Elvis Presley has been gone for decades. Luckily, The King’s estate stays active on social media. So, if you’re ever in need of your daily dose of Elvis, all you have to do is scroll through your feed. They post photos from Elvis’ heyday, celebrate important dates, and drop some interesting knowledge. This month, the folks behind The King’s social media accounts will be focusing on his luxurious locks.
There are a few things that Elvis Presley is known for. His voice, of course, is at the top of that list. Then come things like his generosity, his fashion sense, and Graceland. However, his hair is second only to his voice in terms of recognition. Before the hairstyle that The King favored was known as the pompadour, they simply called it the Elvis cut.
Elvis Presley’s estate kicked April off with a great shot of The King’s hair. In the caption, they stated that they’ll be focusing on those legendary locks all month long.
Elvis Presley’s Legendary Locks
Elvis Presley might be the only person in history whose hair could warrant a month-long discussion. His hair is legendary. It made all the girls swoon and the old fogies scoff. His hairstyle influenced other icons including James Dean. However, the influence of his hair didn’t stop there.
It was obvious to anyone with eyes that Elvis Presley took great pride in his hair. At the same time, you can tell that he put some serious time into making sure that it looked just right. At the time, it was almost unheard of for a man to spend that much time and effort on his hair. However, one man took notice.
That man’s name was Larry Gellar. Elvis Presley’s perfectly styled hair inspired him to open a salon for men in West Hollywood in 1964, according to the Elvis History Blog. That, too, was unheard of at the time. However, it didn’t take long for the idea to catch on. Celebrities and actors flocked to Gellar’s salon. Soon, he was the stylist to the stars. Guys like Steve McQueen, Rock Hudson, and James Dean all came to Gellar to create their top-notch mops.
Then, Gellar got the opportunity of a lifetime. Elvis Presley approached Gellar to be his personal stylist. There was no way he could turn down an offer like that. So, he signed on to make sure Elvis always looked his best. He held that position for years.
Gellar traveled everywhere with Elvis Presley. He would swoop in to do touch-ups between scenes on movie sets. However, Gellar’s most important duty was to keep Elvis’ hair color consistent. The world remembers The King’s jet-black hair. But, his hair was naturally sandy blonde. So, he had to dye it regularly to make sure that it looked like he was rocking his natural color.
That’s just trimming the split ends of the legend of Elvis Presley’s locks. Getting all the way to the root would take forever. So, keep an eye on The King’s social media accounts and learn more about his hair from the folks who know the most about him.