A bowl cut, also known as a pot haircut, or a mushroom cut, is a haircut where the hair is cut short on the sides and back and looking as though someone put a bowl on the head and cut off all the visible hair. A famous bowl cut wearer in the U.S. was Moe Howard, who wore it as part of his "Three Stooges" persona.
Historically this haircut was popular among common people of various nationalities as an easy and relatively neat cut by a non-professional. Indeed, it was done by putting a cooking pot of a fit size to the level of ears, and all hair below the rim was cut or even shaven off. In some cultures it was a normal type of haircut. In other cultures the bowl cut was viewed as an attribute of poverty, signifying that the wearer could not afford to visit a barber. The bowl cut is quite common among the Amish, and is also seen among some indigenous tribes such as the Yanomamo.
From the late twentieth century on the haircut resurfaced as a rock music counterculture style credited to the Beatles' moptop hairstyles and the Ramones' early stylized bowl cuts. The bowl cut gained popularity in America among teenaged and pre-teen boys in the 1980s and the hairstyle was a veritable fad in some American locales. The popularity of the bowl cut faded in the mid-1990s. More recently the style has re-emerged on the UK music scene along with the renaissance of the "shoegaze" and garage rock genres among young bands, one notable stalwart wearer of the style over the last few years being influential Leeds DJ and man-about-town Dan McEvoy. Despite this the style continues to be more popular for girls. It could be argued that their inspiration is neither Moe of The Three Stooges nor McEvoy but in fact strong female role models such as Joan Of Arc and the singer of the US band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O.