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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

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Split End Serums That Will Help Hair Growth And Keep Your Ends From Splitting

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Sure, there might be more things peskier than split ends but there’s no doubt they’re a universal issue that haunts us all.

Thanks to dryness, age, heat styling, and even just existing, split ends are a real issue that people around the globe have to deal with and manage every day. As the oldest part of our hair strands, ends need a very particular type of special care. Particularly if you ever want to avoid having those splits ends work their way up the entire shaft of your hair and wreak even more havoc. While snipping off those ends are a surefire way to fix a split end problem, if you’re trying to grow your hair out there are ways to attempt to keep your ends from splitting in the first place.

We scoured the internet for top reviewed split ends. Check out what we found below!

Oribe’s Split End Seal

“My stylist gave me a sample of this to use on my thick, fine, curly, highlighted hair after a particularly strenuous bleach session. I was so impressed, I bought this when the sample ran out.

Any good stylist will tell you, it’s pretty much impossible to actually seal an end once it’s split (beyond making it appear to be sealed for a short period). But it is possible to return moisture and other nutrients to hair that is damaged or close to splitting. And this product is very good at doing that. It seals the hair to keep the good stuff in and protect against future damage from the environment. A little goes a long way if you apply it to wet hair, before applying any other styling products. Seriously, I got six uses out of the sample. It’ll take me a while to run out of the full size bottle.

This stuff really does work miracles on dry hair. The only way I’d ever be able to get rid of all my split ends would be to just shave my head. But that doesn’t mean my hair isn’t healthy. More than one stylist has pointed that out to me. That wouldn’t be the case if I didn’t use quality products like this one.” – Amazon review

Rita HazanTriple Threat Split End Remedy

“My hair deals with a lot of heat styling and hairspray so the ends get a little worse for wear. I’m growing my hair out for my wedding next year and I’m a law student, so I can’t afford to be getting regular haircuts at this point. I got a sample of this product and can’t believe what a difference it made in my hair. I can no longer see the split ends and my hairstyles pretty effortlessly now. I just ordered the full size.”- Sephora review

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion

“LOVE LOVE LOVE Moroccanoil Mending Infusion! This product works great on the ends of my hair that definitely need to be trimmed! It fuses the tips of my hair after styling so I can go longer w out a trim. It makes the ends look healthy & the smell is terrific! I use all of the Moroccanoil products & so far they are working great for me! The only negative thing I can say is that the bottle is made of thick glass which the actual quantity of the product is less than it actually appears to be. However, it takes very little product for the ends of the hair! The product still deserves 5 stars! IF for any reason these products don’t work for you, it has to be that they have been returned “as no longer needed” & possibly tampered with by a dishonest consumer. Amazon will always make things right from my experience. From reviews I’ve read in the past, I felt I needed to add this comment as I have very difficult hair, coarse, frizzy, & unmanageable unless I use an excellent product like ‘Moroccanoil products’!!”- Amazon Review

PATTERN Jojoba Oil Hair Serum

“Love it! Smells like lavender, ahhhh. I love that you can use this on your scalp and hair. It locks in the moisture from the Pattern leave-in so well for super soft and hydrated hair. I’m so happy with everything from this line. I do believe this jojoba oil is a stand out product as well. You can use it in so many ways. I will continue to purchase this and pretty much everything else from this line. Thank you, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross, you hit the nail on the head!! Can’t wait to see what else is in store for this line.” – Sephora review

Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum

“My hair is natural and I usually go to a salon when I occasionally want to have it flat ironed. I decided to order Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum to do it myself and I already had the Bamboo & silk HCO leave in conditioner that I used to detangle. Wow, these 2 pair together left my hair silky and as straight as if my stylist had dRead more about review stating Love this strengthening serum!” – Site review

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Feeling All Alone To Care For Her Hair In Quarantine

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‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Feeling All Alone To Care For Her Hair In Quarantine

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There’s no doubt that when the pandemic struck and it was revealed that the best way to keep healthy was to quarantine, millions of black women panicked. After all, in a world where haircare for Black women has long been a low priority in the beauty industry, so many of us are either only just learning how to take care of our hair or have been thrust into the throes of our curls thanks to not being able to see our stylists in quarantine.

“Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham says she knows the deal.

Speaking about her experiences with her hair, Graham admitted she has been getting her hair done professionally since she was 9 years old.

“My mom couldn’t really do my hair [growing up] so she’d just drop me off at the hair salon,” she explained in a video for Vogue before going on to share that since the start of the pandemic she’s had to learn how to do her own hair.

For the past four months, Graham explained that she’s been cautious of not using direct heat on her hair and that it’s been “really therapeutic for me to wear my hair really, really big.” The star explains that this particularly gratifying because “Afro hair is not something that Hollywood has ever necessarily embraced.”

After years of straightening her hair with chemicals and having to wear wigs for roles, Graham said she didn’t know what she was doing at the start of quarantine.

Fortunately, her hairstylist Rachel Lee gave Graham Cantu’s Avocado Leave-In Conditioner to help keep things in shape. “It’s almost like she knew I was going to be on my own. And I’ve never had to be on my own with my hair before,” Graham explained tearfully. “This was the product that really helped me figure out that my hair will work with me if I don’t give up on it.”

Graham explained that she styles her curls with Briogeo Curl Cream and uses oils like Manuka, Argan, and Black Rice. She also makes her own creation of Mustard Seed oil and Jamaican Black Castor.

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