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Will Another Hair Explosion Be Coming Soon?

Updated on June 18, 2012

Curls Are Slowly Coming Back.

Call it the half style or what have you, but now the latest trend is to have it straight and flat on top with curls on the bottom. So does this mean big hair is just around the corner yet again? In the 70s, the feathered look was big before the all out big haired wings. It seems that every so often, we have a hair explosion with great big hair and then the style falls flat as in flat as a pancake. Why the fluctuation you might ask? Do we just get so bored with our hair that we constantly want to change it? Yes, indeed. Change is good and we are always evolving and always changing with the latest trends. Right now, straight hair has been going strong since the late 90s and big hair has taken a backseat like an old relic. Do you think it's time for the next generation to go big? Will the wings or the bouffant make it big once more? Remember how it evolved into the mullet cut. Before that, there was the bouffant from the 60s. Then, in the 70s, w had flat hair back. So by the looks of things, we are due for another hair explosion.

My Own Experience...

So I tried to go for the soft curl on the bottom and flat on top but I think the wave kind of crept up to the top naturally so I try not to fight it into a certain shape and just let it flow. I was looking for more like the style above, but 9 times out of 10 when we want a certain look, we always tend up with something slightly different. I love long hair and I know that once you're over 40 most women cut it off but I can't seem to do that just yet. I think Valerie Bertinelli looks great with long hair over 40 and so does JLo and and a few other stars so why not? Especially if you don't care for short styles that make you feel more aged than youthful. Hairstyles these days on women of all ages appear to be breaking boundaries. No longer are we boxed in like we were back in school.

Depending On My Mood...

Since so many styles are in, I'll press the heck out of it and go back to the straight as can be style depending on my mood or the weather. Florida's humidity makes it hard to wear hair curls so sometimes you just go with the flow and smooth the heck out of it with a flat iron.

The Flat Look Hit Around the Late 90s.

Almost every girl had flat hair and it's still holding strong, even if it is 2012. Will girls ever grow tired of the stick straight hair? The sales of flat irons in every shape and color are a testament of that desire for sleek, shiny hair. It's a timeless look but somehow big hair does seem to make the craving for flat hair go under in popularity as history is a testament to that.

Do you remember the great big hair from the 80s?

Big hair crashed back in the early 90s. It had a long reign back in the 80s. Every girl wanted big beautiful hair. It was big and puffy at every angle. Volume was the buzz word. Remember Vavoom? Humid weather always turned it into a hot sticky mess, especially when we used Aqua Net to hold it up. Ah, those were the days! Most young girls when I was in college in the late 80s had the big hair. Rock videos back in the 80s made us all want to get perms so that we could have that rockin glamorous 80s look. Boy, times have changed since then.

My Big Hair Experience - Class of '86

Ouch! It took a bit of hairspray and lots and lots of layers to hold that style up and you couldn't touch it for fear it would fall apart. It's funny how we look back at our hair back then and say "What was I thinking? Those were the days.

The Feathered Look Was Hot Before Big Hair...

Every girl had a curling iron before they ever even heard about a flat iron. The curling iron gave us those cool curls that gave our feathered hair lift. We all wanted feathered sides. On bad hair days, the feather would cooperate on one side of your head and go flat on the other. In humid weather the curl would come right out in seconds and just kind of droop on the sides of your face. It was a constant battle with the hairspray can to make it stay.

The Hippy Chick Straight Hair from the 70s...

Before the curling iron, girls had flat hair with no fuss. It was the hippie chick look that had been popular starting somewhere around the 60s. I was born in 1967 so I don't remember the "Flower Child" years well but I've seen plenty of pictures from movies and tv. The Brady Bunch straight hairstyle was big well into the early 70s. Somewhere along the way, the feathered look got hold of us all and this look slowly lost its popularity.

Last But Not Least, the Bouffant!

The Bouffant was all the rage back in the 60s, but more so for the mature set. It seemed to collide with the flat look held by young girls and college kids. Jackie Kennedy made this look popular. She held it with such class and polish. Her style was copied by millions and nobody can argue that she was one of history's greatest style icons when it comes to hair and clothing.

Are We Ready For Another Big Hair Explosion?

So after looking at the past 50 years or so, are we ready for another hair explosion? Will Aqua Net become all the rage again? Will hair even reach new heights or do you think big hair is gone for good? I think as long as we have trends, and as long as young people crave the shock value, big hair might just come back again to surprise us all.


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    • MissMelissaK profile image

      MissMelissaK 4 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thanks. :-)

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Nice trip through hair history!

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      MissMelissaK 5 years ago from Stuart, Florida

      Thank you. Glad you liked them. Since the 80s neon colors are back, maybe the 80s hairstyles may come back too. Big hair is bound to make its way back. It always has in the past.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Yeah! I have curly hair and would love for it to come back! Nice hub, loved the pictures! :)