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Rockin' Rod's still having more fun


Man Scape

A journalist for 20 years and a man for longer, Richard Hughes would never, ever use canned shaving foam.

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How's the hair? Same as it was 45 years ago.

How's the hair? Same as it was 45 years ago.

Last year I spent the summer with Keith Richards and emerged slightly ashen but in better health than I’d thought possible.

This year my holidays have been taken with Rod Stewart. And it’s been a lot more fun.

The wife must have thought she was on to a winner after the Rolling Stone’s memoir kept me quiet for days so, this Christmas, Rod’s autobiography (wittily titled Rod, The Autobiography) was nestling under the tree.

The book’s great, and funny too. From Highgate to Hollywood it’s all there - the highs, the lows, the model wives, the model trains (he’s a big fan) and in one long and very detailed chapter, the hair.

That blond, spiky instantly recognisable hair. A cut that's known all over the world and one that its wearer is very, very proud of.

“The hair is part of the job. It’s my signature: a convenient shorthand for me and what I do,” he writes.

“Even now it would be possible to go in to any barber’s ... and ask for a ‘Rod’ and without further explanation the barber would know what you’re talking about.”

It’s a hairstyle that’s lasted basically unchanged throughout his career and he's generous enough to share some tips.

He recalls how in the early scuffing-around days he'd keep it up with sugar water, a blow-dryer, and lots of back-combing but laterly he uses ‘a spot of product’ and a technique he learnt on tour in Chicago in ‘68 - upside down blow-drying.

“Blowing through from the nape of the neck downwards,” Rod was told, “makes use of the natural oils far more efficiently than back-combing.” 

The thing about his hair he says, is that, with a few exceptions, and minor changes in colour and bouffiness, it’s pretty much stayed the same for years.

“It’s what I have in common with the Queen: both of us had more or less the same hairstyle for the last forty-five years. Well if you find something that works for you …”

So what about you? Are you like Sir Roderick? Do you stick with the same style year in, year out? Do you have a signature cut that works - and see no need to change it? Or are you the kind who’ll chop and change with the seasons?  And have you ever asked your barber for, as it were,  a ''Rod"?

7 comments so far

  • So, Rod has successfully got away with the same hairdo for 45 years. What other rocker could? Keith Richards, yes. Tom Jones could have stuck with his 60's Ray Martin motorcycle helmet-do without needing to go the crew-cut he has sported in recent years. However, do you think you could picture Paul McCartney today with a Beatle moptop, or even worse his Wings era mullet? Eek! Speaking of mullets, Bowie could still get away with his Ziggy Stardust hair-do...and the make-up...

    Short back and sides
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 10:50PM
    • slash has had the same hairstyle for decades.

      way cooler and WAY more rock n' roll than rod's effort. in fact slash's whole image makes rod look, well, a little SOFT.

      a real rocker
      Date and time
      January 30, 2013, 8:55AM
  • The make-up and photoshop might be a bit OTT but there's no doubting that Rod still rocks the Rod.

    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 11:33PM
    • remarkable for a bloke of 670years.... of course no hint of transplants, wigs or plugs to keep his fully laden quaff in full bloom? Lets not even talk of the amount of colour to keep it, wel..., coloured.
      "a spot of product" and "back blowing", "natural oils".....Seems like some of the "natural" stuff has seeped in.
      Respect only to Charlie Watts whos happily made the transition from even grey to white.

      Date and time
      January 30, 2013, 12:21AM
      • Must be those pints of "stuff" he was forced to drink years ago after losing a bet

        Date and time
        January 30, 2013, 9:17AM
        • He likes trains, too.

          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 9:58AM
          • His Xmas album was actually good. He sings like an angel, who cares that he's a skinny Scottish soccer-mad lad?

            Date and time
            January 30, 2013, 11:21AM

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