In the 1950’s one of the Hair styles for young males, was the Duck tale cut, and once in, I asked my sister to give me the D.A. cut, “The ducks ass” And she did just that adding a lot of grease, that held it up and formed the back of hair into the tail! It was a lot of fun but not too cool on a kid the age of nine! I also remember one of my cousins who wore one, and a bunch of older guys around the area wearing the same.
The D.A. was invented in 1940 by a barber from Philadelphia, It was styled around the side and the back of the head, to make it seem like a duck. The hair on the top front of the head hung down over the forehead, or was combed up or curled into an “Elephant’s trunk” that would hang down as far as the top of the nose.
D.A. was also what the greasers wore with lots of pomade “hair grease” on top! Hair creams were plenty at the time and many to chose from, if you ever saw the movie “Grease” you know what I mean! The person who wore the D.A. was always combing it throughout the day to keep it up and looking cool!
illustration by: Charlesfrederickworth, Wikimedia Commons