Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Male Haircuts: The Days of Flat-Tops and Crewcuts

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | July 22, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: male beauty, male fashions, men's haircuts, vintage

Love this vintage guide to men's hairstyling choices, ca. late 1950s/early 1960s. Guessing it was a sign that hung at local barbershops so boys could choose whether they wanted to look more like James Dean or Gomer Pyle. Now, who's the wise-guy who added the graffiti?


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Our old ass barber still had this around in the 70s the last time he cut my hair was 1983 and he was 93 years old and he gave me what would be according to this chart a cross between regular contour and butch.

As the resident Hair Status king of Bilerico, I have to say- I LOVE this!

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 23, 2010 4:14 AM

I love how someone crossed out "visit your barber every ten days" with years! There were still crews and butch cuts around in my town in the 1960's. I always thought that from behind they looked like a butt with ears glued to the sides.

I love these classic looks. I grew up with them, moved away from them in my teens and then began my return "home" when I was in my late 30's. You'll notice that they never really disappear from our culture; and even the flattop, which might be considered by some as the most "radical" look among them, has a about a 25-30 year cycle of extreme popularity. the last one was in the early 90's when I watched many, many young men with long hair return to traditional barbers and ask with trepidation for a flattop. "Stylists" also were going to barbers asking to be taught how to cut flattops since their business fell sharply as the flats caught on again. It's part of the hair fashion cycle.