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How To Do Alfalfa’s Hair From The Little Rascals?

How many childhood movies or cartoons do you remember? In fact, how often are you reminiscing about something that you used to love in the past?

The truth is that looking back on childhood brings up a sense of nostalgia for many adults, and for some of you, the movie ‘Little Rascals’ might be just what pops into your mind!

Were you a fan of this movie, as well as its message? If you want to remember some golden gem moments and finally get your answers to the question of how & why was Alfalfa’s hair sticking up all along, keep on reading! We have your answers!

What Is Alfalfa’s Hair Called?

How To Do Alfalfa's Hair From The Little Rascals?

“The Little Rascals” is a 1994 American family comedy while being an adaptation of Hal Roach’s ‘Our Gang’, a series of short films of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Alfalfa is the main star of the movie. Being a ‘little’ legend in ”The Little Rascals” has still made him a big star in such a cult movie. Alfalfa’s role in the movie is the rule-breaker who gets what he wants in his own way.

Everyone kept on wondering about his hairdo, especially as it wasn’t that popular for little kids back in the 90s. However, this unique hairdo does have a name, and it is a take on a cow’s lick haircut, with a bit of spike. It is also a medium-length haircut with a middle parting.

The whole focus of the haircut is its single spike, which adds so much character and intricacy to Alfalfa, and also to the movie. Why and how does that happen? You’re about to find out.

Why Does Alfalfa’s Hair Stick Up in The Movie ‘The Little Rascals’?

Alfalfa’s hair is black, straight, and sleek throughout his head, aside from one single strand or a small section of hair that sticks straight up. By doing this look (on his own or by hairstylists), he ends up with the presence of a cowlick.

This hairdo can happen due to your natural hair follicle, but in Alfalfa’s case, it happens due to one specific reason. When & how is that so? Well, in The Little Rascals, Alfalfa’s hair sticks whenever he sees Darla, basically saying and showing her that he likes her.

It is such a cute, sweet & innocent way of showing affection, just like when the peacocks spread their wings in front of their partners.

How did this Pointy Hair of Alfalfa become Famous?

The original actor from the movie ”Our Gang” was named Carl Dean Switzer. This movie came out in the 30s, and Carl tragically took his own life away when he was 32, letting people remember him for his big role – Alfalfa. This role became even more popular in the 90s when Little Rascals popped off on TV. Any older folks and grandparents were excited to watch this new movie along with their younger ones, as well as enjoy its unique take on their old-time favorite.

Thus, due to the success of the movie, but also of the tragic death of Carl, this haircut became popular amongst men worldwide. We can also thank social media platforms for making a ton of GIFs of this iconic moment:

How To Do Alfalfa Hairstyle At Home? 5 Steps

If you’re interested in recreating the iconic Alfalfa hairstyle on your own, here is how you can do it:

Step 1: Section out your hair. Gather the hair around the crown of your head or near your hairline. The main point is to grab as much hair as possible around your natural cowlick area.

Step 2: If your hair is not freshly washed & clean, you should dampen it just a little bit with water. This way, it will become a lot more manageable.

Step 3: Use your favorite hair gel or hair pomade to add structure to your strands. Aim for a middle part and make sure that all of your strands are straight, blown-dried, as well as combed through.

Step 4: Now, for the final part, hold the section of hair between your thumb and index finger, and gently pull it upward. You should twist your hair slightly to achieve its unique ‘pop’ in the back. You can do this or leave it as simple and natural, depending on your preference.

Step 5: Use a hair spray to secure your locks and to set them in place for the entire day. Spritz away and have a blast!

You can also check out this tutorial and figure out how to do a similar, yet modern haircut:

Ajla Suceska contributor

Ajla Suceska is a Certified make up artist and a professional Nail Technician who lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has successfully completed 3 distinct make up diplomas and also worked as makeup artist in Etre Belle (A German makeup brand). Besides being a professional makeup artist, and a nail tech, she loves writing beauty articles and contributed to a number of top websites online. In simple, Ajla Suceska is a 23-year old beauty expert who simply lives and breathes fashion and beauty