The best hairstyles in history

by Shirley Williams
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No matter what age you are I am sure you can find a photo from your past where you have an embarrassing haircut. What once seemed like a great idea is now evidence of how foolish your youth was. When I was young I once visited a hairdresser who gave me a style she called “the tennis ball” she shaved my whole head with a 2 blade and then with a 0 put the curve of the line usually found on a tennis ball on my head. Yes, that amazing woman turned my head into a tennis ball. Back then I remember thinking everyone would be jealous and try to copy it. To this day none of my friends have. While few have tried the tennis ball, there are many haircuts that go in and out of fashion and some that will always be popular. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular haircuts throughout the years.

There are some styles that certain ethnicities can pull off that others just can’t. The afro and cornrow are two of these styles. Cornrows are a hairstyle that is still very popular today in the black community. History now shows that this hairstyle has actually been popular for a very long time with rock art from Algeria depicting people with cornrows 3,000 years before the time of Christ. However, it was the 90s that white people thought they could pull off this haircut with both Justin Timberlake and David Beckham giving it a go. Looking back it is clear this was an epic fail and we can’t help but feel it was also a terrible idea at the time. 

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The afro is another haircut that white people really can’t wear but it has not stopped some from trying. This haircut was hugely popular in the 60s and 70s when the bigger the afro was, the better it was. Today the afro is still popular although in a much smaller size. 

The most embarrassing haircut that has ever existed is surely the mullet. The mullet is the two-part hairstyle. Party at the back, business at the front. This was incredibly popular in America in the 80s and 90s but now only serves as a comedy wig. No one in their right mind would ever have a mullet today although there is always someone out there to surprise you.

While men tend to experiment with strange styles, women too have had their fair share of dodgy haircuts over time. The worst haircut on the women’s side (although yes some women did try the mullet) is undoubtedly the ‘Very short bangs’ cut that was made ‘popular’ by Mamie Eisenhower. This hairstyle was popular in the 1950s and involved tiny curls on the side of the head. It is an incredibly disgusting hairstyle and we have no idea how anyone wore it. If you are looking for a wager for someone who loses a bet, we recommend the Lady Eisenhower.

As already mentioned, the afro will always be a timeless classic for those who can pull it off. A number of other haircuts have stood the test of time. Victory rolls are one hairstyle that no one really wears today but still looks incredibly good. They are now mostly associated with the vintage pinup girls look. The style involves a backward roll around their faces. On the men’s side, the pompadour was a style made popular by Elvis Presley that is starting to see a comeback now. It involves a small pouf on the top of the head that can give a great shape to the hair.

What are the worst styles someone in your family has ever worn? Have you any photographic evidence? Let us know and we may do a follow-up article with the most embarrassing pictures of our readers.

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