List of hairstyles

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This is a non-exhaustive list of hairstyles, excluding facial hairstyles.

Name Image Description
Afro Afro 2 cropped by David Shankbone.jpg A style of natural African hair that has been grown out without any straightening or ironing, and combed regularly with special afro picks. In recent history, the hairstyle was popular through the late 1960s and 1970s in the United States of America. Though today many people prefer to wear weaves.
Asymmetric cut Asymmetrical haricut.jpg A haircut where the hair is longer on one side. In the 1980s and 1990s, asymmetric was a popular staple of Black hip hop fashion, among women and men.
Beehive WinehouseLA.jpg Backcombing or teasing with hairspray to style hair on top of the head so that the size and shape is suggestive of a beehive, hence the name.
Bangs Bettie Page-2.jpg Bangs (or fringe) straight across the high forehead, or cut at a slight U-shape.[1]
Big hair Thompson-twins-tom2.jpg Any hairstyle with large volume, though this is generally a description given to hair with a straight texture that is blown out or "teased" into a large size. The increased volume is often maintained with the use of hairspray or other styling products that offer hold.
Blowout A long hairstyle for women that is used with rich products and blown dry from the roots to the ends. Popularized by individuals such as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Bob cut Anna Wintour.jpg A classic short hairstyle where it is cut above the shoulders in a blunt cut with typically no layers. This style is most common among women.
Bouffant Lady Bird Johnson, photo portrait, standing at rear of White House, color, crop.jpg A style characterized by smooth hair that is heightened and given extra fullness over teasing in the fringe area.
Bowl cut Undercut.jpg Named for the shape of the style as much as for a once common method of achieving it (i.e. using a bowl to style the cut by placing it on the head and trimming the exposed hair). Moe Howard from The Three Stooges has this hairstyle for his trademark and Henry V of England had a similar hairstyle. This hairstyle was popular in America (for straight hair textures) during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
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A braid, also known as a plait, is a type of hairstyle usually worn by women with long hair in which all or part of one's hair is separated into strands, normally three, and then plaited or braided together, typically forming one braid hanging down at the back of the head or two braids hanging down on either side of the head. Braids can also be strengthened or lengthened with the addition of weaving hair. Braids may also serve as the base for sewing on additional weave hair on top of the braid for additional hair styling options. See also cornrows, queue, crown braid (below), Dutch braid and pigtail.
Brush cut Alternative name for a longer butch cut, especially one that shows natural curl.
Bun Hair in bun.JPG A women's hairstyle where the hair is arranged into a knot, usually at the back, crown, or top of the head. See also chignon.
Bunches Pigtails.jpg Another name for pigtails worn braided or unbraided.
Burr Jake Plummer (cropped).jpg Alternative name for a butch that is less than 5 millimetres (.25 in) on top.
Business-man cut Medium Taper Cut. Kennedy.jpg Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Butch cut Butch Cut Marine.jpg A butch is a type of haircut in which the hair on the top of the head is cut short in every dimension. The top and the upper portion of the back and sides are cut the same length, which generally ranges between 5 millimetres (.25 in) and 20 millimetres (.75 in), following the contour of the head. The hair below the upper portion of the sides and back of the head is tapered short or semi-short with a clipper, in the same manner as a crew cut.
Buzz cut Nrotc Midshipmen.jpg A buzz cut is any of a variety of short hairstyles usually designed with electric clippers. Buzz cut styles include the butch cut, crew cut, flattop and ivy league.
Caesar cut Gaius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC).JPG The Caesar cut is a men's hairstyle which is cut to a regular fade with the bangs or fringe left longer than the top length.
Chignon Chignon-jennadrudi.JPG A specific type of bun that is smoothly wrapped at the base of the neck.
Chonmage Tochiazuma Daisuke.jpg A variation on the traditional topknot and tonsure of samurai in Feudal Japan, today worn by sumo wrestlers. Unlike the samurai tonsure, the top of the head is not shaved for this hairstyle.
Comb over Combover-man-example-2018-12-23.jpg Hair that is combed from one part of the head to another often to cover up a bald spot.
Comma hair Styling the hair or bangs into a curved comma formation. Popularised by Park Chanyeol (EXO).[2]
Conk The Nat King Cole Show premiere 1956.JPG A hairstyle where Afro-textured hair is straightened. This was popular among African American men from the 1920s to 1960s.
Cornrows Long cornrows.jpg A hairstyle originating from Subsaharan Africa, popularized by African Americans wherein the hair is braided into a series of locks that cling to the head.
Crew cut Crew Cut, Jack Kerouac, 1943.jpg A crew cut or G.I. haircut is a type of haircut in which the hair on the top of the head is cut relatively short, graduated in length from the longest hair that forms a short pomp (pompadour) at the front hairline to the shortest at the back of the crown. The hair on the sides and back of the head is usually tapered short, semi-short or medium.
Crop Louise Brooks detail ggbain.32453u.jpg A short hairstyle in which the hair is cut shorter at the back, with the hair left long enough to either touch or go past the fringe.
Crown braid
Yulia Tymoshenko, 2010.JPG A crown braid or crown plait is a traditional Ukrainian hairstyle usually worn by women with long hair. It consists of a single braid wrapped around the head, and is the trademark hairstyle worn by Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko. It is also similar to some of the hairstyles worn by Frida Kahlo. See also braid or plait.
Croydon facelift Croydon facelift 2012.jpg A tight ponytail worn at the top of the head, giving the effect of a facelift as it tugs the facial skin upwards. Often inappropriately referred to as a "top knot" (though this term, in its original context, actually refers to a chonmage).
Curtained hair Jonathan Brandis Wiki.jpg Curtained hair is the term given to the hairstyle featuring a long fringe divided in either a middle parting or a side parting. This hairstyle was popular on adolescents and men from the late 1980s until the mid 1990s.
Devilock Devilock.png The sides and back are kept short while the front is grown long and combed forward. Well known in certain punk rock subcultures due to its use being commonly associated to Misfits bassist Jerry Only.
Dido flip A "short choppy shag", popularized by British pop singer Dido
Double buns Edward S. Curtis Collection People 043.jpg Two buns worn at either side of the head, popularized by Princess Leia of Star Wars fame.
Dreadlocks Dreadlocked rasta.jpg The hair is 'dreadlocked' into individual sections using one of several methods, usually either backcombing, braiding, hand rolling, or locking in the roots. Dreadlocks can vary in size, tightness, and length. Dreadlocks are associated most closely with Rastafarians.
Duck's Ass or D.A. Ducktail.jpg A hairstyle predominantly favoured by men; though some young female fans of Elvis Presley sported a similar look in his heyday.

The style required that the hair be combed back around the sides of the head. The teeth edge of a comb was then used to define a central parting running from the crown to the nape at the back of the head, resembling, to many, the rear end of a duck. The hair on the top front of the head was usually that of a pompadour. The sides on back were styled to resemble the folded wings of the duck.

Eton crop A more radical version of a short crop, with the hair at the back cut close and the front hair left longer for styling.
Extensions 18-inch remy weave.jpg Either natural or synthetic locks of hair secured to the head, either by taping, clipping, or sewn in, giving the wearer the appearance of having longer and thicker hair.
Fade Alternative name for a short taper.
Fallera hairdo Falleras hairstyle 2008.jpg A Valencian fallera hairstyle is a traditional women's hairstyle typical of Valencia and its Falles celebration, and is reminiscent of the "Princess Leia hairstyle" of Star Wars fame. It is an elaborate hairstyle consisting of two spiralled buns on either side of the head and two braids wound around the back of the head, with twisted strands of hair in different figures in the middle of the braids. This hairstyle is reminiscent of the one found on the ancient statue of the Lady of Elx.
Fauxhawk David Beckham.jpg Also known as the 'fashion punk cut', this hairstyle is an approximation of a mohawk made without shaving or 'buzzing' the hair on the sides of the head, thus allowing an imitation of the look of a true mohawk without having to commit to removing most of one's hair. The name is a portmanteau of faux, the French word for false or fake, and 'mohawk'.
Feather cut Chelsea at 7-11.jpg This haircut was popular among skinhead women in the UK in the 1970s. Most of the hair is either cropped very short or shaved, with the bangs (and sometimes the sideburn locks and/or very back) left to grow long. Also known as a Chelsea cut in North America.
Feathered hair Farrah Fawcett 1977.JPG Feathered hair was popular in the 1970s and the early 1980s with both men and women. The hair was grown long on both sides (normally covering the ears, although it could be down to the shoulders), left unlayered (although some men with curly hair did have it layered) with either a side or a centre parting.
Finger waves MDafoeBob20s.jpg Hair is set into waves using lotion and a comb.
Fishtail hair Fishtail hairstyle 01.jpg Hair is worn in a braid resembling a fish's tail.
Flattop Trabert Large.JPG A type of crew cut where the hair on the top of the head is cut as a flat plane giving a levelled 'flat-topped' look.
Flipped-up ends A women's style that was popular in the 1960s. Characterized by upward curling ("flipped") ends. Lesley Gore wore the flip in 1963 and Cybill Shepherd wore it as a beauty queen in 1966.
Fontange Fontange Kneller - cropped.jpg A hairdo popular in the second half of the 17th century.
French braid Classic French Braid.JPG A French braid is a braid that appears to be braided "into" the hair, often described as braided backwards—strands, going over instead of under as in a Dutch braid.
French twist Frenchtwist.jpg A hairstyle wherein the hair is twisted behind the head into a sort of bun style.
Fringe (bangs) Bangsfringe.jpg Hair that is combed to the front of the head and cut at or above the eyebrows.
Frosted tips Guy Fieri at Guantanamo 2.jpg A men's hairstyle (though women have adopted as well) in which the hair is cut short and formed into short spikes with hair gel or hair spray. The hair is bleached such that the tips of each spike will be pale blond, usually in contrast to the wearer's main hair color.

Frosted tips were prominent throughout the late 1990s.

Full crown Alternative and historic name for a short taper.
Half crown Alternative and historic name for a semi-short taper.
Half updo or Half Up, Half Down or Half-ponytail Brigitte Bardot - 1962.jpg Popularised in the 1960s by sex icons like Brigitte Bardot, this women's hairstyle requires medium-length or longer hair. The hair is divided from the temples back and then fixed into bun, chignon or ponytail to secure into place (therefore, half the hair is in an 'updo'). If a woman has a fringe, that area is usually left free and not pulled into the 'updo'.
Harvard clip Alternative name for an Ivy League.
High and tight Soldier running in water original.jpg A military variant of the crew cut.
Highlights Short blonde hair with highlights.jpg Small strands of hair are dyed lighter than the rest of the hair, mimicking the natural bleaching of sun-damaged hair.
Hime cut Hime cut.jpg A hairstyle that consists of long straight hair that reaches at least below the shoulder blades with part of it cut to about shoulder-length and a fringe (bangs) that reaches the eyebrows.
Historic hairstyle Historic hairstyle.jpg Historic hairstyle from 18th century a'la Marie Antoinette created by members of the Danish organisation "Academy of Historic Hairstyles" - at the event "Historic Days 2019" in Copenhagen, Denmark
Hi-top fade Hi-top fade.jpg The hair is cut short on the sides and is grown long on the top. This style was popular among African-American youth and men in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Induction cut A haircut given to recruits being inducted into military service.
Ivy League MattDamonBU.jpg An Ivy League, also known as a Harvard Clip or Princeton, is a type of crew cut in which the hair on the top of the head is long enough to style with a side part.
Jewfro Jewfro 2.jpg A Jewish variant of the 'Afro' hairdo.
Jheri curl Jheri Curl Smile (395044434).jpg Hair that is curly and kept moist (or at least a wet-look maintained) by a Jheri curl activator. This style was popular in the 1980s especially with African-Americans, including Michael Jackson and Rick James.
Layered hair A women's hairstyle where different sections of the hair are cut at different lengths to give the impression of layers.
Liberty spikes Spikesfront.jpg Hair that is grown out long and spiked up usually with a gel
Line up Hair that has an even line across the forehead and then turns sharply at a 90 degree angle and blends with the sideburns. It can be worn with almost any other hairstyle. Primarily worn by Hispanics and some African Americans. Famous examples include hip hop artist Drake (entertainer) and Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore.
Lob Emma Stone 2014.jpg A shoulder-length hairstyle for women, much like a long bob, hence the name.
Long hair Wadowice, Poland (Unsplash).jpg In women, it refers to hair that reaches past the shoulders and longer. In men, it refers to hair that reaches the chin and longer.
Marcel waves Edna Fearon models the Marcel Wave.jpg Deep waves made in short hair by a heated curling iron.
Mod cut 180612 Harry Styles Live On Tour in Nashville.png A men's haircut where the hair flips outward, like wings.
Mohawk User-Ich with Mohawk.jpg Hair that is shaved or buzzed on the sides leaving a strip of hair in the middle. It is often spiked up.
Mop-Top Paul, George & John.png A mid-length haircut that has a fringe (bangs) that brushes over the forehead, collar length at back, with the ears partly covered by the hair, dependent on style. Was made popular by The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr)
Mullet Mulletman.jpg Hair that is short in front and long in the back. Often described as "Business in the front, party in the back".
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A typical texture of Black African hair that has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals (by perming, relaxing, or straightening). Each strand of this hair type grows in a tiny spring-like, corkscrew shape (though there are different textures and degrees of waviness, curliness, and kinkiness across the entire population). The overall effect is such that, despite relatively fewer actual hair shafts compared to straight hair,[3] this texture appears (and feels) denser than its straight counterparts. Due to this, it is often referred to as "thick", "bushy", or "woolly" in a derogatory manner and has been criticized for being "unpolished," "unkempt," or "unprofessional." Over the past decade, there has been a resurgence in the celebration of natural hair among Black African Americans.
Odango Odango-estilos.svg A hairstyle where two buns are worn on either side of the head, with the rest of the hair worn as pigtails. Most well-known example of this style is worn by the title character of the Japanese anime Sailor Moon. In African American culture, commonly referred to as "Afro Puffs."
Oseledets Dikshitar.JPG A haircut consisting of a long tuft or lock of hair left on top or on the back of the shaven head of a male Orthodox Hindu. The style is also associated with Cossacks.
Pageboy English Country Cottage (2364756846) crop.jpg A longer version of a bob, typically worn with a fringe (bangs) and reaching shoulder-length or a little longer.
Payot Payot on young Hasid man 01.jpg Sidelocks or earlocks, worn by some males in the Orthodox Jewish community.
Perm IcallPlasticDressing.jpg Hair that is chemically treated to retain curl (curly perm) or lie straight (straight perm). New hair is not affected by the chemical treatment and will grow out naturally.
Pigtails Pigtails.jpg Hair that is divided into two equal sections and is then either braided or secured close to the scalp and left to hang free.
Pixie cut Audrey Hepburn screentest in Roman Holiday trailer.jpg A very short women's hairstyle with or without a shaggy fringe (bangs).
Pompadour PresleyPromo1954PhotoOnly.jpg The hair is swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, and sometimes upswept around the sides and back as well. The style, named after Madame de Pompadour (1721–1764), mistress of King Louis XV), is for both women and men.
Ponyhawk Mohawk 1951.jpg 1. A combination of a mohawk with a ponytail in the back.

2. Long hair worn in several ponytails running from front of the head to the back of the head resembling a mohawk. Unlike normal mohawk, hair is not cut from the sides. The word is a portmanteau of 'ponytail' and 'mohawk'.

Ponytail The ponytail still intact.jpg When all of the hair is gathered and secured with a hair tie or clip close to the scalp, with the hair hanging free, resembling the tail of a pony.
Princeton Alternative name for an "Ivy League" haircut.
Professional cut Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Psychobilly Wedge Kim Nekroman live.jpg The Psychobilly Wedge is a sort of mix between a mohawk hairstyle and the pompadour. The hair along the side of the head is shaved and the middle is not spiked but slicked back and fashioned in a pompadour.
Queue Curley bear.jpg Hair is worn long and gathered up into a ponytail, often braided. It was worn traditionally by the Manchu people of Manchuria and certain Native American groups.
Quiff Quiff hairstyle - 01.jpg The quiff combines the 1950s pompadour hairstyle, the 1950s flat-top, and, sometimes a mohawk. The hairstyle was a staple in the British 'Teddy Boy' movement, and became popular again in Europe in the early 1980s and 2010s. Recently examples of people sporting quiffs are Alex Turner and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, Tom Meighan of Kasabian, Eugene McGuinness, Bruno Mars, Nick Grimshaw, and One Direction
The Rachel A square-layered haircut popularized by Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green on the Friends sitcom.
Rattail Rattail.jpeg Hair that has been grown out long and shorn, or 'buzzed' except for a long, thin braid at the very top of the neck.
Razor cut Includes choppy short layers, thinned at the bottom. Not dissimilar from "emo" hair. Usually has a side-sweep fringe.
Regular haircut Regular haircut A regular haircut is a men's and boy's hairstyle that has combable length on top, a defined or deconstructed side part, and a short, semi-short, medium, long, or extra long back and sides. The style is also known by other names including taper cut, regular taper cut, side-part and standard haircut; as well as short back and sides, business-man cut and professional cut, subject to varying national, regional, and local interpretations of the specific taper for the back and sides. Important to note that there is an underlying assumption of "regular" as being male, and most often "straight texture."
Regular taper cut Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Ringlets Portrait of Hannah Fry (by Andrew Geddes).jpg A tightly curled hairstyle.
Shag cut Shag hairstyle 01.jpg A choppy layered hairstyle, characterized by layers to create fullness in the crown and fringes around the edges. There are many versions including the frat shag and boy's shag.
Shape-Up D-Wade in Chicago - cropped version.jpg
Shingle bob A dome-shaped short haircut with the bottom razored into a V shape.
Short back and sides Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Short brush cut Alternative name for a butch cut, especially one that shows natural curl.
Short hair Hair that is cut short.
Slicked-back Norman kerry.jpg Hair that is combed back, away from the forehead, then held in place with a hairstyling product.
Spiky hair Spiky hair 01.jpg All hair sticking up, like spikes sticking out from the head.
Standard haircut Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Step cut A graduated style in which the hair takes the form of cascading steps.
Surfer hair Surfer hair.jpg A tousled hairstyle.
Taper cut Alternative name for a regular haircut.
Tail On Back Boys' hair style by growing the hair in back like a small tail. This is widely used all over India.
Tonsure Tonsure fx tr.png Traditionally worn by monks in the Middle Ages, still worn by some traditional monks today.
Undercut Paul De La Cruz pauldlc undercut hair style.PNG The undercut is a unisex haircut whereby the top section of hair is held in place whilst the side and back sections are cut, thus making the top longer and the back and sides undercutting. See also bowl cut
Updo Updo1.jpg An updo is the hairstyle in which the hair is twisted or pulled up.
Waves SpinnazForWiki.jpg Short Hair Waves, shortened to just waves, is a very common and sought after hairstyle for African American men that create the appearance of water like waves of the hair.
Weave Premium hair.JPG Similar to extensions, but the hairpiece is sewn in for longer or thicker hair.
Wings Chace Crawford.jpg Typically long, the style can range from long and drooping below the eyes, to a shorter length. They are wavy and if straight, the length comes to halfway down the ears. Instead of lying on the wearer's ears, the hair flips up and comes straight out like an airplane wing, hence the name. Popular amongst the skateboarding, surfer and preppy communities.

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  1. ^ McFadden, Robert D. (December 11, 2008). "Bettie Page, Queen of Pinups, Dies at 85". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Male celebs rockin' the comma hair trend |". allkpop. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. ^ Loussouarn, G. (August 2001). "African hair growth parameters". British Journal of Dermatology. 145 (2): 294–297. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2133.2001.04350.x. PMID 11531795. Archived from the original on 2013-01-05.

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