If you’ve been following the celebrity hairstyle trends of recent years, you’ll know that the haircut known as the “buzzcut” has been on the rise. Most notably, Robert Pattinson has sported the style, and since then, it has been spotted on numerous high profile individuals, ranging from Katy Perry to Justin Bieber.
But is it really worth trying? Is the buzzcut the style to finally say goodbye to luscious locks and embrace the more rugged charms of your inner child? Let’s take a closer look.
An Evolutionary Stance
It’s been a while since the heyday of the ‘70s bands, but we’re still in awe of the music that blared from our speakers back then. Bands like The Beatles and The Eagles ushered in a new era of rock that still charms us today.
While those ‘70s bands sported elaborate hairdos and striking outfits, the looks of today’s musicians are a bit simpler. Gone are the days of crazy quiffs and brightly-colored hair. Today, the typical rock star haircut is often defined by its simplicity and function. More often than not, it’s a short, neat style that evokes the ‘70s bands in its starkness.
In some ways, rock music and the ‘70s hairdo both represent an evolutionary stance. Musicians and the people who follow them are standing on the shoulders of giants, willing to embrace the best of what came before in order to forge a new path. In the case of the rock star haircut, this means going against the tide and choosing a different route than the one traveled by the ‘70s superstitions. It means moving towards the simplicity of the ‘80s and the power of melody.
A Growing Trend
If you’ve been paying attention to celebrity hairstyle trends of late, you’ll know that the buzzcut is currently dominating the scene. Most notably, Robert Pattinson has sported the style, and since then, it has been spotted on numerous high profile individuals, ranging from Katy Perry to Justin Bieber.
The evolution of the rock star haircut is now in full swing, but it’s not a one-sided affair. While some musicians have chosen to stick with the tried and tested formula, others have bucked the trend and updated their musical stylings in accordance with the times. For example, the Arcade Fire, a band that evolved out of the Toronto underground scene, are particularly proud of their minimalist approach to music and style, and have sported “the most beautiful haircuts ever” since their inception in 2003. What’s more, their music has been described as “glitchy” and “post-punk”, which perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the ‘90s.
A Bit Of A Mystery
While the trend towards simpler hairstyles amongst musicians has been well documented, the reason for this trend is still a bit of a mystery. One theory suggests that simpler hairstyles make for a more effective communication tool. After all, if your hair is too complex to be unraveled, it’s probably because you have a lot on your mind. And what could be more important to a musician than his/her music?
On the other hand, there’s also the theory that simplifying your hairstyle reduces the weight you need to endure while playing your instrument. This could mean that musicians are finally realizing the limitations that come with being a large human being and aren’t afraid to accept them. Either way, the choice to shave off all your hair is certainly a bold one, and the payoff might surprise you.
A Test Of Courage
While most individuals will choose to shed their hair for the obvious benefits, some stars are going against the grain and growing out their hair for a specific look. Take, for example, Miley Cyrus. The youngest member of the famous Jonas family decided to sport a very short hairstyle last year, and we’re seeing a bit of a comeback in 2019 as well. The singer’s stylings are in line with the punk revivalism of the time, and she even created her own style of music, known as “Hannibal music” after the character from the novel and film ‘The Hunger Games’. While we love a good comeback story, Miley’s choice to go short means she will have to endure a giggle-inducing collection of anecdotes about her former hair length. Let’s face it, Miley’s famous hair was the highlight of the Family Guy Season 10 premiere. And while we’re excited to see her embracing the quirky charm of her youth, we’re also dying to know what her former look would have been like.
The Pros And Cons
Simplicity is undoubtedly the key to a successful haircut. However, this doesn’t mean that every choice represents perfection. Just because your hair is short doesn’t mean that it has to be perfectly trimmed. Likewise, just because your hair is neat doesn’t mean that it can’t be naturally curly. To determine whether or not you’ll like a particular haircut, it’s important to consider the pros and the cons. Here’s a rundown of the most important points:
No Locks Needed
One of the beauties of a buzzcut is that you don’t need to worry about your hair getting wet or dirty. This means that you can shower and relax confidently knowing that your hair will be in its natural state when you leave the bathroom. Of course, this does not mean that every kind of hair can be easily styled with a buzzcut. Some hair types, like curls, can be a bit trickier to deal with than others. Nevertheless, this is a major advantage, as it keeps your stress levels down while styling your hair. If you’re blessed with luscious locks, you might consider keeping them for the most part, as a full haircut is something to behold. Plus, as we’ve established, being a large human being can be challenging, and you might feel that a haircut is the last thing you need when you’re already carrying a lot of weight.
Minimalism is all the rage in both art and design, and it shows in the way musicians and celebrities are opting for simple hair. As mentioned above, the Arcade Fire are a band that perfectly embody this ethos. Their music is glitchy and post-punk, and they sport a minimalist approach to outfits and hairstyle as well. While this might make them appear plain at first, their choice to go minimal allows for an appreciation for their music and artistic vision that is unfettered by the excesses of frills and flourishes. In other words, minimalism allows for a broader spectrum of appreciation, and that’s a beautiful thing.
Embrace Your Inner Child
We live in a time where childhood anxiety is at an all-time high. Whether it’s the fear of getting sick, dying, or being rejected, your inner child is likely experiencing some uncertainty about his/her place in the world. Naturally, this is reflected in your stylings, as children are often interested in simplicity and bold choices, such as bright colors and patterns. If you can identify with this and choose your hairstyle accordingly, it’s bound to make you feel like a new person, as your hair will signify a change in your emotional state. Moreover, you’ll be able to enjoy your own company without worrying about how you look, as your hairstyle will not be the focal point.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that your hair is a reflection of your overall appearance, as everything from your shoes to your clothes to your accessories will be laid bare before the public. For this reason, you’ll want to be careful about what kind of hairstyle you sport and whether or not it’s the ‘right’ fit for your personality. Nevertheless, if you feel like a child within, there’s no better way to embrace your inner child than by letting your hair down.
In the end, your hair is your best friend. It’s soft and allows you to shape it into any style you desire. This might mean that you can finally shed the ‘70s bands and the monsters of your childhood, or it might simply mean trimming off the excess hair that keeps you up at night. But either way, your hair will always be there to greet you in the morning, and that’s something to behold.