Stay gold, Ponyboy, with this iconic 1950s hairstyle with a name as memorable as its look. The so-called elephant trunk gives what it promises: a column of hair protruding from the top of the head rather like the trunk of an elephant\u2019s long nose. The style is most commonly associated with the decade of its greatest fame, the \u201850s, but remains one of those fond icons of the past the nostalgic just love dabbling in today. Why is it so emblematic of that era, though? How did it rise to such prominence and stick around? And just how do those with this style get it to stick in position like that? Answering that requires a step back in time to a different world. The rose and fame of the elephant trunk hairstyle John Travolta had one of the most famous iterations of the elephant trunk style in 1978's Grease \/ Everett Collection Primarily, thinking of the elephant trunk style brings a person\u2019s mind back to the 1950s, and vice versa once they place the name to the look. Often, they imagine a tight shining column of hair arcing over a greaser\u2019s forehead. The style rose to prominence in this decade in media and among leather-clad street marauders alike. RELATED: Nine Stunning And Youthful Hairstyles For Women 50+ But it had an enduring quality that kept the elephant trunk around long enough to enjoy renewed prominence almost three decades later. Perhaps the most famous elephant trunk sat atop John Travolta\u2019s head as T-Bird greaser Danny Zuko in Grease (1978). His was not the longest trunk at the watering hole, but it certainly solidified a look that had manifested decades earlier and harkened back to that era all at once. Just what is this style and how is it created? If the person in question doesn't have enough hair, stylists get creative \/ YouTube No other name quite so adequately describes this look as \u201celephant trunk.\u201d It features longer hair all combed back except for some tuft at the front of varying size. It could be a single curled lock or a great swath of hair that forms a barrel, or trunk, out from the forehead. Though it defined the '50s, the elephant trunk took some time to catch on \/ YouTube screenshot The video shown below shows the process of creation all the way from 1956, also providing some historical context for the style\u2019s ascension. Haircut Inspiration suggests hair that\u2019s around 3-4 inches long all around to give stylists plenty to work with. However, if it\u2019s shorter, Madly Odd writes that barbers get creative. They\u2019re likely to add extensions to the front hairs. These false hairs usually end up in between the individual\u2019s real hair to help blend natural and foreign together. But even in 1956, viewers can see unique reactions from other patrons and see that even in the decade it helped define, the elephant trunk still had some future fans it needed to convince. Did you or someone you know try out this style?