Most Influential Hairstyles

There have been several hairstyles which had us literally running to our stylist to make an exact replica. Here are a dozen of them.

1. The Bob- The short, sassy style was such of a craze when it made its debut in the 1920s it spawned a short story “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. A film version followed in the ’70s, starring Shelley Duvall. I watched it in my English class in high school. Women, including actresses Colleen Moore and Louise Brooks, were seen as being rebellious for cutting their hair into a bob.

2. The Veronica Lake look- In the 1940s, women were craving the ultra-sexy look movie actress Veronica Lake was sporting. Her hair was long and blonde, with one eye being covered by it. The style was given the name “the peekaboo”.

3. The Jackie Kennedy/Laura Petrie flip- This look was so popular, two icons are given credit for it. Both had gorgeous, dark hair, parted on the side, and flipped up at the ends. Mary Tyler Moore has mentioned the huge amounts of hairspray needed to keep her hair in place. Both would later grow out their hair, opting for longer styles.

4. The Pixie- Legend has it when Frank Sinatra did not invite his girlfriend, Mia Farrow, to his 50th b-day party in 1965, she cut her long, blonde hair our of anger. Whether this is true or not, we were introduced to the shortest look to date on a woman, the pixie. It shows off the eyes and face in a way no other cut does. Super-twin model Twiggy, and in later years Halle Berry would wear the style, also.

5. The Afro- The Afro crossed gender, and even racial lines. This symbol of black pride was worn by celebs from Sammy Davis Jr, Don Cornelius, and Bill Cosby, to activists like Angela Davis, to entire musical groups including the O ‘Jays and the Ohio Players, to several of my relatives. Even Barbra Streisand, and Don Henley of the Eagles jumped on the bandwagon. Having the right pick and sheen spray were a must to keep this style looking its best. The bigger, the better.

6. The Long, Bone Straight Look- Cher and Ali MacGraw always come to mind when this style is mentioned. The longer your hair was, and the straighter you could get it, the prettier and sleeker it was. Usually, the hair was parted down the middle. Some women took to actually ironing their hair. This was before the flat iron.

7. The Shag- Jane Fonda’s role in 1971’s “Klute” not only won her an Oscar, but started a new hair craze. The shag was simple and sexy at the same time. You looked like you just rolled out of bed with it, and it was very easy to maintain. Your basic necessities were a brush and maybe some hairspray. It was the cut that revolutionized the look of Carol Brady.

8. The Dorothy Hamill wedge- The 1976 Winter Olympics introduced us to adorable ice skater Dorothy Hamill, and her equally cute hairstyle, which became known as “the wedge”. It was similar to a bob, but had stacked layers in the back, one on top of the other. No matter how or which way you moved, your hair fell back into place effortlessly. This was a huge part of its appeal.

9. The Farrah Fawcett ‘d0- Another style we fell for in 1976, this one completely different from the wedge. Farrah Fawcett (Majors) was a huge star, a phenomenon, thanks to her role on the hugely popular TV show “Charlie’s Angels”, and her red swimsuit poster, which sold 12 million copies. Her hair was an obsession of its own. Her long, thick hair was actually cut into a shag. The difference was rollers, or a curling iron was used, to give it that flowing look. The hair was flipped backwards in front, and around the face. Even Farrah wigs hit the stores. Again, whip out the hairspray.

10. Cornrows- We know Bo Derek did not create this look, but she did mainstream it to the max. After she appeared in the movie “10” opposite Dudley Moore in 1979, there were as many white women in cornrows as black women. Shiny, pretty beads added to the look’s beauty.

11. Curly Hair- This was my personal favorite to wear, which I did in high school. Often shoulder-length, this look also needed a pick to give the curls the boost they needed. Sheen spray was also good, so the look would not be too dry. Having the precise amount of moisture was key. Think Lisa Bonet, Victoria Principal, and Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction”.

12. The Rachel- This style was once named “most influential”, with the Farrah ‘do coming in second. It too is a shag, with razored ends and lots of layers to give the hair maximum movement. It’s perky, sexy and sweet, like the character it’s named after.

I’m sure almost every female has worn at least one of these styles at some point and time. I have worn about half of them, with no regrets. I could easily revert back to any one of them at any given time.

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~ by kmnnz on April 13, 2011.

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