The Great Boy Band Hair-Off: Too Much Hair Region

Posted on 03/23/2012 at 6:01 PM

Related To: Tournaments

The Popdust Files: bobby brown, boy bands, donnie wahlberg, harry styles, mindless behavior, nathan sykes, one direction, princeton, the wanted

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Over the next week, we’re going to be squaring 32 of the all-time greatest boy band hair cuts—individual members of boy bands that is, with some groups having multiple eligible members (and one or two members having multiple eligible haircuts)—off against one another, with the goal of crowning the greatest boy band haircut of all time. From Davy Jones of The Monkees’ Proto-Bieber ‘do to Justin Timberlake’s stringy Ramen-noodle look from his ‘N Sync days to Harry Styles of One Direction’s soon-to-be-iconic swoop, haircuts from all eras of boy bands are in play.

Next up: The Too Much Hair region. Long, poofy, exceptionally tall—Rogaine users they are not. All of these guys have had no problem growing out their manes to match the height of their success over the years, yet probably could have used a few more trips to the barbershop, if only for hygienic reasons. Examine the matchups below, and then vote in the polls underneath to decide who you want to advance to the next round. It’s the first-ever Great Boy Band Hair-Off—forget all the camaraderie and chemistry that usually defines the boy band experience. This March, there can be only one.

Previous Regions: Pretty/Girly

The Boy: Isaac Hanson (1)
The Band: Hanson (“MMMBop,” “Where’s The Love“)
The Era: Late ’90s – present. The band has released a handful of albums in the 21st century, but hindsight led the eldest brother to pick up a pair of scissors.
The Hair: Shoulder-length, thick, and frizz-prone. Not many women can pull off a middle part, let alone pubescent teenage boys with braces.
The Boy: Les McKeown (8)
The Band: Bay City Rollers (“Bye Bye Baby“)
The Era: Late ’60 – Late ’70s
The Hair: Dark brown David Cassidy shag, with a tendency to curl.
The Boy: Princeton (4)
The Band: Mindless Behavior (“Mrs. Right,” “My Girl“)
The Era: ’10s
The Hair: A huge afro that sometimes gets parted in the middle, when he can see out from underneath it all. As the MB frontman, his hair helps reinforce the band’s stance on a timeless issue: bigger really is better.
The Boy: Bobby Brown (5)
The Band: New Edition (“Cool It Now,” “Candy Girl“)
The Era: ’80s – present
The Hair: Rat tail. Even in the early days of being in a relatively harmless boy band, Brown maintained his edgy persona by keeping the party all the way in the back, with a revolting, fat pony tail creeping out of the back of his head.


The Boy: Harry Styles (3)
The Band: One Direction (“One Thing,” “What Makes You Beautiful“)
The Era: ’10s
The Hair Since debuting on The X Factor, Harry’s hair has gotten so big, we wouldn’t be surprised if some of their hit records are hanging out underneath his tresses. With hair exploding from all sides of the head, Harry adds just the right amount of unwashed swag to remain attractive. Known to shake it out on more than one occasion, fans should no longer feel strange about collecting strands of hair—it’s simply too easy!
The Boy: Donnie Wahlberg (6)
The Band: New Kids on the Block (“Step By Step,” “You Got It (The Right Stuff)“)
The Era: ’80s – present
The Hair: Any evidence to his once offensive ‘do is long gone, as present day Donnie, the actor, prefers to keep all remaining hairs closely cropped. But during NKOTB’s heyday he was not immune to the big hair craze of the ’80s, preferring to tease vertically as a way to hang his superior musical success over the head of little brother Mark.
The Boy: Ringo Starr (2)
The Band: The Beatles (Do we really need to give you examples?)
The Era: Late ’50s – Early ’70s
The Hair: One of the first to popularize using a celebrity’s name as a descriptor of an iconic, often replicable hairstyle. During the band’s prime, Ringo’s shiny, dark strands swooped across his forehead with ease, creating a bowl effect around the rest of his head and questionable side burns along his ears, leading to even more questionable facial hair choices
The Boy: Nathan Sykes (7)
The Band: The Wanted (“Glad You Came,” “Gold Forever“)
The Era: ’10s
The Hair: Borrowing from his fellow Brit, Nathan is partial to the swoop across the right side of his face. Since The Wanted has hit it big in the U.S., he’s managed to tease his hair to unthinkable volume, resulting in a mop that looks way too big for his fragile 18-year-old frame