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It's impossible to have an exact description of all hairstyles, but the following is a good representation
Name Image Description
Afro Afro 2 cropped by David Shankbone.jpg Big hair hairstyle, featured heavily in African-American culture, and popular through the 1970s in the United States of America.
Bangs / Fringe Bangs.jpg Hair that is combed to the front of the head and cut at or above the eyebrows.
Beehive AmyWinehouseBerlin2007.jpg Big hair hairstyle.
Shape-up with hair longer, spiky. Example: Gotti Boys
Bob cut Anna Wintour.jpg A classic short hairstyle where the ends are cut just around chin length and aligned close to the facial area. A bowl can also be placed on the top of the head and the remaining part of the head can be shaved very short. This style is most common among women.
Bowl cut Ukposter.jpg A 1920s Ukrainian recruitment poster. Moe Howard from The Three Stooges has this hairstyle for his trademark. Henry_V_of_England had a similar hairstyle.
A bouffant (pronounced /buːˈfɑːnt/) is a type of hairstyle characterized by hair piled high on the head and hanging down on the sides.
Bun Hair in bun.JPG A women's hairstyle where the hair is pulled into a knot at the top of the head.
Buzz cut Male buzzcut.jpg A haircut where the hair is cut short and sheared off with a razor, to a point that no more than about 3/4's of an inch of hair remains on all sides.
Caesar cut
The Caesar cut is a men's hairstyle with a short, horizontally straight cut named after Julius Caesar, whose images frequently depict him wearing his hair in such a manner.
Chonmage Tochiazuma Daisuke.jpg A traditional Japanese haircut.
Comb over Donald Trump.jpg Hair that is combed from one part of the head to another often to cover up a bald spot.
Cornrows Long cornrows.jpg A hairstyle originating from Ethiopia but popularized by African Americans where the hair is braided into a series of French braid like locks that appear to cling to the head and travel down to the back of the neck. The hairstyle can be worn by both males and females.
Crew cut Soldier running in water.jpg A hairstyle that is commonplace for many people (especially men) in military units across the world.
Crop Louise Brooks detail ggbain.32453u.jpg A short hairstyle in which the hair is cut very close to the head, with the hair left long enough to either touch or go past the bangs.
Croydon facelift
A tight ponytail worn at the top of the head, giving the effect of a facelift. Often inappropriately referred to as a "top knot" (though this term, in its original context, actually refers to a chonmage).
Curtained hair
Curtained hair is the term given to the hairstyle featuring a long fringe divided in either a middle parting or a side parting.
Curly hair
Hair that is twisted or wavy.
Devilock DevilockSteven.jpg The sides and back are kept short, while the front is grown long and combed forward.
Dido flip
Hairstyle named after the singer Dido.
Dreadlocks Dreadlocked rasta.jpg A long hairstyle for either men or women. The hair is dreadlocked into individual sections using one of several methods (usually either backcombing, braiding, hand rolling, or allowing hair to naturally "lock" on its own). The look of dreadlocks can be vary in size, tidiness, and length. Dreadlocks are associated most closely with Rastafarians.
A short men's hairstyle where there is a small long lock of hair at the base of the neck.
Emo Hair
Tends to be dyed black and straightened with a curling iron. Usually very long, with bangs going over the eyes.
Fauxhawk David Beckham.jpg Also known as the frohawk, this hairstyle is an approximation of a mohawk, made without shaving or buzzing the hair on the sides of the head, allowing an imitation of the look of a true mohawk without having to commit to removing most of one's hair.
Feathered hair
Feathered hair was a hairstyle popular in the 1970s and the early 1980s with men and women, the hair was grown long on both sides (normally covering the ears, although it could be shoulder length) unlayered (although some men with curly hair did have it layered) with either a side or a centre parting.
Often mistaken for sideburns, this is the hair at length from in front of the ears, straightened down while the rest of the head's hair is kept short.
Finger wave MDafoeBob20s.jpg
Flattop H R Haldeman, 1971 portrait.png A men's haircut where the hair is cut with a razor but left longer than a buzz cut and appears to be flat on the head.

Fontange Elisabeth Albertine von Anhalt-Dessau 2.jpg A hairdo popular in the second half of the seventeenth century.
French braid Braid01.jpg A French braid is a braid that appears to be braided "into" the hair. Many describe it as making a braid backwards.
French twist Frenchtwist.jpg A hairstyle where the hair is twisted behind the head into a sort of bun style.
Half Updo
Popularized in the 1960s by sex icons like Brigitte Bardot, this woman's hairstyle requires medium-length or longer hair. The hair is sectioned from the temples all the way back and then fixed into bun, chignon or ponytail to secure into place (therefore, half the hair is in an updo). If a woman has bangs or a fringe, that area is usually left free and not pulled into the updo. Frequently, the hair at the crown of the head is "teased" or backcombed first to create volume and a bit of disorganization.
High and tight Soldier running in water original.jpg A military variant of the buzz cut.
Hime cut Hime cut.jpg A hairstyle that consists of long straight hair that goes to at least below the shoulder blades with part of it cut to about shoulder length and bangs that go to the eyebrows.
The style involves highlighting or dying various thin strands of hair via hair coloring.
Hi-top fade

Horseshoe Flattop
See High and tight.
Induction cut
The hair is tied in a pony tail and a razor is used to shave the entire head. This cut is commonly used when a boy turns 10 in Japan.
Jheri curl
Hair that is curly and kept wet by a Jheri curl activator. This style was popular in the 1980s especially with African-Americans.
Japanese hair straightening

Jewfro Jewfro.jpg A Jewish Afro hairdo that is curly.
Khokhol Repin Cossacks.jpg The Ukrainian name for a style consisting of an entirely shaven head, save for one lock of hair grown on the top or front of the head. Name comes from the Ukrainian Cossacks, among whom the style was common. (See Khokhol article for the word's derogatory usage)
Kudumi or Sikha Dikshitar.JPG The South Indian name for a style consisting of a long tuft, or lock of hair left on top or on the back of the shaven head of a male Orthodox Hindu.
Layered hair
A women's hairstyle where different sections of the front hair are cut at different lengths to give the impression of layers.
Liberty spikes Spikesfront.jpg Hair that is grown out long and spiked up usually with a gel
Long hair Pierre Auguste Renoir - Portrait de Julie Manet.jpg A style of hair that is not cut.
Mohawk User-Ich with Mohawk.jpg Hair that is shaved or buzzed on the sides leaving a strip of hair in the middle. It is often spiked up.
A mid-length haircut that has bangs that go over the forehead,collar length in the back, and on the side the ears are partly covered by the hair. Was invented and made popular by The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr)
Mullet SuperMullet.jpg Hair that is short in front and long in the back.
Odango Odango-estilos.svg A hairstyle where two buns are worn on at either side of the head with the rest of the hair worn down like pigtails.
Pageboy Pulp Fiction Mia.jpg A longer version of a bob, typically worn with bangs and below chin length
Part Parting shot.jpg Hair that is parted in two different directions. Either from the left, centre or the right
Perm IcallPlasticDressing.jpg
Pigtails Pigtails.jpg Hair that is parted down the middle and made into two pony tails on either side.
Pixie cut Audrey Hepburn screentest in Roman Holiday trailer.jpg A short layered women's hairstyle with a shaggy fringe.
Pompadour Pomp2.jpg
Ponytail The ponytail still intact.jpg Hair that is pulled to the back of the head and often held with a hair tie or ribbon.
Quiff Quiff.jpg
"The Rachel"
A layered haircut
Razor cut
includes choppy short layers, and thinned by the bottom. Usually like "emo" hair. Usually has a side-sweep fringe.
A radical version of the High and tight, with the sides and back cleanly shaved very high up the head, intentionally leaving a very extreme contrast between the longer top hair and the shaved sides.
Rattail Rattail.jpeg Hair that is grown out long and shaved or buzzed except for a long, thin braid at the very top of the neck.
Ringlet Andrew Geddes04.jpg Long hair that is worn in elaborate and tight curls.
A choppy layered hairstyle, characterized by layers to create fullness in the crown and fringes around the edges. There are many versions including the frat shag and boy's shag.
Short back and sides
Also known as a boy's cut, a simple hairstyle with an overall short length.

Spiky hair Spikesfront.jpg All hair sticking up, like spikes sticking out from the head.
Straight hair
Hairstyle that is straight.
Tonsure Tonsure fx tr.png
Undercut Undercut.jpg
An updo is the hairstyle in which the hair is twisted or pulled up.

Short Hair Waves, shortened to just waves, is a very common and sought after hairstyle for African American men that create the appearance of water like waves of the hair


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