The Great Boy Band Hair-Off, Round Two: Dye Jobs and Braids, Dreads & Fades

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Posted by on 03/26/2012 at 3:11 PM Tournaments

The Popdust Files: 98 Degrees, backstreet boys, great boy band hair-off, n sync, omarion

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.

Our first round saw a great number of lower-seeded upsets, launching today’s biggest stars over classic and cult coiffure role models alike—so much for our strange fascination with Chris Kirkpatrick’s skunk nest. A total of two Number One seeds fell to the bracket game floor, just like the strands of their once-fabled hairstyles did many years ago.

Next up: Round Two of the Dye Jobs Region, where all the most rampant abusers of Clairol and L’Oreal in boy band history find themselves, plus the Braids, Dreads and Fades region, where the best haircuts that go every which way but bald duel to the death. 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 and Too Much Hair

The Boy: Justin Timberlake (1)
The Band: ‘N Sync (“Tearin’ Up My Heart,” “Bye Bye Bye“)
The Era: Late ’90s / Early ’00s
The Hair: A goldilocks-esque set of peroxide blonde curls, whose similarity to a certain dorm-room food staple has oft been cited. It’s a look we haven’t such much of from JT—or from anyone else, for that matter—since the millennium turned.
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The Boy: G-Dragon (5)
The Band: Big Bang (“Lollipop,” “Tell Me Goodbye“)
The Era: Late ’00s / ’10s
The Hair: While everyone else in the boy band world went yellow, Big Bang’s G-Dragon went blond, blue, red, or whatever other color necessary to make waves in the K-Pop world. Standing out in that scene is no small order, you know.
The Boy: A.J. McLean (3)
The Band: Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way,” “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)“)
The Era: Late ’90s / Early ’00s
The Hair: Because nearly every boy bander was obligated to go blond around the turn of the century, A.J. decided to give it a go. You may or may not have noticed at the time, however, given his tendency to cover up whatever hairstyle he was currently rocking with a succession of goofy hats.
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The Boy: Nick Lachey (7)
The Band: 98 Degrees (“Because of You,” “Give Me Just One Night (Una Nocha)“)
The Era: Late ’90s / Early ’00s
The Hair: Nick didn’t go the full-fledged dye route that Justin adopted, instead preferring to go with just the frosted tips–a look just as iconic of the late ’90s in its own way. Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray certainly understands, anyway.
The Boy: Izzy (8)
The Band: Us5 (“Maria,” “Round & Round“)
The Era: ’00s
The Hair: Thick and bushy dreads hanging down like an octopus with hairy legs, often decorated by a colorful bandanna across his forehead.
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The Boy: JB (5)
The Band: JLS (“Everybody In Love,” “One Shot“)
The Era: ’10s
The Hair: Swirling waves inscribed on the side of his noggin, opening the door for the tagging of various messages or his own name, should people start getting this British import mixed up with someone else.
The Boy: Baby Blue (6)
The Band: Pretty Ricky (“On The Hotline“)
The Era: ’00s
The Hair: Borrowing heavily from frontmen of ’80s hair bands, the side stripes, plus the height of his pseudo-mohawk, ensured he’d regret this years later have a look like no one else’s.
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The Boy: Omarion (7)
The Band: B2K (“Bump, Bump, Bump,” “Uh Huh“)
The Era: Early ’00s The Hair: Thin braids so tightly wound, it’s as if they served to keep all the musical mastery he was privy to deep inside his beautiful head.
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