8 Iconic Men’s Hairstyles

A man’s hair tends to be written off as a forgettable afterthought, but that’s true. Over the years, there have been men who have inspired new hairstyle trends with their luscious locks. Here’s a list of famous faces who have helped spread the popularity of their hairstyle.

Albert Einstein

The easy way to get your own version of Albert Einstein’s iconic hair is to stick your finger in a light socket and let the electric currents make your hair stand on end. Just kidding. Do not play with electricity and do not stick your finger in a light socket. Hair standing on end has become a symbol of scientific discovery since Einstein became famous for his discoveries relating to the laws of physics. Beyond his iconic hair, Einstein maintained his unusual appearance by not wearing socks. The mad scientists stereotype sparked from Einstein’s peculiar lifestyle.


Bob Marley

Bob Marley continues to be an iconic figure years after his death. The Jamaican singer, songwriter, and musician is most recognized for his music and his iconic hair. Marley was a Rastafarian. As part of his beliefs, he never cut his hair. Dreadlocks, or dreads, were his signature hairstyle. Although he didn’t brush or comb his hair, Marley did wash it. His dreads were maintained with a certain type of bee wax. He was also a leader among the Jamaican people. An international sensation, Marley was a global ambassador for reggae music.

James Dean

The teenage heartthrob embodied coolness with his mysterious stare and his tousled hairstyle. Dean’s longer locks were effortlessly slicked back to work with his moody, rebellious persona. Fitting, considering his most famous movie is Rebel Without a Cause (1955). This was the beginning of the classic heartthrob hairstyle that persisted for decades. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio are two more recent celebrities who once melted hearts with their slicked back hair.


Elvis shook up the music industry with his velvety voice and iconic hair. A fan of James Dean, Elvis put his own style into the classic look. Sleek hair with high shine and just a little bit falling into his face describes the iconic rock ’n roll hairstyle.


Will Smith

Will Smith kept it fresh on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air with his flat top hairstyle often called the high top fade. This was an iconic hairstyle throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s. Many men amped up the style with designs shaved into the sides of their hair.

Kurt Cobain

Lead singer and guitar player in Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was famous for his long locks. This low-maintenance hairstyle with a bit of scruff comes across as relaxed and casual. Brad Pitt, Chris Hemsworth, and Orlando Bloom have all spent several years with long hair flow.

David Beckham

Soccer star David Beckham tends to be adventurous with his hairstyles and everyone takes notice. Beckham’s short, messy hairstyle that’s spiked into a subtle mohawk is his most distinct look but there have been many iconic hairstyles throughout his famous career.


Stuart Sutcliffe

Bass player for the Beatles, Stuart Sutcliffe started a new trend with his shaggy mop hairstyle. The rest of the group soon adopted his style and it increased in popularity around the world as the band, too, increased in fame.

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