 🙂 and i will like your facebook page 🙂

    one more thing what product would you recommend other than the american crew defining paste and the spray gel?

    1. Hi Simeon. We’re developing a series of how-to’s. We’ll definitely add this one to the list.

      Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. I have big face ( long and wide ) with a wide forehead (not long).
    Which hairstyle do you think that would be good one for me ?
    Thanks .

    1. Have you thought about the side part hairstyle? Ryan Gosling sports this one and he also has a rather long face. You could also go for the indie style. The longer front would camouflage a large forehead.

  7. I am only 15 and does not have any facial hair like the man in the photo but I think I have the face to maybe pull it off, except my hair is naturually slightly wavey, I can just straighten it if I need to but I don’t think my hair would be thick enough.. What do you reccomend ? Would you be able to give any suggestions for me I’m looking for just a short cut, if this look l
    Isn’t for me I’d be happy with a fringe cut but I don’t know many good ones. Would you know any for me to look at if this look isn’t for me? Also would hairspray work with this cut if my hair isn’t thick enough

  8. hi!:) i dont know how to choose the best haircut for me. can you help me to choose what haircut is the best for me:) you can check my picture on my facebook account so you can know what my face is.. this is my facebook account:leeclark_xavier93@yahoo.com

  9. Hello there,

    I have quite thin hair that does lay very well, is there anyway I could possibly thicken it up? and what hair style would you recommend for someone with quite a large head?

  10. My hair type on the top is 2a on the sides is more of a one ,when i apply product it lifts up but at the end it bends over.help

  11. Hello, I’m thinking about getting this haircut. However, am I too old for this look? I’m 38 with what I think is a rounded face (not from being overweight). I sometimes roll with the chinstrap facial hair because I think it helps narrow my face out. Does it require a decent amount of product and effort to sustain the look? Thanks!

  12. What short hairstyles would you recommend for a person with thick, straight hair? My face looks similar to the picture except my nose is a touch more refined (still big, thanks to my italian heritage) and I think my jaw line is a touch bigger as well. Thanks in advance

  13. hey, im 15 and love this hairstyle, at the moment i have what a lot of people call justin bieber hair, i want this done, if i just took this photo into the hair dressers would they be able to do it? also i have quite thick blone hair, is that good for this style and finally should i use wax or gel? any other advice or comments are much appreciated thanks:)

  14. Hey, what kind of face shape would be good for this look?Also, is the style of hair going to match black hair color? If i want to get this hair cut and i have medium long hair, will this effect the look of the hairstyle? and lastly, what would be the best look for this hairstyle?Other kind of tips or advice will be gladly be taken.Thanks:)

  15. hey … i just want to know if this hairstyle goes well with my oval face (im 18 yrs old) … thanks

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