Hairstyles are constantly changing and just when you think you have the perfectly fashionable look, the whole trend changes and you suddenly don’t fit in anymore! It is interesting to trace the different types of haircuts that have stormed the western world over the last few centuries.
The late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries saw wigs gaining in popularity. So much so that barbers soon deserted their profession and became wigmakers!
Victorian men liked to keep their hair oiled and cut very short. They also liked to have a beard or moustache, and sideburns. They kept it simple, short, and neat. Finger wave & Bobcut styles made their revolutionary appearance sometime in the 1920s.
Following the Second World War, men started slicking their hair back and wearing it long and sporting heavy and long sideburns that became very stylish in this era.
Pompadour, Ducktail, The Pixie, and the Beehive, were some of the styles that were popular in the 1950s and continued into the 60s. The 60s and 70s was when hairstyles like The Shag, The Afro, Bouffant, Cornrows, Dreadlocks, and Feathered Flips, were introduced.
The 1980s came out with more daring hairstyles like the Mullet, Rat-tail, Mohawk, and Perm, which were very popular with the younger generation. In the 1990s, the styles were comparatively sober with The Bowlcut, Hi-top Fade, and the Ratchet.
And the early 21st century saw the Hoxton, Fauxhawk, Buzzcut, Combover, Crewcut, and Ponyhawk, become quite fashionable.
These days it looks like any hairstyle is acceptable as there are so many different styles. And increasingly, men are also very fashion-conscious and spend a lot of time and money on their grooming. In fact, men’s hair needs to be trimmed more often than women’s hair! This means men need to go to the salon at least once a month.
The latest short hairstyles for men that are in popular demand are sometimes the ones that have been around for quite some time like the Cornrows, Flat Top, Fringe Cut, Caesar Cut, etc. The one hairstyle that goes down really well in corporate circles is the Professional Cut where there is hair in front just long enough for either a centre or side parting. The hair is cut in such a way that it tapers in length towards the back.
There are also the Taper where the hair is cut with clippers and this style is commonly blended with other hairstyles to give a smooth look. There is also the Short Back & the Square Back. The Square Back is cut straight across the back of the head in the shape of a box and the rest of the hair is not touched. The Short Back is cut very short on the back leaving the rest of the hair long.
There are newer hairstyles being tried out every day but the ones sported by celebrities are the ones that catch people’s fancy. And as hair grows back fast, most young men and women love to try something new. It would be interesting to see what future generations have to say about this century’s ‘hair offerings’!