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Old 01-23-2019, 12:27 AM
 
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When was it most common to see men with shoulder length hair or longer? From my research it seems like that peaked in the early 70s, lost popularity for a while, then came back in the 90s. But more specific input on this would be appreciated!
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:16 PM
 
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I think now it is whatever floats your boat and the style that looks good on you. However, from your post looks like this style comes around every 20 years, so we should be there now.
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:13 AM
 
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From about 1550 to 1800, except in England during the Revolutionary years.
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Old 01-24-2019, 08:15 AM
 
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When was it most common to see men with shoulder length hair or longer? From my research it seems like that peaked in the early 70s, lost popularity for a while, then came back in the 90s. But more specific input on this would be appreciated!
When I got married in 1974 my hair was down to my shoulders. Just a couple of years later after graduate school I cut it much shorter to get a good job. Since then there have always been guys with long hair, just not as many. I don't remember any kind of increase in the 90s. The current hipster "man bun" trend is fairly long hair when let down.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:03 AM
 
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Had shoulder length hair in the mid 70's, in Jr. High School. Regular cut in High School. Not much left now.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:48 PM
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Started with the Beatles circa 1964.

Then hippies in the late 60s with much longer hair.

Male long hair peaked in the 1970s ....about 1974 ...

By 1974 even middle aged men had longer hair, slightly over their ears.

Noticeably shorter on average by the late 1970s.

Michael “Meathead” Stivic character, played by Rob Reiner, on hit 70s TV show “All in the Family”
is a good example....
show debuted in early 1971 and he had longish hair that even got longer in 1972-1974
seasons, ears totally covered, then in the later seasons 1975-78 shorter hair but still slightly long.

Looking at old high school year books it is quite surprising to see photos from 1970 and 1971,
still quite short hair, considering that rock bands were pretty much at the peak of super long hair
by that time, most teens however weren’t exactly looking like Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, or Deep Purple yet.
1972 to 1974 school year books or class photos at any virtually any grade show most males
with quite long hair, some almost rock star length hair. Like most things ...once something peaks...it’s all
downhill from there (or should I say downhair). Even rock bands hair length started to
recede (no pun intended) from an early 70s peak.
Besides really long hair had long passed the “shocking” stage of the late 1960s hippie era.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:08 PM
 
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Started with the Beatles circa 1964.
Ummm....


Have you never seen a picture of Jeb Stuart, or Louis XIV?


Do you by any chance remember how Absalom met his end?
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:44 AM
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Ummm....


Have you never seen a picture of Jeb Stuart, or Louis XIV?


Do you by any chance remember how Absalom met his end?
I should have stated ....in the 20th Century
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:46 AM
 
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Started with the Beatles circa 1964.

Then hippies in the late 60s with much longer hair.

Male long hair peaked in the 1970s ....about 1974 ...

By 1974 even middle aged men had longer hair, slightly over their ears.

Noticeably shorter on average by the late 1970s.

Michael “Meathead” Stivic character, played by Rob Reiner, on hit 70s TV show “All in the Family”
is a good example....
show debuted in early 1971 and he had longish hair that even got longer in 1972-1974
seasons, ears totally covered, then in the later seasons 1975-78 shorter hair but still slightly long.

Looking at old high school year books it is quite surprising to see photos from 1970 and 1971,
still quite short hair, considering that rock bands were pretty much at the peak of super long hair
by that time, most teens however weren’t exactly looking like Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, or Deep Purple yet.
1972 to 1974 school year books or class photos at any virtually any grade show most males
with quite long hair, some almost rock star length hair. Like most things ...once something peaks...it’s all
downhill from there (or should I say downhair). Even rock bands hair length started to
recede (no pun intended) from an early 70s peak.
Besides really long hair had long passed the “shocking” stage of the late 1960s hippie era.

Interesting, I've noticed some of these points as well. Would you say that long hair was common until about 1979?

It seems like it made a resurgence with the grunge/alternative era. My dad was in his 20s in the 90s and he had rock star length hair back then, until about 2002.
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:53 AM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRVSSwJYqh0

This is from 1976, notice that all the band members have long hair (especially the lead singer) but they all have bangs instead of even length long hair. As for the males in the crowd (appear to be high school age), a lot of them have longish hair but mostly with bangs.

This is England, but I think the same trends were present in the US.
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