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Hair Styles

List of hairstyles
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Afro - Big hair hairstyle, featured heavily in Afro-American culture, popular through the 1970s in the United States of America.

Afro-textured hair - 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. The overall effect is such that, despite relatively fewer actual hair shafts compared to straight hair, this texture appears (and feels) denser than its straight counterparts. Due to this, it is often referred to as "thick", "bushy", or "woolly".

Asymmetric cut - A haircut where the hair is longer on one side.

Beehive - A hairstyle in which the hair is raised at the top of the head by padding or teasing so that the size and shape is suggestive of a beehive, hence the name.

Big hair - Any hairstyle with large volume.

Blowout - A haircut with the hair faded from the skin and spiked.

Bob cut - A classic hairstyle where the ends are cut to around jaw-level and aligned close to the facial area. This style is most common among women.

Bouffant - Bouffant describes a style characterized by smooth hair that is heightened and given extra fullness over teasing or padding.

Bowl cut - 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 during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Braid - A braid or braids, also known as a plait or plaits or a tress or tresses, 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. See also cornrows, queue, crown braid (below), Dutch braid and pigtail.

Bun - A women's hairstyle where the hair is pulled into a knot at the back or top of the head. It can also consist of a bun at the side of the head or two buns on either side of the head.

Butch cut - 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 ranges between one quarter of an inch and three quarters of an inch, 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 - 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 - The Caesar cut is a men's hairstyle which is short and horizontally straight, as pictured on bust of Caesar. Named for Julius Caesar, whose images frequently depict him wearing his hair in such a manner.

Chignon - A loan word from French for this particular style of bun which is pinned at the nape of the neck and requires tighter binding than ordinary buns.

Chonmage - A traditional Japanese haircut.

Comb over - Hair that is combed from one part of the head to another often to cover up a bald spot. Donald Trump is described as having a double combover, in two directions.

Conk - A hairstyle where Afro-textured hair is straightened.

Cornrows - A hairstyle originating from Subsaharan Africa, popularised by African Americans wherein the hair is braided into a series of French-braid-like locks that cling to the head and travel the neck.

Crew cut - A crew cut 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Devilock - The sides and back are kept short while the front is grown long and combed forward.

Dice Bob - A six-sided haircut.

Dido flip - A "short choppy shag", popularized by Dido.

Dread perming - A perm made with hot rods.

Dreadlocks - The hair is 'dreadlocked' into individual sections using one of several methods, usually either backcombing, braiding, hand rolling, or allowing hair to naturally "lock" on its own. Dreadlocks can vary in size, tidiness, and length. Dreadlocks are associated most closely with Rastafarians.

Duck's ass - 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 either deliberately disarrayed so that untidy strands hung down over the forehead, or combed up and then curled down into an 'Elephants trunk' which would hang down as far as the top of the nose. The sides were styled to resemble the folded wings of the duck.

Eton crop - A very short, slicked-down blunt crop.

Fallera hairdo - 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 - Also known as the 'frohawk', 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'.

Feathered hair - 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 wave - Hair is set into curls using lotion and a comb.

Fishtail hair - Hair is worn in a braid resembling a fish's tail.

Flattop - 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.

Flip - A women's style that was popular in the 1960s. Characterized by upward curling ("flipped") ends. Leslie Gore wore the flip in 1963 and Cybill Shepherd wore it as a beauty queen in 1966.

French braid - 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 - A hairstyle wherein the hair is twisted behind the head into a sort of bun style.

Fringe (bangs) - Hair that is combed to the front of the head and cut at or above the eyebrows.

Half updo - 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'. Frequently, the hair at the crown of the head is "teased" or backcombed first to create volume.

Highlights - The style involves highlighting or dying various thin sections of hair through hair coloring.

Hime cut - 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.

Hi-top fade - 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 - 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.

Layered hair - A women's hairstyle where different sections of the front hair are cut at different lengths to give the impression of layers.

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.

Mop-Top - 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)

Odango - A hairstyle where two buns are worn on 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.

Pageboy - A longer version of a bob, typically worn with a fringe (bangs) and reaching shoulder-length or a little longer.

Perm - 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.

Ponytail - Hair that is pulled to the back of the head and often held with a hair tie or ribbon.

Quiff - 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, and One Direction

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.

Shag - 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.

Spiky hair - All hair sticking up, like spikes sticking out from the head.

Undercut - 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.

Waves - 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 - A hairstyle where artificial hair in sewn into the natural hair to increase length or volume.