I don’t know about you, but I am incredibly particular about my hair. I try not to follow too many trends when it comes to fashion, veering towards pieces I feel reflect my personality and mood, but I can never quite “wing it” the same way with my ‘do (especially after a few harrowing experiences when I was younger). I bother my stylist to no end, making sure she gets my bangs perfect, and that everything falls in an effortless way. Oh, yeah, and I always bring a celeb picture. Yep, I’m that person. Throughout the years, I’ve done the Jennifer Aniston (who hasn’t?), the Kate Moss, the Sienna Miller, and now I’m doing a little ‘60s Jane Birkin action. What’s next? Well, I can just use one of these iconic vintage styles below, now can’t I?
Note: I want to dedicate this post to Vidal Sassoon, the hair god among hair men who passed away earlier this year.
1920’s (The Bob)
Then: Along with the shorter hemlines being introduced, the 1920’s were the first real decade to celebrate shorter hairstyles. Throughout the decade, the trend went from straight and sleek to wavy and shiny, with a sparkly hairpiece added for good measure.
Now: To wear this style now, ask for the “lob”, a variation on the classic look that is a bit longer and comes to a clean, blunt end. Wear your hair parted on the side with clean makeup and little jewelry for maximum effect.
1940’s (Noir Waves)
Then: Classic movie stars like Veronica Lake perfected this mysterious, sexy hairstyle that relied on a deep side part and voluminous, yet soft waves. It was startling on all hair colors, and came to symbolize Hollywood sex symbols.
Now: This look is amazing for elegant affairs and galas, as it adds a level of high class and drama. Check out this great 30-minute tutorial to get the look!
1950’s (The Housewife)
Then: A more practical and classic take on ‘40s waves, this cut was shorter (around shoulder-length), but always perfectly coifed. Depending on if hair was straight or curly, the ‘do could veer from Lucille Ball to Betty Draper.
Now: This look is still great for moms who do everything but want to look as if they just came fresh from the beauty shop. Ask for a cut with long layers and don’t be afraid to twist it into a classic updo.
1960’s (The Pixie)
Then: Vidal Sassoon gave Mia Farrow a now famous ultra-short ‘do in the Sixties, and thousands of women followed suit. With Twiggy wearing a similar look across the pond, it’s safe to say that the pixie was the cut of the decade.
Now: This look is still incredibly popular and it hasn’t even changed that much. Make sure it is a bit longer in the front so that you can sweep your bangs across your forehead or pin them back.
1970’s (The Farrah)
Then: By the end of the Sixties, and definitely by the ‘70s, the emphasis was on no-muss, no-fuss looks. Long straight locks parted in the center became the look for both hippies and high school girls alike. Dramatic waves were of course added later on, courtesy of Farrah Fawcett.
Now: One of my personal favorite styles, this one is for the girls who don’t have to do much with their hair, as over-styling can lead to damaged and frizzy locks. Ask for a long, blunt cut and keep it shiny with Moroccan oil (how bohemian of you!).