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The worst hairstyles in history

The "Farrah"%0D %0D %0D %0D Jheri Curl%0D %0D %0D %0D The Mullet

by Anonymousreply 13611/07/2013

The Mr. T The Combover

by Anonymousreply 108/04/2011

I would say the Dorothy Hammil/Toni Tennille was pretty awful.

by Anonymousreply 208/04/2011

the unkillable fauxhawk%0D %0D the caeser%0D %0D the tin tin

by Anonymousreply 308/04/2011

I'm gonna go with the Jheri Curl since it was a drippy, oily mess for the people who had one.

by Anonymousreply 408/04/2011

The Dorothy Hammill was completely different from the Toni Tennille: wedge cut vs. medieval pageboy.

by Anonymousreply 508/04/2011

[quote] I would say the Dorothy Hammil/Toni Tennille was pretty awful.

Isn't that the Bonnie Franklin?

by Anonymousreply 608/04/2011

Oh, the bouffant, no contest! A huge, bizarre, unflattering, expensive, and time-consuming ball of ugly, right there where eveyrone can see it. %0D %0D Only looks right on drag queens.

by Anonymousreply 708/04/2011

Jane Wyman from the 50s onward had many bad ones.

by Anonymousreply 808/04/2011

R3 - bald 'phobe...

by Anonymousreply 908/04/2011

Mamie Eisenhower's bangs.

by Anonymousreply 1008/04/2011

I thought that was Mamie Eisenhower's.

by Anonymousreply 1108/04/2011

I'm not sure that the Farrah was the worst. It was iconic, and during it's time made F. Fawcett one of the most beautiful and alluring women around.

Although it didn't look great on others and it's dated now.

by Anonymousreply 1208/04/2011

I never thought Farrah Fawcett was that beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 1308/04/2011

Big Hair. I mean GIGANTIC HUGE ENORMOUS HUMONGOUS PILES O' HAIR. Scroll down for my favorite, Priscilla Presley's senior photo.

by Anonymousreply 1408/04/2011

Most of the long weaves today are absurd, most hair doesn't grow down to a person's ass.

The ridiculous weaves worn by those trashy females on "Jerseylicious" really take the cake. Those women seem to have enough hair for five women.

One of them looks as if she has yet another hairpiece on the crown area which makes her hair look as if she's wearing a hair hat! It looks so bizarre.

Weaves are difficult to clean, the longer weaves can get really stinky.

by Anonymousreply 1508/04/2011

This was pretty bad.

by Anonymousreply 1608/04/2011

[quote]Although it didn't look great on others and it's dated now.

I think that's the idea: it looked horrible on anyone who wasn't Farrah.

by Anonymousreply 1708/04/2011

Whoever was responsible for the look in long hair that's been the rage for over a decade:%0D %0D white-blonde%0D %0D stick straight%0D %0D center-parted (usually, not always)%0D %0D Almost no one looks good with this style, but it has influenced legions of women between 14 and 65. UGGH!

by Anonymousreply 1808/04/2011

I can't believe no one's mentioned the Beiber, and all of the "on purpose" guystyles that are going on right now.

by Anonymousreply 1908/04/2011

i hate the rachel. it's been the go-to hausefrau hair option for almost 2 decades now. Also the Kate Gosselin. Also flat ironed hair dyed a flat black or flat platinum on emo kids and girls who work at 2nd rate hair salons.

by Anonymousreply 2008/04/2011

Flat top with fenders.

by Anonymousreply 2108/04/2011

What is the name of the hairstyle my sister had in I'd guess 1990? It was huge in the front and sprayed out to the sides like she sat in front of a fan and it got stuck, as I used to tell her.

She's horrified by her pictures then. I'm not proud of my flat top crew cut, but no one bursts out laughing when they see pictures of me like they do when they see her with a pineapple of hair on her forehead.

by Anonymousreply 2208/04/2011

I forgot about the current stick straight flattened hairstyle, it's awful, especially when so many women with this hairstyle have naturally beautiful wavy hair. Not all trends work for all people.

Besides the hair looking stringy when too much product is applied, the hair is also flattened to their heads, which emphasizes facial flaws and a round face!

This style particularly looks absurd on women with too many wrinkles.

by Anonymousreply 2308/04/2011

"Whoever was responsible for the look in long hair that's been the rage for over a decade:


stick straight

center-parted (usually, not always)"

Goopy has been sporting this look for years. Looks like absolute shit.

by Anonymousreply 2408/04/2011

I have a picture of my dad with that exact same hairdo, r21.

by Anonymousreply 2508/04/2011

Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 2608/04/2011

Flattop with fenders guy is hawt!

by Anonymousreply 2708/04/2011


Actually I believe the Gooper is directly responsible for this look.

by Anonymousreply 2808/04/2011


by Anonymousreply 2908/04/2011


I like it!

by Anonymousreply 3008/04/2011

R2, it can be called "The Jerz" "Mall Hair" and in Atlanta it's called the "Kennesaw Claw" for the redneck suburb.

I was in high school during its heyday. I thought it looked stupid as shit and refused to participate. Even if I'd liked the way it looked, some of these bitches got up at 6am to do their fucking hair for two hours. No thanks.

I was instantly taken under the wings of the "New Wavers" and voted "Most Unique" in high school b/c I didn't follow the stupid mall hair look.

The 80s had horrible hairstyles, just ugly. I blame all of the new products ie gels, mousse, wax, fixitive, all that shit.

by Anonymousreply 3108/04/2011

Hair in two braids then pinned up running across the top of the head. Very old time spinster look.

by Anonymousreply 3208/04/2011

R32 my mother has pictures of her hair like that when she was a little girl in the 40's. Surely no one wears their hair like that anymore?

by Anonymousreply 3308/04/2011

Tin Tin

by Anonymousreply 3408/04/2011

R23 I'm also tired of the current stick-straight GOOP hairstyle. It's so plain and boring. I don't understand why women don't embrace their hair when it's naturally wavy/curly. I know women who spend an hour just to flat iron their damn hair everyday.

by Anonymousreply 3508/04/2011

R22, I think what you're describing is more of a late '80s/early 90's kind of thing. My sister and her friends would brush out a wall of hair out to the side and hold it there while they first sprayed it with hair spray and then blow dried it into position. Then they'd make that little peppermint patty football thing up front.

uh like so...

by Anonymousreply 3608/04/2011

I have very curly hair. It mats into dreadlocks overnight and costs an insane amount of money in product to keep from being frizzy. And it's incredibly hot which is fine in the winter but awful in the summer. Short haircuts tend to turn into Christmas Trees. However, I don't straighten it because I look like a Republican when it's straight, it somehow makes my face look pointy and patrician.

by Anonymousreply 3708/04/2011

One of my favorite photos of 80's big hair. The guy with the short shorts, Dave Barry, is a tattoo artist now and is quite sexy in that tattoed kind of way imo.

by Anonymousreply 3808/04/2011

R22, that hairstyle was called sprial perm/crusty bangs, and it is one of the most hideous ever. It was insane how popular that hairstyle was in the late 80s, many girls held onto it until the early 90s.

by Anonymousreply 3908/04/2011

I actually like the Farrah on many women - wish it would come back. Stevie Nicks in her youth wore something like it and it suited her. The young Heather Locklear also looked good in it.

by Anonymousreply 4008/04/2011


by Anonymousreply 4108/04/2011

I've always hated the "dog-eared" Bob that doesn't ever seem to go away. If you can't picture it, it's like a short Flapper cut in the back with the longer flaps on the sides that cover the ears. It's so ugly.

by Anonymousreply 4208/04/2011

You aren't talking about the angled bob or swing are you R42?

by Anonymousreply 4308/04/2011


by Anonymousreply 4408/04/2011

Wigs R44. Ancient Egyptians shaved their heads or cut their own hair very short to avoid lice.

by Anonymousreply 4508/04/2011

"that hairstyle was called sprial perm/crusty bangs, and it is one of the most hideous ever. It was insane how popular that hairstyle was in the late 80s, many girls held onto it until the early 90s."%0D %0D %0D %0D Here is nowheresville lots of women are still hanging on to that look!%0D

by Anonymousreply 4608/05/2011

I still see a type of winged mullet on the urban cowgirls here in Houston. Long hair in the back and the front is feathered back above the ears. Go to any country/western bar on a weekend and that's all you see.

by Anonymousreply 4708/05/2011

What's wrong with big hair?

by Anonymousreply 4808/05/2011

R41 - him or her?%0D %0D R45 - Egyptians would also wear a cone of aromatic wax on their wigs which would melt down and "fragrance" the hair

by Anonymousreply 4908/05/2011

the mullet and the one at link.

by Anonymousreply 5008/05/2011

"I still see a type of winged mullet on the urban cowgirls here in Houston. Long hair in the back and the front is feathered back above the ears."%0D %0D That look was all the rage at my high school, in THE SEVENTIES. How old are these women, anyway?

by Anonymousreply 5108/05/2011

What was that haircut on the woman called R50? A bowl or a mushroom?

by Anonymousreply 5208/05/2011

R51 many of them are in their 30's-40's. Things don't change too fast in the redneck community.

by Anonymousreply 5308/05/2011

R50, again, I must ask, him or....%0D %0D No goddammit, it's HER.

by Anonymousreply 5408/05/2011

Florence Henderson on the Braady Bunch.

A shag/mullet.

by Anonymousreply 5508/05/2011

I have no idea, the only person I saw with that haircut other then her, was Javier Bardem in No country for old men.

by Anonymousreply 5608/05/2011

R56 - obviously it had an effect on the designer of that film...

by Anonymousreply 5708/05/2011

The 80s spiral perm/big bangs combo was also called "poodle's ass." This was the most popular hairstyle among white suburban girls back in the late 80s, and tragically in some of the more rural areas you will still see some women (who are now in their 40s) still wearing this atrocious hairstyle.

by Anonymousreply 5808/05/2011


by Anonymousreply 5908/05/2011

What a Nightmare!

by Anonymousreply 6008/05/2011


by Anonymousreply 6108/05/2011

70's loose-curled poodle perm on guys. Somehow the Brillo Pad perm looked better on guys and the poodle on girls. Not that any of it looked good.

The "shingle" with a perm on top. Look at the picture of Jane Wyman at R8's link and then imagine a perm on the top half.

by Anonymousreply 6208/05/2011

Tony Geary's permed hair in the very early 80's. Awful.

by Anonymousreply 6308/05/2011

Janet Jackson is responsible for most of the hair donts in late 80's, she was the only person that could pull off those "poodle" styles.

by Anonymousreply 6408/05/2011


by Anonymousreply 6508/05/2011

I always hated the "pixie" cut. You know, the one that Mia Farrow had in "Rosemary's Baby", the hairstyle that Shirley MacLaine had for for long and Liza Minnelli has to this day. %0D %0D I also found the Bo Derek corn-rows fad horrible. White women with corn rows? It looked awful, mostly because in order to pull it off you needed to have a flawless face. %0D %0D I never liked the Louise Brooks bob. It was a very severe hairstyle; unless you had a really great face like Brooks it only emphasized your facial flaws. %0D %0D

by Anonymousreply 6608/05/2011

Flattop with fenders guy at R21 is dreamy!

Rap lines were fucking ridiculous, especially on white guys:

by Anonymousreply 6708/05/2011

Pixies look either really good or really bad. I adore Emma Watson's pixie.

by Anonymousreply 6808/05/2011

Oh, Linda, Linda, Linda...

by Anonymousreply 6908/05/2011

[quote]The "shingle" with a perm on top. Look at the picture of Jane Wyman at [R8]'s link and then imagine a perm on the top half.%0D %0D %0D r62, please post a pic, because that description made me laugh so hard!

by Anonymousreply 7008/05/2011

My vote is for the short, permed, perfectly round helmet, heavily sprayed. How could anyone think this looked good? All the 'older ladies' wore that when I was a teenager. Now I know exactly what people mean when they said you can tell someone's age from her hairstyle. Nothing screams 45 to 55 like the feathered back "cobra head" style.

by Anonymousreply 7108/05/2011

My sister's hairstyle 1989-93

by Anonymousreply 7208/05/2011

R38, here he is now.

by Anonymousreply 7308/06/2011


by Anonymousreply 7408/06/2011

The pixie 'do looks great on some women and horrible on others

by Anonymousreply 7508/06/2011

Perms are just terrible. I don't understand how anyone thinks they ever look good.

I remember my mother coming home, smelling terrible, with her hair all in those ugly tight curls.

by Anonymousreply 7608/06/2011

Johanna Lumley wins this thread. The Purdy..

by Anonymousreply 7708/06/2011

I disliked the big hair of the eighties. I saw pictures of female celebrities whose hair was bigger than their heads, frequently in masses of curls.

by Anonymousreply 7808/06/2011

%0D %0D %0D The Dorothy Hamill

by Anonymousreply 7908/06/2011

The Dorothy Hamill wedge cut was one of the worst hairstyles ever, and in the late 70s/early 80s so many women copied it. Ugh!

by Anonymousreply 8008/06/2011

Hair in the 80s really was terrible. It's like women were striving to look like little old ladies.

by Anonymousreply 8108/06/2011

The comb-over, nothing less attractive than greasy strands stuck to a shiny bald pate.

Dreads, I know they're a political statement, but they're gross. The Afro was way cooler.

Boys with 50's style buzz cuts. I always think their parents must be skinheads, or racist cops.

Conked hair, I'm talking to you Al Sharpton.

The hairstyles on those moron women in Texas who had their children taken away.

by Anonymousreply 8208/06/2011

In history, OP?

These posts are so focused on the recent past.

How about the Celtic Tonsure? Those poor monks.

by Anonymousreply 8308/06/2011

R83 makes me think of this.

by Anonymousreply 8408/06/2011

[quote]The hairstyles on those moron women in Texas who had their children taken away.

meant to say Mormon

by Anonymousreply 8508/06/2011

[quote]I also found the Bo Derek corn-rows fad horrible. White women with corn rows? It looked awful, mostly because in order to pull it off you needed to have a flawless face.

Didn't our dear friend Glenn Close try this one year at the Oscars? I felt so ashamed for her. One of us had to.

by Anonymousreply 8608/06/2011

Kate's hideous 'do.

by Anonymousreply 8708/06/2011

The early 50's had the worse. Jane Wyman's was good example, but here's another on Joan Crawford (who usually had nice hair styles). She looks like Bozo.

by Anonymousreply 8808/06/2011

Yes, the hairstyles of the 1950s were pretty bad, with few exceptions. Most of them were really aging and uflattering. They even made women in their 20s look matronly.

by Anonymousreply 8908/06/2011


by Anonymousreply 9008/06/2011

the puritan round head. wearing a whig would have been preferable.

by Anonymousreply 9108/06/2011

No shit R89. I was looking at my mother's old high school yearbook and she looked like she was a 40-something matron at her prom. Total helmet hair.

by Anonymousreply 9208/06/2011

When men and women used to "feather" their hair during the late 70's. Hated that hairstyle, because my hair was too wavey to do that!

by Anonymousreply 9308/06/2011

Comb it, part it, blow dry it to your heart's content.%0D %0D You're still gay. You know it. They know it. So why not just recognize and celebrate?

by Anonymousreply 9408/06/2011

If we are going back further into history - the mutton chops sideburns that guys wore in the 19th century were pretty bad

by Anonymousreply 9508/07/2011

Would you kiss a man with picadilly weepers?

by Anonymousreply 9608/07/2011

HCRMH, R-96!

by Anonymousreply 9708/07/2011

I remember seeing some pictures of Michael Jackson with long curly, greasy hair; three or four hanks of it were hanging directly over his face. It looked stupid as hell. Did he think it was attractive? Was it to hide something? Who knows? It just looked stupid. %0D %0D The straight, long pageboy that he had in his later years was a wig. I guess he was getting bald by that time.

by Anonymousreply 9808/10/2011

The entire male population in China since they did away with the pigtail.

by Anonymousreply 9908/10/2011

"I have very curly hair. It mats into dreadlocks overnight and costs an insane amount of money in product to keep from being frizzy. And it's incredibly hot which is fine in the winter but awful in the summer. Short haircuts tend to turn into Christmas Trees. However, I don't straighten it because I look like a Republican when it's straight, it somehow makes my face look pointy and patrician."

You sound cute! Your post made me giggle.

by Anonymousreply 10008/10/2011

On Lawn Guyland, we called that sticky, fluffed out, mall-banged hair that girls wore in the 80s and 90s "the rooster"

by Anonymousreply 10108/10/2011

The council house facelift 'do. Greasy, stringy hair pulled back from the face and either tied up in a nasty bun or in a smelly-looking ponytail. Stella McCartney favors this utterly unattractive hairstyle, which accentuates her pudding face.


by Anonymousreply 10208/10/2011

Croydon facelift

by Anonymousreply 10308/11/2011

Guy Fieri-esque spiked hair. This hairstyle is so hideous that even very handsome men look silly with it.

by Anonymousreply 10410/24/2013

In the '60's, older ladies had those mountainous hairstyles you imagined small rodents living inside.

by Anonymousreply 10510/24/2013

Long Island mall hair

the Tintin

by Anonymousreply 10610/24/2013

So-called ombré color. Who knew not doing your roots could be fashionable?

by Anonymousreply 10710/24/2013

What? No hate for the shag?

I had straight long hair parted in the middle, like every girl 1969-1974. I got talked into a shag. Biggest haircut mistake ever. It took years to grow that shit out.

by Anonymousreply 10810/24/2013

The Glenn Close hair in Fatal Attraction was really popular. Lots of women got perms. Very few had hair that looked like Close's

by Anonymousreply 10910/24/2013

Most celebrity hairstyles are definitely not feasible for average people. The upkeep is usually expensive and time consuming and the hairstyle itself is usually not flattering.


Bo-Derek cornrows. To get your hair like that takes a lot of time and it actually painful. And even when it's done it usually looks awful, because it totally emphasizes the face. If you don't have a knock-out beautiful face, this hairstyle will just draw attention to your flaws.

Same with the Louise Brooks bob. Brooks could pull it off because she had a stunning face but others who tried a similar hairstyle (like Edith Head) just made their plainness more obvious.

The pixie. Another one of those hairstyles where you have to have the right kind of face (Mia Farrow, Shirley MacLaine) to make it look right.

Farrah Fawcett's big, layered hair would have been tough for the average woman to wear. It needed a lot of styling and upkeep and would have been hard to maintain, especially for somebody with hair of a texture that didn't lend itself well to the hairstyle.

Very long straight hair, parted in the middle. This was very popular with young girls in the sixties and seventies. I never thought it was very flattering on anyone.

The huge hair of the eighties. I've seen pictures of actresses where their hair is bigger than their heads. The same with men. It was typical eighties excess: more is more. Bigger is better. But it looked ridiculous.

The mullet. It makes everybody who wears it look dumb.

Jheri curls. Same as above.

Dorothy Hamill wedge. The only person who could pull it off was Dorothy Hamill.

Kate Gosselin's reverse mullet. One apt observer said it looked like she had a possum on her head.

by Anonymousreply 11010/24/2013

Don't forget the "Klute" cut. It's really the progenitor of the Kate Gosselin roadkill-on-your-head look.

by Anonymousreply 11110/24/2013

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by Anonymousreply 11210/24/2013

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by Anonymousreply 11310/24/2013

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by Anonymousreply 11410/24/2013

My mom had the hideous spiral perm in the '80s, and worse, she thought I'd look cute with one. I was not impressed.

by Anonymousreply 11510/24/2013

I think "caesar haircut" is one of the ugliest male hairstyles ever. Judging by its name one would think that this hairstyle died along with the ancient roman culture, but when I visited Ukraine last year I was shocked to discover that it is still one of the most popular hairdos for man in that area.

by Anonymousreply 11610/24/2013


I disagree...I think that style works in a 1950s,rough-trade,proto-Wolverine sort of way. It's kitschy but on the right guy it can be quite sexy.

by Anonymousreply 11710/24/2013

We need another thread:

The BEST hairstyles in history.

by Anonymousreply 11810/24/2013

There was a horrible spiked-in-the-back short 'do women were sporting in the early '2000s. It was like the Gosselin without the weird fringe - but every bit as ugly.

by Anonymousreply 11910/24/2013

How about "The Calista" hair-do?

by Anonymousreply 12010/24/2013

117 is Ted Haggart

by Anonymousreply 12110/24/2013

Whatever the fuck Joyce Dewitt wore. And wears.

Dorothy Hamill's haircut was beautiful. On her. Only her. Especially on the rare occasions, when she was young, and convinced to go glamorous. She was beautiful. see link.

by Anonymousreply 12210/24/2013

We need a best or sexiest hairstyles thread.

by Anonymousreply 12310/24/2013

When is this trend of eel-like,messy,stringy ass long curls and extensions going to be relegated to the scrap heap of hideous,failed hairstyles? It just looks like hell.

Why won't it die?!

by Anonymousreply 12410/24/2013



by Anonymousreply 12510/24/2013

Farrah Fawcett was a stone cold fox.

by Anonymousreply 12610/24/2013

Weren't a lot of these hairdos for women created by male hair stylists?

by Anonymousreply 12710/24/2013

I actually like the Farrah.

by Anonymousreply 12810/24/2013

Like the "Farrah," the "Krystle" only looked good on Linda Evans.

by Anonymousreply 12910/24/2013

The reason "The Hammill" didn't look good on anyone but Dorothy Hammill is because it only looked good in motion.

When Hammill skated her hair flipped around her face and effortlessly fell back into place, when her imitators turned it into helmet-hair they ruined the look.

by Anonymousreply 13010/25/2013

The "Bieber"

The "Michael Bolton" (you know, balding on top, long in the back)

by Anonymousreply 13110/25/2013

Bitches, please, nobody's mentioned the "monk's tonsure"?

Shave your good head of hair into fake male pattern baldness, that's a look!

by Anonymousreply 13210/27/2013

One day when Stephen Spielberg writes his autobiography, I hope he includes the Night Gallery he directed starring Joan Crawford. IIRC, she thought he was an amateur unworthy of directing her.

by Anonymousreply 13310/27/2013

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by Anonymousreply 13410/27/2013

The platinum blonde Jean Harlow bob was a terrible hairstyle. It worked with Harlow, because it was her signature look; it suited her brash sexual persona perfectly. It looked fake and harsh but it seemed right on her. It became THE style for a time; practically every major actress in Hollywood was filmed sporting a version of it, even Garbo. I remember seeing a series of photographs where all these actresses (Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford were a couple I remember) had the curly, white blonde Jean Harlow hair. None of them looked good in it.

Harlow was a natural blonde. She was tow-headed as a child, but was a darker blonde as an adult. That white blonde color that was her trademark was achieved, according to her hair dressers, by Clorox, ammonia, peroxide and Lux flakes (Lux flakes was a laundry detergent). Supposedly she had dye treatments every two weeks. No wonder her hair fell out! It may have even hastened her death. Being exposed to fumes like that on a regular basis can cause kidney damage and her kidneys were already damaged by a strep infection she got as a teenager. Poor Harlow. She had so much bad luck.

by Anonymousreply 13511/07/2013

Maybe not the worst hairstyle but I so want to get at Crystal Gayle with some hair shears.

by Anonymousreply 13611/07/2013
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