Black male haircuts or hairstyles are some of the coolest, outlandish, and fascinating and dare I say weird styles that a person might have. From the afro to the braids, they surely know a thing or two about standing out in a crowd and carving out a unique image for themselves.
Due to the chemical structure of their hair, they can try out some different black male haircuts, some of which would be impossible for a non-black person to try out. Due to this specific property, black men have developed many unique hairstyles over the years. It is interesting to note that black hairstyles have historically been linked to African cultures, although it’s hard to imagine that some the more recent, crazier hairstyles have originated from African cultures!
Now let us take a little walk down memory lane and re-visit some of the most notable personalities and the hairstyles they rocked during various time periods in the last century or so. All these men had a significant influence on the popularity of a particular hairstyle amongst the black males of the time.
He was a very well-known editor and diplomat of his
era and was nicknamed ‘The Lion of Anacostia’. He certainly had hair like a lion’s mane. He was the most-photographed African-American in the 19th century. His hairstyle caught so much attention that ‘The Frederick Douglass’ is the name of a hairstyle! The Frederick Douglass features hair with volume and a side part.
Who doesn’t know the great MJ? He was and still is the biggest music, dance, style icon in the world. Michael Jackson’s hairstyles were just as popular and catchy as was his singing and dancing styles.
His hairstyles changed with time, starting from an afro as a kid, and then there was a huge crown afro. Somewhere in the 80’s, he wore ‘Jheri Curl’ in which you straighten your hair with a chemical called relaxer and then spray it with an activator, which gives your hair a sleek look and brings curls to live.
When ‘Thriller came out, he was seen with longer Jheri Curls with a part, and he grew a few strands till one of his eyes, which became a trademark. One thing MJ did a lot to stand out was that he wet his curls which made his curls look loose and very chic. By 1987, the curls got much longer, long enough for him to toss it around while dancing.
In the 90’s, MJ not only came back with a different skin (due to some skin disease) but also wore a ‘wave nouveau’; that had more waves than curls. He was always seen experimenting with the wave nouveau. This was around the time ‘Dangerous’ was released. The King of Pop surely knew how to carry the strangest hairstyles in a way that they looked classy.
Prince was another extremely famous pop icon in the industry. In 1984, he was seen wearing an iconic hairstyle in his purple rain song. The hair had lots and lots of gelled curls, heavier on one side, with no frizz.
There is great diversity in black male haircuts. Black people have the most different hair texture in the world: kinky, curly and wild. Their hair can be shape-shifted like no one else’s. The quality of their hair has a lot to do with their ancestry and climate they were born in. Thickness and coarseness of their hair are due to the harshness of the environment they are born in (or their ancestors were born in). Their hair also grows at a slower rate than that of other races.
Due to the tough nature of black people hair, it can cut into many different styles. Undoubtedly, black celebrities have raised the bar for other celebrities owing to the texture of their hair and the way they carry different and unique hairstyles.