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 rounds 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 in the first round, just like the strands of their once-fabled hairstyles did many years ago, while One Direction’s Harry Styles prevailed over UK mate Nathan Sykes of The Wanted in round two, ending the ongoing debate over who is more awesome—for now. Most recently, K-pop fans and Disney lovers have made their feelings known, launching their respective favorites into the coveted Final Four.
Next up: A meeting between the Pretty/Girly and Dye Jobs regions. The middle Jonas Brother, who once had a strong attachment to his hair straightener, takes on a K-pop boy band standout who has not met a color bottle he doesn’t like. 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.
Elite 8: Pretty/Girly and Too Much Hair, Dye Jobs and Braids, Dreads and Fades
Round Two: Pretty/Girly and Too Much Hair, Dye Jobs and Braids, Fades and Dreads
Round One: Pretty/Girly, Too Much Hair, Dye Jobs, Braids, Dreads and Fades
The Band: Jonas Brothers (“Burnin’ Up,” “S.O.S.“)
The Era: Mid-Late ’00s
The Hair: A flat-iron job with spiky ends that makes him look a little like an anime character. Unsurprisingly, by the time of the Adult Solo Album, Joe had chopped nearly all of it off.
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.