With the hair loss industry tipping the money counter at 2.8 Billion dollars a year, hair lines have never had more shine than now (no pun intended). Case in point, Lebron James opens a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio that will ensure hundreds of kids are college and career ready and people still can’t resist noticing the intricacies of the mans wig (American street slang for hair).
Hairlines In The News
Nikki Minaj’s former collaborator and boyfriend Safaree Samuels was recently featured on websites across the net for the revelation that his ex lover funded his $12,000 hairline. With Nas spending $10,000 a month on grooming (as reported during divorce proceedings) and Dj Khaled getting three haircuts a week, it’s safe to say that a marketable hairline goes a long way.
Hairlines of the Past
James Brown once said “Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he’s got it all.” Brown would go on to inspire his young disciple The Reverend Al Sharpton to shape his image around his blatantly straightened and conditioned hair style.
Hairline and the Bottom Line
When it comes to music, which hairline adds the most to the bottom line? We’re going to compare numbers between the Jheri Curl ( Invented by the hairdresser Jheri Redding, the Jheri curl gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look), The Box (made famous by Bobby Brown, Cameo, along with Kid and play), Dread locks (popularized internationally by Reggae artists like Bob Marley, and the feathered style (adorned by Prince, and James Brown).
4. The Box
Bobby Brown – 18 Million solo albums sold of Don’t Be Cruel Worldwide.
Kid n Play have long moved on from their signature haircuts.
Bob Marley – As of December 2017, his album Legend spent a total of 500 non consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart. It has sold over 15 Million copies since 1991 and currently sells more than 5,000 copies a week in the United States.
2. The Feather
Prince – 100 Million Albums Sold Worldwide
James Brown – 71 studio albums, 14 live albums, and an incredible 144 singles
1. The Jheri Curl
Eazy E – 10 Million sold U.S Alone, first Hardcore Rap Album to top Billboard.
Michael Jackson – 1 Billion Sales Worldwide. Thriller is the biggest selling album of all time.
Rapper Ice Cube with a Jheri Curl
Jheri Redding, Inventor of the Jheri Curl
So whether you decide to go with a classic fade, or just want to get your Larry Blackmon from Cameo on, it pays to have a good barber on speed dial. You never know when you might need to monetize that hairline!