The typical Filipino man grows up with a signature haircut, but it would be great to jump on a new hair trend for men once in a while. Ever find yourself searching the internet for “Filipino hairstyles male” or “Filipino men haircut,” but can’t find exactly what you like? Check out this roundup, where we discuss different Pinoy haircuts and hairstyles. You may be familiar with the “Barber’s Cut,” but aside from this iconic haircut, we’re going to show you other styles that you can try and experiment with.
Read on, and this primer on the evolution of Pinoy haircuts might come in handy for your next trip to the barbershop.
- Pre-1920s Pinoy Haircut: The Curtain Haircut, or The Kachupoy
- 1950s Pinoy Hair Trend: Pompadour
- 1970s Pinoy Haircut: The Beatles Bowl Cut
- 1980s Pinoy Hair Trend: Long Hair, Don’t Care!
- 1990s Pinoy Hair Trends: Short, Flat, Spiky, Barber’s, Buzz, and Crew Cut
- The 2000s and beyond: The Man Bun and Undercut
Pre-1920s Pinoy Haircut for Men: The Curtain Haircut, or The Kachupoy
What is it? During its time, it was a slick middle part that even our heroes sported through the revolution. It blew up again in the ’90s, and local teen heartthrobs recreated the ‘do for a Saturday afternoon rom-com series. But this time they laid off on the pomade and gave the look some volume with a casual brush-up style.
The Modern Take: Hold off on the gloss and go for a matte finish. A bit of texture also helps this ‘do look more relaxed and up to date.
Editor’s tip: Nail any hairstyle for men by starting with a dandruff-free scalp and hair. Use CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men regularly. It has Triple Anti-Dandruff Technology, which helps in removing, resisting, and preventing dandruff. It also has cooling mint, so it leaves a fresh feeling on your scalp and hair.
Natural curls also make for an interesting curtain hairstyle. Just keep them neat and in place by finishing with hair wax or a small amount of hair gel.
1950s Pinoy Hair Trend: Pompadour
What is it? The pompadour hairstyle is a slicked-back style with an extremely short faded buzz on the sides and a heavy, lengthy ‘pomp’ or front bed of hair. It’s a sleek and elegant hairstyle that you can wear either at work or on a date.
The Modern Take: Before, this hairstyle has a “rockabilly” vibe. To update this look, give it a sexy approach by maintaining short sides and styling your top section with pomade or gel.
Editor’s tip: Create a pompadour hairstyle with the help of Axe Ice Chill Pomade. It provides maximum control so your hairstyle stays in place. It also gives your hair some shine. This pomade is also easy to wash off, so you don’t have to worry about your hair being stiff and sticky at the end of the day.
1970s Pinoy Haircut: Bowl Cut
What is it? Everyone who grew up in the Philippines either had this haircut or a little 7-year-old cousin who did. This famous Pinoy haircut takes its name from the idea that you can get it after placing a bowl on one’s head and chopping your hair away. The bowl cut is a variation of the mushroom cut and can trace its roots to the mop-top of the 1960s to the ’70s.
The Modern Take: By adding texture to your hair, you can wear your bowl cut like a KPop star. The textured bowl cut hairstyle is also great if you have thin hair and you don’t want it to look limp and lifeless.
1980s Pinoy Hair Trend: Long Hair, Don’t Care!
What is it? When the ’80s come to mind, you’ll probably think of spandex, short basketball shorts, high socks, and neon. But for hair, actually, rock music was a huge influence. Hence, the mullet: a long-in-the-back, short-in-the-front look that celebrities who were popular in the ’80s wore.
The Modern Take: You can still wear the mullet to this day, as it’s still pretty cool. Let the back section of your hair grow until it covers your nape, then have the sides cut a few inches shorter or in layers. Leave your hair down and a bit scrunched.
Editor’s tip: Longer hair is more prone to breakage and hair fall. Prevent this by using Dove Men + Care Strengthening Shampoo. It has caffeine and Trichazole Actives that help fortify your strands, so your hair grows uninterrupted by hair fall.
1990s Pinoy Hair Trends: Short, Flat, Spiky, Barber’s, Buzz, and Crew Cut
What is it?: Raise your hand if you’ve seen or heard about these Filipino haircuts and hair trends! Heavily influenced by pop stars and boy bands, Pinoy haircuts and hairstyles during the ’90s almost completely purged themselves of the 80s’ free-flowing vibe. They are generally short, like the Barber’s cut and clean cut hair for men. The military cut and the buzz cut were also options for those who wanted extremely short hair.
The Modern Take: Alright, let’s get to the “Barber’s Cut.” The Barber’s Cut, or the short sides and back cut, is a standard Pinoy haircut that consists of the barbero using a “2×3” method to create: two fingers off of the sides, three fingers off of the back. Of course, while each barber’s fingers are different, this is a measurement that makes sense throughout the Philippines, whichever barrio or metropolis you may be in! The result is a fade that can then be styled into other looks, no matter the face type.
The 2000s and beyond: The Man Bun, Undercut, and Pinoy Haircut 2021
What is it?: Throughout the past two decades of the millennium, we’ve seen the return of some hair trends. The man bun borrows from the long hair sensibility of the ’80s and putting it up in a stylish and practical hairstyle.
The undercut, for its part, is figuring in fades and undercut variations of its own, filling a hairstyle spectrum from polished to edgy depending on the style.
The Modern Take: Feel free to combine elements from different Pinoy haircuts and hairstyles to make your own look. Why not get a short haircut with short sides and back and keep the top section of your hair long. Then, style it to a man bun braid. It definitely adds personality to your look.
Editor’s tip: Whatever hairstyle you choose to wear, always start with clean hair. Wash it with Dove Men + Care Refreshing Clean Shampoo, which gets rid of dirt and grease from your hair and scalp.
Now that you know the history behind different Pinoy haircuts, you have more ideas the next time you visit your barber. Which haircut is your favorite? Just remember to pick one that suits your lifestyle and personality so you can rock it comfortably. Have fun with these ideas!