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Watch 100 Years of Male Hair Trends in One Minute

It’s officially Movember – the month where we shift a larger focus to male styling, put up with more unruly facial hair and get talking about men’s health. If you, your partner, your brother, your dad or your clients are out of ideas, why not take a walk through history for inspiration?

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A video channel named WatchCut has uploaded a time-lapse video showcasing 100 years of male hair (and facial hair) trends, to celebrate this mo-centric month. The significance placed on men’s styling is apparent by the video’s YouTube view count – 1, 392, 650 views and counting.


The video, starring male model Samuel Orson, begins with the 1910s, and a slicked back, side parted, handlebar moustache style that has become synonymous with that time. A fresh clean shaven look is used for the 1920s, due to progress in industrial technology in the 1920s that popularised disposable razors according to video researcher Chris Chan. The 30s reclaimed the mo with what Chris described as a “mini-moustache”, inspired by Clark Gable in a slick, sculptural look.


The 1940s saw the start of some height (and an adorable sailor’s hat, inspired by George Mendoza, AKA the sailor famously pictured kissing a woman in Times Square after the announcement that the war on Japan was ending). Next, the 50s pompadour used volume and texture for more of  a greasers style, for a look that would be at home on Elvis or Kenickie.


While both of these looks were clean shaven, the 60s shag paid tribute to the Beatles, adding some length to their iconic bowl cuts for what Chris described as the “commodification of hippie culture.” This look epitomises the summer of love (and rapidly recalls images of Shaggy from Scooby Doo).


The 1970s was the rock and roll era – long, unruly hair and beards became the symbol of a bigger issue, an anti-Vietnam war sentiment that gave rise to counter culture and a wilder aesthetic. (Who knew hair trends were so historically significant?)


The clean-shaven 80s look was inspired by Wall Street and the “explosion of finance capital in New York city,” said Chris. Meanwhile the Kurt Cobain-inspired 90s grunge look was based on not cultivating that perfect look, as was expected in some of the previous decades. The 2000s look was based on the rise of metrosexuality (and the pop cultural focus on boy bands), signified in a standard faux-hawk, while 2010 finished it up with the “lumbersexual” man bun – truly the men’s look of our time.


All of these looks were created with the model’s natural hair and facial hair – inspiring your clients that truly anything is possible in the next four weeks. We can’t help but wonder where hair history will take us next.

Watch the full video below:

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