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Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
05-09-2014, 03:29 PM
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Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
Over the decades, we have seen a wide range of rock star hairstyles. So let's cover in this guide all the hairstyles of rock stars, from Jim Morrison's hair in casual waves to Slash's long curly hair.

Rock stars have styled their manes in all kind of mens hair styles although long hair seems to be the most common styling trait when it comes to actual rock star hairstyles. It could be argued that the long hair style trend started with the hippie movement and went into full effect in the 1980s, with rock bands like Europe and Whitesnake having their members all wear long manes (and because they genuinely liked long hair and not just as a marketing move!). Likewise, long hairstyles for men extended to the metal genre as metal music stemmed from rock music. Long hair has been regarded as anti-establishment and rebellious ever since the hippie movement, and thus the common wearing of epic long manes in rock and heavy metal music.

In this guide, we will cover all the different rock star hair styles, using the actual name of the rock star to feature the style. Anybody is free to post in this guide the styles of their favorite rock musician, and rock and metal aficionados are certainly welcome to post Big Grin

Hair products for rock star hairstyles

The one thing before venturing into the different rock stars and their hair, is to cover the hair products that have been traditionally associated to rock music as well as which products are indeed useful for the messy, shaggy, big and long hairstyles of rock stars.

First of all, hair spray has been widely used by male rock musicians since the 1980s. Hair spray is an excellent product to keep one's locks fixed into position (any position one wants), so rockstars have more than abused hair spray Big Grin A great hair spray to get, and not just for rockstar hairstyles, is this styling spray that is very versatile and enhances just about any style.

Hair gel has also been used widely, especially "strong hold" hair gel. As with hair spray, hair gel acts to hold the mane into whichever shape one desires. The only issue with hair gel is that the cheaper low-quality ones tend to leave a lot of residue behind and make the hair crusty, so it is important to always buy a good hair gel. This specific hair gel is a very good one to always have around as it will work very well for styles requiring a good hold!

Pomade was heavily used in the 1960s by rock & roll stars. From Elvis hair to Johnny Cash's Pompadour, they would all grease their hair with so called greaser pomades. Greaser pomades are oil based pomades that provide a strong hold with shine that will certainly get you good looks if you shape your hair right (and you will shape your hair right if you follow and read our forum and/or if you own a copy of the excellent and highly-recommended book, The Men's Hair Book Smile). A great greaser pomade to own if you want a strong hold with plenty of shine is this old-school pomade that the likes of Elvis Presley and other rock & roll stars used back in the day!

The hair dryer has been the to-go hairstyling tool for rock stars. A hair dryer allows you to provide as much volume as you want to your mane and the hair dryer was an indispensable styling tool for male rock stars of the 1980s, when the "big hair" term was coined due to the propensity of 1980s rock stars to style their hair with lots of volume. Owning a high-quality hair dryer is of the utmost importance as a bad-quality hair dryer will fry your hair. A high-quality durable hair dryer we recommend is this premium hair dryer which will last you way longer than most hair dryers and which will tame frizz and greatly enhance any hairstyle you use it on!

Alright, so after recommending you some great products for the rock star hairstyles, it is time to now go through the varied and crazy range of styles worn by rock stars of today and yesteryear!


What can we say about the luscious locks of Slash? The long curly hair of Slash has by now become iconic in the hard rock and metal scenes.

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David Coverdale

David Coverdale hairstyle defined the 1980s term "big hair". David Coverdale would use hair mousse and a hair dryer to get his hair to epic "big" proportions. Then, to finish it all, he would use hair spray to keep his hair big throughout the concert or event he was to appear at. You can find our recommended hair dryer and hair spray earlier in this guide (above), while, for a recommended hair mousse, a good one to use is this styling hair mousse which greatly enhances the volume of your hair (as much as you want or feel for the day) and also defines the shape of the hair (including the shape of curly hair!).

The hair dryer/mousse/spray combination was very common among male rock stars in the 1980s for the aforementioned "big hair" effect Big Grin

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Tommy Aldridge

Tommy Aldridge was a famous drummer who played for some great hard rock and metal bands and acts. Tommy Aldridge's curly hair was always big, crazy and up!

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Joey Tempest

Joey Tempest of the rock band Europe usually had long straight hair cut in textured layers to shoulder length or thereabouts.

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John Norum

John Norum was the guitarist for Europe and, like Joey Tempest, John Norum usually had his long wavy hair in a long layered hairstyle.

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Axl Rose

Axl Rose was the lead vocalist for Guns N' Roses. Axl Rose's hair was usually at any hair length between a shoulder length and a chest length and his long mane was left danging for much of his career during the 1980s and 1990s. However, something wrong must have happened to him in the 2010s as Axl Rose's hair was braided into some very weird long hairstyle that made him look like he was trying way too hard to get back his 1980s coolness Big Grin

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Dizzy Reed

Dizzy Reed was the pianist and percussionist for Guns N' Roses. Dizzy Reed's hair was straight and kept in a "beyond shoulder length" hairstyle.

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Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee was the drummer for the metal band Motley Crue. He kept his long hair as "big hair" in the 1980s and then Tommy Lee cut his hair in the 2000s. Thus, Tommy Lee has been one of the few rock stars with short hairstyles.

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Nikki Sixx

Nikki Sixx was also of the Motley Crue band and he too maintained a big hair emphasis like Tommy Lee in the 1980s. Most of the time, Nikki Sixx's hair was done in a long shaggy haircut.

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Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart's hair was done in a shaggy haircut and his medium length hair was possibly the flagship mane for this specific mens haircut. The shaggy haircut was only popular with ladies prior to Rod Stewart coming along and popularizing it in the rock scene among men during the 1980s. Rod Stewart also had a thing for bobcut haircuts and similar short haircuts that had a messy and shaggy textured focus.

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison's hair was styled in a long bobcut or in a loose wavy long hairstyle. Jim Morrison's hair became iconic during the 1960s as he was the frontman of rock band The Doors. In fact, many men in the 1970s (after Jim Morrison's death) would specifically ask at barbershops for a "Jim Morrison hair style".

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Stephen Duffy

Stephen Duffy's hair was short and styled messy for just about all of his career with Duran Duran. In fact, Stephen Duffy was among the few rock stars with short hair (all throughout his career). He did a couple of times wear medium to long hair but it was his short hair that was his trademark.

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05-09-2014, 03:30 PM
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RE: Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley hair was styled in a Pompadour hairstyle for much of his career. Elvis Presley would grease his Pompadour hairstyle with a heavy oil-based pomade like the one recommended earlier in this guide.

Elvis Presley was blessed with thick dense hair that allowed for the styling of some epic Pompadours. Larry Geller was Elvis Presley's hairdresser and he (Larry Geller) has spoken of the sexual power that the hair of Elvis Presley had back in the 1960s. Groupies adored Elvis hair, and Elvis Presley's Pompadour hairstyle with thick sideburns was regarded at the time as the ultimate stud hairstyle.

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Johnny Cash

A rock & roll star, Johnny Cash's Pompadour also became iconic just like Elvis Presley Pomadour hairstyle. Johnny Cash's hair was curly which made it difficult to style the Pompadour. Regardless, Johnny Cash's Pomp hairstyle always looked great and was always greased with the same oil pomade of Elvis Presley (as recommended in this guide).

Later in his years, Johnny Cash would take advantage of the hairstyling technology and he would straighten his hair with a hair straightener aka flat iron to be able to keep his mane conveniently styled. Nowadays, we men have it even easier when it comes to straightening our hair due to the vast range of hair straighteners available. One hair straightener that we highly recommend is this specific hair straightener as not only is it of a high quality and does the job very well but it is also affordable and offers great value for its price.

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05-14-2014, 04:25 PM
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RE: Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
Now this is the mother of all threads Big Grin I have a couple of ideas for this thread actually. Will try to post them when I have some more time mate Wink cheers.
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07-17-2014, 12:35 PM
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RE: Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
John Leven
John Leven's long hair, he was part of the band Europe with Joey Tempest & John Norum - the last 2 who have been covered in this thread already. Also the last 2 pictures are of all the hairstyles of Europe's band members!

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Jon Bon Jovi
Of course, the long hair of Jon Bon Jovi in the 1980s! Jon Bon Jovi's hair has the record of wetting the biggest number of women in one go lol
Even today with all the short haircuts for men & hipster hairstyles, Jon Bon Jovi's long hair rocks & most women would choose this guy over hipster like Ricki Hall with their macho wannabe attitudes!

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Motley Crue
So we have posted the big hair styles of Tommy Lee & Nikki Sixx... but what about the hairstyles of all in Motley Crue aka Mötley Crüe? Pictures of Motley Crue big hair... Big Grin

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07-26-2014, 07:46 AM
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RE: Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
Seriously so many hair bands from the 1980s... wildest hair decade by far Big Grin Here are some other rock hair bands with wild hairstyles.

Def Leppard

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Skid Row

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Eddie Van Halen and Dave Roth

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07-28-2014, 08:45 AM
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RE: Rock Star Hairstyles: Guide on the Epic Hair of Rock Stars from Past and Present
It was short, long, and then short again
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