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 U.K. 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, and now R&B fans are forced to show their true allegiances.
Next up: A battle between two generations of smooth crooners as Too Much Hair takes on the Braids, Dreads and Fades region. Mindless Behavior’s Princeton may have hair wide beyond his years, but is it enough to defeat Omarion? Those familiar braids did help launch B2K to radio and chart success long before the boys of MB were even a thought in our minds. 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: Final Four: Joe Jonas vs. G-Dragon
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: 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.