Bad guy's favorite hairstyle:

Corn rows for men


In "The Panic Room," actor Jared Leto started a stressed tresses trend as one of a trio of trespassing tramps. Leto's thug was tense, tight, and on edge. So was his hairstyle. Corn rows, long a staple of African American fashion, involves tight braids coursing over the scalp.

Leto's braided baddie was soon followed by a vicious corn-rowed vampire in "Blade 2." Here, actor Danny John-Jules as the blood sucker Asad, gives super models a run for their money with an outstanding runway-style 180 degree view of his entire corn field. All we need now is a vintage Madonna blasting from the PA system. Vogue!

By the fall, Samuel Jackson couldn't resist a ride on the corn rows Cadillac as the anti-heroic drug designer of "Formula 51." And judging from these examples, a close-cropped beard and moustache are crucially corny accessories.

Not easily dismayed, we at nonetheless became nervous. It seemed that the corn rows' crusade was unstoppable. While not suggesting that the corn rows hairstyle is actually a symbol of evil, it is not necessarily the healthiest of hair styles. The chronic pulling of the hair follicles can result in permanent hair loss of the frontal scalp. Wouldn't many young movie-goers emulate this look, potentially speeding their journey to Bald City? Would there be any way to save America's hair line?




 Funky and free, bring on the Afro! Undercover Brother...

 ...Beyonce Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra...

 ...and "Barbershop's" Cedric the Entertainer try to show the young folk how it's done.

Yet before our darkest fears could be realized, the retro style of Eddie Griffin as "Undercover Brother" arrived with a hip choice other than premature baldness. While villains' follicles were stressed, his heroic hair is stress-free. Without warning, like a nappy cavalry, the 70s stalwart known only as the Afro reappeared as the look of the new millennium. This natural style is recommended because it doesn't damage the hairs or follicles. Protecting Griffin's funky flank, Austin Powers' Foxxy Brown also proudly displayed her profound plumage. Similarly, "Barbershop" veteran Cedric the Entertainer stayed Old School, not willing to risk his follicles for art.

Jackon's "Formula 51" character circa 1972 and 2002.

Now what was Samuel Jackson to do? He understandably wanted to maintain his corn row street cred, but saw the healthy alternative of an outlandish Afro. Ever the joiner, he did what any savvy movie star might. He used both styles for the same role. Early in "Formula 51," Jackson plays a psychedelic era biochemist tuning in, turning on and dropping out. His free love attitude is reflected by his funky all natural Afro. When sent to prison for drug use, he emerges hardened and cynical, with the designer drug formula that will make him rich. Now a classic anti-hero, his tightly wound hairstyle insures an appearance as current as cash fresh from the ATM.
Who will win the continuing battle of the 'Fros vs. the Rows? Stop by your neighborhood barbershop and we're sure someone will have an opinion...

Evil hairstyle, Runner up:

The Comb-Over



 Scott Evil in "Goldmember."

 Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"

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