Hairstyles through the decades, While every fashionista talks about how styles and trends have changed over the years along with the evolving times, there are certain aspects that people often forget how there are other things that change along with the fashions and how these things play such an important role in enhancing the fashion trends of that time. I am talking accessories here and hairstyles as well.
Hairstyles through the decades
As we all know both the wrong hairdo as well as the accessories can make or break an outfit no matter how stunning or authentic you might be. So if you have like say, short cropped hair and ballerina shoes with your ’70s Flower Power skirt then you are sure headed for a tremendous fashion disaster. Read on to find out how different hairstyles have evolved over the times according to the different looks and the lifestyles adopted by the people of those times as well.
The 1950s was the time of short, neat hair with no long and shaggy tresses. Hairstyles were minimal and not messy at all. There was a trend for curly hair as well. This was not the time for the careless beauty of the emancipated woman. In those times women had to look good and be admired. As a result they took a tremendous amount of time and patience in trying to curl or style their hair. They would either put it in rollers or use a lot of hairspray. In the late 1950s came the huge beehives and the poodle perm. Remember Lucille Ball and Brigitte Bardot? The look was now a little more bolder and a lot less neater. However the stylistic and the huge amounts of hairspray remained.
This bouffant look remained even during the ’60s. However, the sixties were not so swinging at least in terms of hair. Hair had to be strictly in place, using lots of hairspray. The voluminous look of hair was still there however. Even the bob was pretty popular back then. However, in the later part of the 1960s, the short crop “cropped” up. This was started by Twiggy who is one of the world’s first supermodels. By now, the famous hippie movement was on, though the long haired shaggy look was yet to.
The 1970s were all about universal love and freedom and also about fighting the establishment as all of you who know what the hippie movement was all about. Representing the peak of the Flower Power movement, there were a variety of innovative and often downright bizarre hairstyles then. There was the shag, the afro, mullet, Farrah Flicks, and the disco wedge as well. All the hairstyles of this time were without any particular structure or stylization. This represented the liberal and the anti-conventional side of the movement which went against all rules and rigidity that society had imposed on individuals.
There was the long and straight hair that women wanted, as did the men. There was Cher, with her long straight hair, as was Florence Henderson with her shag. Remember Jenny in “Forrest Gump”? Now, that is hippie hair. Not just the girls, even the men had that long haired shaggy look with the fringes falling over the eyes. If you ever listened to the Fab Four, then I need not talk any further. And if you don’t know who the Fab Four are, then you probably should not even be reading this. Farrah Fawcett was another style icon of those times. She had created a new look for herself. She had light and feathered hair which flicked outwards in the front. As is obvious, these looks did not require any stylization or structuring at all. Some of these looks are in vogue even today.
The 1980s were different in terms of stylization. It was somehow similar to the sixties but not the bouffant styles though. This look tied in with the new hair products that were out on the market shelves. There were gels, waxes and mousses. Now came the repertoire of the bizarre styles that one could ever find. There was crimping, thick and puffy fringes and different accessories as well! Headbands, scrunchies and bobbles abounded everywhere and all the time. Some girls sported the long side pony look. The ones with short hair went in for the gelled and the spiky look. Volume was back in a big way now. Thus there was a whole lot of experimentation around.
The1980s was all about the punk and the rock music scene around. Now there were the punks and the rockers who went around with hair colored in the brightest neon colors possible. They had the Mohawk cut or even the mullet. A lot of these styles were jarring and bizarre to say the least. The natural and the unstructured look of the seventies was all but lost as artificiality came back in a big way.
The eighties ended with all the sane people heaving a sigh of relief at the eyesores that went in the name of style. The nineties saw a drastic decrease in the use of hair styling products and crazy hair as well. Natural styles came back in a big way, just like the seventies. But one must remember that a lot of the so-called “natural” look of the hippie movement was actually a put on, as people wanted to “look natural” and carefree. But this time, people actually left hair to their own devices. It was time for grunge to make a dramatic entry into the fashion scene. Now it was the era of the wash and wear hair.
There were messy up-dos and long ponytails and at times, the loose “seventies” hair as well. This trend arose largely because of the fact that people, especially women no longer had the time to fuss with their hair. They were now the modern working women who did not care two hoots as to how presentable they looked in male dominated society. Hair was minimal and no-fuss. Look at Rachel in “Friends” and also the tousled “bed-head” look pioneered by actress Meg Ryan.
Lastly from 2018 till the present there have been a variety of looks which have largely depended upon individual style. There is the layered style or the long hair in a tousled look. There is also the heavily dyed “emo” look as well. There has been a revival of the punk look, albeit more moderate.