November 14, 2014
Over the course of the 1900s hairstyles have taken drastic turns. Through the years certain styles have come back into fashion while others have for the most part stayed out of the forefront. Take a look at some of the most popular hairstyles from each of these decades and how they influence style today.
The Roaring Twenties was a time for cultural and artistic dynamism. During this time period it was popular to have short hair, as was common with the many young flapper girls. Black was one of the most popular hair colors and many women young and old tried to get this shade. The blunt bob with sharp edges moving from the bangs to the rest of the hair was especially popular.
Mae West, an iconic figure of the time, bringing a new look for women. The popular hairstyle at the time was slightly longer than the bob, usually resting around the shoulders. Rather than the straight strands of the past decade, it was popular to curl the hair with finger waves being the most popular. During this time hats also became more popular among women.
Hair continued to lengthen into the 1940s. In addition to this fashionable hairnets also made their way into popular style. Getting curls that would last all week long was priority for many women, leading them to visit the hair salon once a week to wash and curl their hair. Judy Garland, the star of the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz was one of the top role models for style in this decade.
Most women during the 1950s chose to curl their hair rather than leaving it straight, embracing their femininity. The poodle cut was first introduced at this time, as were other experimental new styles. While there were variations, most women chose short or medium length hairstyles. There were many famous influences on style during this time including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
The 1960s were a time of change, and the world of hair was no different. New and evolving hairstyles were brought into this era including the beehive, long waves, and the pixie cut. But it wasn’t only women’s hairstyles that were changing, men were also switching up their style. Longer men’s cuts were being worn, as well as natural afros being grown out.
Farah Fawcett was one of the of the most iconic figures of beauty during this decade. The part down the center with full body was worn by many women during this time. In addition to this big wavy curls were worn with plenty of hairspray and volumizing spray to hold it all in place.
In the 1980s, the bigger the hair the better. This decade was when crimping irons were the backbone of style, not just for women but for men as well. Excessive amounts of time were spent making the hair as big as possible.
During this time movie stars began to influence the hair industry. In particular “the Rachel”, based on Jennifer Aniston’s character in friends was a popular hairstyle for many women. This layered style influenced many over this time.
The early 2000s have been influenced by many of the previous decades with not many distinct styles coming to the forefront of fashion. While the ombre look gained popularity, it did not rise so far to surpass every other current style.