Hairstyles Through the Decades
Pin Curls of the 1940's
1940's Pin Curl Hair Styles
World War II was the defining icon of the 1940s. In 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the U.S.A. joined the war. So many men went off to war that women were left behind to fill factory jobs, grow Victory Gardens and become members of the WAC's - Women's Army Corps and WAVES - Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service. Of course they wanted to look good for the troops and needed to find easy stylish hair styles.
Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed the first U.S. delegate to the newly established United Nations. "Babe" Didrikson created the Ladies Professional Golf Tour. Women were unleashed to rule the world.
Pin curls were so easy to do that women could literally do them in their sleep. The trick is to wash you hair at night, let it get almost dry, then make curls and use hair pins to set the curls in place. Wrap the hair with a silk scarf and the next morning the pins are removed, and voilá, A quick light combing or finger toss and off to work you go! Sometimes a bit of hair spray is crucial to keeping the curls in place. This also explains why Lucille Ball woke up with the scarf on her head.
The Andrews Sisters became legends with Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Ella Fitzgerald was a jazz singing super star. All without ever a hair out of place.
The Hair Stylings of the 50's
Marilyn Monroe wore the Flip. Big curls and shorter hair that needed hair rollers every night were the style. Elizabeth Taylor was the dark haired beauty of the styled and set crowd. Every hair had to be perfectly in place and hair spray was not optional.
Heated curlers weren't even in vogue yet, but women heated old fashioned iron curlers and used them to set their flips. It was not uncommon for women to burn their hair during these frightful times and spending two hours on one's hair was just a starting place.
Chemical perms created all sorts of beautiful shapes and waves and more or less held the hair in a flowing groomed look for a few months. It wasn't really permanent. Hair technicians were in demand even though they were called 'beauticians' at the time.
Hair Styles of the 60's
The flip hairstyle gained ever higher curls and bouffants. Hair spray still ruled as the must have purse ingredient. In fact they even named a few movies based on the big hair of the 60's!
It seems as though just about any hairstyle worked in the 1960s. There was long hair, short bobs, little curls, big back combed hair and 'afros'. In the late 60's, Sonny and Cher wore the iconic 60's hairstyles.
Janis Joplin and Audrey Hepburn demonstrated the difference between coiffed hair and long natural, not to be tamed, hair. The Beatles started a trend for long-haired men and "hippies".
1970's Iconic Hairstyles
If you were young and hip during the 1970s, you wanted to look just like Farah Fawcett and the other Charlie's Angels. If you were a fun and sporty woman, you wanted the wedge hair cut of Dorothy Hamill.
Cher was still leading the fashion for all dramatic women with her long, straight and black locks. Oh so many people wanted that look. She was like the Madonna of her age. The long, sleek look complimented her face and body.
And then along came the famous mullet hairstyle. The style for men first and then ladies of questionable sexual orientation, the mullet just seemed like it never wanted to go away. The mullet wig is one of the most popular wigs for Halloween. You can get these at Amazon, eBay and scores of other stores. Billy Ray Cyrus will forever be known for his hairstyle. It just screams red neck, y'all.
Hairstyles of the 80's and Beyond
Oprah had an "almost" mullet. But women and men everywhere started wearing their hair in a pretty much natural state. Hair cuts became pricey and ultra stylistic. You had to get your own cosmetician who could do your specific cut. Sometimes the cuts were bizarre.
The rock star look was in vogue. Madonna made vogue a household word. Hair was spiky and had fun colors. Makeup became a huge deal! Watch the video and learn how to apply the ultra fun 80's makeup and funky hair look.
The 90's continued in much the same style and so far in this century, there is no perceivable defining hairstyle. Spiked hair seems to be popular this decade, but any kind of hair style is acceptable. No one really does pin curls anymore unless you are looking for a 'retro' look.
So just go crazy or stay sane with your hair. Whenever you find a hair technician that you like, stay with them!
© 2012 Lela