According to some of the planet's hottest style-spotters the pompadour - that greased-back, slicked-up quiff beloved of every sub-culture with an unfettered love of speed, rebellion and a nice steel comb - is making another comeback.
Everything old is new again we keep being told; and if we're told it often enough it might just end up coming true. Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby has been touted as a looming fashion influence for the past 18 months. But apparently, in haircut world, the Fifties are big this season. It's all about James Dean, Marlon Brando and, especially, Elvis Presley. The pompadour is set to triumph.
"What I'm seeing is a progression of that look with a more rebellious take."
Dean Tsopanis, winner of American Crew's Face Off competition for Australia's best stylists, has had more men asking for the style in recent months. But why now - Elvis left the building a while back, why are men wanting to look like him in 2013?
"His signature style has remained a classic masculine look," says Tsopanis. "To put it simply, this style is versatile – it’s cool, sophisticated and timeless. And what’s best, these styles can be worn by anyone.
"None of my clients are Elvis impersonators. I see a lot of clients coming in with pictures of David Beckham, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and even Justin Bieber. All these icons have recently been sporting a more classic and refined modern-day Elvis look. This is really filtering down to the salon where we're seeing more clients with an appreciation for classic cuts and shapes."
Jo Smith of Toni&Guy Georges in Melbourne also attests to the return of the pompadour look, but with a twist. "What I'm seeing is a progression of that look with a more rebellious take on it - with shaved sides that blend down to a skin fade. It's definitely more Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys than Ronald Reagan."
There are other styles that are hot right now - Tsopanis has seen a lot of his clients going really short. "Zero faded sides with a bit more length on top, he says.
"Part lines and swept hair are in and now that the cooler weather approaches we're going to say goodbye to the loose-textured summer styles and welcome more classic refined work."
Smith says a big touchstone for winter will be Jimmy Darmondy from the HBO TV show Boardwalk Empire, but "with a flash of 80s hip-hop breakdancers".
Both experts say the secret to keeping your pompadour looking fresh, and not dated, is the product you use. "Nothing too wet-look or oily - more of a natural sheen," Smith recommends.
And to get the look right you've got to keep it maintained: "You need to have it cut regularly - its all about a polished, groomed look," she says.
Tsopanis and Smith agree that with more length on top you'll need to use a good styling product - they recommend Label M Gel or American Crew Boost Cream, with American Crew Forming Cream or Label M Power Paste to hold it in place.
Smith reckons to really finish off you'll need some hairspray, too.
Are you tempted to give the quiff a go, or is all the preening and hairspray a style step too far? Or have you been sporting the pompadour since Elvis was in his pomp?