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Do Men Today Have More Extreme Hair?

Do More Guys Really Have Crazy Hair These Days?

There's a story in The New York Times about young men who're styling their hair in wild, wacky ways. The piece suggests that "Generation Y" guys, like Adam Lambert of American Idol fame, are more inclined to experiment with their hair and see it less as a mark of cultural affiliation (like "I'm a hippie" or "I'm a punk") than as a style statement. It also features several pictures of college guys and men in their mid-20s with funky hair. Looking at the photos, though, all I could think was that these guys are part of an established subculture: they're hipsters, and their "thing" is playing with kitsch from the past 40 years, so the hair makes perfect sense. Overall, few of the men I see actually seem to be trying any styles that might be called "extreme." But am I hanging out in the wrong places? Do you think more guys, on average, experiment with their hair nowadays?

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Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
I heart Glambert! As far as I think, Glambert doesn't have crazy hair. I see afros, dreads, multicolored spiky rat's nests, and other masses of weird goofy knotted mess man hair. Yay for college!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
When I met my hubby 4 years ago, he had 1.5 inch long spikes all over his head. He would twist these spikes out all over and it was quite "edgy" for our small town area. I didn't like the sticky gel he used since I couldn't touch his hair unless freshly washed, so he just buzzes it real short with the clippers now. I sometimes wish he'd go back to having a little bit of texture or spikes. The teenage boys nowadays with the long flat hair hanging in their face kill me. I think it's such an unflattering look, especially when you see how flat it is in the back. They haven't realized that if you are styling your hair, you need to consider the back also.
BallonDoggy BallonDoggy 8 years
Ugh. What I can't stand when I'm watching Hannah Montana (that alone isn't pleasant) with my niece is all the guys on the show have the same hair. Its basically a chin length bob with bangs that is flat ironed to heck and back and flipped up. I don't think the cut would be that awful on its own, but that flat ironed mess they make it into hurts my brain. I'd have no idea what you would call it. Lambert and people with cuts that still make them look like guys and not little girls are fine. Most of my friends in high school/college had hair like that, they just wouldn't put so much product in it.
Suspiria Suspiria 8 years
No. They have "perfect hair" now. Nothing is new.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yeah, Spain is FILLED with wild haircuts on dudes. I kept taking photos when they weren't looking. I know the haircut of which you speak very well.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
I'm not loving it, I just prefer guys with normal hair :)
llamawich llamawich 8 years
But I think he pulls it off. :)
llamawich llamawich 8 years
My friend has Adam Lambert hair :0
weffie weffie 8 years
I'm pretty sure every generation thinks the younger generation's hairstyles are "extreme," it's been happening since at least the 60s :)
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
every social group has it's own hair. Fauxhawks were super popular in SF about 5 years ago, I don't see too many TinTins around these parts. Beards are still way more popular with the hipsters
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
most guys I know have pretty much the same hair. either the faux-hawk, the shaved head, or the "it just lays like that"
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
I've just spent months in Spain, where the fabulous combination of mullet, dreadlocks, and mohawk (or faux-hawk, depending on the dude) is alive and well. There is *no* hipster hairstyle that can scare me! :-p
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