I looked up from my meal to view the spot for a new program on cable. I screamed. A new reality series you ask? Yes, a new adventure series of some sort; I don’t remember the title. The frightening thing was the host’s hairdo. The “did you stick your finger in a light socket” hairdo is back in style, for men. A little up-do for guys is not bad, but this guy’s do is a little too up for me. Sort of like this, only spikier, Freaky hairstyles
All this swept up hair prompted me to sweep the Internet for men’s hairstyles through history. The LA times did a nice feature, Hairstyle Timeline
Julius Caesar models the Roman look, an easy care style. What else would you want whilst keeping the local yokels in line?
King Louis XIV sports the long luxurious curls popular with the guys in the 1600’s. Actually it’s a wig, to keep the fleas and smell down. Bathing wasn’t popular then.
George Washington looks debonair in slicked back curls, pulled into a ponytail with lots of powder. This style is back, sans powder.
Charles Dickens introduced the comb over. Curls remained popular with guys.
When I think of style icons, especially for hair, one of the last names on the list is Albert Einstein. Albert isn’t the first guy to ignore his appearance.
Valentino making the ladies swoon with his slicked back short “do”. Sorry, I’m just not into the greasy look, no matter how hot the rest of the guy.
Elvis never goes out of style and neither does his hairdo.
Now, we come to the 1960’s and beyond. The “did you stick your finger in a light socket” style appears for men. Styles from earlier ages get recycled. Except the dreadlocks, oh wait, I recall Blackbeard sported those. At least his beard did.
This concludes the Does This Happen to You commentary of men’s hairstyles through the ages. Questions and comments are welcomed.
mohawk – an homage to america’s first people?
Oh my goodness, I missed that one.
My two sons are 36 and 38 years younger than me. When they were in their early teens I was horrified at the popular ‘do of Mo-from-the-3-Stooges look – the bowl cut. They would have been laughed out of school back in my day. I rejoiced when after years of having to look at my handsom boys sporting the Mo look, the style finally died out. Now they can’t believe they ever insisted on that hair cut.
Let’s hope that style never come back “in” for a long while.