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The Wings haircut or flippies or flow is a popular hairstyle used in the skateboarding, surfer, and preppy community. Typically long, the style can range from long and drooping below the eyes, to a shorter length. The haircut is typically wavy and, if straight, the length comes to halfway down the ears. Instead of lying on the wearer's ears, the hair flips up and comes straight out like an airplane wing, hence the name. The hairstyle was popular among men in the 1960s, 1970s, 2000s, and early 2010s.
This hairstyle was first worn by Victorian gentlemen from the 1830s until the 1890s, usually with a beard or muttonchop sideburns. From the end of World War I until the pompadour became popular in the 1950s younger men cut their hair very short for an athletic look although the longer hair continued to be worn by some older men born before 1890, such as Western actor George "Gabby" Hayes.
During the 1920s the wings haircut was worn as an alternative to the bob cut and pageboy hairstyle by flappers and young children of both sexes. It remained popular during the war years for its practicality when women worked in the factories. After the war, women's hair grew increasingly longer until the 1960s when it made a comeback among younger women like Twiggy and continued to be worn into the 1970s.
In the early 1960s the wings haircut made a comeback among the Beatnik and surfer subcultures who allowed their hair to grow out bushy and unstyled. Rock bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles copied this look, which spread to America during the British Invasion and was worn by bands like The Monkees and The Byrds.
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