Trends in Men’s Hair From 2000 to 2009

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What was the biggest men’s hair trend of the 2000s? That’s hard to answer. Perhaps one standout theme would have to be “low maintenance” hair. Guys were buzzing it off or wearing it long and shaggy — cool looks that were easy to maintain. While there were really no defining trends in men’s hairstyles between 2000 and 2009, there are a few that stand out. Here are our favorites, in no particular order.

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I’m not sure if we can really blame Zac Efron for this one, but he’s certainly guilty of making it wildly popular among younger guys. With the shag, the hair is cut in long layers all over the head and razored around the edges to give it a deconstructed (not blunt) look. Just a bit of styling product is applied to add separation.


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Inspired by the Mohawk, but with a bit less commitment, the faux hawk is a versatile style allowing guys to work a trendy look without being over the top. This style may be worn very short or a bit longer. The cut itself is a fairly standard haircut with the top being styled to form a bit of a point near the center. Generally, the hair is cut to form a bit of a point on the top but is left long enough so the style can be worn more conservatively.​

The Emo Cut

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While there’s not really one haircut that could be considered an Emo cut, the trend is characterized by long razored bangs, black dye, and rough texture. Most of the haircuts of Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy would be considered Emo, although Pete himself declared the death of the Emo Swoosh when he buzzed his hair off.

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Michael Jordan really kicked off the trend for African-American men in the eighties, while Andre Agassi went bald in the mid-nineties and let white men know it’s okay to take it all off. The 2000s saw the likes of Bruce Willis and Vin Diesel really take the look mainstream for white guys. The bald head is a perfect option for someone who is thinning and it’s a bold and aggressive look.

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The buzzcut is a style that comes and goes, but this decade it stuck around. The buzzcut seemed to be the regular guy’s answer to the shag. Low maintenance and ​cost-effective, the buzzcut is highly masculine and looks great on most guys. Justin Timberlake, Wentworth Miller, Matthew Fox, Adam Rodriguez, and Jesse Metcalf were all great examples of stars who proved that you could still be considered hot even if you buzzed it off.

The Textured Cut

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One of the hotter trends of the 2000s was the short texturized cut. The hair is normally cut aggressively short on the sides and back while the top is point cut with shears or cut with a razor to add aggressive texture. Taylor Lautner’s short cut is a prime example of this style — a look that appears casual, but requires a bit of effort.

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While certainly not a mainstream look, design cuts have made a fairly strong showing in the ethnic communities. The trend started with a bit of channeling — a shaved part here and there and has evolved into a technique in which intricate designs are shaved into the hair. I’m often amazed at the incredible skill it takes to execute these styles, which only last for a few days (they’re a hot mess once they’ve grown out a few days).​

The Modern Mullet

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The 2000s also saw the emergence of a subtle mullet style. These are not your Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart Mullets from the early nineties, but more subtle and better blended variations.

The Mohawk

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The Mohawk is certainly not new, could be spotted much more often by 2009. This is not a Faux Hawk, the Mohawk is shaved skin tight on the sides, leaving a strip of hair from the forehead to the base of the neck. This is the kind of haircut worn by guys who kick sand in the face of Faux Hawk wearing wannabes.


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The Classic Taper, worn with a liberal dose of styling product and a neat side part started making a comeback at the end of the decade. Perhaps fueled by the popularity of AMC Network’s Mad Men television show, this style is one that says, “I’ve got it together and I mean business.”

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