A cut above the rest: Brits’ most copied celebrity hairstyles revealed

Posted on 31 January 2024
By Khyle Medany
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Jennifer Aniston’s ‘The Rachel’ from Friends, Taylor Swift’s fringe and Justin Bieber’s mop-top are the most copied celebrity haircuts of all time.

Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air high-top fade, Ariana Grande’s topknot and Margot Robbie’s ‘Harley Quinn’ pigtails also made the list.

The research of 2,000 adults was commissioned by Universal Pictures ahead of the release of the razor-witted, reality-bending, globe-encircling new spy thriller from the twisted mind of Matthew Vaughn (Kingsmanfranchise, Kick-Ass), Argylle. In the film, Henry Cavill stars as Agent Argylle, with an iconic new vision of the ’80s flat top haircut.

In Argylle, Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World franchise) is Elly Conway, the reclusive spy novelist who is drawn into the real world of espionage when the plots of her fictional books, centred on Agent Argylle (Cavill), begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-spy organisation.

The research also found 33 percent of adults tried to copy a ‘do they’d seen on screen – to varying degrees of success.

But 23 percent of them said they regretted their hair choices from back in the day, with 21 per cent going as far as to call it a ‘complete disaster.’

Argylle director Matthew Vaughn said the idea for Agent Argylle’s hairstyle came from a very specific era in fashion and film “Agent Argylle’s appearance is a bold, instantly iconic throwback to the ‘80s,” Vaughn said. “I have had an enduring obsession with the styles of that era, including the likes of Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, and the era’s signature flattops. Henry’s portrayal is great. I needed someone who could exude the essence of a James Bond-type character, but with a twist. Whoever could play James Bond, I thought, ‘I’m going to give him a flattop and a Nehru jacket.’ It is quite challenging to pull off that look but Henry managed to do it seamlessly.”

Chris McMillian, hairstylist to the stars and creator of Henry Cavill’s flat top in Argylle said:

“We all love to be inspired when it comes to hairstyles, and culture is hugely influenced by what we see on our screens, with every decade having an iconic hairstyle that has filtered down from A-list celebrities to the masses.

“I usually come up with a specific hairstyle after having seen the model or celebrity I’m working with and that’s exactly how it happened for Henry Cavill and his Argylle flat top. It’s natural that people often look up to celebrities and I’m convinced that everyone can suit any hairstyle; it might just be a case of making some simple adjustments.

Some of the other often-copied cuts in the list included Eminem’s bleach-blonde buzzcut and Audrey Hepburn’s iconic pixie crop seen in Roman Holiday.

For 11 percent of those who have attempted to copy a celebrity cut, the results were so bad that  people actually laughed at them.

But that won’t stop 13 per cent of those questioned by OnePoll from considering themselves at least somewhat likely to copy a famous trim in 2024.

A fifth (22 percent) of people who ever change their hairstyle say they do it less often than once a decade.

But more than half (54 percent) have, at some point, gone in for a total hairstyle transformation with a completely new look.

And typically, 44 percent who do switch up their barnets do it after careful planning, although 22 percent are more likely to act on impulse.

Matthew Vaughn’s  ‘Argylle’, from Apple Original Films in association with MARV, 

is released by Universal Pictures in UK cinemas on 1st February.

THE MOST-COPIED CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLES:

  1. Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Rachel’ cut
  2. Taylor Swift’s fringe
  3. Justin Bieber’s big fringe
  4. Farah Fawcett’s feathered hair from Charlie’s Angels
  5. Cheryl Cole’s dark red, long hair
  6. Arianne Grande’s topknot
  7. Eminem’s bleach blonde cut
  8. Margot Robbie’s ‘Harley Quinn’ pigtails
  9. Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Carrie’ curls
  10. Will Smith’s Fresh Prince flat top
  11. Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday pixie cut
  12. Cillian Murphy’s ‘undercut’ as ‘Tommy Shelby’ in Peaky Blinders
  13. Rihanna’s red crop as seen in the film Battleship
  14. Uma Thurman’s Pulp Fiction bob
  15. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator flat top
  16. Elvis Presley’s quiff
  17. Jason Statham’s shaved head
  18. Frankie Bridge’s pixie cut
  19. Jennifer Grey’s perm in Dirty Dancing
  20. Carrie Fisher’s ‘Princess Leia’ Star Wars buns