The Absolute Worst Hairstyles of All Time

Ever left the hairdressers in tears because of the absolute atrocity they styled onto your head? Didn’t think your bad haircut could look any worse? Sit back and take a deep breath whith this list of the worst of all time. This will calm any worries about your new ‘do, and reassure you that your bad hairstyle could always look worse.

From the Hatfro to the Justin Timberlake cornrows, these are some of the hairstyles that everyone EVERYWHERE should avoid so as to not create memories and family photos that make you cringe forever more. Because these are the sorts of gold that family and friends dig out whenever they can for maximum hilarity and eternal torture.

While many of these hairstyles were once popular, these one-time trendy haircuts all kicked the bucket, and for good reason. These bad haircuts and hairstyles will make anyone think twice before going too rogue with their hair again. These are the ultimate worst hairstyles of all time.

The Rat Tail

Braided, side-tailing, or hanging au natural, there’s no bringing justice back to the rat tail. Even its name is gross enough to deter anyone from considering having one.

The Mullet

Everyone loves to hate on the mullet. Business in the front, party in the back. This throwback hairstyle needs to stay back with the ’80s, right where it belongs.

The Portrait

How shaving a portrait into your head became a popular hairstyle will remain a mystery because quite frankly, it’s just creepy. That face is just chillin’, Voldemort-style. At least it has a nose.

Flock of Seagulls

Created to look like a seagull, Michael Score created the hairstyle to match his band’s name, who were pioneers in making British new wave music mainstream in the 1980s. Thankfully, the hairstyle didn’t stay popular for long.

White Guy Dreadlocks

Originally worn for religious and spiritual reasons by many ethnic groups around the globe for centuries, white guy dreadlocks started to become popular in Western culture in the ’90s. Being able to see this guy’s scalp is particularly repulsive.

The Comb Over

The comb over – at least one type – has an official U.S. patent on it. The long hair is combed over in three separate directions and was created by Donald J. Smith and his father, Frank J. Smith. They even won an Ig Nobel Prize for the patent in 2004. Read more about the patent here.

The Hatfro

It’s almost an awesome afro, with an awful twist. Do you think it still keeps the sun out of his eyes? Hats off to you, Hatfro guys.

The Jewfro

The Jewfro became popular alongside its cousin, the afro, in the 1960s and ’70s. Despite it’s popularity, that giant puff of hair has got to go, permanently.

The Hairband Hair

This super rockin’ do is so super outdated. Hairband hair, like most other hairstyles that came out of the 1980s, were only cool for a short amount of time. The decline of hairband hair coincided with the decline of glam rock in the early ’90s when grunge metal, such as Nirvana, started to become more popular.

The Bowl Cut

Also known as the helmet haircut or mushroom cut, the bowl cut was originally a sign of poverty in the early 20th century, as it was a cheap and simple haircut to achieve by simply placing a cooking pot over the person’s head and cutting the hair just above the ears. While it may look cute on small children, anyone over five years old should probably keep a safe distance from this one.

Big Bangs

This school picture screams, “What were they thinking?” with those bangs. While more subdued than the big hair of the 1980s, the ’90s were still known for their giant, fluffy, hair-sprayed to death hair.

The Skrillex

This haircut is the most noncommittal hairstyle ever. Not ballsy enough to shave your whole head, but not patient enough to grow your hair out without letting it turn into a nasty rat’s nest. There are just no redeeming qualities here. Sorry, Skrillex.

White Cornrows

Some people can truly rock the cornrow ‘do, but JT is not one of them. Without the attitude to go with it, this look is a total flop. Justin thankfully left this atrocious look at the curbside now he’s shot into the life of the rich and famous.

Emo Hair

Long, choppy layers, bangs that hang in your eyes, and board-straight, emo hair is just as melodramatic as the music genre. Can we just pretend that era never really happened?

The Beehive

While it may look like it takes a ton of hair to create this disaster-piece, that would be a misconception; it’s a ton of teasing and knotting up your hair to make it stand that tall. The do was created in 1960 by Margaret Vinci Heldt, who designed the hairstyle after a fez-like hat that she owned.

The Rachel

When Jennifer Aniston first rocked The Rachel in “Friends,” the hairstyle became all the rage, but even Jennifer hated it. She toldAllure Magazine, “Let’s say there have been moments I’d rather not re-live, like that whole Rachel thing. I love Chris [McMillian, her hairstylist], and he’s the bane of my existence at the same time because he started that damn Rachel, which was not my best look. How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.”