Mar 3, 2016

Changing Hair Cuts and Hair Styles Affecting Everyone

Men's Hair Styles in the 1950s and early 1960s
1950's crew cut style -
"Less is more" is a phrase that applied to men's hairstyles from the 1950s until the early years of the 1960. This was an era of the buzz cut, flat-top, crew cut. Soldiers and sailors were returning from winning a world war and their closely cropped hair styles were in vogue. Popular singers sported short stubby locks and young boys were sent to the barber shop for crew cuts costing 25 cents. But a revolution was taking place.

The Beatles and Elvis Change Men's Hairstyles in the 1960s
Elvis was alive and had a tremendous impact on boy's hairstyles. Elvis' look was repeated by thousands of kids who would soon wear the title of "greaser" in schools at a time when the only alternative was the preppy, clean-cut look. But then the Beatles arrived in America like a tsunami and created a longer hairstyle image to be copied by the "preppy" boys. Soon nice kids were getting expelled from schools around the country by flat-topped principals and ordered to get celebrity haircuts!

Hair Styles in the 1970's through 1990's Were in Flux
Tom Cruise's long hair style-
Long hair, once a sign of the avant garde become the style of the labor class while long locks on actors alternated between long and short. These longer hair styles were evidenced by Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas. It was the era of the celebrity haircut, costing hundreds of dollars but transforming and uplifting the hair cut wearer. This was a desire held by many, who wanted a transformational hair style, and with enough money they could get it.

Punk and Hip-Hop Created Hair Havoc

shaved head
Megan Fox's shaved head
Punk and Hip-Hop movements brought a new counter culture twist to men's hair styles. Shaved heads and spiked and dyed hair became popular for women as well as men. It was a confusing time for the older generation, because the styles did not seem to enhance the wearer. Sinead O'Connor's shaved head seemed counterproductive, and other purely decorative hair fashions seemed only to be there as a statement of outrage and not as a maneuver to make the person appear handsome.

All fashions in hairstyles or clothing cycle from being in to being out. The influence on people in the spotlight is great in cultures where social media allows instant messaging and opinions can spread faster than wildfire.

It is exciting to think of what hairstyle will be the next big thing.

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