Who started it: Big Daddy Kane
Circa: Mid-'80s

Kane is quick to admit he didn't invent this style of haircut—he actually has a photo of his father rocking the 'do in the '60s—but there's no doubt that he was popularizing it before guys like Bobby Brown, MC Serch, and Kid were taking it to new heights, sometimes literally. As the Jheri Curl faded (pun not intended) out of popularity, this hairstyle combined a chemical-free cut with an asymmetrical, modern freshness.

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