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Every popular music genre has a distinct look. It’s like an unspoken uniform musicians and fans all wear to identify themselves with a certain sound. Most punks wear tattered clothes. Many rappers wear sneakers and diamonds. And, back in the day, disco-lovers wore velour and platform shoes.

The love of music has influenced the way people dress for generations. But, the one aspect of the music-lover’s ensemble that garners the most attention, and distinctly ties a person to a specific music scene, is the haircut.

So, we’ve compiled a list of hairstyles that are directly influenced by music. It’s your harmonious guide to the fascinating world of follicle fads. These melodic manes will inspire a new song in your heart, and possibly a new style for your doo.

Now, when Austin is flooded with music lovers for SXSW this March, you’ll know how to identify each one properly. Jam on gentlemen!

HAIRCUTS FOR EVERY MUSIC GENRE

THE ROCKABILLY POMPADOUR

Rockabilly music is a blend of country, rhythm-and-blues, and 1950’s Rock-and-Roll. It’s this retro-American subgenre that we have to thank for the perfection of the men’s pompadour. The meticulously styled doo is often paired with an abundance of tattoos, a leather jacket, classic cars, and twangy guitars.

Loose Rockabilly Mens Haircut

Source: Mens Hairstyles Today

Slickback Rockabilly Mens Haircut

Source: Mens Hairstyles Today

Rockabilly Mens Haircut with dramatic side part

Source: Mens Hairstyles Today

GLAM ROCK HAIR

In Glam Rock, the only thing louder than the music, is the hair. Bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Poison were the gods of this stadium-packing, anthem rock, with their long, teased tresses and their too tight pants. This iconic 80’s hairstyle is a mix of bad-boy attitude, and lots, and lots of hairspray.

Bon Jovie Rock and Roll Mens Haircut

Source: Like Totally 80’s

Motley Crue Rock and Roll Mens Haircut

Source: Manly Curls

Bret Michaels from Poison Rock and Roll Mens Haircut

Source: Green Label

REGGAE DREADLOCKS

Though the rhythmic beats of Reggae are often acquainted with laidback, island life, the message behind the music is often powerful. Dreadlocks are tied to the genre because of its Jamaican and Rastafarian roots, and popularized in the 1970’s because of Reggae legend- Bob Marley. This hairstyle is an embodiment of Reggae’s heritage, and an icon of the proud culture it was born out of.

Bob Marley Reggae Dreadlock hair

Source: Reggeville

Son of Bob Marley, Musician Kai-Mani Marley Dreadlock Hair

Source: Reggeville

Reggae Musician Jesse Royal Jamaican Dreadlocks

Source: Lucerna Music Bar

MOP TOP HAIRCUT

Few haircuts made as much impact on culture as the Mop Top. Looking at it today, it seems like a completely respectable doo, but back in the late 1950’s, it was the symbol of youth, Rock-and-Roll, and, of course, Beatlemania. When the Beatles landed in America in 1964 (one of the most iconic moments in Rock) fangirls went wild, and the Mop Top haircut went mainstream, replacing the clean Elvis-style Pompadour.

Men’s Mop Top Hairstyle

Source: Manners NL

The Beatles Mop Top Mens Haircut

Source: Mens Hair Blog

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger Mens Mop Top Hairstyle

Source: MSN

PUNK ROCK MOHAWK

The mohawk is probably the most identifiable music-genre haircut. It’s a symbol of rebellion and the rejection of society. Though Punk Rock today is far more mainstream, and wearing a mohawk requires gobs of hair product, plus a decent amount of primp time, this haircut still embodies anti-establishment.

Beijing Punk Band Hel City with punk rock Haircuts

Source:Unite Asia

Punk Rock Hair Mohawk Style Mens Haircut

Source: Mens Hairstyles Today

Punk Mens Haircut

Source: Mens Hairstyles Today

THE EMO HAIRCUT

There was quite a bit of angst during the post-hardcore days of the early 2000s, when Emo music became mainstream, and turned many highschool students into puddles of emotion. And, the most prevalent hairstyle for sullen boys, was the Emo haircut. To wear this look right, your hair must be long, dyed black, and messed up slightly, like you’ve just been crying alone in the dark. You get extra Emo points if you pair the haircut with black eyeliner and a broken heart.

Messy Emo Mens Haircut

Source: ATOZ Hairstyles

Messy Emo Mens Haircut

Source: ATOZ Hairstyles

Short Emo Haircut

Source: Beautynfitnes.blogspot.com

JAZZ HAIR

Jazz is a broad term. It’s more a genre of genres. There’s Latin Jazz, Jazz fusion, Orchestral Jazz, Free Jazz, Acid Jazz and dozens of other forms of this widespread music style. But, one thing that seems to remain the same throughout all the Jazz movements, is the grooming. Most Jazz musicians are well-kept and have sharp style. They wear their hair short on the sides and long on top, so that nothing gets in the way of the music.

Marco PM's Latin Jazz collection Jazz Inspired Men’s Haircuts

Source: Modern Salon

Marco PM's Latin Jazz collection Jazz Inspired Men’s Haircuts

Source: Modern Salon

Marco PM's Latin Jazz collection Jazz Inspired Men’s Haircuts

Source: Modern Salon

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