5 Retro Hairstyles

If you’re looking for a different type of hairdo, let’s check out some oldies but goodies, here’s a look at 5 retro hairstyles. And you know what ‘retro’ is: Nintendo, cassette tapes, bell bottoms, and the Twist. If you’re at least twenty, you’ve likely heard of some of this stuff…but it has nothing to do with the article, so if you don’t remember it, that’s okay. Basically, anything that is outdated is considered retro. Anyway, like many other decades of the late 1900s, there were quite a few hairstyles for both genders that were a trademark of the times. Keep on reading to find out about some of the more admired retro hairstyles – the ones that practically identified their respective decades as far as fashion.

  1. The Ducktail (or D.A.). This hairstyle, one of two named after the posterior of an animal, was quite trendy in the fifties. Actually, it was the brainwave behind the term “greaser”, and you’ll soon understand why. In order to achieve the ducktail look, one had to apply copious amounts of pomade (hair grease) because these hairstyles wouldn’t stay in place otherwise. Strangely enough, this goofy style was a sign of a rebellious nature in fifties culture; if you sported the D.A. now, you’d look like an idiot. Come to think of it, you’d have looked like an idiot bearing it in the fifties, too.
  2. The Mop (a.k.a. Arthur). This one sounds kinda strange, does it not? Mop hairstyles, admittedly, will probably make you look like a dork, but it’s the official hairdo all the Beatles had. It need not be said just how successful these guys were, so if any lesson is to be learned, it’s that looking like a doofus does not mean you won’t achieve success. Something about those now retro hairstyles drove the fans wild, it seemed. Get yourself a Beatles-cut and see how your girlfriend reacts – bonus points if you sing “Yellow Submarine” too.
  3. The Afro. Big and poofy, the afro was pretty much the leader of retro hairstyles in the 1970s. This one takes a lot to actually achieve, especially if you’re not black; African-American hair is just amazingly adaptable and thus better suited to retain the puffy afro shape due to its dry texture. Conversely, the typical white guy’s hair is not. In fact, the only famous white guy to ever sport an afro and who was not a complete tool was Bob Ross, and that’s just because he was an awesome artist. If you look through your parents’ yearbooks, you can probably see some of their dorky classmates with afros…or maybe your parents themselves.
  4. The Glam. More of an entire trend than just hairstyles, glam was and is rather easily recognizable: long, feathery hair that’s all poofed out as if the individual had just rolled around on a carpet and retained the static. If frequently looks so soft that you must resist the urge to reach out and pet such a hairdo. This was probably one of the most popular hairstyles of the 1980s; bands like Def Leppard, KISS, Mötley Crüe, and Poison all sported these fluffy hairstyles…you know, back when they were still good.
  5. The Mullet. Ever heard the phrase, “business in front, party in back?” It refers to the atrocious manifestation of the mullet, which is short in the front and long in the back. This haircut has been around since the 80s and 90s, and it is, unfortunately, one of the bad retro hairstyles still plaguing the planet today. The mullet is the typical choice in 90s hairstyles for rednecks – both the men and the women. In other words, it has no place on the head of a sane person. So, unless you want to look like John Stamos…just…just don’t.
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