Rattail (haircut)

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Child in the 1980s with a rattail

A rattail is a hair style that is characterized by a long "tail"-like element of hair growing downward from the back of the head. The rattail usually hangs naturally; however, it can be braided, treated as a dread, permed, straightened, or poofed, curled with an iron. In some instances, an individual might choose to grow several tails as opposed to a single very long tail.[1]

The rattail saw a brief period of mainstream popularity during the 1980s and 1990s and has rapidly fallen out of vogue.[citation needed] However, it has recently[2] seen renewed popularity.

Cultural prevalence

Some punks and rivetheads have been known to sport them also, although in a much more punky style, totally shaven head, except for a tuft of hair at the back, usually dyed in various luminous colours. It is a very popular hairstyle in New Zealand, especially among boys, and is sometimes combined with shaven sides, a soft mini-mohawk and 'tram tracks' in Maori designs.

Former junior welterweight boxing champion Kostya Tszyu sported a rather famous rattail throughout his career.[3]

In Disney's 2002 animated feature Treasure Planet, Jim Hawkins sports a rattail throughout the movie until the end. [4] In the 2016 film American Honey, Shia LaBeouf's rattail garnered critical praise.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rat Tail Hairstyle". Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Is the rat-tail, the worst men's hairstyle ever, making a comeback?". 
  3. ^ "Shane Mosley & Kostya Tszyu: Boxing’s Smiling Assassins". Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Oh, Rihanna! Singer Debuts New Rat Tail Mullet". 
  5. ^ "In Praise of Shia LaBeouf’s American Honey Rattail". 30 September 2016. 
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