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1970's Hair Revisited

Updated on April 3, 2010

Reminisce About 1970s Hair

Hairstyles come and go through the years (thank God!) but they'll always be remembered, copied, poked fun at or mimicked. It's funny that from the the early 1900's until about the 1990's, if you saw a picture of a hairstyle you could determine the year the picture was taken. From the pincurls and rolls of the 40's to the 1960's bouffant there are iconic hairstyles we love and many we hate and wouldn't repeat. The most recently remembered, an maybe copied, hairstyle of all times was from the 1970's was Farrah Fawcett's feathered hairstyle.

Nothing screams 1970's quite like feathered hair. It was glamorous and edgy, leaving the wearer with so many options. You could have the style whether your hair was long or short and most people copied it. I was a teenager in the 70's and I had my hair like this, too. It's a nice memory to think of this hairstyle, unlike many others, and it's one that is still copied today.

A Sneak Peak of Hairstyles of the 1970's

In the 1970s anything went for hairstyles. Everyone wanted a 'natural' look and the stuffy, stiff, hair sprayed styles of the 60's was gone. No more sleeping in curlers, spraying your hair until you couldn't breathe or making it big, molded and puffy. It was time to let your silky hair down and be carefree.Women tried to keep their locks as long, smooth and sleek as possible and the hairstyles were actually pretty cool, and a whole lot easier to fix.

Straight and Sleek

There were no straightening irons in the 1970's so women had to go to extra lengths to create their 'natural' look. To get that long luscious look of the 70's women actually had to use a regular clothing iron to straighten their hair. Girls actually took turns ironing each others hair, inch by inch careful not to scorch the hair, or burn yourself, in order to achieve the natural, smooth, straight look of the 1970s.

Wedge

The wedge hairstyle gained popularity in the 1970's, when Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill won a gold medal and inspired thousands of American women to head to the salon to get her signature cut. It's 70's spin on the classic bob, with hair closer to the neck cut a bit longer than higher layers. Some stylists cut the style a little more extreme than others, creating a geometric hairstyle.

The Shag

The shag is a layered haircut, made popular by Carol Brady on the Brady Bunch. The hair is cut with many layers to give it a kind of messy or 'shaggy' look. The shag haircut was a short hairstyle consisting of layers at the base of the head as well as the top of the head, along with full bangs, however bangs is elective when wearing this shag hairstyle.

Most shags are heavily layered, so use the hair dryer to give it plenty of lift if your hair is flat. Color is one more way to highlight and accentuate this unique style.

The Mullet

The page boy was a hairstyle for younger kids and maybe teens. To create this style you would curl the back of the hair under and only up to the neck, then to the same on the sides and the bangs keeping all the curls going underneath and towards the face. Fluff the bangs up for the finishing touch and there you have a page boy fluff hairdo.

The Feathered Look

Better known as Farrah Fawcett hair, it is actually a really easy hairstyle to achieve. Just blow dry your hair in an up and under motion to get more volume, body, and movement through your hair, then blow dry around the face going up and out to get that softer feathered look.

The Afro

An afro, sometimes called a "natural" or shortened to "fro", is a hairstyle in which the hair extends out from the head like a halo, cloud or ball. This may or may not include wearing such afros long, to several times the diameter of the head. Afros were po

pular, even on people who shouldn't be doing it! and the trend is returning.

Up-Do's

Pretty extreme to say the least. Stiff with tons of hairspray, this style is usually the only style where a lot of hairspray is used.

1970's Hair on Video

Wear the Hair from the 1970s - Just for Fun - In Case You Don't Want to Cut Your Hair That Way!

Hairstyles from the 1970's are a thing of the past, I guess, just like Slinkys and The Game of Life and kids who rode bicycles and played in the yard instead of on the Playstation. But still there are a few people who still wear their hair in those wonderful styles. So if you want to wear your hair wedged or shagged, long and straight or feathered to the max, you can wear a wig instead of cutting it. Just for fun!

Remember the Shampoos and Conditioners?

Hair Products from the 1970's

The products we used on our hair were simple, easy and usually great products. That's all we knew, I suppose, but I don't remember having 25 different shampoos to pick from. Some of the products are still available, although the packaging is different of course, and I'm sure the price is too!

You can still by AGREE Scentual Botanicals Shampoo and who could forget Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific shampoo! You can still buy it at the VermontCountryStore

And let's not forget probably the most unforgettable hair icon from the 1970's.

Remember Faberge Shampoo from Farrah Fawcett? and her ads with

Wella Balsam?

I've added some pictures of her ads for you to enjoy.

Find Out What They Wore in Their Hair in the 1970's (besides flowers!)

Banana Clips, Hair combs, sticks, scarves and headbands were all popular accessories for your hair in the 70's. Some were a passing fad, others were here to stay and are still worn by women today.

Hair clips were popular in the 70's. I remember them well. Girls would put the leather piece across the bun or pony tail and then slide the stick through the hole to the other side to hold it in place.

Headbands were very popular. Sometimes they were just a wide or thin band and sometimes they were a scarf and the tails of the scarf would hang down over your shoulder or back.

Combs were easy, just slide the back side of the comb into the sides of the hair then turn it over to

catch the hair and hold it in place.

What Do the 1970's Hairstyles Look Like Now?

We've toned down and softened the extreme looks of the 1970's, but the styles linger on. The page boy, mullet, hippy straight, afro, wedge, Farrah and shag are all still very popular, and very nicely done in this era.

Want to Know How to Get the 1970's Look for Your Hair?

The Cut and the Styling for a 1970's Look

You can copy any of the 70's style haircuts and bring it to 2009. Find a good salon, and take some pictures with you. Decide which one you want to mimic and go for it!

The Shag

The Shag suits most hair types except super thick and super fine hair. It looks amazing on delicate faces with small features.The longest hair should be at the crown.

Short Shag -Ask your hairdresser to cut super short layers blended into the length of your hair. Blow dry all over, no need to use a brush and then add some texturizing product like Bed Head Manipulator, into the hair and style. These short layered haircuts are great since they are so easy to style and so stylish to wear!

Medium length Shag - This style is great for those in the process of growing out their hair. It will give you a fabulous new look while your hair is 'in-between' hairstyles. For a medium length shag, you can get away with longer layers. Have your hairdresser cut in all over layers and then go back and do loads of texturizing throughout for that shaggy look.

Shaggy hair suits most face shapes and of course is easy to look after, just run the fingers through to get the shaggy windswept look. From shaggy bobs to long layered shaggy styles. A seventies hairstyle that will always be popular as it is so practical. Add a bit of hair gel for nights out and a more striking look. Finish by kicking the ends out with your fingers.

The Wedge

The origin of the wedge haircut has come from the seventies, in which it was created by a stylist that was employed at the famous Vidal Sassoon salon. Through the style, of which most often includes bangs which are swept to the side and a haircut that can be easily straightened and styled through the use of a minimal amount of products.

Through the use of the wedge haircut, the individual can choose a versatile style that can be made to appear in a variety of different ways through the use of differently cut bangs, or even through the use of layers throughout the style, and the use of colors and highlighting with the wedge haircut.

Long Straight 'Hippie Hair"

Long straight hair parted down the middle . Plain and simple. You can straighten it with a flat iron, or the hard way with a clothes iron like in the 1970's. Nothing fancy, no special cuts, just keep your ends trimmed for healthier, fuller hair.

The Mullet

The Mullet has existed for a lot longer than many people think. All that is required for a hairstyle to qualify as a mullet is that it has shorter hair in front and on top and longer hair in back, particularly at the nape area. The mullet hairstyle is great for people with rounder faces, or who want to play up their eyes or cheekbones as a focal feature. It's also

a great style for making the neck look longer.

The classic mullet style (for men) looks just like a man's traditional haircut on the top and sides of the head. The hair is trimmed short around the ears and on top, then gradually becomes long and layered in the back. Men with almost any hair type can wear this variant, but it looks especially good on men with natural wave or some curl to their hair.


Page Boys

A page boy is basically a longer bob cut. It hangs under the chin and tops of the shoulders. A page boy is an everlasting hairstyle for women in any age and looks mainly elegant on older women. The bottoms can be rounded and curled or flipped up.

The Afro

Natural afro hair needs maintenance as well since the afro hairstyle does not come naturally to some people. Those who wish to make their hairstyles into afro hair styles must realize that they must let heir hair grow long and not get a haircut in order to achieve a bigger afro hairdo. The hair is usually curled or braided before it is arranged or styled into the afro hair style to make it frizzier and more susceptible to the afro style.

The Farrah Fawcett

Start with a long-layered haircut that is texturized throughout and angled sharply from your cheekbone to the bottom. Apply a holding mouse or hair gel to your wet hair, making sure to cover your hair from the root area to the ends. You will need it at the root area to help it to lift off the scalp when you blow it dry and you will need it on the ends when you hold the flip. Blow your hair dry, upside down if you need fullness.

Next, use a flat-iron to smooth and cause the hair to flip without curling.

To do this clamp your flat iron onto the hair, high on the hair shaft. Then draw the iron down the hair (this smoothes it) until you are about four inches from the end. Then, turn the flat iron in an upward motion, creating a slight upward bend in the hair. This is your "flip."

Finish with a light flexible hair spray to help keep the shape.

How to Style, Care For and Straighten an Afro

Read About Hairstyles from the 1970s

How to Get a Farrah Fawcett Hairstyle

The Wedge Haircut - Dorothy Hamill Wedge Cut

Shag - a Licious

Fixing The Mullet

Hippie Heaven - Long Straight Hair

1970's UpDo's

1970's Were the Best Times

I must tell you it was a lot of fun doing this lens, because when you're talk 1970's, you're talking my era. I graduated High School in 1979, so I was right in the midst of it all. The hair styles, the bell bottoms, the wedge heels and everything in between. When I reminisce about my past, it's those years that I think about. An era of innocence. And it wasn't just because I was an innocent teenager...EVERYONE was innocent and things were simple. We had a blast with our friends, loved all of our teachers and participated in everything related to our school and community. We all worked as teenagers and had clunkers for cars. We weren't embarrassed to be in the band and we didn't have clicks in school that made fun and bullied other people. We had respect for each other and our elders and especially ourselves. Oh, don't get me wrong, there were times when things didn't go all that great, we had disappointments and bad times, too, but overall it was a great time to grow up. If I could go back in time that's where I would go. I feel bad for young kids today. They have to be so much more to so many people and they try to be so much older than they are. Back then we just had the responsibility of being a kid, that's it.

My 30th class reunion is this year, in a week as a matter of fact, and I can't wait. When we had our 25th reunion, we had so much fun we had it again the next year. We all got along then and we get along now, and I'd like to think it's because of the era we lived in.

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