You might be familiar with the fact that one of this year’s biggest breakouts was for Taylor Swift’s “Lover” (love song). The singer’s team was aware of a viral trend called the ‘swiftie’, where fans would create elaborate hairstyles after every song. And so they obliged, launching a #SwiftieHairday campaign, where people could submit their elaborate hairdos using the hashtag.
But aside from the fact that Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists in the world, what you might not know is that she has a famous boyfriend. His name is Robert Pattinson, and he shares a love-hate relationship with hair. In fact, fans have taken it upon themselves to pay tribute to their gorgeousness by imitating their haircuts. When the “Twilight” star’s haircut was released as a viral trend a few years back, fans used the opportunity to show their support. And since then, the trend has continued, with people paying homage to their favorite celebrity using whatever hair products they can get their hands on.
The Craze For Imitating Celebrities
While the #SwiftieHairday trend was a huge success, it was just one of many similar hairstyle trends that sprung up in the year after the release of the Twilight movies. Since then, we’ve seen a huge rise in people trying to imitate celebrities and famous styles. Whether it’s used as a subtle way to show your fandom for a favorite celebrity, or as a means to create a complete look that is reminiscent of someone else, using whatever materials you have at hand is commonplace. Here’s a look at some of the most popular ‘cuzes of the past year.
The ‘Duke’ is named after Daisy Duke, the famous showgirl from the 1930s and 40s. She was best known for her bob, which was famously used by Marjorie Merriweather Post to hide the fact that she was balding. Since her death in 1982, ‘Duke’ haircuts have been carried on by other famous women such as Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry. The hairstyle can be characterized by a blunt haircut with long bangs and the faintest of waves. With products like Celine’s Hair Cream and Hydrating Cream, which are designed to be light and easy to work with, you can achieve a very similar look to Daisy Duke’s classic ‘Duke’ haircut. It requires considerable skill to emulate this look, however, and a lot of practice. For those looking for a quick and easy way to achieve a classy look, a ‘Duke’ haircut is probably the way to go.
The ‘mullet’ is a style of haircut where the hair is slicked back and then shaved so that there is a sort of ‘Mullets Forever’ trend that has been embraced by a generation of men and women. It was first worn by British Vogue editor Richard Simmons in the 1970s, and then by members of the ‘Sex Pistols’ during their rebellious phase in the early ‘80s. The style has stuck around because it is such a great base for various makeovers and because it makes its wearer look more mature. It is often associated with bad boy reputations, as well as a sort of ‘Don’t fuck with me’ vibe, which is exactly what you want from your hair when you have had a few drinks or taken some pills. Getting a ‘mullet’ is probably the most hardcore way to show off your ‘roid rage, if you’re into that sort of thing. Though it is fairly easy to achieve, it requires a lot of effort, especially when done right. It also takes a lot of hair product to make it look as good as it does in real life, especially if you don’t want to end up looking like a crazy person.
‘Shaven hedges’ are just what they sound like – a haircut with a hedge of hair growing on the top of the head. The style was first made famous by actor Marlon Brando, who wore it often during the 1960s. Since then, celebrities have continued to sport this classic look. It has largely been used as a way to show off the follicles on the top of the head rather than as a full-on beard, although some have turned it into both. In any case, it is quite a fashion statement when done right. Like the mullet, the shaven hedge is a style that has been adopted by a generation. If you’re looking for a way to make your hair stand out, the shaven hedge offers a way to do it in a way that isn’t entirely ‘over-the-top’.
The tiger print is another style that was first worn by A-listers in the 1930s, with Greta Garbo and Marjorie Merriweather Post being among the first to sport the style. Since then, it has been associated with celebrities and royals. It was most notably worn by Elizabeth Taylor when she was filming the 1963 movie “Cleopatra”. This sort of haircut is usually characterized by short hair with a long fringe, either worn alone or in conjunction with a headscarf. This is essentially a ‘retro’ look, but one that has been greatly appreciated and emulated since the golden era of Hollywood. Like the other trendy haircuts mentioned here, the tiger print is another style that has been greatly influenced by the ‘70s.
These days, you’ll notice that people are showing off their fandom for various celebrities and organizations in all sorts of ways. When you’re having a bad day, it’s nice to know there are various ways to perk yourself up. Besides, who knows – maybe the next big fashion trend will be inspired by one of these little-known facts about some of our favorite celebrities!