F. Scott Fitzgerald's Hair Went Viral. Here's How To Get The Look

Twitter took the piss, but we can see this one taking off

Search Twitter for 'F Scott Fitzgerald hair' and you'll see the great man of American letters was recently called out, some 77 years after his death, for his unusual haircut.

For a writer indelibly linked with the razzmatazz of the roaring 20s thanks to his classic novel The Great Gatsby, it was, one might argue, a little unedifying to be the subject of millennial ridicule.

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Sure - he looks absolutely ridiculous, like a man who has narrowly missed a beheading by jet plane, but we live in ridiculous times.

Who is to say hipsters won't embrace the now-viral 'Fitzgerald flop' as an ironic nod to the prosperity of decades past, a follicle protest at the housing crisis, or indeed just as a talking point while they pursue their career as boundary-pushing mixologists?

We can see it happening. So, to get ahead of the curve, we spoke to expert barber Jaymarie Winkler of Ruffians about how to get the look.

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What should you ask for?

A short back and sides (to your preferred length), but with enough length left so that your scalp is not showing. Ask your barber to make sure you have the top cut square layered, allowing the corner to stay nice and heavy.

Who does it suit?

This is for the trendsetter who pushes the boundaries of individuality. With this style, you are going to stand out from the crowd and get a lot of attention so you need to be prepared to handle that. This style will suit round or oval face shapes and works well on straight or wavy hair

How should one style it?

Shampoo and condition well. Use some sea salt spray or mousse to dampen your hair, then blow dry lifting in the front for volume. Put a centre parting in when dry and apply a strong pomade for shine and hold. Finally, use a combination comb to perfect the centre parting and comb into the desired shape.

Jaymarie Winkler is the store manage of Ruffians Liberty, opening 1 September.