A Recent History Of Hair & Hair Styles

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  • The pompadour was created by combing hair against the sides of the head and pulling it up and over on itself. It was made famous by celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
  •  Lucille Ball popularized the poodle cut, which gives women with curly hair a style advantage, and her trademark strawberry-blond style remains easily recognizable.
  •  Grace Kelly made dramatic side parts and long bobs popular and they have been copied by generations of women since. Her cool blond shade also remains extremely coveted.
  •  Audrey Hepburn popularized the pixie, a very short hairstyle with even shorter bangs known as fringe. It became even more fashionable when Vidal Sassoon gave the cut to Mia Farrow for her role in Rosemary’s Baby.


  • Nothing says big hair like the beehive. Women achieved this style by teasing up their hair with plenty of spray in a tall dome shape that mimicked a beehive. The style, also known as the B-52, inspired a band from Georgia to name itself after the ’do. It was created by Illinois stylist Margaret Vinci Heldt and popularized by stars such as Dusty Springfield and Aretha Franklin.
  • Similar to a long bob, many women wore their hair in a pageboy style, with straight hair hanging to below the ear, where it usually turns under. It was named after what was thought to be the haircut of an English page boy.


  • American-born actress Jean Seberg became known for “La Seberg coup,” as the style was known in France. It became a signature look for rebellious women.’
  •  The skinhead style has its roots in Britain’s working-class neighbourhoods in the mid- to late-1960s and is derived from a working-class youth cult known as the Mods. The tough youths, who adopted the name skinheads, cut their hair close to prevent their hair from hindering them in street fights.


  • The mop-top is born when the Beatles, playing Hamburg, encounter German art students who combed their hair forward in a style called “mushroom head.”
  •  U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox-perfect look inspired millions of American women to change their style and brought a new era of elegance to the White House.


  • The afro is a hairstyle sported largely by African Americans and people with curly hair. It was popularized by the “black is beautiful” movement and by icons such as Jimi Hendrix. The Isro is the Jewish-American version of this style.
  •  An alternative to the afro, wearers of corn rows braided their hair tightly to their scalp, usually in rows, and secured them with elastic bands. This do was also made popular during the “black is beautiful” movement.


  • The feathered flip, otherwise known as the Farah-do, was made popular by actress Farah Fawcett. The look required the hair to be parted and teased back but it remained soft and flowing.


  • The ultimate redneck haircut, the mullet is largely associated with lower classes. The mullet hairstyle is long in the back and short in the front. It is said to have originated with Blackfoot and Crow horsemen and buffalo hunters.


  • Dorothy Hamill struck Olympic gold with the Hamill camel figure-skating move, then struck gold again when she starred in Clairol’s Short & Sassy Shampoo commercials with her signature haircut, the wedge.


  • Popularized by Robert De Niro in the 1976 film Taxi Driver, the Mohawk was also the trademark style of the punk rock movement. Shaving their head except for a strip in the middle, punkers stiffened the remaining hair with eggs, glue, hairspray, pomade or gel.
  •  The Jheri curl was a popular hairstyle in the African American community. Invented by and named for Jheri Redding, this style gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look.


  • The rattail was a hairstyle involving a long lock of hair on the back of the neck. The long hair was either left alone, braided, permed or dreadlocked.

1980s and early 1990s:

  • The hi-top fade (commonly called a flattop) was a popular style in the golden age of hip hop. The style featured close-cropped sides and puffy hair on top kept long. In a low fade, the hair on top was kept shorter. It was a common style in the African American community (think Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Arsenio Hall), but was also popular with white hip hoppers like Vanilla Ice.


  • New Wave hairstyles emerged from the music genre of the same name, popularized by bands such as The Cure, The Smiths and New Order. Looks included asymmetrical hairstyles (hair on one side noticeable longer than the other side) and Flock of Seagulls styling (named after Flock of Seagulls lead singer Mike Score who wore his hair short on the side and back with a flowing top that fell in front of the face).
  •  Many women in the 1980s believed in the mantra, “the higher the hair, the closer to God.” Commonly worn with bangs, big ’80s hair was often layered or feathered to get more volume on top, then curled, permed, crimped or back-combed to make it big. Lots of hairspray, gel or mousse was used to keep the hair in place.
  •  Side ponytails were popularized in the 1980s by pop stars and “valley girl” mallrats. With this style, girls pulled all their hair back and fixed it (sometimes high) on one side of the head, often with a “scrunchy” hair tie. Some girls crimped the hair to add extra body to the ponytail.


  • The Rachel haircut, also known as simply the Rachel, was a bouncy, square-layered cut made popular by Jennifer Aniston, who played character Rachel Green in the first season of Friends. Known as a “shag” in hairdressing circles, this popular hairstyle was created by stylist Chris McMillan.


  • Long, shaggy, bed-head hair was popular with men, emulating the style of popular indie and garage rock bands like The Strokes and The White Stripes. This messy style was meant to look as if its wearer had just rolled out of bed, though there was effort behind the do.


  • The A-line bob was made popular by actress Audrey Tautou in the movie Amelie. It required very short, dark hair in a bob style angled at the back with chic short bangs on the forehead.


  • By June, celebrity magazines had already dubbed 2012 the year of the bang. From microfringes to thick, blunt bangs, the New York Times reported that women are opting for bangs over Botox, since they can camouflage a thinning hairline or make a narrow face seem wider.


photo source: smh.com.au

information source: thestar.com/life/2012/07/13/hairstyles_through_the_ages.html

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