Mod Haircuts for Men

By John Zaremba

Mod haircuts have the distinction of having been worn by some of the coolest people ever to have roamed the Earth: McCartney, Lennon, Jagger and Richards have all worn them and made them a timeless statement of rock-and-roll rebellion. The mod haircut is still around, both in classic and updated forms, and all it takes is a mop-top and an attitude.

Classic Mod

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An example of a classic mod haircut

Mod hair has evolved over the decades, but its roots are undeniable: It's all about the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Sporting one of the styles from the British Invasion days will give you a vintage mod look, but more contemporary styles are at your disposal.

Post-Classic Mod

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Rocker Rod Stewart earned the nickname "The Mod" for his stylish post-Beatles haircut.

Early Beatles and Stones cuts were cool but also kind of cutesy. The bands turned up the rebellion factor when they grew their mop-tops longer and swapped their suit jackets for sleek black turtlenecks. Increasing the shag and volume of a classic mop-top cut will have you looking like you belong on the cover of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul," and not on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Modern Mod

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This haircut incorporates Mod bangs with modern short sides.

Mod haircuts have taken a futuristic twist in the early 2000s. Instead of merely being long and mop-shaped, they're now being embellished with swoops, shapes and wild shredded texture--all, of course, in the spirit of rebellion. Wild waves, bright colors, clever cropping and chaotic just-woke-up shaping all have their part in the new mod style.