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18 Best 70s Hair Trends to Try for Male

Best 70s Hair Trends for Male

The 70s hairstyle for men comes in different styles and cuts. The most common hairstyle for men in the 70s was styled in a soft, natural look and long layers. Celebrities, musicians, and film stars are the influencers of the 70s hairstyle. It is the time when hair products for men are marketed for the first time. Men in the 70s were free to style their hair, whether straight, curly, tousled, or afro. These hairstyles are in trend and came back to this modern time. There are factors to consider when choosing a hairstyle, such as a face shape, hair texture, preparedness, and lifestyle. When selecting a hairstyle, the face shape should be considered because it will affect its appearance, between round, square, oval, diamond, and heart. It is better to ask the stylist to suggest a hairstyle that suits the face shape. Hair texture is essential in maintaining the hairstyle, it could be straight, curly, or wavy. There are hair cuts that don't suit a particular hair texture. Preparing before a hairstyle is essential to avoid anxiety about the good or bad result. The lifestyle should be considered, especially for those who don’t have enough time to maintain a hairstyle. One must choose a low-maintenance hairstyle. 

There are hairstyles from the 70s that came back in fashion and became trending. Many celebrities nowadays rock the 70s hairstyle with a twist, such as David Glover, Timothée Chalamet, Harry Styles, Jason Momoa, and Snoop Dogg. David Glover wore the classic afro, Timothée Chalamet wore a short shag hairstyle, and Jason Momoa wore the surfer hairstyle in his film Aqua Man. Singer Harry Styles flaunts his long shag hairstyle, and Snoop Dogg rocks a dreadlocks hairstyle in Super Bowl Half-time in 2022. Mullet is one of the hairstyles in the 70s that became popular in this modern times. It is the most searched hairstyle over the previous year. 

Listed below are the top three best 70s hair trends to try for males. 

  • Afro hairstyle
  • Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle
  • Rock Hairstyles

1. Afro Hairstyle

Afro is a kinky hairstyle and is referred to as “natural.” Most people that can grow a natural afro have an ancestor in Africa, which is why it is called afro. The term “Afro” comes from the word “Afro-American.” It is famous for its large size and great ball shape. Back in the 1860s, Circassian beauties of the United States wore a hairstyle similar to the afro, called “Moss-haired girls”. At the end of the 1950s, few young black females with prevailing black community norms wore straightened hair. The black press noticed the hairstyle and named it “close-cropped.” In the mid-1960s, the afro originated with black women and was often used to symbolise their self-acceptance and popular figure of the Black power movement. It could be natural growth hair, combing it away from the scalp, or styling using chemical curling products, creating a rounded-shaped hair. Afro hairstyle is easier to achieve if the hair is short to medium length. If the hair is a little longer, it is difficult. The tools needed are bobby pins, a curling iron, and a comb. Section and clip the hair up to shorten the hair length. Clip the hair up using two bobby pins, forming an x. It will help to secure the hair up there. Afros tend to have a very tight curl. Using a small curling iron, curl every tiny section of the hair throughout the entire head. After curling, backcomb the hair using a comb. Hold the comb about mid-shaft of the small section of the hair, and go down nine times until it gets a little more matted hair to hold it up. Continue backcombing the hair to have an afro look. 

2. Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle

Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle is a medium hair cut in which the hair’s end is at the collar bone or on the two bones on the side of the upper back. This hairstyle is for all hair types, textures, and face shapes. Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle has become a popular fashionable hairstyle in recent years. A medium-styled hair became famous in the 70s when skateboarding was in demand and captivated the countercultures. Musicians became the feast influence on this hairstyle, particularly the band Beatles, who go on with their flowing, freely long hair. Mid-length is at least 4 inches. It can be medium short or medium length. On styling Medium Shoulder Length Hairstyle, start with the washed towel-dried hair. Direct the hair upwards until completely dry using a blower. Brush the hair to remove all the unwanted volume, whether on the top or side. Use matte cream with wavy hair. If straight hair, use shiny wax. For a wet look, put leave-in conditioner throughout the hair when it is still damp and then comb. Ask the hairdresser to form a square shape because a round shape will look feminine. 

3. Rock Hairstyles

Rock Hairstyles came out and became the father of rock-n-roll music. It started with Robert Plant and ended with David Lee Roth. Most men try to copy their rock hairstyle. This is a long, plump-up, and layered hairstyle that became a tool for headbanging. In the early 1950s, “Rockabilly.” was born. The term rockabilly came from rock in rock-n-roll, and billy is from “Hillbilly.” Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Bill Haley are the famous singers who first created rockabilly music that most of their fans copied. Rock Hairstyles became popular among men, and some still use them now. For long hair, the tools needed are a hairbrush, paste, and oil. After washing and drying, brush the hair from the root to the tip to remove the hair tangles. Mix the oil and styling paste on the palm. Put the head down, apply the oil, paste at the back, and then come back to the front and side. Shake the hair to add some volume. To achieve a rock hairstyle with short hair, use a medium-holding paste. Evenly distribute the product on the hair. Create a big mass on the hair, starting from the side to the longer part of the hair. Apply the paste upwards on the top part and then the side part downwards. Finish with a hairspray to add a texture and hold. 

4. Disco Hairstyles

Disco Hairstyles started in the 70s and were stimulated by African and Caucasian hair types. Disco became America’s nightlife event. The Disco hairstyle complemented firm curls and longer hair with groovy and jazzy outfits. Disco hairstyles are usually hairstyling with hot rollers and hairspray to ensure longevity. John Travolta changes the culture in the film “Saturday Night Fever” with his slicked-back hair held together with styling products. For this hairstyle, the tools needed are a hairbrush and hair spray. Wash the hair with shampoo and conditioner, then towel-dry. Comb the end of the hair. Avoid combing the roots to prevent the hair from yanking. Let the hair sit for a few minutes. Hair should be dampened when applying hair products. It could be pomade or clay. Gently apply the product to hair by patting. Don't massage the hair and avoid the roots. Let the hair product sit on the hair for 20 seconds, and then massage and spread the product evenly. Comb the hair straight back, then sprits with hair spray. 

5. Shag Hairstyle

A shag hairstyle is a layer of unusual lengths of haircut. It looks like messy, full crown hair. It can be a short or shoulder-length hairstyle. Shag Hairstyle begins with Paul McGregor for Jane Fonda in the 1970s, when it first appeared in the film “Klute.” This hairstyle is adaptable and suits all kinds of hair and lengths. Shag hairstyle can be short with a bit of fade on the sides and back, while others would rather have a longer haircut with a multilayered cut for a more stylish look. A short shaggy look is low-maintenance, flexible, and fashionable. It can be high, mid, or low fade. For a tidy finish, it can be skin faded to blend the hair into the scalp for a neat finish. Use medium-holding hairstyling products to give texture and style it. A long shaggy hairstyle is perfect for men with straight or wavy hair. Use low to medium-hold styling products to style and add texture to the hair.

6. Greaser Hairstyles

A greaser Hairstyle is a haircut where the sides part are short, and the front is flicked back. It can be accomplished in haircuts such as undercut, rolled, cow-lick, wavy, and parted hair. Greaser Hairstyle became famous in the 1950s among the commonalty youth of the USA. Musicians such as Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran are the influences under this hairstyle, and the preliminary figures of this movement were Marlon Brandon and James Dean. It came back in the early 1970s because of the American Musical “Grease.” This hairstyle mainly portrays bad boys, a tough and rebellious image. This hairstyle needs a lot of hair styling products such as gel, wax, or pomade that result in a wet look. To achieve the Greaser hairstyle, put greaser product on the hand and evenly distribute it throughout the hair. After applying a pomade or clay, comb and put everything back, slightly push forward, or take it off to the side to add some texture. 

7. Classic Mullet Hairstyle

A Classic Mullet Hairstyle is a short haircut at the front and sides of the head and much longer at the top and back. It is often described as “business in the front, party in the back.” The first proof of the mullet was in the sixth century, and it is called the Hunnic, which shares similar features to today’s mullet. The modern mullet started in the 1970s when celebrities such as David Bowie and Rod Stewart used this hairstyle. It became more popular in the 1980s, and the term mullet was coined when the Bestie Boys, a rock band, launched their single “Mullet Head” in 1994. The most popular mullet hairstyle is a messy look that can be combed back and side and styled upwards into spikes. Some want a short mullet that gives a simple and tidy look, while others want a long mullet with an undercut that offers a fashionable look. The Classic Mullet Hairstyle is perfect with thick or thin hair. To achieve this hairstyle, the hair must grow long, with a maximum of six inches. The result should display a contrast where the back is four inches longer than the front. Once it grows out, divide the hair into three sections. One section is on the top, and the other two are on the sides. Separate the part of the hair that desired to leave long. Cut the front straight or angled, as short as desired, then trim the sides. It should be shorter around the ears if desired to have a longer top. To create a tapered look, cut the hair vertically. Do the same on the other side. Cut the areas that need to be trim. Blend the back with the sides and trim until it looks smooth. After cutting, style the hair. The secret is to know what style to achieve so that all sections will come together.

8. Feathered Hairstyle

A feathered hairstyle is known as a layered hairstyle, which involves a lot of layers that look like a feather cut. This hairstyle became popular in the 1970s and the early 1980s. This hairstyle works well with any hair length and texture, especially for those with short and medium-length hair. It is a flexible, fashionable, and low-maintenance hairstyle. Men’s feathered haircut is short on the top of the hair, and the section around the hairline is the longest. The cut section on the middle section transitions between the short top and the long bottom. To achieve the Feathered Hairstyle, comb the hair and slice vertically. Hold the hair at 90 degrees of elevation. Cut the hair’s end. Using these techniques, work from front to back. The key to pulling off a Feathered Hairstyle is combing the hair perpendicularly to the direction in which the hair is styled. If the hair is combed horizontally from the face, use vertical slices and work front to back. If the hair is combed straight down, use horizontal pieces and work top to bottom. Make sure that the hair is damp before cutting.

9. Dreadlocks Hairstyle

The Dreadlocks hairstyle is one of the famous hairstyles for black men. It can be short or long, with a narrow fade or undercut on the side and back. This is a versatile and stylish hairstyle. Dreadlocks Hairstyle’s early representation is back in 1600 to 1500 BCE in the Minoan Civilization. It was colonised in Crete, which is now part of Greece. Frescoes discovered the people in Crete wearing hair braids that grew past their pelvis. It is a widespread phenomenon of a spiritualist’s understanding to disregard vanity and physical appearance. They stopped combing, cutting, and dressing their hair, which led to the birth of the Dreadlocks Hairstyle. The short dreadlocks style is easy to work with and often left free and messy, while others go for medium to long that is left flowing. Taper fade takes the Dreadlocks Hairstyle to another level. It has different types: high fade, low fade, or temp fade. There are three ways to achieve a dreadlocks hairstyle: Backcombing, Palm Rolling, and Braiding. For backcombing technique, section the hair and start two-strand twisting. Tie a rubber band at the hair’s root to keep the section in place, then tease the hair using a fine-toothed comb. For the palm rolling technique, section the hair into two using a rubber band, then wash the hair. Massage all hair in one direction, then let the hair dry. Rip apart each knotted section, apply wax, and then roll between the palm until it creates dreadlocks. For the braiding technique, section the hair, braid each and lock the ends with elastics. Apply wax to each braid and palm roll each section until it forms dreadlocks. 

10. Long Hairstyles

A long hairstyle is a hairstyle where the hair is acceptable to grow to a tolerable length. In the ancient Greeks and Romans, it was customary for men to wear long hair. In 390-450 AD, Europeans adopted the Germanic people's hair and style. King Chlodio V wore his hair longer than his ancestors. Long locks became a status symbol. Royalty wore long hair, while the lower ranks shaved their hair. It became a trend with the help of the hippie movement in the 1960s, and in the 1970s became normal among men and women. Long hair comes in many styles, and it can be curly, wavy, or straight. For growing the hair long, it takes a month to grow one-half inch hair. If the goal is shoulder-length and the current hair length is about two inches, it takes less than two years to reach that. To grow the hair faster, it is necessary to give attention to its health. Choose hair products without paraben, formaldehyde, phthalates, and octinoxate because these ingredients damage the hair. It is better to choose hair products that are organic and sulfate-free. 

11. Pompadour Hairstyle

Pompadour Hairstyle is a haircut where the trademark is a long hair that is swept up and back at the top and edged by glossy or shorter sides. It originated in the early 1680s when the women in the royal court in France wore it. It is named after Madame de Pompadour in 1721-1764. It became popular in the 1950s and early 1960s when celebrities Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and James Dean were into Pompadour Hairstyle. It has many variations, and the majority add undercuts and fades to have a classic and modern style. It can be heavy taper or leave the hair for a fuller look. Look for a barber who knows how to do Pompadour Hairstyle and then style it. To achieve a Pompadour Hairstyle, the tools needed are a blow-dryer, pomade, hairspray, and round brush. Wash the hair using moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Blow-dry the hair on a medium heat oppositely to the natural direction of the hair, then use the round brush when blow-drying the front to create a volume. Apply pomade or clay to keep the hair in place. 

12. Surfer Hairstyles

Surfer hairstyle is a hairstyle that is commonly referred to as tousled hair. This style is purposely made to look untidy and messy, and it seems like one spent a long time in the ocean under the tropical sun, and the breeze shaped the locks. It was initially popular in the 50s with surfers with long, thick, and naturally bleached hair because of high sun exposure and seawater exposure. It became famous on the West Coast because it was worn by men who liked to surf and ride the oceans’ waves. The only product that goes to surfers' untidy and shaggy hair is the salt in the water. To achieve the surfer hairstyle, the hair must be extended. Spray water to dry hair. Don’t soak it. Using a pomade, spread it on the hair evenly and then scrunch the hair. Mist the hair with sea salt water. The saltwater can help them to get the desired effect. Scrunch the hair until it gets wavy. 

13. Curly Hairstyles

Curly Hairstyles are a popular style inspired by women’s haircuts called “the lob”. It is created for those with naturally curly hair. It can be hard to control and style, but it can give a unique look that other hair types and textures can’t. The downside is finding the right haircut, style, and length that suits the face shape of those with wavy and curly hair is challenging. In medieval times, people cut soft rags into strips similar to the length of their hair, divided dampened strands, and wrapped each strand over the rag. They clip the end of the rag and then leave it overnight. The result is a spiral curl the following day. The easy way to achieve a curly hairstyle is to wash and let the hair dry naturally and completely. Use a sea salt spray to give texture, lift, hold, and volume to the hair. Spray it while the hair is still damp and curl the hair using fingers. Heated tools can be used to curl or enhance the curls. Use a heat protection spray to avoid damage. Perm, a chemical treatment, is one of the options to achieve a long-lasting curl. It can last for up to six months. 

14. Short Hairstyles

A short hairstyle is for those with two millimetres up to two inches in length hair. Short hair is simple to keep and style. It can be tapered on the sides or left short but not shaved. In 2200 BC, Egyptian men and Julius Caesar, the Roman emperor, are known to wear short hair. This hair trend started when Audrey Hepburn and Jean Seberg, famous actors, used a pixie cut. The pixie cut is not relatively as short and became a sign of uniqueness and empowerment. Look for a barber who knows how to do a short hairstyle and then style it. There are many haircuts to do with short hair. It can be French crop, short taper faded haircut, crew cut, or crop fade. One of the famous styles is short hair with an undercut. To style this, apply a styling product to washed and towel-dried hair. Blow-dry the hair, moving from front to back. Use a comb to pull the hair back. Use the palm to place the hair in place. 

15. Jheri Curl Hairstyle

Jheri Curl Hairstyle is a type of perm famous among African men in the 1980s. It is known as “Jerry curl.” The iconic and well-known Michael Jackson hyped this hairstyle in his album Thriller in 1982. It became dominant for the Black community. To achieve Jheri Curl Hairstyles, clean the hair with shampoo, then rinse well. After washing, towel-dry the hair. When completely dry, divide the hair into three sections. Wrapped each segment against the perm rod. Apply the softener all over the hair evenly. Saturate the solution and spread it evenly on the hair. Let it sit for three to five minutes to captivate and makes the curls in shape. Wash the hair and remove the solution using cold water for ten minutes. Apply the neutralising lotion that helps the hair take the curler's shape. Remove the rods after six minutes, then wash with cold water. 

16. Bowl cut Hairstyle

The Bowl Cut Hairstyle is known as a mushroom haircut. Its trademark bangs go all along the way across the front. The back part can be similar to the length or longer than the front. It is ideal for men who want short hair. This hairstyle is first worn by the Amis and the Yanomami indigenous tribe of South America in the 1930s. It became famous when Moe Howard hyped this style and came back in the 1970s when punk rockers Ramones wore bowl cuts. To achieve a bowl cut Hairstyle, decide the desired length, then section the hair. Use scissors to cut the side and the back of the hair. Comb the hair down to where it would usually sit. Cut a straight line around the head. Make sure to keep the same length. To style it, add a styling gel with medium hold after washing and letting the hair completely dry. Put the products on the palm and then style them. The other style is tapered on the side and back. Apply a sea salt spray for a naturally messy yet refined finish. 

17. Punk hairstyle

Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren first started the punk fashion. They brought punk style to the USA, hoping the band New York Dolls would get them in style. It was brought back to London and became the wardrobe of the band Sex Pistols. The punk hairstyle is often seen in those who belong to punk groups or punk subcultures. Mohawk is the most common and seen style worn by punk rockers. It is usually neon or vibrant colour. Liberty spikes are one of the famous hairstyles where there are spikes that resemble the Statue of Liberty. It originated in London between the late 70s and early 80s. Undercut on the side and back is a stylish punk hairstyle. For liberty spike hair, the hair must be long. Hair styling products don’t have enough strength to hold the spikes for a long time. To keep the tips up, use products such as gelatin, glue, or clear glycerin soap. The downside of the gelatin is that it will leave chunks and begin to smell if it stays on the hair for a long time. Comb and straighten the hair, then section the hair using ponytails. Make sure the spikes are equal in thickness and enough to stay standing. Undo one rubber band and tease the hair. Teasing makes the hair stand. Spray the product that helps the spikes stand. Gently pull the spike off the head and then blow dry until tacky. The spikes should stand on their own. If it flops, repeat by adding products and blow-dry as needed. 

18. Black Men Hairstyle

Black Men Hairstyle is for those with hair type 4 that most black men have. It is the type of hair that is tightly coiled. The best haircuts for black men are box fade, afro fade, line up, and twists with the fade. In the late 1960s, black men in America started styling their hair to express pride and belief. Box braids, dreadlocks, and afro are the most iconic hairstyle used by black men in ancient times in drawings, engravings, and hieroglyphs from Ancient Egypt. Box braid is a hair-braiding style that is common and dominant among the African people. It protects Afro-textured hair from split ends and heat and humidity damage. To active box braid, wash the hair with shampoo and conditioner. Tangle out the hair knots using a brush or a comb. Using the comb, create a centre part in the middle of the head to make two portions. Decide how many braids and how large it is before sectioning. Moisture in each section to soften the strand, so it is easier to braid the hair. Braid every section. The style will depend on the length of the hair. If the hair is one inch, use a two-strand twist and Dutch braid style if more than one inch. Use a rubber band, pin, or clip to hold the hair in place.

Who were the celebrities who wore 70s hairstyles for males this 2023?

The 70s hairstyle takes a significant comeback in 2023 and plays a big part in the red carpets and runways. Most celebrities rock 70s Celebrities Hairstyle such as Donald Glover showed off the classic afro in a modern version. Snoop Dogg wore the iconic dreadlocks on the Super Bowl Half-time Show stage in 2023. The Long Shag that Harry Styles flaunted gave a free but messy hair look. Timothée Chalamet brought back the modern version of the short shag hairstyle and gave a tousled style with his natural hair. The Aqua Man star, Jason Momoa, rocks the surfer hairstyle in the film with his blonde shoulder-length hair.

How to achieve a Male 70s Hairstyle?

Many hairstyles became popular in the 1970s, whatever hair length and culture men have. Many might be asking How to Get the '70s Hairstyle for men? Factors to be considered before getting a haircut or hairstyle include face shape, texture, and style. For short-haired men, clean cuts such as buzz cuts, crew cuts, and side parts are popular. For long-haired men, hairstyles such as shag, greaser, surfer, punk, and dreadlocks are the best. 

Listed below are the materials used and the procedure for getting the 70s hairstyle for men.

  • Cut the hair. Go to a trusted barber and ask the stylist to cut the hair into the desired length, depending on the desired hairstyle. It could be a slight chop or a taper on the side and back.
  • Prep it. Using the shampoo and conditioner, wash and cleanse the hair, then towel dry the hair. For shampoo and conditioner, volumising products are better. Use a sea salt spray if the hair type is okay, as it helps add texture to the hair without weighing it down. For thick hair, use volumising mousse. Apply on the hair evenly.
  • Blow-dry. Start blow-drying the hair opposite the direction of the hair with the help of a hairbrush. When the hair is almost dry, change the direction to see if there is a volume. Brush the hair in the desired direction. 
  • Apply products. Apply hairstyling or volumising products like hair spray, gel, pomade, clay, or paste to give the hair hold and texture. 
  • Style it. For short-haired men, clean cuts such as buzz cuts, crew cuts, and side parts are popular. For long-haired men, hairstyles such as shag, greaser, surfer, punk, and dreadlocks are the best.

  • What are the hair products that are good for hair?

    There are many hair products available on the market. It is challenging to choose the best brand among them that suits the hair type and texture. Here are the Best Hair Products that are good for hair.

    • Anwen Emollient Rose High Porosity Hair Conditioner: It is a vegan conditioner that is ideal for those with curly and steady hair strands. It has broccoli oil, poppy seed oil, pumpkin oil, radish, and safflower oil. These oils carry vitamins C, A, E, and B6. These ingredients eliminate hair concerns such as split ends, hair loss, and inflammation. 
    • Kallos Keratin Hair Mask: It is a hair mask perfect for those with dry and damaged hair. It has Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, and Cetearyl Alcohol. Aqua or water serves as the solvent for components that do not like to break down in oils but rather in water. Cyclopentasiloxane and Cetearyl Alcohol are moisturisers and solvents that are often used as silicone that cause the skin and hair to have a polished and lustrous feel.
    • KRISTIN ESS Instant Lift Thickening Spray: It is a mousse spray beneficial for those hair concerns such as dullness, flatness, and fine hair. It boosts the glow and volume of the hair. It consists of Zip-Up Technology made with a strengthening complex created to close the split ends. 
    • HERBAL ESSENCES BioRenew Hydrate Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner: It is created to make the hair manageable and fight the damage and split ends. It is formulated with 90% natural ingredients like Coconut Milk. Coconut Milk extracts are rich in vitamin K and Iron, making the hair healthy.
    • DOVE HAIR Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo: It is a hydrating shampoo that cleanses and makes the hair soft. It is created together with Bio-Nourish Complex that moistens dehydrated hair and fights against damage. This shampoo makes the hair strong, manageable and tough against damage and breakage. It is ideal to use for daily hair care.

    Is mullet still trendy in 2023?

    Yes, mullet is still trendy in 2023. Mullet is a haircut in which the sides and top are short, and the back is longer. It came back with a modern twist. In today’s time, mullets are shown with natural texture, colours, and different alternative shapes. Short mullets are one of the famous and most-searched hairstyles of 2023. The modern mullet is more hair on the top is being kept, and the length at the back is not as long as in the 70s.

    Is 70s hair coming back into fashion?

    Yes, 70s hair came back in fashion. It is a new start for the 70s hairstyle that makes a big way in this modern times. Many celebrities wore 70s hairstyles on events such as red carpet awards, runaways, and even on stages. Short and long shag hairstyle, dreadlocks hairstyle, and surfer hairstyle are the styles that came back to life.