20 Most Iconic Rock ‘n’ Roll Hairstyles

Gerald Lynch Celeb style, features, Grooming, Music, Timewarp 8 Comments

Rock ‘n’ roll can be broken down as follows: 10% fashion, 10% music and 110% HAIR. We know that adds up to 130%. That’s why we’re writing for a fashion site and aren’t quantum physicists. But it also acts to highlight just how important good hair can be in the making of a musical and cultural icon, and cementing the status of bona-fide rock ‘n’ roll stars. Where would Elvis be without his quiff? Or Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust without his…his unique style? On the dole queue, that’s where. Here, Brandish pick out the 20 most iconic hair styles in rock ‘n’ roll history.

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The Strokes

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God bless The Strokes, for they saved us from Nu-metal drudgery like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit. Seriously, I can't thank them enough for reshaping the cultural horizons of my youth in their image, or I may be sitting here typing this begrudgingly wearing three-quarter length shorts. With messy, long and effortlessly cool hair, the New York art rockers redirected fashion to the thrift store and music to the three-minute pop song throughout the "Noughties". We could have picked any member for their great hairstyles over the years, but just couldn't nail down one over the others, so we put them all in instead.

By Gerald Lynch | June 29th, 2012





  • Mr_tapeworm

    I would have liked to have seen Phil Lynott’s loose afro and Robert Smiths Raven Webb 

  • Mr_tapeworm

    Could have had the Roy Orbison black shell or the blonde spikey Billy Idol too

  • Mr_tapeworm

    Ian brown was a timely and good choice like flock of seagulls too  ( a cure rip off and not as good but still fairly iconic)

  • Mr_tapeworm

    the storey behind the flock of seaguls haircut is that he was making it all big and 80s and then the bassist slapped him on the head then he kept it like that, also they thought it looked like bird wangs ….. wings 

  • Mr_tapeworm

    could have had prince and all of Duran Duran particularly Nick Rhodes ?

  • Mr_tapeworm

    Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone would have been fine too

  • Mr_tapeworm

    The Manic Street Preachers have had some good hair cuts too . Brian May too would have worked, I can go on all day  !

  • Davidjefferybane

    What?! No Gene Simmons widows peek and kabuki bun?