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The Biggest Hair Moments Of 2016

Another big year for mens barnets.

BY Adam Brady | Dec 15, 2016 | Grooming


From grey haired pop stars to peroxide footballers, here are your follicle highlights from the past twelve months.

Grey hair has a moment (Jan / Feb)

With both London mayoral candidates (Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith) proudly sporting silver/arctic fox hairstyles, there was a lot of talk about going grey gracefully. Not to mention the release of Zayn Malik's first single, first snog on video and first peak of his grey hair. Big.

Bieber does a Britney (April)

Justin Bieber went full Britney c. 2007 and gave himself a buzzcut. Turns out he was actually responding to fan anger (fanger?): his predictable attempt at dreadlocks was seen as cultural appropriation, and, uncharacteristically, he made the right choice.

Harry Styles lops off his locks (May)

In a rather noble move, Styles cut off his very very very long hair and donated it to the Little Princess Trust charity, causing the internet to melt down as it tends to over such important things.

A lot of rubbish hair at the Euros (June / July)

Footballers rarely get it right in the hair department, and this year's Euro Championships was no exception.

Lionel Messi goes full blonde (July)

They say that 'blondes do it better' and maybe this was Messi's reasoning behind going full on peroxide in the summer. He claims that it was to have a 'fresh start' after quitting international football, but then reversed his decision—and kept the barnet.

Francois Hollande's yearly haircut bill is huge (July)

While 48 percent of the UK were reeling over the shock of the EU Referendum, it was revealed that the leader of France's (so-called) Socialist Party spends about EUR10,000 per month on his hair—a staggering EUR120,000 per year.

Donald Trump's hairdresser speaks out (July)

Not to be outdone by a Frenchman, Trump also got some media (h)airtime this year. About 5 months ago, his ex-hairdresser Amy Lasch spoke out about her most controversial client's 'do. To be honest, it's quite unpleasant:

"When I looked at the back of his hair I could tell it was not a hairdresser cutting it. It was scary. It was just cut in a straight line. The colour was so inconsistent. It was not done correctly. They just coloured the top and did not colour what was underneath properly. It was someone in his inner-circle who was cutting and colouring his hair. His wife or maybe his daughter."

Keep it in the family, Don.

Mel Gibson hits peak beard (October)

As Esquire US put it: "what the hell is going on with Mel Gibson's beard?". Enormous, terrifying and woolly, this is precisely why 'peak beard' happened. Too far.

X-Factor has its worst ever hairstyle (December)

Why did no one talk about this? They were onstage in front of millions of people twice a week for what seemed like about four decades.

No one mentioned Nathan Lewis' hair. Don't know who Nathan Lewis is? He's the guy in Louis Walsh's band '5 After Midnight' with this weird tarantula poking through his cap.

I mean, really?

 

From: Esquire UK