How to Get Paul McCartney's Hairstyle

By Bonny Brown Jones

Beatlemania wasn't all about the hair, but the moptops definitely got people's attention back in the early 1960s. If you want a haircut like Paul McCartney's Beatles 'do, just ask a barber for a bowl or mushroom cut -- or do as the Beatles did in the early days, and have a friend do the honors with the scissors. Make sure there's enough movement in the cut so you can shake your head -- and your hair -- as you sing.

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The Beatles' moptop haircuts changed fashion history.

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Stories abound about how the Beatles got their trademark moptop cuts, but it's agreed they launched the look after a trip to Hamburg, Germany, in the early 1960s. Before that, they had structured styles like Elvis or James Dean. Gel won't work with the moptop look: The movement comes from the cut, which is very simple. A hair stylist giving you a bowl cut will trim your locks to just above the eyebrows in front and evenly on the sides to just about cover the ears; in back, your hair will fall about at the collarbone. It will have either a center part or no part. Layering -- and following the natural shape of the head -- gives your hair its weight and texture.

Low-Maintenance Locks

To style your hair once it's cut, just keep it clean. Too much pomade will sculpt it into a rockabilly look, and too much blow drying might make it stand on end instead of falling naturally. The haircut works better on straight hair than wavy -- if you're determined to be a moptop when you're a curly head, you might need a straightener. While Paul McCartney's hairstyles have changed over the decades, his former barber told the press that the multimillionaire rock star is not one to stress over such things -- he may even apply his own hair dye to get rid of the gray, New York stylist Guy Thomas told the Daily Mail.