Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 February 2012 22:19)
by Christina Mirabella
It seems that you can’t watch a major Hollywood Event these days and fail to notice its vintage themes. Whether it's subtle through a particular lipstick shade, or a more obvious time period reference with a specific hairstyle, everything old is new again, and retro is the way to go! In my opinion, old Hollywood hairstylists’ had it right. When executed properly, a retro hairstyle does many things to a woman’s appearance. By instantly adding an element of glamour, sophistication, and softening an overall look, it’s easy to see why today’s Hollywood elite are recreating the looks of their alumni, and flawlessly I might add.
The 1920’s were the first time since the 19th century that women started to drastically change their hairstyles. Women of all ages sacrificed their long tresses in the name of fashion and started sporting shorter styles, such as the “bob.” With the likes of Dame Anna Neagle and Greta Garbo rocking the new styles, it’s easy to see why other women followed. Often adorned with finger waves or Marcel waves, the bob was it!
The 1930’s brought a new wave of hairstyles (no pun intended!). Icons were moving away from the bold, boyish look of the bob in the 1920s, and favoring softer, curlier styles that radiated femininity. Mae West was known for pushing her limits; people didn't know what to make of her provocative look or her overly confident attitude (a slight no-no for that time). Still, she was one of the most glorious stars of the 1930’s and a major fashion plate.
1940's hairstyles were about elegance, sophistication, and yes, Victory Rolls. Many of the most popular stars of this time often wore “Victory Rolls” like the ones above. Other popular looks of this time included loose, elegant waves; think of the long curling styles demonstrated by the movie stars of the time from Veronica Lake to Lauren Bacall, and tight, neat, and compact up-dos.
The fifties were all about the Modern Housewife: the woman who wore red lipstick while cooking dinner for the family. From Joan Crawford to Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, the most famous hairstyles of the 1950's exuded charm and elegance. Whether peroxide blonde tresses like Marilyn Monroe or the chocolate hue associated with Elizabeth Taylor’s locks, the 1950’s were an enormously influential decade for American hairstyles.
The 1960’s were full of inspiration from Britain, and the hair world was no different. The pixie cut was made uber famous by London-based supermodel Twiggy, who was later named “The Face of the 1960’s,” and Vidal Sassoon was introducing angular and asymmetrical haircuts that would be around for many years to come.
It’s pretty much a well known fact that “THE” style icon, hair-wise, in the 1970’s was Farah Fawcett. Her long, blonde, feathered back mane is one of the most recognized hairstyles of all time. Another major staple on the hairdressing scene of the 70’s was the wedge cut made famous by Dorothy Hamill. The wedge cut, and all its variations, are one of the most popular styles today.
Christina Mirabella is a Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist & Contributing Editor for YBI. Read Christina's product reviews on YourBeautyIndustry.com and in Your Beauty Industry Magazine.