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Bangs: Men’s Choice of Hairstyle in Russia

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Bangs or chubchik (чубчик or бокс) in Russian, is a popular hair style among gopniks, teenagers and rednecks in Russia. Resembling, a Chelsea haircut, an extreme punk hairstyle that is mainly worn by women, chubchik is worn by Russian men as well.

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The basic haircut consists of leaving the hair on front part of the head long (about two inches), while entirely shaving off the hair on the rest of the skull.

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Back in early 1800’s, criminals were half-shaved before being imprisoned. Letters “КАТ” were burned with a hot iron on the skull, short for каторжанин “convict”.

The modern hairstyle originates in fifties, when it was popular among street gangs and thieves. This can be confirmed by old Russian chanson songs popular at that time: “Чубчик кучерявый” (Curly Bangs).

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Some also refer to the military origins of the hairstyle, popular among dedy (grandpas, meaning soldiers at their third or fourth year of compulsory service). In the army, bangs are hidden with headgear so rebelious “grandpa” looks according to the military guidelines.

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It’s not clear, why the hairstyle is making its comeback into “low” classes of society, but it sure looks unusual.

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  1. I have a nearly bald 77 year old male friend who has a single blond curl on his head just above his forehead, which he keeps in a curl shape with some glue-like goop to keep it curled when he fixes it in the morning. He told me it is a chubchik. I like this curl on his head very much. Do you have any pictures of this type of chubchik you can show on this website???

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