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The Evolution of Teen Boy Haircuts We Can’t Believe We Ever Lusted For

They say hindsight is 20/20, but in the social pressure cooker of middle school, the types of shoes you wore, to the backpack you carried, and especially your haircut were all social cues that determined whether you were cool or dorky. Thankfully, those social cues and hairstyles change all the time. For some reason, though, middle school boys are particularly resilient to outside trends. Every boy enters middle school with a certain haircut and goes through an evolution of styles, all of which we found SO dreamy.

Today, we get to laugh till we cry that our poor young souls were ever vulnerable to these looks:

Every boy enters middle school with this “Butt Cutt.”

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Step One: put a bowl over your head and start cutting, granting you the infamously cheap “Bowl Cut” of your childhood. Then, part your bangs to create curtains around your face. Welcome to the Butt Cut, and never forget how cool you thought it was. As worn by Rider Strong, also known as Shawn Hunter of Boy Meets World.

As middle school boys start to feed on each other’s energy, they all end up looking like this within the first six months of school.

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When Justin Bieber rose to popularity, it became Justin Bieber hair. We all know that every other middle schoolboy in school had this haircut. Why? This is when tween boys started to assert their independence. We were all avoiding our mami’s scissors and trying to “grow up.” The irony that this is the cut that will forever be associated with pre-adolescence. 😂

Enter the Emo phase hair cut.

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You might think this is the same as the Bieber cut, but you’d be wrong. The hair is definitely longer and layered toward the bottom. Also, this is the phase when tweens start growing peach fuzz and are usually a little emo about it. Couple peach fuzz mustaches on display like a trophy with longer, mom-avoidant hair and sweeping bangs, and we’ve progressed to the emo phase. Mientras, poor teen girls growing their peach fuzz mustaches are having a whole different experience.

Some go on to grow out quasi-mullets, and we swear this is cool now. 

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Ricky Martin rocked a mullet like nobody else could. The kids that usually end up growing their hair out this long end up falling into the surf or skate bro cliques, the music scene or become Jonathan Van Ness, all of which sound like great options. If you don’t believe us that mullets are back, take a stroll down Silver Lake, Los Angeles and become shooketh.

Others chop their hair a little shorter and go for the fluffy baby bird look.

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We’re in the phase now where everyone is obsessively grooming and brushing their hair. We’re no longer feeling emo about going through puberty and want to let go of that smelly middle school boy reputation. When you see the fluffy bird look, know that they actually care what you think of them now.

Finally, it’s time for the buzz cut.

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The summer between 7th grade and 8th grade is like a metamorphosis beyond that of a butterfly chrysalis. All of a sudden, all the dudes grew a foot taller, aren’t too nervous around their crushes to eat half their lunches, and shaved all the hair off their head. It’s like Mother Nature’s way of giving every 8th-grade boy a fresh start to regrow their hair and find their own individualized identities. 

The very last phase is heavily reliant on hair product.

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I am so sorry, but there is nothing you can do about it. In the 2000s, it was the spiky bleach-tipped look circa ‘N Sync and the Backstreet Boys. Then it was Justin Timberlake’s noodle hair perm coupled with a hairspray form of concrete. Later, it was the very product-heavy mohawk. These days, we have a feeling it’s the undercut matched with a tousled fluff on top. 

This is the part where everyone kind of goes their own separate ways. Finally, we’re not so ruled by all the intense social rules of middle school. The real deal is knowing that no matter what you do with your hair to keep up with trends, you’re always going to give your future self the gift of a good laugh. Go crazy.

READ: This Army Recruit Just Got His First Haircut In 15 Years And OMG He’s Unrecognizable

The Animated Short “Hair Love” Is Officially An Oscar Nominee and the Internet Is Ecstatic

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The Animated Short “Hair Love” Is Officially An Oscar Nominee and the Internet Is Ecstatic

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Internalized self-hatred within communities of color is real. Throughout Latinidad, and in areas with large Afro-Latinx populations especially, the term “good hair” is phrase that is used to promote white supremacy and further oppress people of black descent. Young Latinas are often pressured by their families to look a certain way in order to project an image of perfection. It takes positive representation and the celebration of black features to eradicate anti-blackness from the culture. 

On Wednesday, it was announced that the wildly popular animated short film, “Hair Love” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, and the internet rejoiced. Issa Rae–who actually voices one of the characters in the film–announced the film’s nomination with a marked note of pride in her voice. After the movie’s nomination was announced, the film’s director, Matthew A. Cherry, posted a video of his team’s reaction to his Twitter account. 

The touching and adorable story of “Hair Love” follows the trials of a black father struggling to style his young daughter’s hair. The movie is a story of how self-love is accomplished through patience and attention.

The story begins with a little girl named Zuri who has dreams of having the perfect hairstyle when she visits her mother in the hospital. Struggling to do her hair herself, she recruits her father for help. Unfortunately, her father becomes quickly overwhelmed by not only the myriad of products and tools at his disposal but by the expertise and patience required to style black hair. 

Through the course of the movie, we see as Zuri’s father panics and struggle to become confident at handling his daughter’s hair. In the end, they both learn that love is expressed through both care and attention. 

Cherry has been truthful about why he wanted to tackle the issue of hair-care and self-acceptance among the African-American and black community.

“You know, media is so powerful,” Cherry told NPR. “And when you grow up and see magazine covers and TV shows and movies and you don’t see yourself represented, but you see every other type of hairstyle represented, you know, that can really affect your self-confidence” 

Interestingly enough, “Hair Love” was funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Initially, Cherry’s goal was to raise $75,000 for his passion project, but the campaign quickly gained a life of it’s own. The campaign went viral, and soon enough, celebrity champions like Jordan Peele and Gabrielle Union came on board as producers. All in all, the campaign raked in a total of $280,000–smashing Kickstarter’s short-film financing records. 

For many people, “Hair Love”’s nomination has been a bright spot among the bleak roster of very white Oscar nominations.

As has become customary, film fans and movie critics have decried the Oscars for the lack of diversity among their 2020 nominees. Not only is there only one black performer among the 20 nominees for acting, but assumed shoe-in Jennifer Lopez was snubbed for a Best Supporting actress nom. To make matters worse, there were no female directors nominated at all for the second consecutive time.

Even Cherry himself has vocally criticized the nomination roster, blasting the Academy for snubbing both Eddie Murphy and Lupita N’Yongo (for their performances in “Dolemite Is My Name” and “Us”, respectively). He called the day “bittersweet” and expressed his wish for “more black folks and POC” to be nominated along side of him. 

But Cherry has not been immune to the excitement surrounding the nomination, actively expressing his pleasure on social media.

“It feels like a dream,” he Tweeted out after the nomination announcement. “Huge thanks to our great team, our Kickstarter backers and @SonyAnimation for believing in us.”

Of course, social media was over the moon at the announcement of “Hair Love”‘s Oscar nomination.

Not only is the story touching and brilliant, but hundreds of people feel invested after initially donated to the project via Kickstarter.

Some people admitted that the movie brought them to tears when they first watched it.

Same, girl. Same.

Issa Rae’s co-announcer John Chu admitted a teeny bit of bias for the film.

This move is just so gosh darn easy to root for.

This person pointed out that Rae herself looked more than a little happy when the nomination was announced.

Tweet 3: https://twitter.com/ElijahjWilson_/status/1216745262435139584?s=20

We all know where Issa stands when it comes to whom she roots for.

Some Kickstarter contributors were already calling themselves Oscar-nominated producers

https://twitter.com/TimothyDeLaG/status/1216716372111024128?s=20 Where’s the lie, though?

Watch “Hair Love” here:

Women Are Sharing All Of The Ways That They Healed Their Damaged Hair

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Women Are Sharing All Of The Ways That They Healed Their Damaged Hair

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Split ends, dulled shine, lack of elasticity. These are just a few of the many many signs that your hair is damaged and just some that will undoubtedly send you into a spiral of panic when you’ve realized it has happened to you. The truth is, curbing and getting rid of these symptoms once they begin to crop up on your strands and ends can be hard to do. BUT not impossible. Here’s some great advice from women who have started at square one with damaged hair.

Try a good hair treatment.

“I started eating a lot of organ meat (mostly liver) and also more fish. I also use Oleplex step 3 treatment as a leave in on my ends after washing. Talking of washing; I only wash my hair twice a week, where before I would wash it every other day. Finally, I invested in better hair ties. I wear my hair in buns and braids a lot for work so I switched to the crease-free hair ties (they’re like stretchy ribbons) or silk/satin scunchies. I never blow dry, and don’t heat style my hair too often, but when I do, ALWAYS use a heat protector and the lowest heat setting you can get away with.” – NotYourMPDG100099

Sleep on silk.

“Silk pillow cases or a silk hair wrap at night are also great, and if you’re going to go the heartless curl method of styling, a silk hair wrap will keep it from getting roughed up at night. (Also good for “plopping” your hair, if you’re doing the curly girl method).” – NotYourMPDG100099

Splurge on Olaplex 

“I 1000% recommend Olaplex. For years, my hair wouldn’t grow past my shoulders because of breakage and split ends. After doing olaplex treatments 3x/week, I have hair that reaches mid back.” – brockielove

Start with your insides.

“B Vitamins, drink lots of coconut water (really does help!), and Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning mask here and there. I also rub argan oil on the ends after showering sometimes. My hair grows half an inch or more a month. I have color treated hair and hadn’t had a hair cut in 9 months. When I finally started getting split ends, I went in for a cut and a lighter toned bayalage. My hair stylist was amazed in the condition my hair was in and said to keep up whatever I was doing.” – sunny_deee

Eat veggies. 

“I went from eating the standard American diet to much much more veggies and I noticed a tangible difference in hair growth ever since. What really transformed my hair was to only use heat on it 3-5 times per year. This allowed me to go months and months without seeing a split end at all, meaning I could go almost half a year without a trim and my ends would be fine.” – prepamaddy

Cook up a concoction of your own.

“I have a mix of Castor, Grapeseed and Almond Oil in a bottle. I soak my hair in that mixture and sleep with it. Wash hair with clarifying shampoo in the morning, then condition and style as normal. I do this a couple times a month and it’s really helped my hair grow and repair itself. I use hair masks every so often too but nothing beats pure oil. My mum used to use Amla (gooseberry) oil on my hair as a child and my hair was down to my knees at one point, and so healthy! Try using different oils, it’s usually a trial and error situation until you find the mix that suits your hair and scalp.” – dictatemydew

Dust and trim.

“Ironically? Getting it cut. Taking off a few centimetres every few months had my hair MUCH healthier than when I’d put it off for 6-12 months at a time and needed to lose a few inches just to even out the split ends.” –lightningspree

Hair vitamins. 

“I took hair vitamins – a simple one purchased from a pharmacy. I also stopped using heat on my ends. This made the biggest difference. When my hair was drying I put argan oil on the ends. This combination was simple and my hair grew like crazy.” – trashtal

Clean your scalp, dust your ends.

‘You really cannot repair damage just grow it out , make it look better and damage hair less in the future. The below tips help achieve that.

  1. stop regular trims and dust only major split ends at home
  2. Brush hair constantly with brush that stimulates scalp ( I like wood bristles )
  3. Make sure scalp is VERY clean when washing, personally I use a clarifying shampoo every time I wash end never put products close to my scalp. I even add salt to my shampoo or do clay treatments on the scalp . The cleaner the scalp the healthier the hair IMO
  4. Do a treatment the night before washing every time you wash. If you want to save money just use coconut oil and some tingly essential oil to stimulate the scalp and then wash out in the morning. This for me really minimizes the damage of wash and styling day
  5. spray a scalp stimulator/scalp astringent when hair is damp ( I like BB tonic but you could make your own with essential oils) . This should be the only product to make contact with the scalp
  6. Do a protein treatment once a week again to save money you could use beer or an egg
  7. Take biotin if your skin can handle it ( mine can’t)
  8. braid or bun hair at night to avoid damage from pillow friction
  9. only use dry shampoo if you absolutely need it . It really clogs follicles on scalp
  10. eat more protein and drink more water also working out helps. If you are really serious you can increase blood flow by hanging your head upside down a couple times a day” –  sarahergo