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Major Hair Moments From The World Of Professional Wrestling

‘Lady Antionette’ photographed by Ysanya Perez

By Tautahi Subritzky

‘Wrestle-core’ might not be a circulating trend on our social media feeds just yet, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing the world of professional wrestling to your attention. And who knows? We might be onto something. There are plenty of riveting docos out there.

Live-action professional wrestling has re-entered the popular sphere, in part, with the latest wrestling league causing a sensation in the U.S..The all-women’s league, hailing from Japan, under the title ‘Sukeban’, faced off in the ‘square circle’ to an audience of 1000 at this year's Art Basel Miami.

Athleticism, art, fashion and beauty went head to head with fighters bedecked in costumes by ‘Sukeban’ co-founder and fashion designer Olympia Le Tan, custom headwear by the acclaimed milliner Stephen Jones, beauty by the innovative makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench and hair by the acclaimed stylist Dennis Lanni. It was a total fashion “moment” that we didn’t know we needed (and of course, we’re obsessed!).

‘Atomic Banshee’ photographed by Ysanya Perez

‘Konami’ photographed by Ysanya Perez

‘Midnight Player’ photographed by Ysanya Perez

Globally, live professional wrestling reached peak popularity throughout the 90’s and into the early 2000’s via the televised matches on WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), formerly known as WWF (World Wrestling Federation), and presented pro-wrestling like it had never been seen before. Beyond the physical act of wrestling, WWE involved many aspects seen in other popular entertainment mediums. Action, drama, love, betrayal, good vs. evil, overcoming adversity, the list goes on.

What WWE also gave us was some spectacular sartorial pageantry and some truly major hair moments. Scroll through while we revisit some of the looks that we love.



Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart

Scott ‘Razor Ramon’ Hall

Shawn Michaels

Move over ‘Mermaid-core’ cause we’re suddenly into something a little more “sweaty”.

For the WWE wrestlers, drenched and dripping hair created drama by enhancing visual impact during their moves, while also aiding in the practical aspect of keeping them cool.

Keen to try the look for yourself? If they weren’t slathering their hair in Vaseline, most wrestlers resorted to using a leave-in conditioner or hair serum to get that perspired “sweat-look”.

Pumped-up volume

‘Sensational Sherri’


‘Ultimate Warrior’

‘Luna Vachon’

Big hair was a thing on WWE with many pro-wrestlers opting for a high-impact voluminous hair look. If you want to do the same, but you're not so keen to brush out the tangles caused by backcombing, why not try some pumped-up volumising hair products?


Curt ‘Mr. Perfect’ Hennig

Terry ‘Red Rooster’ Taylor

‘Rick Rude’

Brutus ‘The Barber’ Beefcake

Love it or hate it, the mullet is here to stay. A style that morphs between cool and uncool but doesn’t seem to quite care either way. You might not want to emulate these exact WWE versions but show them to your stylist anyway! They’ll be sure to guide you in the right direction (and maybe have a little laugh too).


John Cena

Scott Steiner

‘Hawk’ & ‘Animal’

Tyson Kidd

Short and sweet. For cropped and buzzed short hair looks like these, focus on scalp care.


‘Bull Nakano’


‘Miss Elizabeth’

‘Ric Flair’

Pro-wrestling and flamboyance go hand in hand with many of the WWE “superstars” pushing glamour to the extreme.

If there’s anything we can learn from these athletes, it’s to embrace individualism, push the limits of your everyday look, and maybe try that unnatural hair colour you’ve been thinking about?

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