As with fashion and politics, hairstyling history often repeats and reinvents itself with new and innovative ways of wearing age-old cuts and coifs. We delve into the most definitive men’s hairstyles of the last sixty years and how they’ve evolved into more wearable, modern looks.
The 60s – Moptop
This eyebrow-grazing look was inspired by none other than the swoon-inducing, knee-weakening rock band of the 60s; The Beatles. If you don’t know who we’re talking about, it’s time to consult a grandparent. The moptop is an iconic long, shaggy bob popularised in the swinging sixties by the groovy quartet and its cultural impact can still be seen today. This bowl-shaped cut features a long fringe and extends around the head, edging the shirt collar. In recent years, we’ve seen Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliff, Harry Styles, Chace Crawford and a young Zac Efron wear this style shorter and with more layers. Style your modern moptop with our London Grooming Company creme to lock in moisture and keep frizz under control.
The 70s – Long Rocker Locks
The 1970s were a great time for shampoo salesmen, with men growing out their hair to shoulder length. Flaunted by rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, unruly natural manes were accompanied by short beards, unflatteringly wide pants and a hippie lifestyle. Fast forward forty years and the 70s influence can still be seen with ombré highlights on the likes of Jared Leto, Jason Momoa and those stylishly moody Gucci models. Our London Grooming Company sea salt spray will help you recreate those laid-back beachy, textured waves.
The 80s – Mullet
As we know, EVERYTHING was bigger in the 80s, including bad haircut decisions. While the mullet may have seemed all the rage thirty years ago, looking back at photos of Billy Ray Cyrus and U2’s Bono, that ‘business in the front, party in the back’ trend borders on criminal. If the mystifyingly ageless and ultimate gentleman John Stamos couldn’t even pull it off, it must have been a huge faux pas. If you’re still wearing a mullet in 2018, please call us, we know a barber or two who can help you get rid of it and hide the evidence.
The 90s – The Curtain
What do outdated drapes and men’s hairstyles have in common? Ideally, the answer to that should be nothing, however, in the nineties, window-hanging hairstyles were ‘hella cool’. Heavyweight stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham and Johnny Depp sported the style, making it trend worthy. This straight, medium-length haircut is worn with a symmetrical parting and the swishy confidence of a 90s teen heartthrob. The curtain has made a more tousled and less defined comeback on the Hemsworth brothers and The Vampire Diaries star, Ian Somerhalder. If your hairstyle falls into this era, use London Grooming Company’s sea salt spray as a pre-styler, then add control and high sheen with our London Grooming crème
The 2000s – Spiky, Frosted Tips
This gravity-defying hairstyle from the noughties is likely still a deep regret for Brad Pitt, Ryan Seacrest, David Beckham and the members of *NSYNC. Bleached to the palest blonde and fearlessly spiked with a depot of hair gel – frosted tips were the biggest fad of the 2000s. This look has surprisingly re-emerged using much less hair product and has more natural, blended highlights. Our London Grooming Company hair clay will help you attain those effortless, Insta-worthy locks.
The 2010s – The Quiff
Modelled on the iconic 50’s pompadour, this modern and more textured take is blow-dried, brushed upwards and slicked back from the forehead with a blended fade or undercut. Add definition, texture and shine to your quiff with our strong-hold London Grooming Company pomade
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