The first years of the 1800s introduced a semi-revolution in men's hairstyles. A significant tax on hair powder brought an abrupt end to the practice of wearing powdered wigs for the general public. Although, for men in prestigious professions such as lawyers, military officers and older conservative men maintained the powdered wig.
What emerged was often referred to as the Bedford Crop. The young men who considered themselves to be fashionable maintained short cropped hairstyles often with longer sideburns.