For humans, a haircut or hairstyle
normally describes cutting or styling head hair, rather than other body
hair such as pubic, facial or underarm hair. Unlike other animals, human
beings of many cultures cut their hair, rather than letting it grow naturally.
Hair styles are often used to signal cultural, social and ethnic identity.
Hair styles in both men and women also vary with
There is a thriving world market in cut human hair of sufficient length
manufacture. In less developed countries,
selling one's hair can be a significant source of income.
Afro, curly hair allowed to grow out equally all
around, popular with African Americans, but worn by
Beatle cut, after the fashion of the early Beatles,
long all around, neatly cut, very new to Americans at
the time, but not an uncommon British haircut. During
the height of
Beatlemania Beatle wigs were sold.
Buzz cut, also called a butch cut, short all over
Bob, a short cut for women, first popular in the
1920s, considered a sign of a
Bowl cut or Moe, after the
Three Stooges character
samurai's topknot. The hair on the top of the head
was usually shaved, and the rest of the hair gathered
together and tied in a topknot. A modified version is
still worn by
Comb over, combing hair over a bald spot.
Cornrows, where hair is braided tightly in rows;
originally an African hairstyle,
Crew cut, similar to buzz, originally worn by college
rowers in the 1900s to distinguish themselves from
football players, who had long hair (to supplement
the inadequate helmets of the time)
DA, for "duck's ass", combed long on sides,
parted in back, also called ducktail or southback. The
parting in the back caused the hair to stick up, hence
Devilock, Short in back and on sides, long in front.
Dreadlocks, where hair is divided into many long
plaits. Originally a
Flattop, just as it says, when combined with DA,
called a Detroit
High and tight, cut/buzzed very short (or even shaved)
on sides and back up to the crown where the hair is
left longer, can be a variation of crew cut or flattop
Slavic name for a longer tuft of hair left on top
or on the front side of the otherwise cleanly shaven
or shortly cut man's hair.
Low and tight, cut/buzzed very short (or even shaved)
on sides and back up to a line above the ears but below
the crown, hair is left longer above this line
Mohawk, both sides shaved, buzz cut in the middle.
Often used meaning "Mohican"
- Mohican, both sides shaved or buzzed, longer in
Mullet, short on top, quite long on sides
Ofuku, worn by apprentice
geisha in their final two years of apprenticeship.
Similar to the wareshinobu style. Also called a momoware
("split peach") because the bun is split and
a red fabric woven in the centre.
Pompadour, big wave in the front, named for
Madame de Pompadour aristocratic fashion leader
of pre-Revolutionary France, mistress of
Louis XV of France.
Elvis Presley had one.
Ponytail, long hair is tied back from the face
Side-locks: a hairstyle popular amongst
Orthodox Jews where the
peyos or side-locks are allowed to grow long, whilst
the rest of the hair is cut.
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