HOW POPULAR MUSIC GUIDES TRENDS IN MEN’S HAIRSTYLES
March 17, 2021
Generally music genres have a stereotypical or cliché style attached to them. For example, heavy metal fans having long hair or reggae fans having dreadlocks and smoking too much dope. When you take a look back over time you can clearly see a correlation between popular music and emerging men’s hairstyle trends. As music genres emerge onto the scene and gain in popularity, so to do the hairstyles that are associated with and worn by the fans of those genres. Let’s take a look at how music has influenced the trends in men’s hairstyles over time.
In the nineteen sixties English rock band The Beatles gained international superstardom and are still to this day regarded as one of the most influential bands in popular music history. All the girls wanted to date them and all the boys wanted to be them. The mop-top hairstyles that they adopted quickly became just as popular as the band itself and could be found seemingly everywhere around the world where the band was popular.
The seventies saw the emergence of many hard rock and heavy metal bands. The likes of Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Aerosmith to name a few. The common denominator amongst these successful outfits was the wild long hair of the band members. As goes with the role model effect, the music went big and so too did the hairstyles of the time.
Punk rock or simply punk went mainstream from the seventies and into the eighties. Popular bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Misfits led a generation of rockers who were against the social, political, and economic constructs of the day. Along with this alternative culture came wildly unconventional hairstyles and the punk rock hairstyles were as un-conforming as society had ever seen. Think mohawks, spikes, bleached and colored hair, scruffy, messy and the iconic skin head.
What does Drake and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air have in common? The skin fade!! Yes indeed, one of the most popular hairstyles of the modern era is surely rooted in the golden age in hip hop. The high top fade was first popularised in hip hop music videos and then variations of the style were adopted there after. Today the skin fade has further developed into to a really versatile look and has many variations, it does however remain easy to see how popular music guides trends in men’s hairstyles.
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