100 years of haircuts

100 years of haircuts

In honor of Movember, the 12th episode of Cut Video‘s enormously popular “100 Years of Beauty” series focuses on the evolution of men’s hair (facial and otherwise) over the last century. Featuring the modeling talents of Samuel Orson, the video is a visual catalog of how much things have changed over the years. (Guys may care about hair more than women now, but they’ve always cared.)

The early 20th Century favored a slicked-down look, and it was all about the handlebar ‘stache. But in the ’30s, facial hair diminished into the elegant, wispy mustache popularized by Hollywood legend Clark Gable, whom we can also credit with the rise of his distinct coiffeur.

By the ’50s, it was time for the pompadour, with all due credit to Elvis.

While the ’60s preferred the Beatles’ shaggy mops, the counter-cultural revolution of the ’70s really manifested itself in the untamed look of hair and beards growing wild and free.

The ’80s saw the rise of the archetypal Wall Street banker. (Shades of Patrick Bateman, anyone?)

While the ’90s grunge look was a throwback to long locks not that dissimilar from the style of the ’70s (though better suited to head-banging), the popularity of the metrosexual look in the 2000s gave us the spiky coiffeur that took hours in front of the mirror to achieve.


And now, of course, it’s back to long hair (and the man bun). Interestingly, this is the third time we’ve seen the style crop up in the last half-century, and it’s been a gap of about 20 years between each instance. Talk about the cyclical nature of style.


Watch the entire evolution below:

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