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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Regency Male Hairstyles

With the introduction of hair powder tax in 1795,  the whole look for men changed.  The tail coat had already crept in to replace the frock coat,  but now wigs and long hair also disappeared, and new hairstyles naturally had to be invented. Or if not invented, at least revived from the past. Even as the ladies were starting to look to the classics for inspiration in their dress and hairstyles, with the introduction of the directoire style of dress, so the men looked to the classics for hairstyles.

the Brutus was the style favoured by Beau Brummel, who made it very much his own trademark

the Caesar was a dignified hairstyle suitable to a man of affairs, or the older man, and was invaluable for the man with pattern baldness as it did not show as much if you were a little thin on top

the Titus was neither as extreme as the Brutus nor as full of gravitas as the Caesar.

Other hairstyles were pioneered by men of fashion whose styles were copied. The Duke of Bedford was one of the first to wear his own natural curls, using wax to part them at one side.
Natural curls 

I have to assume that the Stanhope Crop came from Philip Henry Stanhope, 4th Earl of Stanhope, 181-1855

Some men still preferred slightly longer cuts.

A slightly longer version of the Bedford Crop, the length permitting curling of naturally straight hair as well as being used by those with naturally curling hair.

this one simulated a look suggestive of being windblown by driving and being a sportsman

This one tends to be associated with the earlier years of short hair, and the incroyables

another sportsmen's choice, artistically disarranged but not as extreme as the coup au vent.
The fashion at the time was for all men to have sideburns, which was not a word known at the time, any more than was the term 'dundrearies'.  They would have been called 'side whiskers'.