The hair style is a very important part of one's personal grooming. Celebrity hairstyles also can affect fashion. A popular haircut lends itself to new fashion pathways. A soft, flowing style leads to the creation of soft, flowing clothing. It could also lead to highly structured pieces as a fashion contrast. The same thing can happen with a severe hairstyle. Clothing can turn severe or gentle in contrast.
1950s hairstyles for men were limited to the flat-top or pomaded hair combed away from the forehead. Adventurous young men would go for a pompadour or a quiff, a combination flat-top and pompadour haircut. The D.A. (duck's ass) haircut was popular among young men, though it was frowned upon by more traditional members of the community.
This decade saw a transition in hairstyles, from the more confined styles of the Victorian era to looser, fuller hairstyles. Curiously, both long and short styles were popular, with longer, free-flowing hair slowly gaining more converts as the decade progressed. Volume was the theme that ran through most of the popular hairstyles, regardless of hair length. Longer hairstyles featured hair parted in the middle (with a noticeable part), and long wavy tresses hanging below the shoulders. Shorter hairstyles generally began around the ears and 'poofed' up over the head in several updo styles, often held in place with barrettes and adorned with bows, or large, wide hats.
For men, electrical shavers also grew more popular in the 1950s. Men started shaving themselves instead of going to the barbershop; this also allowed their hair to become even shorter in the back, leading to the iconic “flat-top” hairstyle of a very short back with longer hair on the crown of the head.
You can look around at all the different styles, shapes, and cuts for black hair and then possibly print a picture or two for you to use. If you think you have found the right photo, take a picture of your face and neck only and place the hairstyle on it. This will give you a pretty good idea of what you are getting into.