Uptown Charlotte men’s hairstyles hit all-time low
Posted on 6 Oct 2009 by Desiree Kane
photo credit: James Willamor, of course!
Uptown Charlotte is known for a few things: banking, nightlife and pretty people. Charlotte women are chic, fashionable and contemporary. It’s not uncommon to see a flirty, couture style party dress on a fabulous woman after hours Uptown, then shortly after that notice her rather bleakly dressed male cohort. Her shoes, nails, accessories and hair will all be on point. His on the other hand, will all be manicured down to just the basics. What’s the deal men of Uptown? More specifically, what’s up with your hair?
There are basically three haircuts seen on Uptown Charlotte men.
The below images have been altered to protect the… guilty.
1. “The Bro”
This haircut is worn by bros who are recently out of college, would rather still be in college if they had the option to, or want to fight The Man by wearing a long hairstyle in a conservative banking workplace like their bros from their frat do. This style varies in length from the long example seen above to ending just above the ears. All lengths are shaggy and soft. This look can be seen after-hours at places like The Attic or chugging Bud Light alongside “The Brotha Fred” at Bar Charlotte.
2. “The Politician”
This is by far the most popular men’s Uptown hairstyle. This hairstyle varies from a super-gelled side part to a Julius Caesar-esque style soft cut with loose curls that form a neat hair helmet on the afflicted. This style has been known to grow into “The Bro” if unmaintained long enough. Its natural habitat is at home in front of the Xbox or, if coaxed out after dark, at places like the lounge upstairs at Chima or playing pool holding a scotch on the rocks at Madison’s.
This is a very popular style with the Epicenter set. It can be seen on early 20’s boy toys cruising for cougars at the bar at Villa Antonio’s to 30-something men wearing a bedazzled shirt with a giant cross on it who are desperately still trying to keep up with the boy toys at Suite. This style can sometimes be good looking on the right guy, but it looks generally douche-y on the bulk of the population when it’s seen in daylight on a guy sporting the unofficial Uptown Charlotte men’s uniform: khakis and a blue striped shirt.
It’s difficult to ascertain who is at fault for the mass proliferation of the above three hairstyles amongst Charlotte men in the last few years. It’s a causality dilemma much like the chicken v. the egg. Are Charlotte men repeatedly asking for these styles and forcing their hair stylists into submission, or are Charlotte hairdressers guilty of suggesting these styles over and over again because they’re so skilled in these three cuts that it’s easier to do another one and continue on with their day? We may never know.