Everything You Should Know About 70s Black Male Hairstyles

70s black male hairstyles

A hairstyle can be a statement about social status or an attempt at creating a particular image. For example, long flowing hair is often associated with women from the past and high society women in the present; men are still expected to keep their hair short to appear respectable.

 As time went on and in the 70s, black male hairstyles changed; however, these associations may shift, and different looks may come into fashion while other styles go out of fashion altogether. Styles popular for men today are inspired mainly by those of the past, and many of them are brought back.

If you are contemplating a new haircut or hairstyle, research online and in magazines and imagine how it would look. Then, before going to a hairdresser, please find out how much experience they have had with the hairstyles you’re thinking about. If going to a hairdresser who is not particularly experienced with styling hair or hair of your type, you ask for a consultation first so that people may align your expectations with what can realistically be achieved.

Once in the chair, the stylist will concentrate on your requested hairstyle. First, you should talk about your desired hairstyle, and what look you are going for. They will then offer advice on the type of haircut that best suits your face shape and lifestyle. For example, people with long hair may wish to consider layers, which can give a much-needed boost to an otherwise dull hairstyle. Worn in such a way, it has the effect of making you look taller as well as slimmer. Let’s discuss everything you should know about 70s black male hairstyles.

1. Flat-top

A flat-top is a short hairstyle, generally worn by men at any length. The back and sides are buzzed very short, leaving longer hair on the top and front. This style was popular among young people in the 1950s and has been seen in white men with varying degrees of hair length. There are different variations of this haircut; sometimes, the sides are not buzzed at all (a crewcut) or only partially buzzed.

2. Elvis Presley

A hairstyle named after Elvis Presley has the sides and back of the head shaved clean with a short or medium pompadour style on top. It was initially worn by African American men in the early 1950s but was brought back into style by Presley’s influence and other 1950s styles.

3. Afro

An Afro is a type of hair that covers a person’s head. It is worn by people from several ethnic minority groups worldwide, including African Americans, Ethiopians, and all West Africans. The Afro is also one of the most popular hairstyles among contemporary African American women.

4. Saloon

The hair at the front and back is buzzed short, while the sides are left long. This style was popular among young men in the 1950s and has become a standard men’s hairstyle for almost every generation since then. Both white and black men wear it.

5. Taper

In the 70s black male hairstyles were gradually cut down to a point at the top of the head, which can be kept by the user long or concise depending on personal preference. The result is often a style that looks similar to a crewcut but with longer hair at the side of the head, especially when combined with other hairstyles or layers. 6. Buzz Cut

A buzz cut is a short hairstyle most commonly worn by men. It entails the head being shaved bald, except for a slight “buzz” of hair typically left around the crown, sides, and back of the head. Some people buzz their hair even shorter. Users may style the hair on top in various ways, such as brushed back, flat-top or side-parted (forwards or backward), mohawk (a type of shaved hairstyle in which the sides and back are buzzed very short while leaving a central strip of longer hair in place), or spiked up with gel.

7.  Jean-Michel Basquiat

A hairstyle named after graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has the sides and back of the head shaved clean with a long, entire, or tapered pompadour style on top. It was initially worn by African American men in the early 1950s but was brought back into style by Basquiat’s influence and other 1950s styles.

8. Long Hairstyle

Both black men and white men have adopted long hairstyles during this century. For example, in the 1950s, many African Americans wore shortcuts to resemble military-like hairstyles popular at that time. In 1979, Elvis Presley adopted an Afro hairstyle with which he became world-famous in later years.

9. Dreadlocks

Dreadlock is a hairstyle that has been in fashion for centuries, initially worn by enslaved Africans. The style involves growing hair to great lengths and then, often, braiding it into dreadlocks. Many Rastafarians wear dreadlocks as a part of their religion. Dreadlock hairstyles have become popular among many white people in recent years, since the 1970s, mainly among younger people (including Bob Marley, who popularized the hairstyle) but also with older people.

The portion mentioned above explains everything about 70s black male hairstyles.

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