1800s Male Hairstyles

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1800s Male Hairstyles
Long hair is not a new concept among men. (Janie Airey/Valueline/Getty Images)

Men's hair styles were taken seriously in the 1800s. On April 30, 1801, General James Wilkinson, commander of the United States Army, decreed that officers and privates must have short hair. In 1803, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Butler, who refused to give up the long hair that had been in fashion for a long time, was court-martialed for not obeying the Roundhead Order.

Long Hair

As the 19th century opened, the traditional hair style for men was long. However, as the century progressed, the Romantic Era influenced art, literature and society. More men began to think in a more whimsical manner, and their hair became freer and more artistic. It was a buoyant time following several dramatic revolutions that changed the world.

1800s Male Hairstyles
Men enjoyed curls and free-flowing hair in the early 1800s. (Stockbyte/Valueline/Getty Images)

The Dandy

Beau Brummell was the man's fashion dictator of the early 19th century. His style affected British gentlemen and this trickled to other parts of the English-speaking world. The new Republic of the United States was not terribly enamoured of things British at the time, and Beau's stylised curls were not as common in America as they were in England.

Victorian Hair

After Queen Victoria donned the crown in 1837, the strait-laced and industrial Victorian Age influenced men's hairstyles. The grew their hair longer and decorated their faces with sideburns, moustaches and beards.

1800s Male Hairstyles
Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, set the style in the mid-a8oos. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Late 1800s

Men's hair once again became shorter after 1960, but the facial hair decorations stayed. Hair products began to emerge. Since shampooing hair was not an everyday occurence, the natural oils helped keep the style in place. Macassar oil, one of the early hair products, was so popular that many women crocheted antimacassars to protect furniture from the oil from men's hair. Pomades also emerged during this time.

1800s Male Hairstyles
Antimacassars protected furniture from hair oils. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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