Just because they made the west wild, didn’t mean their hair was. This is a brief list of notorious men and women whose western hairstyles you should consider next time you’re at Redd’s Barbershop.
#10 The Butch Cassidy
His name says it all- a blunt, short, butch cut. Whether you’re robbing trains, holding-up banks, or just drinking at the “Hole-in-the-Wall” ranch with Sundance and the Wild Bunch Gang, this low-maintenance cut is perfect for the bandit on the go.
#9 The Harry Tracy
It’s summer. It’s hot. What better way to keep cool than a buzz cut? The most infamous sheared dome belongs to the brooding Harry Tracy. He may have gotten the buzz in jail, but he escaped and not a hair out of place.
#8 The John “Liver-Eating” Johnson
Hipster or homeless, you ask… Neither! He’s a vengeful pioneer who ate the livers of his enemies. With the right hair products (like Kevin Murphy @kevinmurphy.com.au or BOSSMAN BRANDS @bossmanbrand.com) the tousled, crazed, vendetta-driven look is right at your fingertips.
#7 The Doc Holliday
A sleek ‘do combined with an iconic-stash is the perfect look when gambling, gunfighting or drinking. You’re life may be a wreck, and you may be dying of tuberculosis, but you’ll look good doing it.
#6 The Arizona Charlie Meadows
Meadows never earned bandit status, but this fine young cowboy was a helluva shot and a true western showman. If you are growing your hair out always remember to condition from bottom up. He is one of the cowboys with long hair that could really pull it off. Also, a fringe-jacket is never a bad choice.
#5 The Laura Bullion
This gal held her own amongst the worst gadabouts and rascals in American history. Not only was she able to keep up, but she broke a few hearts along the way- all without subscribing to conventional female norms. Androgyny is not only a style that’s contemporarily fashionable- it’s an attitude. Whether you consider yourself male, female, or other; this look exudes something more than confidence in who you are, but ownership of it.
#4 The William “Curley Bill” Brocius
Instead of fighting his natural curls, this rustler cowboy embraced them. His hair became renown across the west; a true outlaw icon. If you’re fortunate enough to have wavy or corkscrew locks embrace it! Let your curls be part of your identity too.
#3 The Bass Reeves
Though he’s not an outlaw (in fact he’s the opposite) this wild west lawman looks too good to leave off the list. Reeves arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot throughout his 32-year career as a federal lawman. So, yeah, he’s one indomitable bandit wrangler, as well as having killer personal style. His formidable mustasch isn’t his only well groomed facial-hair feature. ATTENTION fellas! Take a lead from Bass and keep those eyebrows trim. They can either be your friend or foe.
You too can look like you’re exhausted from shooting up a town- with a nice side-trim and beard. It’s relaxed and groomed at the same time. The beard says “I don’t got time to shave.” but the cut says “I like to take care of myself.” Ladies will swoon at your criminal-with-a-heart-of-gold new look.
#1 The Jessie James
One of the most infamous outlaws in history was also the most stylish. This look takes confidence and great cheekbones, which Jesse James had in spades. Rocking a pseudo-bouffant is a sure-fire way to stand out, and is perfect for the wanted-posters. This haircut is a clear winner of men’s western hairstyles category.