70s Male Hairstyles

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70s Male Hairstyles
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The 70s was known for outlandish fashion and beauty trends. It was the era of disco, flared trousers and feathered hair. While we may look back and snicker at some fashion mistakes made during that decade, some of the fashions have become popular again, such as flared trousers. The 1970s hairstyles reflected the hippie feeling of the decade.

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A medium-length hairstyle, with a full bang and an extreme comb-over, was a 70s male hairstyle. It was often paired with long side burns and full moustaches. This hairstyle was worn straight, with long sides that covered the ears. The hair had a deep side part that was combed-over to the other side.


Starting in the 1960s and the beginning of the hippie movement, men started wearing their hair long. This carried over into the 70s as a popular male hairstyle. Hair tended to be past the shoulders, lanky and flat, without any real style. This mirrored the popular trend of women wearing their hair extremely straight and flat in the 70s.


The mullet hairstyle became a popular male hairstyle beginning in the early 1970s. This hairstyle is cut short on the sides, top and front, but left long in the back. The length of the hair in the back varied from shoulder-length to even mid-back length. As with most hairstyles in this decade, there was little volume and the long part of the hair was kept straight.


A popular 70s male hairstyle for African-American men was the Afro, which was not only a hairstyle, but a statement of black pride. Rather than keeping the hair cropped close to the scalp, African-American men started to grow their hair out longer, and made it as frizzy as possible so that it stuck out from the head. For a more extreme Afro, the hair was sometimes curled or braided before styling to make it as bold and frizzy as possible.

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