Hall of Fame Hair: Bringing Classic Cuts into the 21st Century

Wishing for a style that was? Get back to the classics with this time-honored list of looks and info about how to pull them off. Whether you’re looking to simply sport timeless styles or revive retro ringlets, these classic looks are sure to inspire you. Here’s a definitive list of hall of fame hairstyles for both men and women.


The Exemplary Gentleman

Slicked-back hair and short side parting was the go-to look for the '20s, '30s, and '40s with slight adjustments for each decade, only slightly changing in length to incorporate fashionably greased-up pompadours in the mid-'50s.


This classic cut was the era’s go-to for a clean, low-maintenance men’s style. After fading from popularity for a few decades, the style has been resurrected and placed as at forefront of many current trends this past year, now adopting a disconnected crop undercut for a modern twist on a classic trend.


For an authentic, yet retro look, pack on some American Crew Pomade for shine and hold. To shape the style, use a comb for a slick-and-timeless result.

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You can't go wrong with a classic men's cut like this short-on-the-sides, longer-on-top.
Tea Tree Pomade
Add shape and shine with a pomade, like this one from Paul Mitchell.

The Pompadour

Blue suede shoes, sequined jumpsuits, and the iconic pompadour. It's hard to think about Elvis without picturing his trademark hairstyle. Since his rock-and-roll reign, his pumped-up 'do has become a hairstyle staple, continuing to fashion itself through the decades. As timeless as it is versatile, this classic cut has since been updated to feature short sides, textured quiffs, and edgy undercuts. To push the look forward in 2018, spruce it up with a hard part or line design.


For best results: generously apply a lightweight pomade like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade for maximum movement and hold.


The Caesar Classic

This iconic cut was originally named after Julius Caesar, but has since been reincarnated, and reintroduced a multitude of times since. While known sometimes as the “French crop,” the style has since become far more versatile, offering a multitude of options to work with many hair textures. Wear it shorter or longer, textured or simplified – this cut has a deceptively multifaceted design.


Take it from the pros: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shaping Cream is the way to go. The pliable formula boosts shine, adds hold, and creates just enough texture to stay on trend.

A nod to the bob

Rewinding way back in time, our first iconic hairstyle for women goes all the way to the roaring '20s. Silent film star Louise Brooks made the bob a trademark for flapper girls the world over. A huge break from tradition, this so-short style made its mark on history, ushering in an era of carefree, confident female fashion.


The evolution of the bob has since changed in shape and length; however, this timeless crop remains one of the most requested styles today, now putting a twist on the trend with textured ends. To get the look, ask your stylist to cut at the jawline, layering at the cheekbone and incorporating fringe just above the brow.


Looking for the perfect product? Redken Pillow Proof Primer Spray is a super option for this style, as it primes the surface of the cuticle for a smooth, polished look. Simply apply to damp hair before blow drying with a round brush to smooth strands and boost volume. Looking for a sleeker finish? Break out the flat iron and complete the look with Paul Mitchell Spray Wax to for a dynamic, fashion-forward finish.


The '60s pixie

Fast-forward 40 years or so, to a time when tweed swarmed the streets and a gallon of gas cost a quarter. Twiggy, the model and British cultural icon, made short blonde hair the look of choice in '60s London. 


To help the pixie work for you, blow-dry bangs to the side using a small round brush before dispensing Paul Mitchell Spray Wax into the palms of your hands.  To control the amount used and prevent buildup, emulsify the product by rubbing your hands together before running through your hair. This brings the classic crop into the modern day with a lived-in finish that’s true to trend.

female hair model with a pixie
One way to modernize your pixie? Play it up with volume and texture.

The '70s shag

Originally made famous by singer Patti Smith in the early 70’s, this recognizable ‘do was known as the “bad girl haircut” of the decade. The style incorporated a variation of layers achieved by removing more weight in the interior. The style was then revived in the '90s by rom-com star (and American sweetheart) Meg Ryan.


Contemporary shags are now kept longer in length, amplifying the layers with a lot of texture, making it a fantastic option for wavy hair. To get today’s coveted, lived-in layers, tousle wet hair with a styling product like Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam for a volume boost before styling with a round brush and blow dryer.  



The Farrah & The Rachel

Looking forward to 1976, Farrah Fawcett's iconic, bouncy blonde waves were made famous by her role in Charlie's Angels. After the show’s pilot, the feathered shag became one of the most popular '70s styles. Variations of Farrah's layers have been modernized by Jennifer Aniston's “The Rachel,” whose polished, meticulously highlighted locks became almost as much of a '90s hit as the actress herself.


See a hall of fame hairstyle you’d like to try? Bring the classic cut into the 21st century. Stop into Supercuts for quick new ‘do and all the professional products you need to sport a classic style.

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