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TOP 12: ICONIC DJ HAIRSTYLES

07 January 2012
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TOP 12: ICONIC DJ HAIRSTYLES

12. Rob Da Bank’s Rapunzel
The Bestival curator has been known to throw his ever-growing pony tail over the side of a raised DJ booth, allowing ecstatic ravers to climb up his flowing locks to give him a peck on the cheek. Usually while he plays that d’n’b remix of The Fugees.

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11. PVD’s short back and sides
A sensible haircut for those DJs wishing to cultivate an unassuming, calm and business-like demeanour. Unfortunately it often appears as though the subject is on their way to a job interview. Joris Voorn, Caribou and a plethora of trancers also sport the style.

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10. Josh Wink’s acid dreads
One of many acid techno gurus who brought the spirit of the swamp to dance music. But like many a trustafarian before him, by the time he hit his thirties the locks were gone, and with them the hope of mass spiritual enlightenment on earth. 

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09. The DJ PIerre Acid Afro
The afro itself was not a new concept; combining it with acid house was. Pierre led the way and Moodymann, Felix da Housecat and in dubstep, Benga followed suit. A bouncy nod to the origins of Detroit techno, Chicago house and Blaxploitation funk of the 70s. 

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08. Esser’s Kid ‘n’ Play flat top
The 80s hip hop duo popularised the high-top-fade, and two decades later it was rehashed by crooner Esser. Advances in hair gel made this possible, as previously a white man’s hair did not have the gravity-defying capacity of his darker skinned brother. 

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07. Mark Ronson’s white quiff
In an attempt to distance himself from the 60s funk sound of ‘Version’, Ronson bleached his quiff white in homage to 80s pop star Kirk Brandon. Consequently, Pixar are rumoured to be basing a new animated super villain on him in an upcoming film.

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06. Oakie’s middle shed
It’s a hairdo taken directly from a Dawson’s Creek teenager and transplanted onto a man in his forties. However, given the media attention it creates, it may well be the greatest marketing ploy of the 21st century. Perhaps the joke’s on us..

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05. Arthur Biker's Viking vibes
Electro pioneer, superproducer and possible sometime Viking, Arthur Baker would look equally at home on a Harley Davidson as behind the decks. But don’t let the Hells Angel appearance fool you: he actually prefers to ride a dinky Lambretta scooter.

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04. The Slick Angello
A quick glance at any Scorcese flick shows that it is mandatory for at least one member of any mafia to have slicked back hair. Typically associated with unbuttoned white cotton shirts and infinity pools, the Slick Angello epitomises the jet-setting DJ highlife. 

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03. David Guetta’s mop chop
The only person on this page who gets free product, Guetta sports a proper nice guy hair-do – surely you can’t be a dick and have hair like this? He’s like a lovable, floppy, friendly Labrador. You’d be happy to give his hair a good ruffle and let him lick your face.

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02. The Hawtin Fringe
Inspired a generation to invest in a pair of hair straighteners in the hope that by mimicking the minimal don’s asymmetrical fringe their capacity to use advanced DJ technology would increase tenfold. Sadly, most of them looked like a science teacher with comb-over.

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1. Annie and Toddla’s Supercurl
As sported, with some style, by Radio 1 jocks Annie Mac and Toddla T, the barely controlled Supercurl is indicative perhaps of an eclectic, freedom-loving approach to dance music. Or maybe a homage to the all-conquering Liverpool FC side of the 1970s. Possibly related to the slightly more disciplined acid afro, the Supercurl is in its element bouncing along behind the decks to some ridiculously bass-heavy ‘whoop whoop’.

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