90s film star Jonathan Brandis sporting an example of curtained hair, 1993 Curtained hair is the term given to the hairstyle featuring a long fringe divided in either a middle parting or a side parting. When used, it generally applies to males. This haircut was popular in Europe and North America throughout the 1990s and briefly in the early 2000s.
German soldiers with "Hitler Youth haircuts" A shorter version of the haircut, parted in the middle and kept in place with pomade became popular during the Edwardian era as a more practical alternative to the longer hair and sideburns fashionable from the 1840s-1890s. This was due in part to the popularity of sporting activities like rugby football among younger men.
Curtained hair was popular during the jazz age of the 1920s and 30s before hep cats and zoot suiters switched to the ducktail and pompadour hairstyles. In Nazi Germany, a version of this haircut which was long on top but shaved at the back and sides was popular among Wehrmacht officers, giving it the nickname "Hitler youth haircut."
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto with the shorter, side parted version of curtains. In the late 1980s curtained hair, derived from the bowl cut, made a comeback among fans of New Wave, synthpop, and electronic music as an alternative to the mullets and backcombed hair worn by glam metal bands. A longer, collar-length version of the haircut went mainstream in the early 1990s and was worn by many celebrities, most notably Tom Cruise.
Curtained hair went out of style in the early 2000s, but underwent a revival in 2012 among indie kids who imitated the 1930s version: brylcreemed on top and shaved at the back like a psychobilly mohawk, as worn by the lead singer of Arcade Fire.
Popularity among entertainers
Some of its main patrons included Hugh Grant, Matt Damon, David Beckham, Leonardo Dicaprio, Brendan Fraser, Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, Lifehouse's Jason Wade (in the early 2000s), Stephen Baldwin, Westlife's Brian McFadden, David Bowie, Matthew Lawrence, Jonathan Brandis, Devon Sawa, Ben Adams, Michael Pitt (on and off in the 2000s, notably in 2007 film Funny Games U.S.), Christian Ingebrigtsen, Edward Furlong, Rider Strong, Joe Jonas, Jensen Ackles (during his modeling career & the nineties; most notably during his run on 'Days of Our Lives'), and Jonathan Ross.
It is unsure when this style became fashionable in the Far East, but evidence of it in Japanese media can be seen from before the 1990s. Many anime characters, such as Dragonball Z's Trunks and Fullmetal Alchemist's Edward Elric have this haircut.
The haircut is featured on many video game characters, such as Resident Evil's Leon S. Kennedy, Legacy of Kain's Raziel and Onimusha's Samanosuke Akechi.
The hairstyle has been often featured in late 90's/early 2000's animated films. Characters who had it include: Dimitri from Anastasia (1997), David Kawena from Lilo & Stitch (2002), Jim Hawkins from Walt Disney's Treasure Planet (2002), Milo James Thatch from Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Cale Tucker from Titan A.E. (2000), John Smith from Pocahontas (1995), and Gary Johnston from Team America: World Police (2004).