(Men) Has Your Hair Been Damaged by Past Trends?

It’s not just women who have succumbed to past hair trends and now find that their hair is not the same as it used to be. Men’s hair fashion has also been incredibly varied and changeable over time. Some of these trends, however, might have also damaged your hair.

The past few decades have featured some incredible hair-dos brimming with gels, mousses, waxes, and other chemicals, such as colours, all of which might have caused damage to your hair – even if you weren’t aware of it at the time!

So, what are these past trends and what damage might they have done to your hair?


The Ponytail

Women commonly pull up their hair in a ponytail, but they’re certainly not the only ones. Men also have a long history of wearing their hair in such a way; since the late 18th century, in fact, when men were already tying their hair up with ribbons.

This hairstyle was popularised in the 80s, when a short ponytail was seen as edgy and fashionable; musicians in the 70s liked having long hair, so they were already pulling it up in a ponytail, although this hair-do only caught on later.

Ponytails are not as harmless as you think, as they pull on your scalp even if they’re not too tight. If you have long hair and must pull it up, do it as few times as you can and opt for loose grips instead. The best thing to do is to leave it down, though!

The same goes for variations such as the ‘man bun’!


The Mohawk

The 80s were a strange decade when it comes to fashion and style, and hair was no exception! Men of the 80s loved showing their punk side with the biggest mohawks possible, a hairstyle that was achieved by shaving the hair on the sides of the head and then gelling the remaining hair up – alternatives included wearing the hair down.

This hair-do is a double-edged sword. The excess of products used to maintain the spike might have caused damaged to your hair and the fact that 80s mohawks meant pulling the hair up constantly, the style kept tugging on your scalp too; this can, of course, cause hair fall.

The Quiff

Popular in the 50s, this slick hairstyle was considered a great look for men with thick hair – and is, of course, a classic of rockabilly! It was achieved by cutting the hair shorter at the back and having it longer in front. The sides were slicked with pomade and the front hair was combed and flipped to the middle or back of the head – the result was a puff over the brow!

Many products can damage your hair, and this includes oil-based pomades, as their base is grease or petroleum and practically insoluble in water. This means that, in order to wash out the pomade from their hair, 50s men would strip all the natural oils of their hair doing so.

For this reason, beware of any products you use on your hair, especially if they’re oil-based!

The Long Straight Hair

This might seem innocuous at first, but the truth is that it might costing you in the short and long run… by the end of the 80s, many men – including musicians – would grow their hair until it was relatively long and then straighten it with an iron.

Heat is your hair’s enemy, as it can singe your hair, cause it to dry out and become frizzy, give it a dull appearance, create split ends and cause it to break often.

For this reason, no matter how popular this trend was (or is), the best thing is to avoid heat anywhere near your hair!


The Jheri Curl

Popular amongst men with afros, although men with other hair types would also have this hairstyle, the Jheri Curl was characteristic of the 80s – famous figures that sported this look was Michael Jackson and Ice Cube, for example. With the aid of a relaxer, men would loosen up their curl and add a glossier look to them, as if they’d just wash their hair. This consisted of two applications: the softener or ‘rearranging cream’ that loosened hair and a solution that set the curls in a sort of perm.

The issue with the relaxer, of course, was its heavy chemical composition, which ended up damaging the hair. This just goes to show that no matter how popular a trend is, this doesn’t mean it will be good for you.

The Cornrow

Is there anything more 90s than the cornrow? This look suited men with thick curly hair, as it could only be achieved by braiding the hair. The braids could be formed in complex geometric or curvilinear designs and be adorned with beads and cowry shells too, adding an even more fashionable touch to the style.

The earliest records of cornrows dates back to the Stone Age, around 3000 BC, and it’s still a popular style in many countries in Africa.

The process of creating cornrows is painful, however, as it pulls tightly on the scalp. This particular type of hairstyle is heavily linked to traction alopecia, which is the phenomenon of gradual hair loss by pulling forced being applied to it (also found on ponytails, for example).

It seemed like everyone was cornrowing their hair during the 90s, but there is no denying that this trend damaged your hair and might have had some long-lasting effects that you’re still feeling today.


We can help you to deal with hair that has been damaged by past trends, so you don’t have to despair! Simply get in touch with our professional team on 0161 839 3769 and we’ll discuss your needs with you and get your confidence back. Our vast years of experience and knowledge in hair restoration in Manchester will help you to have the hair you always dreamed of, no matter whether you need hair implantsmicropigmentation, or PRP therapy, for example.