Although they may not like to admit it, most men copy their style from celebrities. Maybe they aren’t devouring the tabloids or browsing the blogs as frequently as women do, but when a popular male haircut hits the mainstream, you can surely trace its roots back to Hollywood. From the Fresh Prince’s high-top to Justin Bieber’s fringe, Beautylish takes a look back at some of the most famous dude ’dos that spawned a million copycats.
Fifty years before Jersey Shore stars flaunted their overly gelled tresses on TV, Elvis made his slicked-back style a national sensation. His pièce de résistance? One curled lock that fell just above his eyes.
In the 1960s, John, Paul, George, and Ringo conquered the world with both their music and their identical hairstyles. The group's shaggy bowl cut was nicknamed the “mop top.”
Probably the most famous man to wear dreadlocks, Bob grew out his long, matted coils after joining the Rastafarian movement in the 1960s. Still popular today, the twisted locks take years to grow.
JON BON JOVI
Almost more famous than his music, Jon’s feathery mane stole the hearts of women across America and was the inspiration for any guy wanting to be rocker-cool in the 1980s.
A variation on the Afro, the flat top was characterized by a large square block on top of the head and closely shaved sides, like Will Smith displayed on The Fresh Prince of Bell Air. To add more statement to the look, some guys liked to carve letters or designs into the shaved portion of hair.
In the early ’90s, grunge music took over American pop culture. Lazy grooming habits and long, unwashed locks became popular thanks to Nirvana’s front man Kurt Cobain.
In the late 1990s, rappers like Snoop Dogg launched another hair trend for men: cornrows. Using a technique similar to French braiding, the small plaits were created by weaving hair close to the scalp in simple straight lines or in complicated designs.
A fan of constantly (and dramatically!) changing his hairstyle, David popularized the modern-day Mohawk (a.k.a the faux-hawk) in the early 2000s. His hair was slightly longer in the front and he finger-combed his messy mane into a spiky style on top.
Justin Bieber’s swooped fringe has become all the rage for teens in recent years. Although the singer has moved away from his signature ’do, the shaggy style is still popular in skateboarding circles.