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A hairstyle, hairdo, or haircut refers to a styling of head hair. The fashioning of hair can be considered an aspect of personal grooming, fashion, and cosmetics.


  • The New Testament asks "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." (1 Corinthian 11:14-16).
  • Late evangelist Billy Sunday coined the term "long-haired men and short-haired women" for his disapproval of the LGBT people and liberalism.
  • In the 17th century, Manchu invaders issued the Queue Order, requiring Chinese, who traditionally did not cut their hair, to shave their heads like Manchus. The Chinese resisted. Tens of thousands of people were killed due to their hairstyle.
  • Until the Beatles came along, classical music was called longhaired music, because a longer style was popular among male orchestral artists and conductors.
  • In 2006, former Virginia Senator George Allen became involved in a political and racial controversy that turned, in part, on the difference between a mullet and a Mohawk.

In the 21st century men with long hair is fashionable but it is even more fashionable to have it tied up in a bun or a clip also fashionable with women as well.

Notable hairstyles

Name Image Description
Afro Big hair hairstyle.
Bangs / Fringe Hair that is combed to the front of the head and cut at or above the eyebrows.
Beehive Big hair hairstyle.
Bob cut A classic short hairstyle where the ends are cut just around chin length and aligned close to the facial area.
Bowl cut A 1920s Ukrainian recruitment poster. Moe Howard from The Three Stooges has this hairstyle for his trademark.
Bouffant N/A  
Bun a women's hairstyle where the hair is pulled into a knot at the top of the head.
Buzz cut a men's haircut where the hair is cut short with a razor.
Caesar cut Worn by Julius Caesar.
Chonmage A traditional Japanese haircut.
Comb over Hair that is combed from one part of the head to another often to cover up a bald spot. Many relate this hair style to Donald Trump, shown to the left.
Cornrows A hairstyle popularised by American rappers where the hair is braided into a series of French braid like locks that appear to cling to the head and travel down to the back of the neck.
Crew cut It is hair that is done for many people in the military.
Crop N/A A short hairstyle worn by women in which the hair is cut very close to the head
Croydon facelift N/A It is a tight ponytail worn at the top of the head, giving the effect of a facelift.
Curtained hair N/A The character Peter Petrelli is well-known for this hairstyle in NBC's Heroes.
The David May N/A Hairstyle famously worn by Manchester United legend David May
Devilock N/A The sides and back are kept short, while the front is grown long and combed forward. Made famous by Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Jerry Only of The Misfits.
Dido flip N/A Hairstyle named after the singer Dido.
Dreadlocks a long hairstyle for either men or women. The hair is dreadlocked into individual sections using one of several methods (either by braiding, hand rolling, or allowing hair to naturally "loc" on its own. The look of dreadlocks can be vary in size, tidiness, and length. This style rose to fame from Rastafarians.
Duck's Ass or Ducktail N/A a short men's hairstyle where there is a small long lock of hair at the base of the neck.
Fauxhawk Also known as the frohawk, this hairstyle is an approximation of a mohawk, made without shaving or buzzing the hair on the sides of the head, allowing an imitation of the look of a true mohawk without having to commit to removing most of one's hair.
Feathered hair N/A  
Feelers N/A Often mistaken for sideburns, this is the hair at length from in front of the ears, straightened down while the rest of the head's hair is kept short.
Finger wave  
Flattop a men's haircut where the hair is cut with a razor but left longer than a buzz cut and appears to be flat on the head.
Fofa N/A
Fontange N/A A hairdo popular in the second half of the seventeenth century.
French braid A French braid is a braid that appears to be braided "into" the hair. Many describe it as making a braid backwards.
French twist a hairstyle made famous by Grace Kelly where the hair is twisted behind the head into a sort of bun style.
High and tight N/A
Hime cut it is long straight hair that goes to at least below the shoulder blades with part of it cut to about shoulder length and bangs that go to the eyebrows.
Highlights Popular among young people in Asia during the late 1990s and early 2000s with long hair. The style involves highlighting or dying various thin strands of hair via hair coloring.
Hi-top fade
Horseshoe Flattop N/A
Induction cut N/A
Jheri curl N/A Hair that is curly and kept wet by a Jheri curl activator. This style was very popular in the 1980s especially with African-Americans.
Japanese hair straightening N/A
Khokhol N/A The Ukrainian name for a style consisting of an entirely shaven head, save for one lock of hair grown on the top or front of the head. Name comes from the Ukrainian Cossacks, among whom the style was common. (See Khokhol article for the word's derogatory usage)
Layered hair N/A a women's hairstyle where different sections of the front hair are cut at different lengths to give the impression of layers.
Liberty spikes Hair that is grown out long and spiked up usually with a gel
Long hair N/A Hair that is grown out long (at or past the shoulders) and worn loose.
Mohawk Hair that is shaved or buzzed on the sides leaving a strip of hair in the middle. It is often spiked up.
Mullet Hair that is short in front and long in the back.
Odango N/A a hairstyle worn by the anime superhero Sailor Moon where two buns are worn on at either side of the head with the rest of the hair worn down like pigtails.
Pageboy N/A A longer version of a bob, typically worn with bangs and below chin length
Part N/A
Perm N/A
Pigtails Hair that is parted down the middle and made into two pony tails on either side.
Pixie cut a short layered women's hairstyle with a shaggy fringe.
Ponytail Hair that is pulled to the back of the head and often held with a hair tie or ribbon.
"The Rachel" N/A A layered haircut made popular by Friends star, Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel Green.
Razor cut N/A
Recon N/A a radical version of the High and tight, with the sides and back cleanly shaved very high up the head, intentionally leaving a very extreme contrast between the longer top hair and the shaved sides.
Rattail Hair that is grown out long and shaved or buzzed except for a long, thin braid at the very top of the neck.
Ringlet long hair that is worn in elaborate and tight curls.
shag like a The Beatles , Oasis band style
Short back and sides N/A Also know as a Boy's cut, a simple hairstyle with an overall short length.
Shape-Up N/A
Spiky hair N/A All hair sticking up, like spikes sticking out from the head. Foundation of popular culture hairstyles in Asia.
Taper fade N/A
Updo An updo is the hairstyle in which the hair is twisted or pulled up.

Hair products

Cosmetic products used in creating and maintaining hairstyles include:

Hair styling equipment

Hair styling equipment which helps in creating hairstyles includes:

  • Curling Irons
  • Head lice removers
  • Hair Dryers
  • Setting lotions or styling waters, these are spritzed onto the hair to create hold while you are styling.
  • Hair Trimmers
  • Hot Rollers
  • Flat Irons (Straightening Irons)
  • Round Brush
  • Tongs, good for creating precise, ringlet curls or flicky styles.
  • Butterfly Clips, essential to separate off section of your hair while you style.
  • Headband

Hair lengths


  • Bald, hair that is completely shaved down to the scalp
  • Buzz, hair that is extremely short and hardly there
  • Cropped, hair that is a little longer than a buzz
  • Boy's cut, hair that is longer than a crop, but not yet hits the ears


  • Ear length, hair that is at the same level as one's ears
  • Chin level, hair that comes to the chin
  • Shoulder Length
  • Flip level, hair that comes to the neck or shoulder area.


  • Bra/midback level, hair that's at about the same point as the widest part of one's ribcage and chest area
  • Waist length, hair that falls at the smallest part of one's waist, a little bit above the hip bones
  • Tailbone length, hair that is at about the area of one's tailbone
  • Classic length, hair that reaches where one's legs meet his or her buttocks
  • Thigh length, hair that is at the mid-thigh
  • Knee-length, hair that is at the knee
  • Calf length, hair that is at the calf
  • Floor length, hair that reaches the floor

See also



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