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#MCM: Our Favorite 80s and 90s Baes & Their Fly Hairstyles

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Ever since BET’s “New Edition Story” premiered back in January, I couldn’t get enough of the music, the fashion and most importantly, the hair! Not only were the men of New Edition suave enough to pull off killer vocals, dance moves and a wardrobe that even Jidenna would envy, the hair from the 80s and 90s are the main focus of this post.

Today we find ourselves ogling our inner boyband crushes from NE, BBD, Guy, Jodeci and Boyz II Men. With the success of the boybands and their music, I also believe the hair had to take some credit but how did they come to be? Check out how these hairstyles from the 1980s and 90s, which ones are still cool and which ones should never return…

The Afro Shag or Mullet

Quite frankly I believe the shag/mullet might still work for some men. The style is basically a low fro cut low except for the very back. The bottom piece stands alone like a tail (or fin lol).

Ralph Tresvant from New Edition


Nick Young & Kanye West tried it too!

The Jheri Curl


Worn best by: Eric La Salle from “Coming to America”&  Eazy E & Ice Cube of NWA .

The Jheri curl is a permed hairstyle that was popular among African Americans during the 1980s. Invented by the hairdresser Jheri Redding, the style gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look. Just let your soul glow!

The Hi-Top or Flattop

The hi-top was a trend symbolizing the Golden Era of hip-hop and urban contemporary music during the 1980s and the early 1990s. The haircut has its many variations including the “gumby”, based off the then-popular children’s character show.

Bobby Brown with “gumby” cut

If you were short growing up, this cut most definitely added height to your stature and perhaps a few ladies’ numbers. This hairstyle can be achieved simply by letting your hair grow out and once it gets to your desired length, cutting the hair on the sides and the back short letting the top grow longer. Today, the hi-top look hasn’t changed and is one of the most popular requests asked for in barbershops.

Notorious for wearing it goes to Kid ‘N Play.

The Pompadour

Worn best by heartthrob Elvis Presley, in the 80s, it went to Babyface and in the 90s, Vanilla Ice took it over with shaved sides evolving the style into a quiff. Only a year apart but what a difference in variations. Pompadour is a hairstyle which is named for Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis X.  The numerous variations of the style are for both men and women. The basic concept is hair swept upwards from the face and worn high over the forehead, and sometimes upswept around the sides and back as well. Today, men have transformed the pompadour to a quiff. Yay or nay?

The short-bang Caesar

The Caesar cut is a hairstyle with short, horizontally straight cut bangs. It is named after Julius Caesar.

George Clooney wore it best during the 90s during “General Hospital”. Yay or nay?


Kris Kross

Kris Kross did them best. If you grew up in the 90s, you begged your parents to let you wear your clothes backward and have your hair braided in hopes to “jump jump” higher. Braids will never go out of style so keep on doing whatcha do!

Men Hairstyles from the 80s & 90s we should NOT bring back: 

The Coolio

“AHHHHH here it go!” And there it goes. Rapper Coolio awed us at how his braids would defy gravity in the 90s. Yet the look of electrocution didn’t cross over well into the new millineum. We’re gonna leave this hairstyle in the 90s.

The MC Hammer 

Twenty-five years ago, some of you may have envied MC Hammer’s red baggy pants and uncontrollable leg syndrome, but we can all agree that the hairdo should not be touched anymore.

Lionel Richie’s Jheri fro

Hello….and goodbye to this Jheri curl fiasco. It might’ve help sell records, but I’m gonna deny access to this cut for the future.

The Jermaine Jackson

I don’t even… Is it a watered down fade with a permed high top with a shag in the back? Must respect to the Jackson family, but this hairstyle is a no.

Who’s your #mcm? What was your favorite hairstyle of the 80s and 90s? Let us know @TheCutLife!

(All images from Flickr and Pinterest)

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